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Heroics by Fucito, Keller carry Sounders to late victory over K.C.

Posted on 18 April 2010 by Kyle Alm

Michael Fucito celebrates his winner ©David Lindsay/ASN

After letting a win slip away by giving up a last-second goal versus Real Salt Lake last week, the Sounders turned around and scored one of their own Saturday night at Qwest Field. The heroics of Kasey Keller, a veteran of hundreds (or more?) of professional matches, and Michael Fucito, playing in his second, brought the Sounders their last-minute win over the Kansas City Wizards.

“I turned and I was one on one with the goalie, hit it, and you know, I finished it well, it was unbelievable,” said Fucito after the match.

A first reaction from ASN’s Kyle Alm, who also takes the opportunity to revisit questions he had about the team coming into the season.

Unsurprisingly, Keller and Fucito feature prominently in ASN’s player ratings supplied by Nick Schiffler.

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Friday audio news update

Posted on 16 April 2010 by ASN Staff

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For more information on your host Jason Davis check out Match Fit USA and of course be sure to listen to AmericanSoccerShow.com, home of the popular American Soccer Show weekly podcast. Be sure to listen in every Monday!

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Monday audio news update

Posted on 12 April 2010 by ASN Staff

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For more information on your host Jason Davis check out Match Fit USA and of course be sure to listen to AmericanSoccerShow.com, home of the popular American Soccer Show weekly podcast. Be sure to listen in every Monday!

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RSL receive championship rings, rally for draw with Sounders

Posted on 11 April 2010 by Patrick McShane

To the winners... ©Julie Harper/ASN

It was a night of celebration, disappointment, and ultimately mild satisfaction Saturday as Real Salt Lake fought back twice to rescue a 2-2 draw against the Seattle Sounders. It was the first time that RSL played in front of their home fans since winning the MLS Cup last season. The 19,970 fans who came to celebrate were treated to a spectacle, though sadly not three points from a home win.

ASN’s Patrick McShane reports from Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah and supplies player ratings for the home side.

Be sure to check out the photo gallery, courtesy of ASN’s Julie Harper.

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RSL rescue deserved draw from Sounders

Posted on 11 April 2010 by Patrick McShane

It was a night full of celebration, disappointment, and mild satisfaction Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium as Real Salt Lake fought back twice to rescue a 2-2 draw against the Seattle Sounders. It was the first time that RSL played in front of their home fans since winning the MLS Cup last season, and the 19,970 fans who arrived early to see the raising of the Champions Flag and the presentation of the Cup Rings had to be disappointed with the lost points at home.

When you’re done here, be sure to check out the photo gallery.

To the winners... ©Julie Harper/ASN

While RSL controlled much of the opening minutes with bright and creative play, it took Seattle just 11 minutes to silence the stadium after Steve Zakuani found himself open with acres of space to run at opposing keeper Nick Rimando. It was far too easy of a goal for Seattle as starlet Fredy Montero saw RSL defender Robbie Russell sleeping on an inbound pass and made a simple pass to the speedy midfielder for his first goal of the season.

Javier Morales was again in fine form for RSL as he controlled the pace of the match earlier on but just couldn’t find a way to apply the finishing touch. Sadly, Morales wouldn’t get a chance to assemble a comeback, as he had to leave the match before half due to a right groin strain. Midfield counterpart Ned Grabavoy also left the match due to injury, with the early diagnosis appearing to be much worse with a possible sprained knee.

The second half continued to produce quality chances for both squads, though there was a visible drop in crispness n the final third. However, all of these opportunities finally came to fruition in the 53rd minute when Russell made amends and whipped a cross deep into the box for a diving Will Johnson to head home. With the goal, it appeared that RSL might have enough time to mount an astonishing comeback and seal the victory.

Unfortunately for RSL, Sounders star Freddie Ljungberg was still fighting for every opportunity at the opposite end. His tenacity resulted in a free kick on the left wing late in the match that led to the go-ahead goal, when RSL defender Nat Borchers couldn’t hold off Sounders veteran Tyrone Marshall and inadvertently headed the cross into goal. By all accounts the match appeared to be over as Seattle seemed comfortable in defense as RSL couldn’t string a clean set of passes together.

But RSL were far from done. Bringing new marksman Álvaro Saborío in for burner Robbie Findley signaled RSL’s hope of stealing a goal off of a set play. Little did the faithful know, but this wouldn’t happen until late into added time, when standout substitute Nelson Gonzalez rocketed a perfect corner kick to Saborío who was just able to outmuscle his mark for a flick header to the corner.

While the crowd expected more than a draw from a team that traditionally dominates at home, there was a sense of relief throughout the stands, as the point taken seemed fair. There will be little time for RSL to lick their wounds as they travel back to where they opened the season to face the San Jose Earthquakes in the U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday. It is unknown how long either Morales or Grabavoy will be out, meaning there may be some tinkering to RSL’s lineup. One would also think that with the late goal, Saborío warrants future consideration for the match on Wednesday or possibly on the road versus the Galaxy next Saturday. As noted by Johnson, “I’d put my money on it that he scores a lot of goals this year for us.”

Real Salt Lake player ratings on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being best:

Rimando: 5 – Wasn’t really tested and not much he could have done on the opening goal. Maybe could have been a little more assertive on the late free kick, but that’s about it.

Russell: 5 – Would have been much lower had he not delivered the crucial cross for the first equalizer. Going into the match I had a feeling Zakuani was going to give him problems and that definitely seemed to be the case. Robbie hasn’t been horrible, but I’m curious how Tony Beltran has to be feeling right now.

Olave: 7 – Physically dominant and noticeably controlled in the box. Looks like last week’s penalty calls have given Olave some food for thought as he was in much more control and anchored the back line.

Borchers: 5 – Tough match for Nat. He did an admirable job throughout, but struggling to hold off Marshall and the late own-goal is pretty hard to swallow. Still, I shutter to think what the result would have been without him.

Wingert: 4 – I just don’t know about Chris. I wish I could see more production from him offensively, but he also makes me anxious defensively at times. Again – when does Beltran get some love?

Beckerman: 6 – After being rewarded this week with a brand new contract, Beckerman continued to hustle and fight with a tough Seattle midfield all night. Nothing outstanding, just consistent.

Johnson: 7 – When Johnson first came to RSL he was listed as an attacking mid and forward. There is definitely a part of me that would like to see him get forward more often for spectacular goals like Saturday’s, instead of sitting isolated on a wing

Grabavoy: 4 – Didn’t do much prior to his injury. I questioned his third consecutive start this week as I felt like Gonzalez and Williams both warranted more time with their recent play. Now it looks like we’ll see just how much they deserve it, as Ned faces an extended period of time on the sideline.

Morales: Incomplete – I saw another stellar performance in the making early in the match from Morales. Unfortunately, Javi picked up an injury and RSL noticeably struggled.

Espindola: 5 – After last week’s late headlock tackle on Bobby Boswell, I’m officially on board with those that think Espy is a bit of a head case. That said, his speed, left-footed ability, and motor make him a must-start every week.

Findley: 4 – Still waiting for Findley’s opening tally of the season. One could argue that while he isn’t pounding them in to the back of the net, he is at least involved in many of the positive plays and goals. While true, I’d still like to see him have a better killer instinct around goal as he lazily hit a couple sitters straight at Keller.

Williams: 5 – Night and day between Andy and Javi. Williams isn’t a huge drop off in terms of control and passing, but he definitely is a little less creative on attack holds to ball up too often. Maybe more playing time in Javi’s absence will settle him a bit.

Gonzalez: 7 – Man-crush is a bit too much, but I must admit that I’m a pretty big fan of Gonzalez. While he still needs to work on his touch and patience when pressured, his energy and skill is something RSL hasn’t seen on the wing before.

Saborío: 6 – Hard to knock someone who provided a late equalizer, but there’s still a part of me that thinks that Sabo can do better. He struggles at times to link up with teammates in the final third and is probably still finding his role with the team. I’m excited to see what he can bring to the team in the middle of July once he’s acclimated.

Real Salt Lake (1-1-1) v. Seattle Sounders FC (1-1-1)
Saturday, April 10, 2010 – Rio Tinto Stadium

Scoring Summary:
SEA – Steve Zakuani 1 (Fredy Montero 2, James Riley 1) 11
RSL – Will Johnson 1(Robbie Russell 1, Robbie Findley 2) 53
SEA – own goal (Nat Borchers) 72
RSL – Álvaro Saborío 1 (Nelson Gonzalez 1) 94+’

Real Salt Lake – GK-Nick Rimando; DF-Robbie Russell, DF-Nat Borchers, DF-Jamison Olave, DF-Chris Wingert; MF-Ned Grabavoy (Nelson Gonzalez 45), MF-Kyle Beckerman (Capt.), MF-Javier Morales (Andy Williams 39), MF-Will Johnson; FW-Robbie Findley (Álvaro Saborío 78), FW-Fabián Espíndola.

Seattle Sounders FC – GK-Kasey Keller (Capt.); DF-James Riley, DF-Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, DF-Tyrone Marshall, DF-Leo Gonzalez (Tyson Wahl 48); MF-Pat Noonan, MF-Brad Evans, MF-Osvaldo Alonso, MF-Steve Zakuani (Roger Levesque 78); FW-Freddie Ljungberg, FW-Fredy Montero (Nathan Sturgis 73)

Misconduct Summary:
SEA – Tyrone Marshall (caution, Reckless Tackle) 56
RSL – Chris Wingert (caution, Tactical Foul) 60

Referee: Abby Okulaja
Referee’s Assistants: Frank Anderson, Steven Taylor
4th official: Tyler Ploeger

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Episode Six: Michael Lewis, Sounders recap, Chivas preview…

Posted on 09 April 2010 by ASN Staff

Seeing Red! The New York Soccer Roundup

In our sixth podcast, we welcome Michael Lewis, soccer writer for the New York Daily News and the man behind BigAppleSoccer.com, dig into the Red Bulls’ historic (yes it was) road win at Seattle, answer emails and more! Check it out!

Seeing Red! is a collaboration of ASN’s Nathaniel E. Baker, Mark Fishkin of TheKinOfFish and Dave Martinez of RedBulls.TheOffside. For more information visit SeeingRedNY.com.

You can now subscribe to the show on itunes as well.

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Photo gallery: RBNY 1, Sounders 0

Posted on 04 April 2010 by ASN Staff

You’ve read the match report, perused (and probably even criticized) the player ratings and perhaps even listened to Joel Lindpere’s postgame interview.

Now check out the picture gallery of last night’s victory, courtesy of ASN’s Seattle photographer.

ASN truly has something for all the senses (well, just about).

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Sounders come up short vs Red Bulls

Posted on 04 April 2010 by ASN Staff

Jeremy Hall and Steve Zakuani do battle ©David Lindsay/ASN

Jeremy Hall (left) and Steve Zakuani battle for a ball. It was a close-fought, physical encounter at Qwest Field on Saturday night. Though both sides had plenty at chances at scoring multiple goals, in the end Macoumba Kandji’s first half strike stood up as the lone winner. With the improbable victory, the New York Red Bulls won their first league match on the road since May 2008.

Lots of ASN coverage to choose from:

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Lindpere: 'The game went a little bit dirty'

Posted on 04 April 2010 by ASN Staff

ASN caught up with Joel Lindpere after the New York Red Bulls 1-0 win over the Seattle Sounders on April 3. Give it a listen!

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A road win! Bulls shut out Sounders, 1-0

Posted on 04 April 2010 by Nathaniel E. Baker

Macoumba Kandji ©Scott Marsh/ASN

So far in 2010 the New York Red Bulls have raised the curtain on their new ground, laid to rest a “curse” that haunted the team for close to two years, won their first two games while not surrendering a goal in the process. Suffice it to say the Red Bull Arena era is off to a flying start. Tonight in Seattle, the team got an early goal from Macoumba Kandji and held on through some hair-raising moments to survive with a 1-0 win, just as they did against Chicago in the season opener.

Joel Lindpere discussed the game with reporters shortly after the final whistle. Give it a listen.

Other than that, there were numerous differences between tonight’s win at Qwest Field and last week’s at Red Bull Arena. Where the team’s defense impressed against Chicago, it was the Red Bulls’ attacking game that stood out against Seattle. Conversely, while its offense was almost completely stagnant in the season opener, its defense (and goalkeeping) was caught flat footed on more than just a few occasions in Week Two. Even the team’s coach was different: Richie Williams took the reins from Hans Backe, who watched from the hotel on doctor’s orders. The Swedish coach is expected to be back in charge next week at Chivas USA.

Tonight, New York got lucky. How many times will you see Freddie Ljungberg miss a header from point blank range, the way he did in the second half? How many mishandled crosses can Bouna Condoul get away with before the ball ends up in the back of his net?

For now, the team and its fans will gladly take the six points from two games. And winning at Seattle is particularly enjoyable after the season-opening meltdown one year ago. Then it was “Same ol’ Metro.” Now? Something more like “who are these guys?” And “break out the Red Bulls!”

Much more to follow, as we weave in reportage and photos from the ASN crew in Seattle. For now, here are the New York Red Bulls player ratings. Be sure to supply a grade and back up your assessment in the comment area at the bottom of the page.

Player Ratings

From 1-0 with 10 being highest:

Condoul – 5
Some stellar saves in the second half but man, this guy is a total liability on crosses. Very nearly cost the team several times.

Hall – 6
Several mistakes in the early going. Was beaten by his man a number of times in the first half as well. Did better in the second, even launching a few forays into the Sounders half.

Petke – 6
Caught out of position several times but there were several others where he was positioned perfectly. Still, the Sounders had way too many chances to warrant a higher grade at this point.

Ream – 6.5
Like Hall, he made a jittery start with a number of turnovers. Recovered and had some nice long balls to the forwards but eek, this was hairy.

Miller – 7
Spotted just one mistake in the first half, when an errant pass led to a Sounders chance. Was a rock in the second, however. Dispossessed Ljungberg a few times in the attacking third and locked down his part of the field, where the action was hotter in the late stages of the game.

Richards – 5
Better than the Chicago game, but not much. Did play a few nice balls into space in the early stages of the match, but most attacks still ended with him putting his head down and going nowhere. And how about that miss late in the game? This is the second time in as many games he was involved with what should have been the insurance goal. Against Chicago he teed off from a tight angle instead of slotting the ball to Angel. Here he blasted a perfect sitter (great service from Borman via Kandji by the way) over the bar.

Stammler – 6
Solid, not spectacular, which is what the holding midfielder is supposed to be. Turned the ball over a few too many times for my liking and was a bit quiet. But it’s his first game back. Something to build on.

Lindpere – 7
Did his part launching attacks in the first half. In the second his role was obviously more defensive, which makes sense with a 1-0 lead. And he did that well also. A stabilizing influence on the team overall.

Ubiparipovic – 6.5
Did well in the later stages of the game but was too sloppy in the first half to deserve a better grade. Still, a very high workrate on the left wing. Perhaps too high? Maybe his energy could be used more efficiently?

Angel – 5
Another disappointing performance. Complained a lot about bad, or nonexistent service, but did nothing with the chances that were provided (mainly from Kandji). Still doesn’t seem completely comfortable in the offense and not sure if tracking back the way he does is working. Also appears tentative, presumably due to injury. Don’t think it would have hurt to sit him for this game. As it turns out it didn’t hurt to start him either.

Kandji – 8
If I didn’t know better I’d almost think he read and took to heart last week’s rating, when I wrote “Mac needs to lighten up on the stepovers and backheels and go back to fundamentals. Make runs, move the ball…” He did exactly that and the result was an entirely different attacking game for the Red Bulls. Scoring the winning goal was nice enough; he did well to find a spot and then position his body to deposit the ball in the roof of the net when it bounced his way. Better still were some of his passes, particularly in the second half; the one to Borman should have resulted in the second goal but went wanting (see Richards, Dane). Kandji just seems more comfortable in a withdrawn forward role, hopefully he’ll see more opportunities in this position.

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Match Facts

New York Red Bulls 1, Seattle Sounders FC 0
April 3, 2010 –Qwest Field; Seattle, WA
Attendance: 36,066

Scoring Summary:
NY: Kandji 1 (unassisted) 21’

Disciplinary Summary:
SEA: Ljungberg (caution) 10’
NY: Petke (caution) 35’
NY: Kandji (caution) 62’
SEA: Riley (caution) 63’

New York Red Bulls (2-0-0) – Bouna Coundoul (GK), Roy Miller, Tim Ream, Mike Petke, Jeremy Hall, Sinisa Ubiparipovic (Danleigh Borman 79’), Joel Lindpere, Seth Stammler, Dane Richards, Macoumba Kandji (Conor Chinn 89’), Juan Pablo Angel

Substitutes Not Used: Greg Sutton, Andrew Boyens, Austin da Luz, Juan Agudelo, Tony Tchani

Seattle Sounders FC (1-1-0) – Kasey Keller, Leo Gonzalez (David Estrada, 83′), Tyrone Marshall, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, James Riley, Steve Zakuani (Sanna Nyassi 76’), Osvaldo Alonso, Brad Evans, Roger Levesque (Pat Noonan 56’), Freddie Ljungberg, Fredy Montero

Substitutes Not Used: Terry Boss, Patrick Ianni, Zach Scott, Nathan Sturgis

Referee: Kevin Stott
Referee’s Assistants: Darren Clark, Hector Vergara
4th Referee: Tyler Ploeger

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