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Despite Henry's first goal, Red Bulls Fall to Spurs 2-1

Posted on 23 July 2010 by dkarell

Thierry Henry scores his first goal for the club in first half.

After a highly energized first half, a lackluster second half for the New York Red Bulls allowed the visiting Tottenham Hotspurs from England to score twice within ten minutes, and win the first game of the Barclays New York Challenge 2-1.

A near capacity crowd filled the brand new Red Bull Arena to see Thierry Henry make his debut for the New York Red Bulls. Hans Backe put him in the starting lineup, and when his name was announced, he received a thunderous roar of approval.

Henry quickly made his influence felt in the match, deftly collecting passes, giving great through balls, and making plenty of impressive plays with his feet.

The Red Bulls did well to control possession early, and created a few close chances.

Henry was played through on goal, but the Tottenham keeper Carlo Cudicini stoned him. Later Seth Stammler had a wide open chance in front of goal and completely whiffed on the shot.

On the other end, Gareth Bale of Tottenham continously showed his speed from the left wing as he blew by Chris Albright on many occasions, and sent in crosses from the byline.

The Red Bulls finally got the goal they seemed destined to get when Joel Lindpere nutmegged a defender, before sending in a great cross from the left. Henry made a great diagonal run onto the pass, and got a foot on it, which deflected the ball into the back of the net.

It was the dream debut for Henry, who just signed for the club one week ago.

Tottenham was content to pass the ball around after conceding the goal, and they patiently looked to find a good way past the New York defense.

The Red Bull’s defense was solid though, and Tim Ream especially had a very good game in the central of defense, shutting down Spurs star Robbie Keane for most of the game.

The scoreline stayed 1-0 to New York at half time, and Thierry Henry departed the game, as did some of the luster.

Into the game for New York was Greg Sutton in goal, Toni Tchani in the midfield, and Mike Petke in defense.

Spurs meanwhile kept their better players out on the field, and against the second string of the Red Bulls, they looked much better on the ball.

In the 62nd minute, Robbie Keane equalized for Tottenham when a corner kick was mishandled by the keeper Sutton and Tchani of the Red Bulls, and Keane hit a strike on the volley into the back of the net.

Just ten minutes later, a long ball played from the back by Spurs midfielder Tom Huddleston released Gareth Bale towards goal. A poor back pass from Jeremy Hall and flat feet from Sutton helped Bale get a poke on the ball, and just get enough on it to get it into the net.

The Red Bulls stayed in the game though, and Lindpere, playing as a second striker in the second half, did his best to bring the team forward. But time after time, the Spurs defense stayed tight, and didnt give away easy opportunities.

Late in the game, the Red Bulls had a final chance, and hit the crossbar, but it was just that kind of half, where they had some good chances, but couldnt find the net.

Overall, it was a great way to gain some confidence, and the team looks set to win on Sunday when they take on Manchester City in the final game of the New York Football Challenge.

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Quel Debut! Henry scores as RBNY fall to Spurs in Barclays opener

Posted on 23 July 2010 by ASN Staff

It’s entirely possible that we’ve been minimizing the impact of Thierry Henry on the New York Red Bulls and Major League Soccer. In a game that counted little if anything in the grand scheme of things, Henry dazzled a crowd of 20,312 (third biggest ever) at Red Bull Arena on Thursday night. The Frenchman was everywhere, beating his man off the dribble, playing passes into space to set up teammates and ultimate scoring his first goal in a Red Bulls kit.

Check out the Thierry Henry photo gallery from the match, courtesy of ASN’s Scott Marsh!

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Still, it’s hard to describe just how awesome TH14 looked on the pitch. It was literally like a varsity high school star joined a bunch of preteens for a pickup match. At times his teammates (Macoumba Kandji in particular) didn’t seem to know what to do with his pristine service.

Ultimately Red Bulls were defeated by Spurs 2-1 in the first Barclays New York Challenge match after Tottenham struck twice in the second half to earn the victory. Big deal. That’s not why we’ll remember this one. Undoubtedly, this is the start of great things to come for the Thierry Henry reign at Red Bull Arena. No pressure though.

Henry ended up scoring his first goal in a Red Bulls uniform in the 25th minute. Midfielder Joel Lindpere expertly beat a Tottenham defender in the left side of the penalty area and sent the ball across the face of goal, where a sliding Henry was able to guide the ball to the far side netting.

Goalkeeper Greg Sutton was one of the Red Bulls’ three halftime substitutions, and the Canadian was forced into early action. Spurs fullback Alan Hutton sent a high, looping cross that Niko Krancjar hit on the full volley, but Sutton made a diving stop to push the ball past the post for a corner.

Tottenham leveled the match in the 62nd minute off a corner kick. Sutton tried to catch the corner at the top of the box but it went off his fingertips and over his head towards the far post, where Keane was there to volley it in. The visitors then took the lead 10 minutes later on a miscue from the New York defense. Substitute defender Jeremy Hall tried to head the ball back to Sutton, but Bale intercepted the pass and knocked the ball underneath the keeper to put Spurs up.

New York had multiple opportunities to tie the match about 10 minutes from full time. Cudicini denied Conor Chinn’s close range effort in the 78th minute, and a minute later, Richards’ attempt from the top of the box just missed the top corner. Off a corner kick in the 80th minute, Mike Petke rose and headed the ball over Cudicini, but off the crossbar.

Match Report

Barclays New York Challenge: New York Red Bulls 1, Tottenham Hotspur FC 2
July 22, 2010 – Red Bull Arena; Harrison, NJ
Attendance: 20,312

Scoring Summary:
NY: Henry (Lindpere) 25’
TOT: Keane (unassisted) 62’
TOT: Bale (unassisted 72’

Disciplinary Summary:
NY: Tim Ream (caution) 16’

New York Red Bulls – Bouna Coundoul (GK) (Greg Sutton 46’), Roy Miller, Tim Ream, Carlos Mendes (Mike Petke 46’), Chris Albright (Jeremy Hall 64’), Carl Robinson (Sinisa Ubiparipovic 63’), Joel Lindpere, Seth Stammler (Conor Chinn 77’), Dane Richards, Macoumba Kandji, Thierry Henry (Tony Tchani 46’)

Substitute Not Used: Danleigh Borman

Tottenham Hotspur FC – Carlo Cudicini (GK), Alan Hutton, Gareth Bale, Kyle Naughton, Vedran Corluka (Adel Taarabt 46’), Kyle Walker (Andros Townsend 46’), Tom Huddlestone, Jermaine Jenas, Luka Modric (Ryan Mason 76’), Niko Kranjcar (Danny Rose 70’), Robbie Keane

Substitutes Not Used: Jonathan Obika, David Button, Adam Smith


Referee: Chris Penso
Referee’s Assistants: Greg Barkey, Steven Taylor
4th Referee: Jorge Gonzalez

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Photo Gallery: Thierry Henry practices with RBNY

Posted on 21 July 2010 by ASN Staff

ASN photographer Scott Marsh attended the New York Red Bulls’ practice Wednesday, one of the first to feature new designated player signing Thierry Henry. Check out the pics!

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The Good, The Bad, The Red, The Dead

Posted on 20 July 2010 by dkarell

Well, it was a very exciting week for Red Bull New York fans, with the long awaited arrival of Thierry Henry as the 2nd DP. In this 11th edition of the column, we will be focusing on the Red Bulls 2-0 defeat against the first placed Columbus Crew last Saturday as well as the big signing.

The Good: The Red Bulls finally made it official, when announcing on July 14 (also coincidentally Bastille Day in France) that they had signed former French international and Arsenal legend Thierry Henry on a four and a half year contract. He became the Red Bull’s second designated player, after Juan Pablo Angel. Henry is set to make his debut for his new club vs. Tottenham Hotspur in a friendly match at Red Bull Arena.

The Bad: Oh, there was a game on Saturday? Yes, yes there was, and the Red Bulls were thoroughly beaten by a better and more organized Columbus Crew squad. The Red Bull midfield was not connecting the defense with the forwards, and the defense was all over the place. It was shades of last season’s massive failures to say the least. Both goals given up were due to lazy marking or miscommunication at the most important junctures, in the final third of the field.

The Red: Two games in a row the defense for the Red Bulls has looked shaky, and the midfield has failed to hold any kind of possession. Joel Lindpere and Seth Stammler have not impressed recently in the central of midfield as well. One has to wonder if coach Hans Backe will maybe put Mike Petke back into the lineup to partner Tim Ream, or if he will play more of a defensive wing back instead of Danleigh Borman. Also, Dane Richards up top has failed to produce any results, and with Henry in the lineup now, Backe might want to lean towards a 4-3-3 with Henry on the left, Salou/Richards on the right, and Angel up top.

The Dead: John Wolyniec’s Red Bull/Metrostars career might be over, as it seems as though he is the odd man out for Thierry Henry to be added to the roster. Woly has played 167 games for the Red Bull/Metrostars franchise in all competitions, with 36 goals over nine years with the franchise. His effort, hustle, and hometown pride made him a fan favorite, and he will be missed and greatly remembered for always being a consummate professional.

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Bulls show no fight in Columbus, fall to Crew 2-0

Posted on 17 July 2010 by Nathaniel E. Baker

The New York Red Bulls played another listless performance Saturday night and this time were punished by an efficient Columbus Crew squad. By taking all three points from the match, the Crew move five points clear of the Red Bulls in the Eastern Conference standings. With the way New York is playing right now, that would appear an insurmountable lead. Thierry Henry or not, the team is simply not doing enough in the middle of the park to generate goal scoring opportunities.

They had very few at Crew Stadium. In fact, it’s hard to say they had any. Maybe a volley by Tim Ream off a corner on the stroke of halftime qualifies. Either way it was snuffed out easily by William Hesmer.

It’s not worth putting together player ratings at this point either. Just about everybody was equally atrocious. A few exceptions: Bouna Coundoul looked fresh and in form and was not at fault on either goal. Carlos Mendes had a few nice tackles in the first half. Danleigh Borman had a couple of nice passes into space. And that’s about all the nice things we can say about the Red Bulls performance tonight.

Perhaps by Thursday this will all be forgotten. Perhaps Thierry Henry will reinvigorate this team on an even larger scale than anticipated. But right now the glaring question is who will get the Frenchman the ball. There doesn’t seem to be anybody up to the task.

Match Facts

New York Red Bulls 0, Columbus Crew 2
July 17, 2010 – Crew Stadium; Columbus, OH
Attendance: 14,378

Scoring Summary:
CLB: Emilio Renteria 3 (Guillermo Barros Schelotto 5, Adam Moffat 1) 10’
CLB: Brian Carroll 1 (unassisted) 48’

Disciplinary Summary:
NY: Carlos Mendes (caution) 10’
CLB: Frankie Hejduk (red card, ejection) 89’


New York Red Bulls (8-6-2, 26 pts.) – Bouna Coundoul (GK), Danleigh Borman (Tony Tchani 46’), Tim Ream, Carlos Mendes, Luke Sassano, Roy Miller, Joel Lindpere, Seth Stammler (Carl Robinson 80’), Sinisa Ubiparipovic (Macoumba Kandji 46’), Dane Richards, Juan Pablo Angel

Substitutes Not Used: Greg Sutton (GK), Chris Albright, Mike Petke, Conor Chinn

Columbus Crew (9-3-4, 31 pts.) – Will Hesmer (GK), Danny O’Rourke, Andy Iro, Chad Marshall, Frankie Hejduk (Ejected 89’), Eddie Gaven, Brian Carroll (Shaun Francis 57’), Adam Moffat, Emmanuel Ekpo, Guillermo Barros Schelotto, Emilio Renteria (Jason Garey 80’)

Substitutes Not Used: Andy Gruenebaum (GK), Gino Padula, Duncan Oughton, Eric Brunner Robbie Rogers


Referee: Abbey Okulaja
Referee’s Assistants: Joe Fletcher, Jeff Muschik
4th Referee: Silviu Petrescu

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Win two tickets to Thierry Henry's debut match!

Posted on 16 July 2010 by ASN Staff

What do you think of the Thierry Henry signing? Take the survey! You could win two tickets to his debut match against Spurs at Red Bull Arena on Thursday. Click here to participate

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Thierry Henry Has Landed

Posted on 15 July 2010 by ASN Staff

“I am here to win a Championship.”

So many stars have made that statement in the past, but none have held the weight of a Thierry Henry.

On a picture perfect summer afternoon, the New York Red Bulls unveiled their ‘pièce de résistance’ amongst a throng of media and local dignitaries. Like a Hollywood premier, Henry strolled passed the flashing lights and focused cameras to the center of Red Bull Arena, where he was met by Red Bull brass Erik Soler, Hans Backe, head of Red Bull Global Soccer Dietmar Beiersdorfer, and league commisioner, Don Garber.

With the sun beating down on his brow, he unraveled his brand new number 14 Red Bulls kit, and dawned the scarf of the New York side, completing a journey nearly two years in the making.

Finally, after 100 rumors, and 50 names, there truly was only one star.

Thierry Henry is finally a New York Red Bull ©Dave Martinez/ASN

Henry has signed on with the Red Bulls on a four and a half year, multimillion dollar designated player contract. With that comes a mountain of expectations and promise. And if there was any doubt Red Bull believed in their investment, just listen to Hans Backe who is an instant believer, labeling Henry “in the top ten ever in the Premiership as a striker.” Erik Soler beamed with pride at his latest, long awaited acquisition as well, claiming this “outstanding personality, and outstanding character” would be an immediate lift to the team.

And one would be hard pressed to argue the point. The former World Cup Champion, Arsenal legend and Barcelona striker brings with him a hefty resume of goals, achievements and, most importantly, Championships. His resume includes a laundry list of accomplishments, with two Prem championships, a plethora of trophy’s with Barcelona, including playing a large part in securing the treble for the Catalans in 2009, and a World Cup Title to boot.

Individually, he has been voted Player of the year by the writers association three times, twice by the Players association while in England, was inducted in the English Hall of Fame in 2008, is a multiple Golden Booy winner and has been nominated FIFA player of the year two times. He compiled 226 goals in all competitions while with Arsenal, and is the top French goal scorer of all time.

But even with all these accomplishments and expectations weighing on him, Henry seemed more than ready to carry the load, and face the task of turning this team around. “Everybody knows I love this city, but I can assure you that I came to win,” Henry said. “That is the most important thing.”

“I always want to be here 100 percent and fully committed to this cause and the organization,” he stated. “The club was able to bring me and make my dream come true.”

The dream begins this coming Thursday night, 8pm at Red Bull Arena against a familiar rival; Tottenham Hotspur.
–Dave Martinez

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It’s official: Thierry Henry is a New York Red Bull!

Posted on 14 July 2010 by ASN Staff

Red Bull New York announced today that it has signed star French forward Thierry Henry to a multi-year contract as its second designated player. Henry, a World Cup, European Championship and UEFA Champions League winner, will be available for selection for New York pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate and after the July 15 international transfer window. His debut for the Red Bulls is expected to be on July 22 against English Premiership club, Tottenham Hotspur, in the Barclays New York Challenge at Red Bull Arena.

“It is without question that Thierry Henry is one of the most successful and recognizable soccer players over the past 15 years,” said Dietmar Beiersdorfer, Head of Red Bull Global Soccer. “We are thrilled that Thierry has decided to come to New York to help the Red Bulls compete for championships this year and for years to come. His international pedigree is second to none and he is a proven winner.”

“This marks an exciting new chapter in my career and life,” Henry said. “It is an honor to play for the New York Red Bulls. I am fully aware of the team’s history and my sole goal during my time here is to help win the club its first championship. Knowing Red Bull’s significant commitment to soccer locally and internationally, I am confident that my teammates and I will succeed.”

Henry will be introduced at a press conference tomorrow at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J.

The former FC Barcelona, Arsenal, Juventus FC and AS Monaco striker known for his sublime technical ability, sharp acumen and nose for goal, most recently represented France in the World Cup for a record fourth time. Henry, a member of the 1998 World Cup-winning side and leading scorer, has scored a national-record 51 goals and earned 123 caps for his country. Henry also helped France win the 2000 European Championship and the 2003 Confederations Cup.

“Thierry is not only a world class player who will undoubtedly improve our squad, but he has shown most importantly throughout his career that he is a winner,” said Erik Soler, Red Bull New York General Manager and Sporting Director. “He has made it clear to us that he is committed in the short and long term to help in our vision of making our organization the premium franchise in Major League Soccer.”

Famous for his trademark “14” jersey, Henry most recently played for FC Barcelona, where he scored 49 goals and had a successful stint with the Catalan side. In his first season, Henry was the top scorer and led the team with 19 goals. A year later he went one better not only scoring 26 goals but being an integral part of the squad that went on to win six championships – the UEFA Champions League, La Liga Title Copa del Rey, Spanish Supercup, UEFA Supercup and the FIFA Club World Cup.

Prior to joining FC Barcelona, Henry played for London-based club, Arsenal FC. Henry rose to legendary status with the Gunners, becoming the club’s all-time leading goal scorer with 226 goals from 1999-07. The French marksman was the top scorer in the English Premiership (2002, 2004-06) a record four times and helped his club win the Premiership championship in 2002 and 2004. The 32-year-old also helped lead his team to three English FA Cups and he won the European Golden Boot in 2004 and 2005.

During Henry’s first season, he recorded 26 goals – an indicator of his future success with Arsenal. In the 2003 and 2004 seasons, Henry was a runner-up for the FIFA World Player of the Year and was the first-ever back-to-back winner of the PFA Players’ Player of the Year and Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year. In 2005, Henry was given the Captain’s Armband and became the club’s all-time goal scorer with a brace against Sparta Prague on Oct. 17, snapping Ian Wright’s previous record of 185. He again was named the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year, becoming the only player to win the award three times.

Player Fact file

#14 Thierry Henry
Pronunciation: TYAIR-ree ahn-REE
Position: Forward
Height: 6-2
Weight: 183
Day of Birth: Aug. 7, 1977 in Les Ulis, France
Hometown: Paris, France
Previous Professional Club: FC Barcelona (Spanish La Liga)
Status: Designated Player
How Acquired: Signed by New York on July 14, 2010

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Seeing Red! Episode 19: 'Allons enfants de la patrie…'

Posted on 14 July 2010 by ASN Staff

Seeing Red! The New York Soccer Roundup

“…le jour de gloire est arrive. Contre nous de la tyrannie…”

…and that’s all I can remember from that song. Know the tune though. Who cares? Happy Bastille Day! More importantly, happy Thierry Henry day! Mark, Dave, and Nat recap the DC draw and set up Saturday’s big match at Columbus. We chat with French agent Mike Weisenfeld about TH14 as well as our friend Dan R. on the first half of the season. We finish up with a fresh batch of listener email. Give us a listen!

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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The Good, the Bad, the Red, the Dead

Posted on 12 July 2010 by dkarell

After a long break (for the World Cup of course) The Good, The Bad, The Red and The Dead is back in action! This is the 10th edition of everyone’s favorite column. This week we will be focusing on the 0-0 draw from Red Bull Arena between the Red Bulls and D.C. United.

The Good:

The Red Bulls didn’t lose, and players like Sinisa Ubiparipovic and Joel Lindpere had their moments, and Tim Ream was very solid in the back. Mac Kandji also played 15 minutes in his return from a broken foot that kept him off the field for nearly three months,

And we cant forget about Thursday, when the Red Bulls are set to announce their 2nd DP (probably the worst kept secret in MLS history, Thierry Henry).

The Bad:
The Red Bulls were sloppy all night long in the final third, constantly wasting good buildup play from the midfield by turning the ball over carelessly. The defense was shaky at times, and D.C. had plenty of chances to score in the box, if not for some desperate defending.

The Red:
Something to keep an eye on for sure is if the Red Bulls get a playmaking midfielder with their 3rd DP player, and GM Erik Soler has said he is looking to sign a third DP. In the game, Juan Pablo Angel and Salou Ibrahim
had trouble all match receiving a pass without having to run into the midfield to receive the ball. Joel Lindpere and Seth Stammler were ineffective in spreading the play around on a consistent basis, and the offense sputtered as a result.

The Dead:
Brian Nielsen’s new Mohawk hairdo…..nuff said.
-Dan Karell

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