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Photo gallery: RBNY 3, St. John's 0

Posted on 13 April 2010 by ASN Staff

ASN was at the New York Red Bulls exhibition match against the St. John’s Red Storm on April 13. The Red Bulls won 3-0 on goals from Salou Ibrahim (penalty), Andrew Boyens and Conor Chinn. Red Bulls Reader has a proper recap of the match.

A few of our favorite photos follow, complete with snarky commentary (by ASN). The full set can be viewed on our Facebook page. If you’re already a fan of our’s on Facebook go directly to the gallery here.

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The Good, the Bad, the Red, the Dead

Posted on 12 April 2010 by Nathaniel E. Baker

Welcome to the second installment of this feature, which will run within a day or two of the team’s last game, this season. Today we focus on the New York Red Bulls’ first loss of the season, at Chivas USA on Saturday afternoon. To see an explanation of these terms (Good, Bad, Red, Dead) see last week’s issue or read the bottom of this page.

The Good
Tim Ream and Roy Miller. And we’re done. The left half of the Red Bulls’ back line did what they’ve been doing since day one, which is eliminate any chance of an attack. Both goals came on lackadaisical play by the right side defenders (and of course the goalie. More on him in a bit).

What is going on with JPA? ©Scott Marsh/ASN

Even though they didn’t work out in the team’s favor, I’m going to include Hans Backe’s substitution moves in this space. After the long nightmare that was the Juan Carlos Osorio administration, it’s refreshing to see a coach attack when the team is down a goal (even though this is exactly what you’re supposed to do when you’re down a goal, but in light of Osorio these fundamental details are very much appreciated). And who knows? Had Salou Ibrahim been a bit more focused he might have just leveled the match. He certainly had his chances. The second Chivas goal was the unfortunate result of throwing everybody forward but it’s something all of us will happily live with. Goal difference just doesn’t count as much in MLS as it does elsewhere (and that’s a good thing) so it makes sense to roll the dice in these types of situations. Props to Backe for doing so.

While we’re giving him credit, let’s not forget that this was a guy less than a week removed from pretty major surgery. Yet there he was on the team’s bench, after yet another cross country fight. The guy’s a trooper and deserves our respect.

The Bad
Let’s start with the obvious: Bouna Condoul. His mishap shortly after halftime will go down in the annals of great goalkeeping blunders. Ultimately, this cost the Red Bulls the game. However there are plenty of reasons why Chivas never should have got that close to begin with.

Start with Jeremy Hall, who gave Chukwudi Chijindu way, way too much space.

Continue with Dane Richards, who was late tracking back to lend help and then went about it completely wrong.

End with Seth Stammler, who misread the play and didn’t cut off the passing lanes.

Those failures are forgotten as a result of Condoul’s butterfingers, which does the other culprits, chiefly Richards and Hall, a disservice. More on those two later.

The Red
Speaking of bad performances, perhaps a bit of “I told you so” is due? To wit:

Bouna Condoul’s play away from his line is going to give some Red Bulls fan a heart attack before too long.

Juan Pablo Angel. Second game in a row he has been almost completely absent (other than to complain about bad or insufficient service). Are we witnessing the twilight of his career?

Jeremy Hall at right back is begging to get exploited by a smart coach or skilled left wing.

Okay, so maybe things didn’t happen exactly as predicted. It wasn’t a cross that caused Condoul’s gaffe but a deflected shot off the post. And Chijindu, while not a left wing, certainly schooled Hall on the play that led to the first goal.

As for Angel, I’m still very much code red on him after Saturday’s performance. He’s obviously not willing to sit one out, which is well and good, but he’d better start producing soon. Not necessarily goals, but something that gives us an inkling that he still has it. Because right now, it certainly appears otherwise.

Tony Tchani seemed completely lost Saturday. It’s tough to come on as a sub sometimes, but the second overall pick in the draft had absolutely nothing working. It may be a little while until we see him again in a competitive match. Maybe the US Open Cup prelim game against Philadelphia?

The potential acquisition of Luke Rodgers. Who knows if this will even happen, but this guy just doesn’t excite me. Not sure if he’ll add anything. Then again, Joel Lindpere didn’t excite anybody either. Nor for that matter did the selection of Tim Ream.

The Dead
Dane Richards. Another deplorable performance. He’s simply not starter material and has no business taking the field with the starting 11.

The Jeremy Hall right back experiment needs to die. It hasn’t worked out and his skills are needed at the right midfield spot. Or left midfield.

A quick explanation of terms:
The Good – Should speak for itself. Players, formations, strategies, substitutions and other things that “looked good” for whatever reason (but not aesthetically. We don’t care about players’ hairstyles and the like).

The Bad – Opposite of good. Who and what looked lousy and why.

The Red – Things that have us concerned. Primarily individual play but could also be strategies, (lack of) substitutions and putting players at positions they have no business occupying (though that practice thankfully appears done with the departure of Juan Carlos Osorio).

The Dead – Players, schemes or strategies that deserve to be put out to pasture.

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Condoul costs Bulls first loss of the season

Posted on 10 April 2010 by Nathaniel E. Baker

Just like that, the New York Red Bulls’ fast start is history.

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It ended in a fashion fans of the team are all too familiar with: on defensive miscues and squandered opportunities. New York goalkeeper Bouna Condoul was the goat this time, scoring an embarrassing own-goal early in the second half. His team never recovered and eventually lost 2-0 at Chivas USA.

Condoul’s gaffe was without doubt the most egregious mishap of the day. But his poor play had plenty of company. The team never really seemed to find its rhythm, though it came close late in both halves. Part of this was due to the play of the hosts, who controlled the possession with patient build-up.
When the visitors did have the ball their only option seemed to be Dane Richards, the fleet but vapid right midfielder. Predictably, these went nowhere. (More on Richards and individual performances in the player ratings below).

Still, the Red Bulls had their opportunities in the first half. Macoumba Kandji had two free headers he should have buried. The first came off of a corner, the second from a terrific cross by Joel Lindpere. The second was probably the visiting team’s best sequence of the entire match. But for the most part, the Red Bulls had few ideas going forward and anyway seemed content to let Chivas control the tempo. This is a perfectly fine tactic on the road against a team in danger of an 0-3 start, and for a little while it even seemed to work. But New York’s defense was porous and Chivas had their chances. Chukwudi Chijindu alone could (and probably should) have scored twice in the first half for the hosts (then again, Kandji should have done the same for the visitors).

The Red Bulls’ luck ran out in the 47th minute. Condoul clearly deserves the blame for the goal, but he is by no means the only guilty party on the play. Start with Jeremy Hall, who gave Chijindu way too much space on the left wing. Hall was expecting the UConn product to go toward the endline but even then was too far away to have any effect. Richards’ run to help Hall was far too late and in his haste Richards didn’t track the trailing player, Jesus Padilla. Seth Stammler, who had a solid game to that point, correctly spotted the danger brewing on the left wing (in the video replay you can see him pointing toward that part of the field) but then failed to cut off Chijindu’s passing lane and was late recovering as a result to challenge Padilla. So Chijindu, an interesting young player but by no means a star in the league, managed to monopolize three Red Bulls players on one play. Mike Petke probably should have done better deflecting the ball upfield or out of bounds, though that is admittedly a bit nitpick-y. And then Condoul did the rest.

Hans Backe, in marked contrast to the team’s first game of the season (and to Richie Williams in the second), went to his bench early. Just seven minutes after the goal he brought on Salou Ibrahim for Seth Stammler. Kandji moved to left midfield with Sinisa Ubiparipovic taking Stammler’s vacant spot at holding mid. The move clearly paid dividends, as Ibrahim had several chances that could (and in one case should) have resulted in goals. But Backe’s second and third substitutions, for Tony Tchani and Conor Chinn, respectively, had little effect. The Red Bulls threw everything forward but lacked the rhythm to develop any real chances the rest of the way. Chivas scored an “insurance goal” in stoppage time, again off of mistakes by several Red Bulls players. Speaking of which, now to the player ratings:

Player ratings

New York Red Bulls players ranked 1-10 with 10 being highest:

Condoul: 2
I’ve been saying for some time that this guy is a liability on corners and crosses. However, I’ve been quick to defend his play as a shot-stopper. So where does this gaffe fit in? Nowhere, really. It was one of those mistakes that can happen in a hair-raising moment of the match. Bouna probably panicked after seeing the ball bounce off the post and was in the unusual situation of having to go toward his line, rather than away from it, to make the save. Remember that goalies are trained to deflect the ball away from goal, so when your back is turned your instincts can get a bit fuzzy. Which is not to make any excuse for the play. Unfortunately it wasn’t even his only mishap of the game. In the first half he hesitated coming off his line and was almost caught in no-man’s land by Jonathan Bornstein. He was poorly positioned on Chivas’ second goal as well.

Hall: 4
Speaking of liabilities, this is the second straight game that Hall was owned on the right side of the pitch. He was almost entirely ineffective as a defensive player and this incompetence had a large result in both goals. He did have a few nice forays into the opposing half though and narrowly missed on a shot in the second half. Perhaps it’s time to end this experiment at right back (which remember was a Juan Carlos Osorio project). Play Hall at right midfield, where his skills will be put to better use.

Petke: 5
Can’t blame him for the first goal, but his misjudgment of a ball (off a goal kick) led in part to the second. His man-marking was a bit lackadaisical as well. Granted his job is not made any easier by having to cover for Hall all the time.

Ream: 6.5
My only critique of Ream at this point is that he needs to make his presence felt more. I know this isn’t his style but he can quickly assume a leadership position on this defense by getting more vocal for example. But that’s light criticism. Did spot some moments where he probably should have marked his man tighter, but this guy is hard to beat one-on-one.

Miller: 7

Shut his side of the field down, again. Was also effective making runs into the opposing half. Would like to see more of this, particularly when the team is down a goal. He seems to link up well with Kandji as well, when Mac plays left mid. Perhaps something for Backe to consider.

Richards: 3
His first few possessions were promising, but he quickly reverted to the Dane Richards of old. He got lucky when a few of his balls were knocked behind for corners in the first half but time and again he was the final stop for Red Bull attacks. This is just frustrating to watch. Worse, Richards did little defensively (see reporting of first goal, above). Another guy I’ve been picking on for awhile, but it’s not without reason. Needs to sit on the bench or better yet, be waived. He’s just not cutting it.

Seth Stammler: 5
Started well but also had his part in the first goal. He did make a few terrific tackles early in the game but should have read that play better.

Joel Lindpere: 6.5
First half was very strong. His cross to Kandji was a thing of beauty. Second half, not so much. Turned the ball over too many times and wasn’t able to launch many attacks, which is his primary duty to this team at this point–especially when they find themselves down a goal. A lot is expected of the Estonian Express after his first two games at Red Bull Arena. So when he even disappoints a little, you feel let down a lot. This isn’t fair, but neither is life.

Sinisa Ubiparipovic: 5
Did far too little at left mid. A few nice plays in the first half and that was about it. Also turned the ball over too many times. A disappointing performance.

Macoumba Kandji: 6
His play in the second half earns him this respectable grade. In the first, he blew two chances. It’s amazing that a guy this tall doesn’t head the ball better. Something to work on in training, no doubt. But Kandji just seems far more comfortable as a withdrawn forward or even attacking midfielder, as his play in the second half justifies. Did well to link up with Salou, who blew his chances.

Juan Pablo Angel: 4
Invisible. Again. It’s very sad to see this, and even tougher to say it, but here goes: Angel needs to be benched for the good of the team. He’s just not bringing it this season. Maybe he will be more effective as a late game substitute? Yes, the team deserves a lot of the blame for not getting him better service, but where are his runs? Most of the time he’s loitering around midfield.

Salou Ibrahim: 4
His entrance into the game immediately made a difference but he should have done much, much better with the chances he had. But this guy’s game appears well suited for MLS. When he begins to start on a regular basis he’ll turn it on, just watch.

Tony Tchani: 4
Did not look at all comfortable and didn’t seem to play the ball properly even once. It’s tough to get your MLS debut in a game and situation of this type, but more is expected of the youngster. He’ll get it together if he sees more time (perhaps for Dane Richards? Or hell, try him out at right back).

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Match Facts

New York Red Bulls 0, CD Chivas USA 2
April 10, 2010 – The Home Depot Center; Carson, CA
Attendance: 12,597

Scoring Summary:
CHV: Bouna Coundoul (own goal) 47’
CHV: Jesus Padilla 1 (Zach Thornton 1) 91’+

Disciplinary Summary:
NY: Mike Petke (caution) 19’
CHV: Jesus Padilla (caution) 90’

Lineups:

New York Red Bulls (2-1-0) – Bouna Coundoul (GK), Roy Miller (Conor Chinn 83’), Tim Ream, Mike Petke, Jeremy Hall, Sinisa Ubiparipovic (Tony Tchani 77’), Joel Lindpere, Seth Stammler (Salou Ibrahim 54’), Dane Richards, Macoumba Kandji, Juan Pablo Angel

Substitutes Not Used: Greg Sutton, Andrew Boyens, Danleigh Borman, Carlos Mendes

CD Chivas USA (1-2-0) – Zach Thornton, Ante Jazic (Jesus Padilla 39’), Dario Delgado, Michael Umana, Mariano Trujillo, Jonathan Bornstein, Marcelo Saragosa, Blair Gavin, Sacha Kljestan, Chukwudi Chijindu, Maicon Santos (Maykel Galindo 58’, Michael Lahoud 77’)

Substitutes Not Used: Dan Kennedy, Yamith Cuesta, Justin Braun, Osael Romero

Officials:

Referee: Paul Ward
Referee’s Assistants: Joe Fletcher, Philippe Briere
4th Referee: Ramon Hernandez

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Photo gallery: RBNY 3, Army 1

Posted on 30 March 2010 by ASN Staff

ASN photographer Scott Marsh was at the New York Red Bulls exhibition match at Army on March 29. The Red Bulls won 3-1 on goals from Juan Agudelo (2x) and Conor Chinn. Red Bulls Reader has a proper recap of the match along with video highlights.

Trialist Damani Ralph also saw substantial time in the match and assisted on Agudelo’s winning goal. A previous version of this post was unable to identify the 20-year old Jamaican, who last played for Russian champions Rubin Kazan. Ralph was the 2003 MLS rookie of the year after being drafted in the first round out of the University of Connecticut by the Chicago Fire. He has been capped 18 times by the Jamaican national team.

A few of our favorite photos follow, complete with snarky commentary (by ASN). Even more of these photos are on our Facebook page.

All photos ©Scott Marsh / ASN

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Backe says nine of 11 starters decided and more from media day

Posted on 17 March 2010 by ASN Staff

New York Red Bulls head coach Hans Backe today said he had decided on all but two starters for the March 27 opening day match against the Chicago Fire. “I would say I have nine out of 11 [starters] in my head for the Chicago game,” he told ASN. He declined to provide specifics but did effectively rule out a few possibilities.

Carl Robinson “is close to being a starter–yeah definitely.”

Tony Tchani “not probably as a starter–but he’s rather close,” said Backe. “He’s improving all the time I would say. I think the youngsters haven’t been through a preseason like this so they’re rather tired.”

Conor Chinn, “he’s good for goals. He’s always in the box. He’s a very brave striker.” But probably not as a starter either.

The team will in all likelihood play a 4-4-2 formation, Backe said. The Red Bulls are unlikely to cut any more players before opening day. “I think we are 21 players, so we are close…we have perhaps one or two players on the injured list if you look at [Chris] Albright and Kevin Goldthwaite.”

Ibrahim Salou is not signed. “He is just here for trial. He will play on Saturday against Santos and I will take a decision after that.” There are no other trialists on the team.

John Agudelo “is in the squad for us and I don’t know if they have signed the contract yet–but I think they will.”

Strike talks

Labor talks were a particularly popular discussion point, as might be expected. Players were extremely tight-lipped and did not provide any new information, preferring to defer to the team’s union representative, John Wolyniec. When cornered by reporters, Wolyniec tried to say as little as possible in as quiet a tone as possible, as evidenced in this video:

Be sure to view the other videos from media day.

Speaking to ASN later, he did reiterate the union’s resolve on the matter. “We’re pretty united–we’ve been talking about this for a long time,” he said. “There are certain issues that we really need to resolve as far as players’ rights go. We don’t think we’re asking for anything unreasonable. Hopefully we can get that done.”

Just in case there was any doubt, Wolyniec ruled out any possibility of kicking off the 2010 campaign without a new collective bargaining agreement. “We will not start the season without it,” he said.

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RBNY media day videos

Posted on 16 March 2010 by ASN Staff

ASN is at Red Bull Arena for the New York Red Bulls 2010 media day activities. We will be updating this post constantly throughout the day, so be sure to check back often. Also follow us on Twitter, if you aren’t doing so already, where we have been posting photos.

Red Bulls GM Eric Stover introduces Red Bull Arena in cake form!

The all time First XI MetroBulls:

Here is footage from the intrasquad practice match that was played earlier. Just ignore the goofy commentary, keeping in mind these are unedited.

Practice Videos





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Five for fighting: Red Bulls add quintet of college players in SuperDraft

Posted on 15 January 2010 by ASN Staff

Red Bull New York added five players to their roster at Thursday’s 2010 MLS SuperDraft, held at the Philadelphia Convention Center in Philadelphia. New York selected University of Virginia midfielder Tony Tchani and Wake Forest University midfielder Austin Da Luz in the first round (2nd, 14th overall, respectively), Saint Louis University defender Tim Ream in the second round (18th), University of San Francisco forward Conor Chinn in the third round (34th) and University of California – Irvine midfielder/forward Irving Garcia in the fourth round (50th). Earlier in the day, New York acquired defender Chris Albright from the New England Revolution in exchange for a second round (31st overall) pick and third round (48th overall) pick in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft.

The Philadelphia Union are seen as clear winners from SuperDraft, but some pundits gave New York top marks as well. Assign the team’s draft a letter grade in the poll below:

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Part of the 2010 MLS Generation adidas class, Tchani scored eight goals and recorded four assists in 2009. The 6-4, 185-pound midfielder earned spots on the ACC All-Tournament Team, NCAA College Cup All-Tournament Team and All-ACC second team. In his freshman season in 2008, Tchani earned the ACC Freshman of the Year award, garnering nine goals and three assists. The 20-year-old 2009 First Team All-American from Norfolk, VA, was a key component in Virginia’s NCAA Championship run last season. New York’s second overall pick was the highest selection it has had in the draft since 2006, when it took defender Marvell Wynne out of UCLA with the first overall pick.

Toni Tchani, the team's highest draft pick since Marvell Wynne in 2006

“My goals are first of all, to make the team, second, reach the playoffs and third, maybe win the MLS Cup,” Tchani said. “All I can say is that I will do my best for my team.”

Da Luz, 22, played four seasons at Wake Forest and was a 2009 First Team All-ACC selection. A left winger in college, Da Luz (pronounced dah-LOSE) played and started in 24 games last season, posting career-highs in goals (6) and assists (15). Over his career, the 5-10, 160-pounder from Winston-Salem, NC, featured in 83 games, scoring 11 goals and 39 assists. He was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Nike Carolina Classic in 2008.

With their third pick, the Red Bulls selected the 6-1, 160-pound Ream. In his four seasons, Ream, a central defender from St. Louis, MO, played in 82 games – missing only one match in his career. During his senior season, the NSCAA Third Team All-American and three-time NSCAA First Team All Mid Atlantic Region selection recorded six goals and five assists – earning the Atlantic-10 Conference Defender of the Year award.

In the third round, New York picked Chinn, a 6-0, 180-pound forward from San Diego, CA, who was the 2008 WCC Player of the Year after scoring a career-high 17 goals. In his senior season, Chinn, 22, was a 2009 First Team All-WCC selection, tallying 10 goals and three assists. He was a two-time All-Far West Region pick and played in 76 games over four years at USF.

The Red Bulls’ final pick was Garcia, a 5-5, 140-pound 21-year-old from San Luis, AZ. Garcia was a NSCAA / Performance Subaru Third Team All-American, College Soccer News Second Team All-American and a 2008 First Team All-Big West selection. Last season, he scored eight goals and nine assists. He played 45 games in two seasons at Irvine.

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