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Woly, Baby Bulls gore Revs JV 3-0

Posted on 12 May 2010 by cwilliams

A two-goal performance by John Wolyniec keyed a 3-0 New York Red Bulls win over the New England Revolution in Wednesday night’s U.S. Open Cup play-in match at Red Bull Arena.

“In the first half, the level of play was even on both sides,” said Red Bulls Head Coach Hans Backe. “But we dominated in the second half, not facing any serious threat at all.”

The Bulls’ first goal came in the 36th minute on a point-blank range shot from forward Wolyniec after Revolution goal keeper Bobby Shuttleworth parried a shot that Conor Chinn really should have buried.

Wolyniec scores against the Revs ©Scott Marsh/ASN

Check out more photos from the match in the gallery.

In the second half, the Bulls scored on a free kick close to the box in the 62nd minute. The play was set up by midfielder Brian Nielsen, passing to Sinisa Ubiparipovic, who got off a terrific shot high into the upper right hand corner of the net. The third and final goal came after Wolyniec took advantage of another rebound in the 68th minute.

The Revs offense was not much of a factor throughout. Passes were either wild or well off-mark, flying far above intended targets and landing out of bounds. And there was a lot of lateral movement by the New England defense, shifting the attack (or lack thereof) from one side of the field to another without making any forward progress. This tactic cost the team 20-30 yards at each possession and prevented players from building any momentum.

For weeks, Bulls’ coach Backe bemoaned an “end-line to end-line” syndrome, calling for more control of the ball at midfield. Tonight the Bulls dominated midfield. Whether the problem is solved for good shall be determined when the Bulls face more capable opponents.

Brian Nielsen displayed his edge over the competition with solid playmaking, revealing potential to be a true “Spiel Kaiser” (top playmaker), with pinpoint passes long and short. Fellow midfielder Tony Tchani did not fare as well, and was replaced at half-time by Luke Sassano.

Wolyniec was taken out of the game in the 70th minute to be replaced by Juan Agudelo.

Backe’s team demonstrated great strides in gaining control at midfield. But the strikers, particularly Chinn, were unable to finish well, often fizzling at the goal mouth after midfielders get the ball to them.

“We saw a lot of lost opportunities through missed shots,” Backe said. “Taking the ball through the last third of the field and finishing well is what it’s all about.”

Backe’s analysis is spot on because there were indeed a dozen or so chances to score that fizzled once the Bulls managed to get the ball inside the box. In the last ten minutes alone, Nielsen, Ubiparipovic, and Agudelo each missed several shots. By that time, the game had been reduced to “shooting fish in a barrel” but the Bulls couldn’t come up with anything else against a weak New England defense.

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Match Facts

New York Red Bulls 3, New England Revolution 0
May 12, 2010 – Red Bull Arena; Harrison, NJ
Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Preliminary Round Match

Scoring Summary:
NY: John Wolyniec 1 (unassisted) 36’
NY: Sinisa Ubiparipovic 1 (Brian Nielsen 1) 62’
NY: John Wolyniec 2 (unassisted) 64’

Disciplinary Summary:
NE: Pat Phelan (caution) 88’


New York Red Bulls – Greg Sutton (GK), Chris Albright (Irving Garcia 63’), Carlos Mendes, Andrew Boyens, Danleigh Borman, Jeremy Hall, Sinisa Ubiparipovic, Tony Tchani (Luke Sassano 46’), Brian Nielsen, John Wolyniec (Juan Agudelo 76’), Conor Chinn

Substitutes Not Used: Bouna Coundoul, Roy Miller

New England Revolution – Bobby Shuttleworth, Marko Perovic, Zak Boggs, Seth Sinovic (Khano Smith 61’), Chris Tierney, Nico Colaluca, Pat Phelan, Joseph Niouky, Kenny Mansally, Kheli Dube, Zack Schilawski

Substitutes Not Used: Tim Murray, Sainey Nyassi

Referee: Shane Moody
Referee’s Assistants: Greg Barkey, Brian Dunn
4th Referee: Jose Carlos Rivero
Attendance: 1,935

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Open Cup: Union at RBNY Photo Gallery

Posted on 30 April 2010 by Breton Bonnette

More photos from the Open Cup all thanks to stand-in ASN Philly photographer Emily Pease. Let us know which one you think should be used for the next Caption Contest!!

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Photo gallery: RBNY 2, Union 1 (US Open Cup)

Posted on 29 April 2010 by ASN Staff

ASN photographer Scott Marsh was at the New York Red Bulls 2-1 US Open Cup preliminary round win over Philadelphia Union April 27 at Red Bull Arena.

A few of our favorite shots 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.

All photos ©Scott Marsh / ASN

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Thursday audio news update

Posted on 29 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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Different competition, same result: Red Bulls defeat Union 2-1 in US Open Cup

Posted on 28 April 2010 by Breton Bonnette

Philadelphia Union players were punished, Nowak style, for their performance ©Emily Pease/ASN

Barely 72 hours after winning 2-1 in their first-ever meeting, the New York Red Bulls defeated the Philadelphia Union again by the same score. The setting for this Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup preliminary match, Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J., was the same as well. The similarities end there however.

The Red Bulls fielded a squad made up almost entirely of second-stringers, with only one starter from Saturday’s MLS encounter. Philadelphia countered with only a modified version of its “A” team, and kept its best strikers, Sebastien Le Toux and Alejandro Moreno, on the bench. Yet New York dominated almost from the very beginning to the very end, with standout performances from rookies Tony Tchani and Conor Chinn (the latter supplying both Red Bulls goals).

In the end the 2-1 scoreline flattered Philly, whose gamble of playing Le Toux (he would enter as a second half substitute and in fact supply his team’s one goal) may end up costly. The Frenchman had to leave the field with an MCL injury and is pending evaluation of tests this morning. Initial fears, that he would be lost for the season, appear to have been overblown. But it puts head coach Peter Nowak’s strategy in a questionable light nonetheless.

Speaking of questionable (or at least unusual) coaching moves, Nowak had his team run laps after the match to “punish” them for their bad performance.

ASN Philly has an initial postmatch reaction with more to follow. Union supporters are also encouraged to visit their new forum where they can discuss the match (and other matters affecting the team) among themselves (no registration necessary. Your Facebook/Twitter/Yahoo/Google/Myspace account gets you in).

ASN’s New York Red Bulls page also has full coverage, including audio of head coach Hans Backe’s postgame press conference, player reactions and player ratings. RBNY fans, too, are encouraged to post to their team’s new forum.

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RBNY 2, Union 1: Identical scores, the Good and the Bad

Posted on 28 April 2010 by Breton Bonnette

Still a team...

A Connor Chinn brace sunk the Philadelphia Union for the second time in four days.  One thing is for sure, this was not the same team that played Saturday night; determined though flawed, quick, and motivated. Tonight’s squad, though on average five years younger, looked nervous, inexperienced, and devoid of any tactical knowledge. Gone was the short passing and at times the effective off the ball running. Instead of player ratings we opted to just take a look at the good and the bad:

The Good

–          Shea Salinas- his second game at left back certainly exposed inconsistencies but undoubtedly he was the only one on the field with any sort of killer instinct. On numerous occasions his speed bailed out both Orozco and Califf after Chinn found space in the back.

–          Yes, Sebastian Le Toux is injured, and no, that’s not good. What is good however is the fact that it looks to be less severe than originally feared. Initial tests are calling it an MCL sprain while Seba himself is in good spirits. We’ll find out tomorrow what the verdict is.

“It looks like a MCL sprain. We are going to do some more tests tomorrow and make sure what kind of steps he needs to take and what we need to do to bring him back as soon as we can… It is still too early to say what kind of grade of sprain it is. Like I said, we are going to run more tests tomorrow.” – Nowak

–          In cold conditions the Union fans did show up. And for a smaller crowd they sounded mighty.

The Bad

–          Leave it to the Union to find a way to play a significant portion of the game a man down. This time however, there was no freak play or massive brain cramp to blame the loss on. A lack of cohesion accented the brunt of the game. Once the Union were down to 10 men after Le Toux’s injury and all 5 subs were used up, they were most dangerous.

–          Coach Piotr Nowak’s decision not to follow through on starting his best 11.  McInerney and Mwanga showed very little.  Jack Mac seemed to have little understanding of the off sides rule. Danny Mwanga looked lost and unmotivated. Chalk it up to jitters but we have seen enough from the two to know there’s much more potential than what meets the eye.

“I just won’t tolerate half (effort from players) and if you don’t enjoy playing on the field you will enjoy running, and if you don’t run during the game you could run after the game. That’s how it is and that is how it’s going to be.” – Nowak explaining why he made the guys run – high school style – after the match.

–          The two most creative forces in the starting 11- Nick Zimmerman and Roger Torres- were borderline nonexistent. The difference was Zimmerman was almost invisible while Torres was beaten off of the ball by the impressive Tony Tchani. Until Le Toux and Moreno were on the pitch there was very little urgency to get a shot off.

Now one of the most potent offenses in MLS awaits as the Union will travel to Los Angeles to take on Landon Donovan and the Galaxy. The Red Bulls meanwhile will move on in Open Cup qualification playing New England on May 12th.

Will Califf and Orozco be able to weather the storm? What positives and negatives would you take out of tonight’s loss? Was there anyone that impressed you?  How was the streamed feed of the game?

We will have a photo gallery and update on Sebastian Le Toux once one becomes available.

Starting XI





Substitutes: Cristian Arrieta, Alejandro Moreno, Sebastien Le Toux, Stefani Migilioranzi

Nowak and Hackworth making the guys run post-loss...

All photos taken by ASN’s stand-in photographer Emily Pease.

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Chinn brace sees Baby Bulls past Philly in USOC prelim (updated with player ratings)

Posted on 27 April 2010 by Nathaniel E. Baker

New York Red Bulls rookie Conor Chinn has reasons to smile. Two of them, in fact, for the number of goals he scored for his team in Tuesday night’s frigid US Open Cup play-in game against the Philadelphia Union at Red Bull Arena. The Red Bulls fielded a squad made up almost entirely of second-stringers, but still dominated the match against the Union, who played almost all starters. In the end the 2-1 scoreline did no justice to the team’s performance–probably its best of the season.

Enjoy this photo of Chinn celebrating one of his goals with teammate Andrew Boyens. Listen to Hans Backe’s postgame press conference, if you haven’t already or skip to the player ratings at the bottom of this page.

Andrew Boyens congratulates Conor Chinn on one of his goals Tuesday night ©Scott Marsh/ASN

Player Ratings

On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the highest.

Greg Sutton 5.5
Looked a bit stiff. And there was the goal, which he should have done more to prevent. Bouna Time will return.

Luke Sassano: 7
Played well. The assist was a thing of beauty. Easily the team’s best goal of the season. Clearly has skills. Also did well after being switched to centerback though there were one or two moments late in the match where he was caught flat footed.

Carlos Mendes: 5
Didn’t make any egregious mistakes but did not look at all comfortable out there. Didn’t move well. Clearly not match fit. Would expect him to be the first player cut at this point.

Andrew Boyens: 7
Solid. Didn’t notice any crucial errors (but will probably need to see a replay of Sebastien Le Toux’ goal to be sure. Seemed to move a little better than I remember.

Danleigh Borman: 7.5
Shut his side of the field down and also provided good service to the attack. Made some nice runs. A serviceable left midfielder or left back for sure.

Sinisa Ubiparipovic: 5
Yeah he got an assist on the second goal but it was Stammler and Sassano (and obviously Chinn) who did the heavy lifting. Did a few things right but more often than not seemed to be holding up the flow of the team’s passing game. Also blew what would have been a 3-on-1 in the second half and had several other chances go wanting.

Seth Stammler: 8.5
Provided leadership, poise and serenity to the team’s game. A pillar in defensive midfield and additionally a lynchpin for its attacks. This would have been a completely different game without him–and not in a good way. The man of the match. Now why isn’t he starting again?

Tony Tchani: 8
After a few nervous moments in the opening minutes he came on strong. Dominated the flow of the game at times. This is a guy who has size, strength, but also solid technical ability and vision to boot. A Jozy Altidore of the midfield–if he were five or six years younger. Even so, he could be a dominant player in MLS, perhaps even soon.

Brian Nielsen: 6.5
Had some nice moves in the early going but ran out of gas. Also got a bit sloppy and generally seems to lack creativity. Perhaps that is also due to not knowing his teammates well yet. Needs to get match fit. It’ll come.

Juan Agudelo: 6
Not a bad first start but would have liked to see more of him. Seemed tentative, which it turns out was due to a knock he picked up in practice. “A collision with the goalkeeper” that had him in the hospital for stomach tests Tuesday morning. Turns out it was just badly bruised. Showed excellent ball and body control though. Will be a special player someday. Kid’s only 17, remember.

Conor Chinn: 7
The weird thing about Chinn is he does not stand out for his pace or skill on the ball or even his size–just his ability to score goals. We saw this in the preseason. He simply has a nose for goal and is able to do what it takes, whether by hook or crook, to get the ball into the net. Both goals were examples of this: him making the run, getting himself in position, then seeing the play through. Of course he also missed plenty of chances too, particularly in the second half. Should have ended up with four or five goals.

Albright: 8
Looked very solid at right back. Defended very well. Broke up plays and stayed in front of his man. In other words: all the stuff Jeremy Hall is unable to do. Looking forward to seeing him start the San Jose game next week.

Woly: 4
Looked a bit lost. Did nothing to contribute to the team’s attack and was tentative when he did have the ball. Perhaps still nursing injuries.

Da Luz: 4
That backheel was nice but otherwise disappointed. Didn’t even seem to keep his position. Misplayed several balls. It’s hard to come into a game cold but was expecting more from him.

Garcia: N/A
Kid has pace though. Could be a good player some day.

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Match Facts

Philadelphia Union at New York Red Bulls, April 27, 2009
Lamar Hunt US Open play-in game

Scoring Summary
NY — Conor Chinn (unassisted) 16
NY — Conor Chinn (Sassano, Ubiparipovic) 41
PHI — Sébastien Le Toux (Arrieta) 68

Misconduct Summary
PHI — Jacobson (yellow card) 31
NY — Borman (yellow card) 66
NY — Boyens (yellow card) 81


Philadelphia: Seitz, Salinas, Orozco, Califf, Stahl (Arrieta), Torres (Moreno), Jacobson, Okugo, Zimmerman (Miglioranizi), Mwanga, McInerney (Le Toux).

New York: Sutton, Sassano, Mendes (Albright), Boyens, Borman, Ubiparipovic (García), Stammler, Tchani, Nielsen (da Luz), Agudelo (Wolyniec), Chinn.

Attendance: 3,015

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US Open Cup win over Philly:Hans Backe post game press conference

Posted on 27 April 2010 by ASN Staff

New York Red Bulls head coach Hans Backe discusses his team’s 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union in the U.S. Open Cup play-in game at Red Bull Arena, April 27. He was particularly impressed with the play of Tony Tchani in the first half. But listen for yourself.

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USOC: Philadelphia Union at Red Bull New York

Posted on 27 April 2010 by Breton Bonnette

Open Cup Play-In Game

Philadelphia Union at Red Bull New York

Red Bull Arena, Harrison, NJ


We’ll be up there again tonight – a little closer to game time.

The Union

Will Nowak  actually go for a full-strength squad (as he indicated he would post-match on Saturday evening)? Or will he have core starters in peppered with some of the younger guys like Zimmerman, McInerney, and Mwanga? Either way, Nowak is set to take the Open Cup seriously but there’s long road just to get there. A three game play-in will determine whether or not the Union get the chance to play in the US Open Cup. If there is a win over New York tonight, they will face New England at home (location to be determined). Winner of that match-up would then move on to play the Colorado Rapids who snuck by Kansas City last week. Overall, a win would certainly help the psyche heading into two very tough road games – at Los Angeles and Salt Lake.

Hopefully, we’ll see Danny Califf again and he can help quarterback this team into playing consistent, cohesive soccer. We’ll update with projected starters as we get closer to the game – and hopefully a little more information comes to light.

The Opposition (…again):

Brian Lewis of the New York Post showed us that Hans Backe isn’t shy about sharing his line-up with the world a full day before the game. He reported last night that the Red Bulls XI will be:






Juan Agudelo is the one to watch out for here. A highly touted homegrown player, Agudelo could  Their back four could have honestly been a starting defense for the Red Bulls in 2007 or 2008 so again, they cannot be underestimated.

Also from Brian Lewis, a quick tidbit from Philadelphia native and former US international Chris Albright…

Definitely being a Philly guy and a Philly fan in every other sport, it’s an interesting dynamic. But I’m a Red Bull and we’re going to try to take it to them. I obviously know the nature of my compadres down there in Philly; so it’s great for the league. Philly is a location that connects D.C. and New York and Boston, and it brings all the rivalries closer in. Certainly Philly-New York in all the other sports, look at the World Series last year. It’s a good chance for fans that’re very passionate on both sides to scream at each other a few more times a year”

Did you know?

The Seattle Sounders were the 2nd expansion team ever to claim the US Open Cup championship. Roger Levesque and Fredy Montero scored as the Sounders downed D.C. United in the final last season.

The qualification for Major League Soccer teams didn’t begin until 2007. Since then, only Seattle has made the trek from the play-in game to the Championship game.

Philadelphia has had area teams win the US Open Cup five times. The Ukranian Nationals won four with the last Championship being in 1966.

The Union have Open Cup championship experience on their squad, captain Danny Califf, playmaker Fred, and centreback Shavar Thomas all have Cup titles to their name.

Union fans, who’s making the trip up? At last count, we were told 75-100 of you will. What kind of result are you expecting? Scorers? Man of the match? Projected starters?

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Wednesday audio news update

Posted on 14 April 2010 by ASN Staff

Subscribe to ASN's Audio Soccer News Daily for free! (Just this audio feed, no other ASN items!)

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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