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Kenny Cooper scored two goals and Thierry Henry added a third as the playoff-bound Red Bulls closed out their season against the Union
Red Bulls clinched a postseason spot with a scoreless draw against Sporting KC on Saturday night.
The Red Bulls wrap up their home slate on Saturday night, hosting first-place Sporting KC.
In what could prove to be a playoff preview in the Eastern Conference, the Fire was able to pull out the victory thanks to a pair of goals by forward Sherjill MacDonald. The star of the night scored in the 65th and 78th minutes to propel Chicago into the win column.
New York took nine shots, but was only able to get one on frame throughout the affair. The Red Bulls had their chances, controlling the ball for 57 percent of the time but failing to connect on the big play.
The match was a bit chippy, with three yellow cards being handed out. New York was guilty of two with forward Thierry Henry and defenseman Wilman Conde being whistled.
Chicago only put four shots on frame, but beat Red Bulls goaltender Luis Robles half the time.
The Red Bulls and Fire will meet Saturday in New Jersey with a possible playoff berth on the line.
Thierry Henry was once again named MLS Player of the Week
After a 4-1 victory, the New York Red Bulls are second in the Eastern Conference standings with three games left in the regular season.
The New York Red Bulls handily defeated Toronto FC on Saturday night, 4-1.
The New York Red Bulls will look to improve their place on the Eastern Conference Table when they face Toronto FC on Saturday night.
There are only four games left in the MLS season for the New York Red Bulls to improve their playoff positioning. New York is currently tied with D.C. United for third place in the Eastern Conference, but ahead of D.C. on goals.
Heading into the final month of the season, Hans Backe's New York squad is three points out of second place and just five from the top of the Eastern Conference. The Red Bulls are four points ahead of fifth-place Houston.
The Red Bulls are coming off of a 1-1 draw with the New England Revolution on Saturday in which they were without star Designated Player Thierry Henry because of a one-game suspension for violent conduct committed against Sporting Kansas City.
Out west, the San Jose Earthquakes continue to be the class of MLS, leading both the Western Conference as well as the league-wide race for the Supporters' Shield with 60 points. The LA Galaxy, Seattle Sounders and Real Salt Lake are bunched behind San Jose, the three teams separated by just one point for second through fourth place.
1. Sporting Kansas City (55)
2. Chicago Fire (53)
3. New York Red Bulls (50)
4. D.C. United (50)
5. Houston Dynamo (46)
6. Columbus Crew (45)
7. Montreal Impact (40)
8. Philadelphia Union (30)
9. New England Revolution (29)
10. Toronto FC (22)
1. San Jose Earthquakes (60)
2. LA Galaxy (49)
3. Real Salt Lake (49)
4. Seattle Sounders FC (48)
5. Vancouver Whitecaps (38)
6. FC Dallas (36)
7. Colorado Rapids (30)
8. Portland Timbers (29)
9. Chivas USA (28)
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After a scoreless regulation, the Red Bulls struck first in the 91st minute on a scrappy header from Joel Lindpere at point-blank range. Fellow midfielder Tim Cahill assisted on the goal. But Revolution defender Darrius Barnes responded four minutes later with a header of his own from the center of the box off a cross from midfielder Ryan Guy, denying New York three points as several Red Bulls froze in disbelief.
The Red Bulls were playing without star striker Thierry Henry, who was suspended for one game after headbutting Sporting Kansas City forward Kei Kamara during the 93rd minute of a Sept. 19 match. With the loss, New York remained in third-place in the Eastern Conference, three points behind the second-place Chicago Fire and five points behind Sporting KC.
The New York Red Bulls take on the New England Revolution Saturday, but much of the attention surrounding the game will be devoted to one man who won't be on the pitch — Thierry Henry. The Red Bulls star was suspended by the MLS for just Saturday night's game for allegedly head-butting Sporting KC forward Kei Kamara in the 93rd minute of their match Sept. 19.
"I haven't looked into that specific situation, I just saw it from the bench, so I can't really comment. But it's probably something with a kind of head butting, and we just have to accept that."
The AP also reported Backe said he was planning on benching Henry for the game regardless because of the Revolution's turf, in an attempt to save his star striker from injury before the playoffs, but who knows if that was just gamesmanship or if it was the truth.
Game Date: Saturday, Sept. 22
Kickoff Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Sporting Kansas City snapped the New York Red Bulls' six-game home winning streak Wednesday with a convincing 2-0 victory.
Up against a stout defense, the Red Bulls were unable to apply any real pressure to Sporting KC, who got goals from C.J. Sapong in the 12th minute and Kei Kamara in the 19th minute. Playing with a lead, Sporting KC held firm on the back line to earn the victory, maintaining their spot atop the MLS Eastern Conference standings.
Despite possessing the ball for 61 percent of the game, the Red Bulls were mostly mulling around the midfield, getting only three corner kicks and three shots on goal.
With the loss, the Red Bulls remain in third place, unable to pick up any ground on the second-place Chicago Fire. They are now five points behind Sporting KC for the top spot.
The New York Red Bulls have been notorious for slow starts this season. It's come back to haunt them on several occasions, and they can't afford to make the same mistake when they meet Sporting Kansas City on the pitch Wednesday night at Red Bull Arena.
New York has dug themselves into holes early and often this season, allowing eight goals within the first eight minutes of their matches. They can't afford to get off to a start like that against one of the most physical teams in the MLS who also boast one of the stingiest defenses. There's just too much on the line.
Sporting KC enters the match in first place in the Eastern Conference Standings, but a victory could vault the Red Bulls into that spot. New York currently sits in third place in the standings being Sporting KC and the Chicago Fire. The Red Bulls sit just two points behind KC and one point behind the Fire who are idle.
Game Date: Wednesday, Sept. 19
Kickoff Time: 7 p.m. ET
TV Schedule: MSG+
Streaming: MLS Live
With six games remaining in the 2012 season, the Red Bulls will have ample opportunity to improve their standing as they will challenge first place Sporting Kansas City on two occasions, as well as a match against the second place Chicago Fire. All three matches will be played at Red Bull Arena, with four of the club's six remaining matches at their home field.
Here is how the playoff picture looks in the Eastern Conference:
1. Sporting Kansas City: 51 points (28 games played)
2. Chicago Fire: 50 points (28 games played)
3. New York Red Bulls: 49 points (28 games played)
4. Houston Dynamo: 46 points (29 games played)
5. D.C. United: 44 points (28 games played)
New York scored early and often. After falling behind in the fourth minute on a goal by Columbus forward Milovan Mirosevic, Thierry Henry knotted things up with a marker just nine minutes into the match. It would prove to be the first of two Henry goals on the evening, with the other coming in the 90th minute of play.
The Red Bulls controlled the match for most of the event, owning 59 percent of the possession time. Both teams had 19 shots, with New York putting eight on frame compared to four by the Crew.
In a heated contest, both sides earned one yellow card, although neither accrued a red. The Crew's Julius James was handed his yellow in the 50th minute, while Tim Cahill was nabbed six minutes later.
With the win, New York earned its 49th point of the year.
After a lengthy hiatus, the Red Bulls return to action on Saturday with a home game against the Columbus Crew. New York had a two week break while FIFA held a round of qualifying matches around the world, but things resume against a Crew team that is just inside the top five in points in the Eastern Conference. The one week break came at a good time for New York, according to Hans Backe:
"I think the break came perfect because we had been on the road, tough games," Head Coach Hans Backe said. "Mentally wise I think it was very good to get this break."
This will be the final game of the season against Columbus. The first match resulted in a 4-1 win for the Red Bulls back in April, but this one comes during a crucial final 7-game stretch to wrap the season.
Match time: 7 p.m. ET
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The New York Red Bulls and D.C. United are set to face-off on Wednesday night with the Atlantic Cup on the line.
The New York Red Bulls take on Sporting Kansas City in an important Eastern Conference MLS clash Sunday night at 9:00 p.m. ET. Kansas City is just two points ahead of New York for the top spot in the standings, and a win could vault the Red Bulls into first place.
The Red Bulls will be shorthanded, as Thierry Henry will miss the match to tend to his newborn baby. Rafa Marquez and goalie Ryan Meara are also out for the game. Marquez is still rehabbing an injured left calf, while Meara underwent surgery on his left hip that will sideline him for the remainder of the MLS season.
Match time: 9 p.m. ET
TV: ESPN2, ESPN Deportes
For the full MLS standings, go here.
The New York Red Bulls are just two points behind Sporting Kansas City in the latest 2012 MLS Eastern Conference standings. The two teams are set to square off on Aug. 26 at Livestrong Sporting Park. If the Red Bulls can pull out the win, they would take over the top spot in the conference, though not by much. Unfortunately, New York is just 4-7-2 on the road this season.
You can check out the full MLS Eastern Conference standings below.
|1||Sporting Kansas City||46||25||14||7||4||31||22||9||7-3-2||7-4-2||T-L-W-W-W|
|2||New York Red Bulls||44||25||13||7||5||43||36||7||9-0-3||4-7-2||W-L-L-W-W|
|9||New England Revolution||23||24||6||13||5||27||31||-4||5-4-3||1-9-2||T-L-L-L-L|
The Timbers looked like they might have finally squashed their reputation as one of the worst MLS teams on the road when forward Bright Dike scored in the eighth minute. Midfielder Darlington Nagbe added another goal in the 32nd minute, but then the Red Bulls ended the Timbers hope of ending their winless road streak.
Cooper put the Red Bulls on the scoreboard with a goal in the 42nd minute against his former employers. Tim Cahill scored the equalizer right before half time, and Heath Pearce brought it all home in the 83rd minute with a goal.
The win helps the Red Bulls keep pace with Sporting Kansas City for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. Kansas City shut out Toronto FC 1-0 on Saturday. The Red Bulls remain two points behind of Kansas City.
Statistically it seemed like a pretty even match. Both teams had 12 attempts on goal, five shots on target. Both teams had six corner kicks and the Timbers had one more foul than the Red Bulls, nine and eight respectively. The Red Bulls dominated possession though; holding the ball for 66.8 percent of the game.
Cooper was traded to the Red Bulls in January for a 2013 first-round draft pick and allocation money. Cooper was the Timbers' leading scorer and scored the Timbers' first-ever MLS regular-season goal.
The New York Red Bulls will try to improve keep their unblemished home record intact Sunday as they host the Portland Timbers (7 p.m. ET on MSG). The Red Bulls (12-7-5) are 8-0-3 at home this season and have a good chance of extending that mark as the Timbers (5-12-6) are 0-8-3 on the road.
Currently, New York has lost three of its last four games, but it did earn a 2-0 victory over the Houston Dynamo nine days ago.
Unfortunately, the Red Bulls will be without newly signed English midfielder Lloyd Sam who did not receive his international visa in time to make the match. Rafa Marquez will also not be a part of New York's lineup, as he aggravated a left calf injury earlier in the week.
Luckily, New York will still have Kenny Cooper, who will be facing his old team (Portland) for the first time since being shipped to the Red Bulls during a draft-day trade in January. Cooper currently leads the Red Bulls in scoring with 13 goals.
The New York Red Bulls avenged their previous loss to the Houston Dynamo Friday night, winning by a score of 2-0 and moving into first place in the Eastern Conference of Major League Soccer.The Red Bulls lost to Houston one week ago.
Markus Holgersson had the first goal for New York, putting one in the net in the 61st minute with assists from Tim Cahill and Roy Miller. New York held on to a 1-0 lead for most of the game, until Thierry Henry beat the offside trap and sent the ball across to Jan Gunnar Solli, who put it past Houston keeper Tally Hall to secure the win and first place for the Red Bulls.
New York goaltender Bill Gaudette saw three shots on goal from the Dynamo, defending all three to post the shutout. The Red Bulls are 12-7-5 with 41 points in the standings, just ahead of Houston (11-6-7, 40 points) and Sporting Kansas City (12-7-4, 40 points).
Thierry Henry is apparently tired of watching the poor defensive efforts that have become commonplace for the New York Red Bulls this season. After last week's loss to the Houston Dynamo, and in advance of Friday night's rematch with Houston (8 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network), Henry shredded his team's defenders.
Henry was particularly incensed by Houston star Kandji being allowed to control the ball seemingly at will in last week's loss.
"The time he had on the ball, if you have a bit of talent, again, I'm not attacking anybody, but watch how he was getting the ball. Chesting it, going, 20,000 step-overs, on the spot, nobody smashed him once, like he was playing against his friends," Henry said
"You can't let him control the ball on his chest, step on it, look if someone was in the stand, take a coffee, turn, call his family, no one was answering, he left a message and then say, ‘Oh, I might cross the ball.' He crossed it and they scored. You can't win a game when you play like that. I'm not attacking anyone, but that was just a fact."
The other fact is that New York has been one of the worst defending teams in the MLS this season. New York has used several combinations on defense and in the midfield. They have also switched from rookie goalkeeper to veteran Bill Gaudette.
Only four teams have surrendered more goals than the 34 given up by the Red Bulls, however.
It will be the MLS home debut for new designated player Tim Cahill, who made the transfer to New York from English Premier League side Everton. New York acquired goalkeeper Luis Robles through the MLS Allocation Order after his move to the United States from German side Karlsruher SC. Robles is not expected to be in the lineup for Friday's game.
Houston will welcome back a fan favorite, as midfielder Ricardo Clark makes his return to the Dynamo after spending the last three seasons with Eintracht Frankfurt in Germany.
Projected Lineup (4-4-2): GK: Gaudette; D: Miller, Conde, Holgersson, Solli; M: Lindpere, Cahill, Tainino, McCarty; F: Henry, Le Toux
Game Time: 8 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Network
Venue: Red Bull Arena, Harrison, NJ
Season Series: 1-1-0, Red Bulls (1-0 win, May 9, 2-0 loss; Aug )
The New York Red Bulls dropped a 2-0 decision to the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium Friday night in a battle between the two Eastern Conference leaders. The Red Bulls are now in second place with 38 points off an 11-7-5 record, two points behind the Dynamo, which moved into first with the win.
New York has a chance to exact immediate revenge in its match next week against the Dynamo on Friday, August 10 at Red Bull Arena at 8 p.m. ET (TV: NBC Sports Network; Radio: 93.1 FM).
The Dynamo took the lead in the second minute. A Brad Davis free kick fell in the box to forward Macoumba Kandji, whose shot was blocked by a diving Bill Gaudette. Hainault was first to the rebound on the left wing and hit a pass across the six-yard box that Gaudette deflected and was kneed in from close range at the back post by Houston's Jermaine Taylor.
In the 28th minute, the hosts doubled their lead. Kandji had the ball on the left wing and swung a cross into the box that was headed into the back of the net by Calen Carr.
On the 2012 MLS season, the Red Bulls have not been a very good road team. New York has a 4-6-2 record this season away from Red Bull Arena and have been outscored by six goals. The Dynamo are unbeaten at home (7-0-3) and have outscored their opposition by 12 goals in 2012. Newcomer from Everton and Designated Player Tim Cahill will look to tip the scales in the Red Bulls' favor with a start in the match.
Team Leaders, Red Bulls:
Kenny Cooper leads New York with 13 goals but Thierry Henry leads MLS in points per match (1.27) and has 11 goals on the season. Henry leads the team in assists with six. Sebastien Le Toux has a goal and an assist in four matches since coming over from the Vancouver Whitecaps. Goalkeeper Bill Gaudette is 2-1-1 in those same four matches with two shutouts since arriving from the LA Galaxy.
Team Leaders, Dynamo:
Injured striker Will Bruin (doubtful, calf contusion) leads the team in goals with 10 and Brad Davis leads Houston with 10 assists. The Dynamo's style lends itself to poaching goals in the penalty area and Brian Ching, Calen Carr and Macoumba Kandji each have at least three goals this season. New Designated Player Boniek Garcia has one goal and three assists in seven matches. Tally Hall is one of the best keepers in MLS and is 10-5-7 this season with nine shutouts.
Game Time: 8 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Network
Venue: BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston
Season Series: 1-0-0, Red Bulls (1-0 win, May 9)
The New York Red Bulls took on the Tottenham Hotspur in a friendly at Red Bull Arena on Tuesday evening. Unfortunately, New York could not come through with a win over the English Premier League club despite taking a 1-0 lead in the eighth minute.
Kenny Cooper buried a penalty kick past the Tottenham goalkeeper. The opportunity came thanks to the work of new Designated Player Tim Cahill, who drew a penalty in the box. The lead lasted until the 60th minute, when Gareth Bale scored the equalizer for the Hotspur. Five minutes later, Tottenham had the lead on a goal by Gylfi Sigurdsson.
The Red Bulls are still the No. 1 team atop the Eastern Conference standings. Their 11-6-5 record tops Houston (10-5-7) and Kansas City (11-7-4). New York is 2-2-1 in its last five games.
Things didn't go well for the New York Red Bulls on Saturday when they traveled to face the Montreal Impact, a team they'd defeated twice already this season. Montreal defeated New York, 3-1, in game which the Red Bulls made plenty of errors and didn't control the middle of the field like they wanted to.
The Red Bulls went down 1-0 three minutes into the second half on Marco Di Vaio's first MLS goal. Just two minutes later, Davy Arnaud added to Montreal's lead with a score of his own, putting the Red Bulls into a 2-0 deficit.
Some NY fans are arguing that Arnaud's goal should not have counted, saying he was in an offside position when a camera angles seemed to show Roy Miller take a step backward as Arnaud began his run toward the box. Nevertheless, Sanna Nyassi scored Montreal's third goal after Thierry Henry gave the Red Bulls their only score of the game.
Next up for NY is against the Houston Dynamo at new the BBVA Compass Stadium.
The Red Bulls have defeated the expansion side both times the teams have met this season. New York won the May 19 meeting in Montreal, 2-1, after taking the first match at Red Bull Arena, 5-2, on March 31. Red Bulls striker Thierry Henry scored a hat trick in the first meeting, while Kenny Cooper has scored a goal in both previous matches.
The Red Bulls are in first place in the Eastern Conference, just one point ahead of Sporting Kansas City. Montreal is in seventh place in the East, seven points out of the final playoff spot. The Impact are third in the East in home goals (20) this season while the Red Bulls are tied for first in the East and third overall in MLS in road goals (15).
The Red Bulls just signed their third Designated Player in midfielder Tim Cahill, but don't expect him to play until New York's friendly against Tottenham Hotspur on July 31. New York's Designated Players, Thierry Henry and Rafael Marquez, are both expected to play against Montreal.
Red Bulls Leaders:
Cooper leads New York with 13 goals but Henry is close behind with 10 goals. Henry also leads MLS with 1.29 points per 90. Striker Sebastien Le Toux has a goal and an assist in three matches since coming over from the Vancouver Whitecaps while goalkeeper Bill Gaudette is 2-0-1 with two shutouts since being traded to New York by the LA Galaxy.
Goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts has two shutouts and a 1.75 goals against average on the season. Midfielder Patrice Bernier leads the team with six goals and five assists. Midfielder Felipe Martins is tied for the team lead with five assists and also has three goals. Midfielder Davy Arnaud has three goals, three assists and draws nearly three fouls per 90 minutes.
Game Time: 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Stade Saputo, Montreal, Que.
Season Series: New York Leads, 2-0-0
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Kenny Cooper ended a seven-game scoreless run with two goals Saturday as the New York Red Bulls defeated the Philadelphia Union, 2-0, at Red Bull Arena. With the victory, the Red Bulls (11-5-5) remained unbeaten at home this season with its seven win in 10 matches, and moved into first place in the Eastern Conference.
Cooper scored 11 goals in his first 13 matches this season, but failed to get a single goal over his next seven MLS games.
Cooper helped the Red Bulls break through in the 43rd minute. Joel Lindpere found Connor Lade on the left wing and the Red Bulls Academy product whipped in a cross that Cooper got to first and nodded into the bottom right corner of the net.
Cooper doubled his tally for the day 13 minutes into the second half. Thierry Henry hit a perfect cross to Cooper, who flicked it in by the left post for his team-leading 13th goal of the year.
New York was missing midfielders Jan Gunnar Solli and Rafa Marquez, defender Heath Pearce and goalkeeper Ryan Meara due to injury. Defender Brandon Barklage left the game in the 16th minute with a right hamstring strain and was replaced by Jonathan Borrajo, who made his MLS debut.
With the heat index soaring and the Red Bulls nursing several injuries, New York dominated possession and won just their second match in their last eight outings. New acquisition Sebastien Le Toux delivered the game-winning assist to Thierry Henry in the 71st minute of the match. The Red Bulls defense was as effective as the heat in slowing down the Fire offense, holding them to just one shot on target.
Here is video of Henry's 10th goal of the 2012 campaign and his first since April 28:
With the victory, the Red Bulls (10-5-5) moved up to second place in the Eastern Conference, just one point behind Sporting Kansas City. New York's next match will be on July 21 against the Philadelphia Union (6-9-2) at Red Bull Arena.
Red Bulls goalkeeper Bill Gaudette, another new acquisition, has been called up to play for Puerto Rico in a friendly against Spain on Aug. 15 (via Brian Lewis). Gaudette is eligible to play for Puerto Rico because of his three-year residency while playing with the Puerto Rico Islanders (2008-2010) in the NASL. He has been called up by Puerto Rico twice this year.
The Red Bulls found themselves down just 16 minutes into the match when Adam Johansson's cross was slotted home in the penalty area with a sliding shot by Alvaro Fernandez. New York's newly acquired striker Sebastien Le Toux scored eight minutes later when he pounced on a rebound given up by Sounders goalkeeper Bryan Meredith.
After halftime in the 61st minute, Joel Lindpere put the Red Bulls up 2-1 with a run that turned his defender inside out at the top of the area before he curled a ball along the ground around Meredith. Fredy Montero equalized six minutes later when he hit the ball first time on a cross into the area from Brad Evans.
Another new acquisition who made an immediate impact for New York on Sunday was goalkeeper Bill Gaudette. He made three excellent saves in the draw.
New York Designated Player Rafael Marquez was replaced in the 21st minute with a left calf injury. The team had no update on the extent of the injury by the end of the match.
The Red Bulls (9-5-5) will play their next match on Wednesday against the Chicago Fire (9-6-4) at Red Bull Arena.
The New York Red Bulls will look to snap a two-match winless streak Sunday on national television, as they host the Seattle Sounders FC at Red Bulls Stadium (4 p.m. ET on ESPN). The Red Bulls (9-5-4) will try and earn two points with a new-look lineup that could feature a brand-new goaltender, Bill Gaudette, and newly acquired forward Sébastien Le Toux.
On Friday, both Le Toux and Guadette were acquired via trade. Le Toux came from the Vancouver Whitecaps, while Guadette was brought in from the LA Galaxy. Le Toux is expected to be available for selection and Guadette may get his first start because of an injury to Red Bulls' starting goaltender Ryan Meara, who's questionable.
Despite getting off to its best 18-game start to a season, the Red Bulls are trying to break out of a mid-season funk, while Seattle is coming off a 2-1 victory over the Colorado Rapids. The victory snapped a nine-game losing streak for the Sounders.
New York was dominated for most of the contest but hung around until the 84th minute when Jerry Bengtson scored to make the New England lead insurmountable.
While the Red Bulls (9-5-4, 31 points) played well below their standards, the stats actually bear out a different story except for the shot totals. New York only had three shots on frame while the Revolution managed seven.
However, New York held a decided advantage in time of possession with a 62-to-38 percent edge in the contest. The Red Bulls did accumulate three yellow cards in the game, attributed to Roy Miller, Dane Richards and Joel Lindpere.
Thierry Henry missed the match with a knee injury. Midfielders Rafa Marquez and defenders Markus Holgersson and Heath Pearce also did not play.
New York remains in third place in the Eastern Conference with the loss to New England. Its next match is at home against the Seattle Sounders on Sunday, July 15.
The New York Red Bulls could be extremely short-handed when they face the New England Revolution in an MLS match Sunday evening (7 p.m. ET, MSG+) at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Star striker Thierry Henry has a bothersome knee and usually does not play on turf. Midfielder Rafa Marquez continues to nurse a calf injury. Defenders Heath Pearce (hamstring) and Markus Holgersson (ankle) are listed as out.
The Red Bulls enter the match 9-4-4 for 31 points, third in the Eastern Conference. The Revolution are 5-7-4 for 19 points, seventh in the East. New York defeated New England earlier this season at Red Bull Arena, 1-0. New York has not won in Foxborough since the 2002 season.
The Red Bulls have lost just once in their last 10 matches, compiling a 6-1-3 record during that span.
The New York Red Bulls, coming off a 3-2 victory over their Eastern Conference rivals D.C. United, were unable to build on recent momentum, finishing with a 1-1 draw against Toronto FC on Saturday night.
There was an early flurry of scoring for both teams, as the Red Bulls jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead thanks to a goal in the fourth minute of the match by midfielder Jan Gunnar Solli. Toronto FC responded almost immediately with a sixth minute score by Danny Koevermans to tie things up at 1-1.
The two teams played each other to a draw for the remainder of the match. Toronto FC finished with 10 shots (three on goal) compared to New York's seven shots (with only one on goal). The Red Bulls controlled the time of possession by a 57 percent to 44 percent margin.
New York played without Rafa Marquez (injury) and Mehdi Ballouchy (visa problems).
The New York Red Bulls look to oust cellar-dwelling Toronto FC when the two teams meet at BMO Field on Saturday night. (Match Time: 7 p.m. ET)
New York defeated D.C. United during its last match to move into a tie atop the Eastern Conference standings. The Red Bulls have played one less match than D.C. United, but are nonetheless tied in first place with 30 points for the season.
Toronto FC has just two wins all season, but both came in the past five matches. The team has registered eight goals over its last three contests after scoring just two goals in its first five Major League Soccer outings of the year. Five of Toronto FC's eight points this season have come in the team's last three matches, including a 3-0 victory on Wednesday against Montreal.
D.C. United is 9-3-5 for 30 points, while the Red Bulls (9-3-4) have compiled 30 points in one fewer game than D.C. Technically, the Red Bulls are second in the Eastern Conference table as D.C. United has a larger goal differential (+9) to +7 for New York.
Sporting KC is third in the East with 29 points off a 9-2-4 record.
In the Western Conference, San Jose (10-3-3, 33 points) is atop the table. Real Salt Lake 10-2-5, 32 points) is second.
The Red Bulls return to action Saturday at BMO Field against Toronto FC (1-2-10, 5 points). Toronto is last in the Eastern Conference.
Here are highlights of New York's victory over D.C. United on Sunday.
The New York Red Bulls won their third straight game Sunday with a 3-2 win over D.C. United at Red Bull Arena. Brandon Barklage scored twice in the first half to give the Red Bulls a 2-1 lead heading into the locker room that they held throughout the second half.
D.C. United took a 1-0 lead in the first minute of the game on a Chris Pontius header to the top right corner of the net. Barklage responded in the 20th minute by putting a Joel Lindpere cross into the center of the goal. He scored again in the 45th minute with a right-footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner of the net.
Jan Gunnar Solli put the Red Bulls up 3-1 with another shot to the bottom left of the net. Pontius scored his second goal of the night in the 66th minute.
The New York Red Bulls face DC United Sunday in a sold out MLS match at Red Bull Arena at 7 p.m. ET (TV: NBC Sports Network). The sold out game is a chance for the Red Bulls (8-4-3) to move into first place. They currently stand in third, just three points behind first place United. A two goal win, then, would see them move into the conference lead.
The Red Bulls have faced DC United once already this season, a bitter 4-1 loss back in April. United is coming in on a four game win streak, while the Red Bulls most recently managed a loss and a draw in a two-game road swing. Playing at home bodes well for the Red Bulls' chances. They're 4-0-2 while playing in front of their own fans.
Heath Pearce's goal four minutes from the end of regulation time helped the New York Red Bulls earn a 1-1 tie in MLS action against Vancouver Whitecaps FC at BC Place Wednesday night. Pearce headed home a Joel Lindpere cross. With the draw, New York is 8-4-3 for 27 points.
Vancouver took the lead with 15 minutes to play. DavideChiumiento had the ball on the right wing and swung a cross into the box that fell to defender Martin Bonjour. Bonjour had time to settle it and guided his right footed drive through a number of players and into the top corner of the net.
However, Pearce played spoiler in the 86th minute. Lindpere played a short corner to Dane Richards, who settled it back for the Estonian. The Red Bulls midfielder swung left-footed cross that was headed in by a leaping Pearce for his first career MLS goal.
New York was missing Designated Players Thierry Henry (right calf strain) and Rafa Marquez (thigh) due to injury. Richards earned his fifth yellow card of the year Wednesday and will be suspended for the Red Bulls' next match.
New York travels home for an Atlantic Cup clash against D.C. United on Sunday, June 24 at Red Bull Arena at 7 p.m. ET (TV: NBC Sports Network; Radio: WLIB 1190 AM).
The New York Red Bulls looks to bounce back from Sunday's disappointing 3-1 loss to the Chicago Fire when they travel to British Columbia Wednesday night to face the Vancouver Whitecaps in an MLS match at BC Place. Match time is 11 p.m. ET. MSG+ will televise the game.
The loss to Chicago was New York's first in seven matches. The Red Bulls (8-4-2, 27 points) are third in the Eastern Conference. They will be playing without Thierry Henry (calf strain) and Rafa Marquez (thigh contusion) for the second straight game. Defender Wilman Conde will not play as he continues to recover from a leg injury. Mehdi Ballouchy will not travel to Canada due to green card issues.
Vancouver is 7-3-4 for 17 points, third in the Western Conference. The Whitecaps are unbeaten in their last five home matches, winning four of those.
Red Bulls coach Hans Backe will not me at the match as he will be attending to personal matters.
Chicago scored just four minutes into the match on a header by Patrick Nyarko. Sebastian Grazzini sent a cross into the penalty area that Nyarko got to with his head while colliding with a New York defender and pushed it past Red Bulls keeper Ryan Meara. The Red Bulls would get the goal back in the 55th minute when Mehdi Ballouchy headed the ball to Dax McCarty who finished on net with a header that beat Chicago keeper Sean Johnson.
Chicago would need to score twice to pick up their second goal. Dominic Oduro beat Meara in the 64th minute with a shot Meara couldn't get all of and even though the whole ball crossed the line before a Red Bulls defender cleared it, Chicago was not awarded a goal. The Fire scored their second goal officially when Gonzalo Segares pounced on a rebound in the 68th minute. Chicago added another goal when a cross from Nyarko found a completely unmarked Chris Rolfe in the 81st minute. Rolfe sidefooted the ball into the empty net to put the match out of reach.
The New York Red Bulls will be short-handed for Sunday's game against the Chicago Fire. Head coach Hans Backe confirmed on Friday that his team would be without Thierry Henry and Rafa Márquez, its two Designated Players. The pair will miss the entirety of the current road trip, included a June 20 game against the Vancouver Whitecaps.
Backe sounded confident that a week off would suffice for both players. He expected to have them back in action when the Red Bulls play their next home game, a tough match against the first-place D.C. United next Sunday, June 24.
Henry missed four games already this season with a hamstring injury. He will miss the road trip due to a calf injury suffered while training during the team's recent international break. In nine games played this season Henry has nine goals and five assists. His nine goals in third in the league behind Chris Wondolowski of San Jose and Red Bulls teammate Kenny Cooper, each of whom have 11. Márquez, 33, has missed seven games, playing in just six, this season because of injuries and suspensions. In reality, he has had little positive impact for the Red Bulls this season. He has two assists and just one shot on goal.
The New York Red Bulls -- finally -- return to MLS action on Sunday when they travel to Toyota Park to face the Chicago Fire at 5 p.m. ET (TV: NBC Sports Network; Radio: WLIB 1190 AM). The last MLS match for the Red Bulls (8-3-2, 26 points), who are second in the Eastern Conference, was a 1-1 draw with Chivas USA on May 23.
The Red bulls trail only D.C. United (28 points) in the Eastern Conference. The Fire enters the match in a tie for fourth place in the East on 18 points with a 5-5-3 record.
"It was really good for us to get the break," said defender Markus Holgersson. "We can look back and see what we did well and what we have to be better at."
"If we keep doing the things we did before this little break we'll be all right," said goalkeeper Ryan Meara, a Fordham graduate.
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The New York Red Bulls were eliminated in Round 4 of the 2012 U.S. Open Cup, 3-1, by the Harrisburg City Islanders on Tuesday night. New York had plenty of chances to score a go-ahead goal before the match went into extra time. Unfortunately, they couldn't capitalize as the City Islanders, who play in the USL Pro League, scored twice after regulation to advance.
Harrisburg struck first with a goal by Sainey Touray past Ryan Meara in the 13th minute. The Red Bulls didn't respond until the 60th minute when rookie Connor Lade scored his second goal of the competition. Dax McCarty had a chance to put the Red Bulls up 2-1 in the 70th minute, but a rocket shot bounced off the post and out of bounds.
Touray scored his second goal of the match early in extra time to put the City Islanders up 2-1 after the 94th minute. McCarty took another good shot on goal in the 113th minute, but the ball was just deflected away by Harrisburg goalkeeper Nick Noble.
The City Islanders scored again in the 118th minute to secure the win and advance to the quarterfinals of the tournament.
The New York Red Bulls will take on the USL Pro side Harrisburg City Islanders on Tuesday at the Skyline Sports Complex in Harrisburg, PA in a Fourth Round U.S. Open Cup match.
The Red Bulls advanced to the the Fourth Round by defeating the Charleston Battery, 3-0. The Islanders got to this round by beating the New England Revolution, 4-3, on penalty kicks. The match had been scoreless after regulation. The winner of tonight's match will advance to the quarterfinals (but play on the road) of the U.S. Open Cup to meet the winner of the D.C. United-Philadelphia Union match.
Red Bulls striker Thierry Henry is questionable for the match as he is still recovering from an injured hamstring. He also missed the Round 3 match. Kenny Cooper who scored one of the goals against the Battery and is tied for the MLS goal scoring lead, will be on the pitch for the Red Bulls.
Venue: Skyline Sports Complex, Harrisburg, Penn.
Time: 7 p.m.
TV: The match can be seen live via livestream on the New York Red Bulls website.
The New York Red Bulls advanced to the fourth round of the 2012 U.S. Open Cup with a 3-0 victory over the Charleston Battery at Blackbaud Stadium on Tuesday night. The Red Bulls will face the Harrisburg City Islanders in the next round.
Kenny Cooper put the Red Bulls on the board, 1-0, with a left-footed shot off an assist from Mehdi Ballouchy in the 14th minute. Heath Pearce with a volley past the Battery goaltender off a pass from Dax McCarty in the 41st minute. Connor Lade made the score 3-0 with a pretty shot from 27 yards out that curled into the upper righthand corner of the goal.
The Red Bulls were without Thierry Henry for the match, who stayed out to rest his injured hamstring. The Red Bulls were also missing several players who were on duty with their national teams.
The New York Red Bulls are taking a short break from Major League Soccer action to participate in the annual U.S. Open Cup. The Red Bulls open play Tuesday at Blackbaud Stadium (7:30 p.m. ET) against the Charleston Battery, a USL Pro Club.
Red Bulls coach Hans Backe plans to play as many starters as a he can, although star striker Thierry Henry won't be one of them. Henry will sit to rest his hamstring, which caused him to miss five MLS games earlier this season.
Backe's intent to play the best lineup he can does not, however, mean he is happy about the scheduling of the event. Rafa Marquez, Dane Richards, Joel Lindpere and Roy Miller will not be available due to international commitments, and Victor Palsson will leave after Tuesday's match.
"The disappointment is U.S. Soccer," Backe said. "Someone has to tell U.S. Soccer, if you want to take this serious, then don't play on FIFA days. It's simple as that. Then you have your whole roster available."
"We are losing five guys because of that, five starters, so that is the problem."
One player who is likely to play is defender Wilman Conde, who has not appeared in a game since late March due to a groin injury.
The game will be streamed live at USLNation.com.
The New York Red Bulls failed in their bid to earn a franchise record sixth consecutive victory Wednesday night. The Red Bulls, however, did earn a point with a 1-1 draw against Chivas USA in an MLS match at Red Bull Arena.
This was a wide-open match dominated for large stretches by New York (8-3-3), which outshot Chivas USA, 18-7, and possessed the ball for more than 55 percent of the match.
After a scoreless first half, however, New York found itself trailing early in the second half after former Red Bull star Juan Pablo Angel blasted a volley past Red Bulls goalkeeper Ryan Meara off assists from Rauwshan McKenzie and Blair Gavin.
New York equalized in the 56th minute. Brandon Barklage played a beautiful ball down the sideline for Dane Richards, who was able to find Kenny Cooper on the cross in front of the Chivas USA goal. Cooper pushed the shot past Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy. Cooper is now tied for the league lead in goals with Chris Wondolowski of the San Jose Earthquakes.
New York dominated action late in the match, but was unable to find the game-winning goal. The Red Bulls will not play another league match until June 17 vs. Chicago.
Thierry Henry and Rafa Marquez, out for several games with injuries, returned to the lineup for New York.
The New York Red Bulls will try for a historic achievement Wednesday night when they host Chivas USA at Red Bull Arena (7 p.m. ET, MSG+). The Red Bulls will be aiming for their sixth consecutive victory, which would be a franchise record.
New York (8-3-1, 25 points) leads the Eastern Conference of the MLS and has accomplished the franchise record-tying winning streak despite playing without star striker Thierry Henry (hamstring) and several other key veterans. In their last match the Red Bulls defeated the Montreal Impact, 2-1, scoring the game-winning goal despite playing down a man after Victor Pallson was red-carded early in the second half.
It's five in a row now, with a quite inexperienced team. You can't demand anything else," said Red Bulls head coach Hans Backe. "It's almost shocking to pick up wins like that. But the way they work, the way they get their shape quick, defending against set plays, defending in open play, the build-up, that's the key to winning in this league."
The Red Bulls should get some help Wednesday night. Henry is listed as probable, although the wet weather might cause Backe to hold him back. Defender Wilman Conde (groin) is expected to play, adding a veteran presence to a defense already bolstered against Montreal by the trade last week for Heath Pearce. Rafa Marquez (achilles) will not play.
"Almost every game, the roster has got down at the last minute. Some good players are coming back for the Wednesday game and we need to add something to our attacking game," Backe said. "This can't go on forever, with good defending and looking for breaks and counters. It's phenomenal for the future, we know now that these guys are ready for the MLS."
The game will mark the return of Juan Agudelo, traded by the Red Bulls last week in exchange for Pearce, to Red Bull Arena. Chivas is 4-6-1 for 13 points in the Western Conference.
U.S. Open Cup
The Red Bulls will travel to Blackbaud Stadium to face USL PRO squad the Charleston Battery on May 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Third Round of the 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The match-up was set after the Battery defeated PDL side Reading United AC, 2-1, at Blackbaud Stadium Tuesday night in a second-round showdown.
Injured New York Red Bulls striker Thierry Henry may not be back on the pitch on Wednesday against Chivas USA after all. Red Bulls coach Hans Backe said his star forward was unable to train on Monday because of rainy conditions (via MLS Soccer).
"Unfortunately with the weather, too much water on the pitch, we couldn't test Thierry," Backe told reporters after the training session. "We'll do that tomorrow, so I can't say yes or no."
Even if Henry, who has been battling a hamstring injury for nearly a month, is unavailable for Wednesday's match at Red Bull Arena, fans can anticipate seeing Rafa Marquez and Wilman Conde back in the lineup. In addition, New York could even have Jan Gunnar Solli back on the practice field by Tuesday.
The New York Red Bulls put their five-match winning streak and their first-place standing the Eastern Conference of the MLS on the line Wednesday when they host Chivas USA at Red Bull Arena at 7 p.m. ET. The match will feature Juan Agudelo of Chivas, traded by the Red Bulls last week for defender Heath Pearce.
When the Red Bulls face Chivas USA on Wednesday they should do so with the healthiest roster they have had in several weeks. Defender Wilman Conde is "available 100 percent," according to coach Hans Backe, while forward Thierry Henry and midfielder Rafa Marquez also appear likely to be available for selection.
Full MLS Eastern Conference standings are below.
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|3||Sporting Kansas City||22||11||7||3||1||15||9||6||4-1-0||3-2-1||W-L-L-L-T|
|5||New England Revolution||13||11||4||6||1||14||15||-1||3-1-1||1-5-0||L-W-L-W-T|
The New York Red Bulls announced today that Roy Miller (Costa Rica), Rafa Marquez (Mexico), Joel Lindpere (Estonia) and Dane Richards (Jamaica) have all been called up by their respective national teams for upcoming friendly matches at the end of May. Miller, Marquez and Richards will spend additional time away as their teams will begin qualification in the CONCACAF region for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
All four Red Bulls will depart on May 24 following New York's match against Chivas USA on May 23 at Red Bull Arena at 7 p.m. ET (TV: MSG+, Univision Deportes; Radio: WLIB 1190 AM).
Miller will join his native Costa Rica for a home-and-home pair of friendlies with CONCACAF rivals Guatemala on May 25 (San Jose, Costa Rica) and June 1 (Guatemala City, Guatemala). Costa Rica will begin play in Group B of CONCACAF's World Cup Qualifying group stage on June 8 when they host El Salvador. The Ticos then continue on June 12 when they visit Guyana in Georgetown. The defender has received 27 caps for the Ticos in his international career. Miller is off to a hot start for New York this season, propelling a potent attack with four assists in nine games.
Marquez won't have to travel far as Mexico takes on Wales at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ, on May 27, before playing a second friendly against Bosnia-Herzegovina in Chicago on May 31. Mexico's final tune-up for World Cup qualifying sees them face off against five-time World Cup winners Brazil in a friendly on June 3 in Arlington, TX. El Tri then begins the Group Stage of World Cup Qualifying on June 8 when they host Guyana and continues four days later in a road tilt against El Salvador. Marquez, a longtime fixture on the Mexican National Team, has recorded 110 caps for El Tri over his career. Marquez has recorded two assists in five games so far this season with the Red Bulls.
Lindpere and Estonia will enjoy a tough test against upcoming UEFA Euro 2012 participants Croatia and tournament co-host Ukraine. Estonia takes on Croatia May 25 in Rijeka, Croatia before facing Ukraine May 28 in Kufstein, Ukraine. Estonia will also host Finland in Tartu, Estonia on June 1 and visit France on June 5. Lindpere has appeared 77 times for his country since first making his debut for his country when he was 18. The midfielder is in fine form, scoring twice in the past four matches for the Red Bulls.
Richards joins Jamaica for their upcoming pair of friendlies with Panama on May 27 in Kingston, Jamaica and June 1 in Panama City. The home-and-home will help prepare The Reggae Boyz for the Group Stage of CONCACAF's qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which will begin on June 8 against Guatemala in Kingston. On June 12, Richards and Jamaica play their second Group Stage game, visiting Antigua and Barbuda. The speedy midfielder is looking to earn his 36th cap for Jamaica, and has scored seven goals on the international stage. This season, Richards has played in 12 games, starting all, and has registered one goal and one assist.
The New York Red Bulls continued what has been an amazing run for them in recent weeks, winning their fifth straight match on Saturday. The Red Bulls defeated the Montreal Impact, 2-1, at Olimpique Stadium in Montreal. This marks the first time in nine years New York has won five consecutive matches.
The Red Bulls (8-3-1, 25 points) have accomplished this glorious stretch despite a depleted roster. They have been without star striker Thierry Henry, defenseman Wilman Conde, midfielder Rafa Marquez, midfielder Teemu Tainio and defender Stephen Keel. Yet, with solid defense and timely offense the Red Bulls have been finding ways to earn victories.
Again Saturday, the Red Bulls overcame adversity. The Impact took a 1-0 lead at the 22-minute mark when Bernardo Corradi netted a penalty kick after a highly questionable call went against Red Bulls defender Markus Holgersson in the Red Bulls' box.
New York tied the score at 1-1 on a penalty kick of its own at the 37-minute mark. The goal was scored by Kenny Cooper.
The Red Bulls played much of the second half a man down after Victor Pallson was sent off for receiving his second yellow card of the match at the 58-minute mark.
Despite playing a man down the Red Bulls were still able to find the winning score at the 67-minute mark. Roy Miller drove a shot toward the net from the left side. Impact goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts parried the ball out, but Dane Richards drilled home the rebound for New York from the top of the box.
From there, the Red Bulls were able to protect their lead. Goalkeeper Ryan Meara, from Fordham, had five saves in the victory.
New York's next match will be Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET at Red Bull Arena against Chivas USA.
The New York Red Bulls, leading the MLS Eastern Conference with 22 points off a 7-3-1 record, go for their fifth straight victory Saturday night north in Montreal against the Montreal Impact (3-5-3, 12 points). The game will be played at 7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised on MSG.
This will be New York's first match since the late-week trade of forward Juan Agudelo to Chivas USA in exchange for defenseman Heath Pearce and other considerations. Pearce is expected to be available for selection Saturday night for Red Bulls coach Hans Backe.
A pair of veterans who have been out of the lineup with injuries will not be available, however. Star striker Thierry Henry is reportedly healthy enough to play, but the Red Bulls will reportedly not send him out on the artificial turf at Olimpique Stadium. Defenseman Wilman Conde will also not play. Both could be available for selection next Wednesday vs. Chivas US -- where the Red Bulls will run into Agudelo.
Backe acknowledged this week how well his team has been playing, despite the injuries and the use of an inexperienced group of players on defense.
"We are probably in the zone where everything goes right for us," said Backe. "These four games have been good defending, taking our chances and and hard work from the team. It's been phenomenal."
Rookie goalkeeper Ryan Meara, from Fordham, said "We're feeling good about ourselves."
Saturday night we find out if the good feelings continue for the Red Bulls.
Agudelo is viewed as a rising young star with a big future, but he didn't score a point in four appearances with the Red Bulls this season. Most of the soccer world still reacted with disbelief that the Red Bulls would ship him away, but NBC's Pro Soccer Talk explains that Pearce -- a solid defender -- might be exactly what the Red Bulls need:
1) Agudelo is a good prospect and a highly skilled player, but he's not there yet. Hans Backe has an attacking force that functions fine without the teenager. NYRB won't have trouble scoring. Besides, if the forward has a good season, he's on the move to Europe soon anyway. So why not get something for him while you can?
2) Pearce will thrive on the field in New York. He's versatile, skilled, and smart. He fills roles. He's a charismatic leader. He's exactly what the Red Bulls need.
The New York Red Bulls now know what the possible scenarios are for them in the third round of the 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup — the first stage of the knockout tournament involving 16 MLS teams including New York.
On May 29, the Red Bulls will either host PDL side Reading United AC at Red Bull Arena at 7 p.m. or travel to Blackbaud Stadium to face USL PRO squad the Charleston Battery in Charleston, SC at 7:30 p.m., depending on the outcome of the Second Round match between Reading and the Battery on May 22 at Blackbaud Stadium.
Red Bulls No. 4 In MLS Power Rankings
The Red Bulls are No. 4 in the Week 10 MLS Power Rankings from mlssoccer.com. MLS soccer says:
“Four wins in a row, mostly done without Thierry Henry. You’re lying if you said you thought that was possible. Now what remains to be seen is how Hans Backe can work Rafa Márquez back into the mix. It’s worth noting that when he came back, the shutout streak ended.”
The Red Bulls travel to Montreal on Saturday (7:30 p.m. ET) to face the Montreal Impact.
After using defense in their last three victories, the New York Red Bulls Sunday needed an offensive explosion to down regional rival the Philadelphia Union, 3-2, at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. Kenny Cooper scored the game-winner for the Red Bulls (7-3-1) in the 78th minute, while rookie goaltender Ryan Meara made a critical save in the closing minutes of stoppage time to cap the come-from-behind victory against Philadelphia (2-6-1).
Joel Lindpere (17th minute) and Markus Holgersson (68th minute) also scored for New York, which earned its fourth consecutive victory and is now tied with Kansas City FC for first place in the Eastern Conferenceat 21 points. Philadelphia had multiple chances to tie the game late, but couldn't get the ball to cross the goal line.
The Red Bulls will try to continue their winning streak next Saturday in Montreal.
The New York Red Bulls will try and earn their fourth straight victory Sunday, as they visit the Philadelphia Union in a Eastern Conference MLS showdown at PPL Park (12:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2) in Chester, Pa. The nationally televised contest will be the first of three meetings between the two teams this season.
Currently, the Red Bulls (6-3-1) and the Union (2-5-1) sit in opposite ends of the Eastern Conference standings. New York is in second place just two points behind first-place Sporting Kansas City, while Philadelphia is in second-to-last place, seven points ahead of the winless Toronto FC.
During their latest string of victories, the Red Bulls have won by a score of 1-0. Meanwhile, the Union enter the game struggling with a home record of just 1-2-1.
A fortunate goal at the beginning by Kenny Cooper and a brilliant save near the end by goalkeeper Ryan Meara helped the New York Red Bulls defeat the Houston Dynamo, 1-0, in an MLS match Wednesday night at Red Bull Arena.
The victory was the third straight for New York (6-3-1, 19 points), all by clean sheet. The Red Bulls are now in second place in the Eastern Conference. Houston is 2-3-2, 8 points on the season.
Cooper scored just seven minutes into the game. After losing possession of the ball, Cooper followed a pass back to Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall. When Hall attempted to make a sliding clearance of the ball, it deflected off Cooper and into the net for what would turn out to be the game’s only score.
Meara, the rookie goalkeeper from Fordham, came up huge for the Red Bulls in stoppage time. Meara parried a header from Houston’s Will Bruin into the air, chased it and tipped it a second time before finally hauling the ball in. Meara made three saves on the night in recording the clean sheet.
The Red Bulls had expected to get Rafa Marquez back from a two-game suspension on Wednesday. Marquez, though, ended up unavailable due to an ankle injury reportedly suffered during practice on Tuesday. The Red Bulls are without several players due to injury, including star striker Thierry Henry.
The Red Bulls play their third game in eight days on Sunday when they travel to Philadelphia to take on the Philadelphia Union.
When the New York Red Bulls (5-3-1, 16 points) host the Houston Dynamo (2-2-2, 8 points) in an MLS match Wednesday night at Red Bull Arena (7 p.m. ET, MSG, Live Stream) coach Hans Backe will be afforded a luxury he has not had the past few matches. Backe will actually have real lineup decisions to make.
The Red Bulls have been playing short-handed in recent games, and will still be without striker Thierry Henry and defender Wilman Conde against the Dynamo. New York will, however have midfielder Rafa Marquez (suspension) and defender Roy Miller (injury) available for selection.
With an inexperienced, makeshift back line the Red Bulls have still managed to win their last two games without surrendering any goals -- the first two MLS shutouts for rookie goalkeeper Ryan Meara.
Backe told RedBulls.com that he expects Miller to replace Connor Lade on defense, but that Marquez' role in the midfield is less clear. Dax McCarty has excelled in recent games as a defensive presence in the midfield.
The Red Bulls travel to Philadelphia on Sunday to play the Union.
After nine games, the New York Red Bulls are 5-3-1, good enough for third place in the Eastern Conference. The Red Bulls play twice this week. Wednesday, New York hosts the Houston Dynamo and Sunday the Red Bulls travel to Philadelphia to face the Philadelphia Union.
The entire Eastern Conference 2012 MLS Standings follow, courtesy of MLSSoccer.com.
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|6||New England Revolution||9||9||3||6||0||8||12||-4||2-1-0||1-5-0||L-L-L-W-L|
Joel Lindpere's 19th minute strike gave the New York Red Bulls an early 1-0 lead over the Los Angeles Galaxy, and that would prove to be the difference on Saturday night, as the Red Bulls secured a pivotal road win at the Home Depot Center.
It was an efficient offensive effort from New York, as Lindpere's goal came on the only shot on net for the team on the night. The Red Bulls were playing without star striker Thierry Henry, and adopted a defensive posture throughout most of the match.
Los Angeles held an edge in possession (63 - 37 percent) and outshot New York (13 - 11), but was never able to solve goalie Ryan Meara. Meara made four saves en route to his second consecutive clean sheet.
The victory is New York's fifth of the season, and they have now crawled within two points of DC United for second place in the Eastern Conference table. The Red Bulls are (5-3-1, 16 points). The struggling Galaxy are (3-5-1, 10 points).
The Red Bulls next take the pitch Wednesday night at home against Houston.
The New York Red Bulls will be in Los Angeles on Saturday to play the Galaxy at the Home Depot Center. The Red Bulls are currently in third place in the Eastern Conference with 13 points. Their opponent, which put them out of the 2011 MLS Playoffs during their MLS Cup winning run, is currently seventh in the Western Conference with 10 points. This will be the only regular season meeting between the clubs. The Red Bulls lead the series 16-15-6 all-time in regular season matches against the Galaxy.
New York will not have MLS' second-leading scorer Thierry Henry who is nursing a hamstring strain. Here are the other Red Bulls are out for Saturday's match:
In addition, defender Rafael Marquez will be out as he serves the final game of a disciplinary suspension.
The Galaxy did not have David Beckham, Robbie Keane and Todd Dunivant on Wednesday in their loss to the Seattle Sounders. All three are likely to return. Starting goalkeeper Josh Saunders will be out as he has reportedly entered a substance abuse treatment program. Bill Gaudette will be in net for L.A.
Red Bulls head coach Hans Backe is determined not to play too defensively against the Galaxy. He has good reason to have his side go for goal. Los Angeles' defense has solidified in recent matches but has still not shutout any team in any competition in 2012.
Game Time: 8 p.m.
TV Coverage: ESPN/ESPN Deportes
The New York Red Bulls shut out the New England Revolution 1-0 on Sunday, refusing to relinguish a lead gained in the 7th minute when Thierry Henry took an assist from right back Connor Lade and put it past Revolution netminder Matt Reis.
The goal was a league-leading ninth for Henry, but his day took a turn for the worse in the 22nd minute when he pulled up with a hamstring injury while heading towards the goal. The Red Bulls later announced via twitter that Henry had suffered a right hamstring strain.
The 1-0 victory was Red Bulls goalie Ryan Meara's first professional shutout, and he made some key saves in the closing minutes to make sure that mark didn't slip away. New England was more dangerous in the second half, ending the game with a nearly 60 percent possession rate, but New York's defense held and Henry's single strike was all the team needed. The win snaps a two game losing streak for the Red Bulls, who next face LA Galaxy on May fifth.
Thierry Henry scored his ninth goal of the season on Saturday, but left the match with a strained right hamstring. Here's the tweet from the Red Bulls official Twitter account:
Injury Update: Thierry Henry suffers right hamstring strain— New York Red Bulls (@NewYorkRedBulls) April 28, 2012
ESPN New York has more:
Henry ... was streaking toward the goal in the 22nd minute, when tried to stop quickly.
Henry then reached for his hamstring and slid along the turf. He remained on the turf for several minutes, holding his face and punching the turf in pain.
He was carried off the field after suffering the injury.
Henry has nine goals in eight games this season, along with five assists and 32 shots on goal. If he has to miss time, it will be a big loss for the Red Bulls.
The New York Red Bulls face the New England Revolution on Saturday at Red Bull Arena. The Red Bulls are currently in third place in the Eastern Conference with 10 points earned in seven games. The Revolution are in eighth place with six points.
The Red Bulls are 14-8 all time at home against the Revolution and look to improve their defending after allowing a team high four goals last week. Their only goal came from a free kick by Thierry Henry, a beautiful shot over the wall with enough english to drop past the goalie. Henry leads the MLS with eight goals scored, his 32 shots are good enough for second in the league.
The Revolution's last match was also a loss to United by a score of 2-1.
The New York Red Bulls fell 4-1 Sunday night to D.C. United in the season's first leg of the Atlantic Cup. Thierry Henry scored for the Red Bulls at the 72nd minute, but by then the game was alrady well in hand with United building a 4-0 lead.
United was the aggressor offensively, taking 20 shots on the night, seven on goal. Chris Pontius scored three goals, the first coming from outside the box at the eight-minute mark to put United up 1-0 early on. Nick DeLeon also scored for D.C. in the 36th minute to the bottom left of the net off an assist by Dwayne De Rosario.
New York fell to 3-1-3 on the year and is now in third place in the Eastern Conference behind United (12 points) and Kansas City (21 points).
The New York Red Bulls begin Atlantic Cup play Sunday night, when they visit the DC United at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C. (6 p.m. ET on ESPN2). The Red Bulls (4-2-1) will be searching to keep their unbeaten streak alive, as they're 3-0-1 in their last four games, while the United are 2-0-3 in their last five matches.
Last Saturday, the Red Bulls salvaged a 2-2 tie with the San Jose Earthquakes and earned a point in its fourth straight contest. New York's recent success can be credited to Thierry Henry and Kenny Cooper who have each scored 14 of the Red Bulls 16 goals this season. Henry has earned MLS Player of the Week honors already three times this season.
Meanwhile, the United are 2-2-3 overall and are looking to claim its first Atlantic Cup title in three seasons. This will be the first of three meetings between the two clubs, as they will both meet again on June 24 and Aug. 29.
Marquez, suspended three games for throwing the ball at Landon Donovan during the 2011 playoffs, pushed San Jose's Shea Salinas to the ground and kicked him in the face while sliding by. Salinas suffered a broken collarbone during the incident -- surgery is schedule for later this week and the recovery time is expected to be at least two months.
"I understand you want to be physical and stay tight with him, but you can't just wrap someone up like that, take them to the ground and then, afterwards, kick them in the head," Quakes right back Steven Beitashour told MLSsoccer.com after training Monday. "That's not being physical. That's just being dirty."
Video of the incident follows:
Saturday's MLS match between the New York Red Bulls and San Jose Earthquakes, with the league's three leading scorers all on the field, promised to be a wild affair. The game, played at New York's Red Bull Arena, did not disappoint. Kenny Cooper (New York) and Chris Wondolowski (San Jose) each scored goals and Thierry Henry of the Red Bulls provided an assist as the teams played to a 2-2 draw.
The draw ended the Red Bulls winning streak at three games, and gives them a 3-2-1 record. The Earthquakes are 4-1-1.
All of the scoring came in the first half. Only five minutes into the match Henry took a throw in and slipped through the defense to Cooper for a 1-0 New York lead.
The Quakes evened the score at the 15-minute mark on a goal by Rafael Baca.
New York reclaimed the lead eight minutes later when Dax McCarty scored his first-ever goal as a Red Bull. He whistled home a low shot off a nice feed from Dane Richards on the right wing.
Wondolowski tied the match in the 35th minute, assisted by Shea Salinas.
Salinas left the match late in the first half with a broken collarbone suffered when Rafa Marquez of New York fell on him.
The Red Bulls next match will be April 22 when they go on the road to face Eastern Conference rival D.C. United.
The New York Red Bulls, riding a record-setting wave of success in their past three matches, face a severe test Saturday at Red Bull Arena when they host the San Jose Earthquakes (7 p.m. ET, MSG+) in MLS action. The Red Bulls are 3-2 for nine points, second in the Eastern Conference. The Earthquakes are 4-1 for 12 points, second in the Western Conference.
For the Red Bulls, the impressive part has been how they have arrived at their 3-2 mark. After a pair of season-opening losses New York has strung together three consecutive victories, each by at least three goals, the first time that has been done in MLS history.
Thierry Henry leads the MLS with seven goals and was named Player of the Month after his fast start to the 2012 season. Henry has won the Player of the Week Award an unprecedented three consecutive weeks. Kenny Cooper has six goals for New York, which leads the league with 14 goals. Chris Wondolowski has six goals this season for San Jose, meaning the league's top three goal scorers will be in action Saturday at Red Bull Arena.
"They're going to present us some challenges that we haven't seen this year," Red Bulls midfielder Dax McCarty said. "We're at home and we need to make sure we're confident in our abilities and obviously another three points is something that we're going for."
Red Bulls rookie goalkeeper Ryan Meara has been busy through five games and leads the league with 21 saves. He has a 1.60 goals against average.
The Red Bulls may be without Wilman Conde (groin) and Teemu Tainio (knee).
New York Red Bulls earn a 4-1 victory at the Columbus Crew. Cooper netted the first two goals, while Henry polished the match off scoring the last two, his seventh tally in the last five games, to extend the Red Bulls (3-2-0) winning streak to three.each scored two goals Saturday to help and the
Behind two first-half goals from Cooper and another by Henry, the Red Bulls took a commanding lead heading into halftime. From there, New York allowed just one goal, thanks impart to solid play by goalkeeper Ryan Meara, to hang onto the victory, which helps the Red Bulls remain in second place in the Eastern Conference standings.
Next up for the Red Bulls is a home match against the San Jose Earthquakes next Saturday at 7 p.m. ET.
The New York Red Bulls will try to earn their third straight victory Saturday, as they visit the Columbus Crew for a Major League Soccer Eastern Conference showdown. Entering the contest, both squads are four-way tie for second place in the Eastern Conference.
Last week, New York (2-2-0) earned its second straight victory, 5-2 over the Montreal Impact, behind a hat-trick and an assists from star forward Thierry Henry. Kenny Cooper and Mehdi Ballouchy also scored goals for the Red Bulls, who has scored nine goals in the past two matches.
Meanwhile, the Crew have earned two straight shutout victories, most recently downing the Toronto FC 1-0 last Saturday.
Overall, Columbus leads the all-time series between these two clubs with a 23-22 record. Last season, the two teams played to two draws.
Henry has dominated for the Red Bulls so far this season, scoring or assisting on eight of the team's league-leading 10 goals during the opening month. Henry scored five goals in March to lead the league and added three assists, second-best in the league.
The 34-year old concluded the month with the first hat trick of his MLS career to pace a 5-2 victory over the Montreal Impact on March 31, adding an assist to go with his three goals.
The Player of the Month award is Henry's first. The Red Bulls return to play on Saturday when they visit the Columbus Crew.
Sanna Nyassi got Montreal on the board early, but it was New York – specifically Thierry Henry, who recorded his first career MLS hat trick – the rest of the way. Henry answered Nyassi's goal in the 28th minute, tying the game. He then scored again in the 56th minute and topped it off with his third goal in the final minute.
The Red Bulls are now 2-2 on the young season. Their next game is scheduled for Saturday, April 7, when they travel to Columbus to face the Crew.
After notching their first win of the 2012 MLS regular season, the New York Red Bulls look for their second straight victory on Saturday afternoon when they host the Montreal Impact. (Game Time: 4 p.m. ET, TV Schedule: MSG)
New York (1-2-0) blasted the Colorado Rapids on Sunday, using a goal and assist from Thierry Henry during the first six minutes to propel a 4-1 triumph. Henry finished with two goals and the one assist.
Montreal, an expansion team, is still looking for its first win after starting the season 0-2-1. The Impact dropped a 2-0 decision to the Columbus Crew on Sunday, playing most of the contest with just 10 players after defender Jeb Brovsky earned a red card early in the first half.
New York struck early in the match. Thierry Henry scored just three minutes in when he intercepted a lazy back pass and caught the Rapids' last defender Drew Moor out of position. Henry then beat Colorado keeper Matt Pickens. Just three minutes later, Henry set up Kenny Cooper for a goal. Cooper first beat a sliding Moor before his bad angle shot got by Pickens.
The Red Bulls needed a little more time to score in the second half than they did in the first half, but it was Henry again in the 53rd minute. Wilman Conde sent Henry by the defense and he didn't make a mistake when he struck the ball past Pickens again.
Omar Cummings scored Colorado's only goal after Rafa Marquez turned the ball over at midfield. The Jamaican international took a long shot from outside the area that curled in past Ryan Meara in the 77th minute. The Red Bulls back line lost their shape a bit after the Cummings goal but did not concede any more goals as a result. Meara played a solid game overall and finished with four saves for New York.
In the dying minutes of the game, New York was still pushing forward and got themselves a fourth goal. Kenny Cooper scored his second goal of the match right in front of Perkins in the area after fighting off the defenders to put his foot to Roy Miller's pass.
The win was the first of the season for New York after starting off their 2012 campaign with two losses.
The Red Bulls next match is on March 31 at Red Bulla Arena against expansion side Montreal Impact.
The New York Red Bulls play their home opener Sunday vs. the Colorado Rapids (4 p.m. ET/ ESPN, ESPN3 and ESPN Deportes). New York already finds itself in an uncomfortable 0-2 hole following a pair of season-opening losses on the road. The Rapids are 2-0 on the young season.
"We have to make it right," said midfielder Teemu Tanio. "
The Red Bulls hope to get a boost from midfielder Rafa Marquez, who will be available for selection for the first time this season. Marquez began the season serving a two-game suspension for his role in a post-match altercation following the Red Bulls' 1-0 loss to the LA Galaxy in the Western Conference semifinals last season.
NOTES: Red Bull striker Juan Agudelo suffered a knee injury while playing for the U.S team in the CONCACAF men's Olympic qualifying tournament. Agudelo has a torn meniscus and it is not yet known whether the injury will require surgery.
The New York Red Bulls have started the 2012 MLS season 0-2, with losses to Real Salt Lake – arguably the best team in the league – and FC Dallas. They currently reside in ninth place in the Eastern Conference.
On Sunday the Red Bulls will play their home opener against the Colorado Rapids, who are 2-0 on the season. The game is scheduled for 4 p.m. EST and will be broadcast on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN3.
Two players will be suiting up for the Red Bulls for the first time during the 2012 season on Sunday. Midfielder, Ryan Maduro, was signed earlier this week and defender/midfielder, Rafa Marquez, has served his three-game suspension.
The Rapids are 0-2-1 all time in games played at Red Bull Arena.
The New York Red Bulls have not gotten off to the kind of start they had hoped for during the 2012 MLS season. The Red Bulls are 0-2 to start the season and sit ninth in the MLS Eastern Conference.
New York will look for its first victory of the season this Sunday when the Red Bulls play their home opener at Red Bull Arena against the Colorado Rapids (2-0, 6 points) at 4 p.m. ET (ESPN, ESPN Deportes, ESPN3).
Here are a couple of Red Bulls notes heading into the home opener.
Red Bulls Sign Ryan Maduro
The Red Bulls announced Monday, March 19 that it signed midfielder Ryan Maduro. Per league and club rules, the terms of each deal were not disclosed.
"Ryan earned his spot on the roster after a solid showing in preseason," said Red Bulls General Manager and Sporting Director Erik Soler. "He is a young midfielder from the northeast who will provide us depth and can develop within our squad."
Last year, Maduro, 25, appeared for the Red Bulls Reserve League team twice.
Marquez Suspension Over
Red Bulls defender/midfielder Rafa Marquez served the final match of a three-match ban on Saturday in the Red Bulls' 2-0 loss to Real Salt Lake. The suspension stemmed from a post-match altercation in the Red Bulls' 1-0 loss to the Los Angeles Galaxy in the first leg of the teams' Western Conference Semifinals series last postseason. Marquez served the first game of the suspension in the second leg of the Western Conference Semifinals, a 2-1 victory for the Galaxy, and Marquez missed the Red Bulls' 2-1 loss to FC Dallas on March 11.
In their second regular match of 2012, the New York Red Bulls dropped a 2-0 decision to unbeaten Western Conference foe Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium Saturday night. After starting the year with two straight games on the road, New York’s (0-2-0) next match will be its home opener at Red Bull Arena on Sunday, March 25 against the Colorado Rapids at 4 p.m. ET. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN.
Real Salt Lake opened the scoring six minutes from halftime. Paulo Jr. flicked a pass into the path of an onside Espindola, who was clear through on goal. Fabian Espindola raced in and put his left-footed attempt under Meara.
Henry nearly tied it up soon after Espindola’s tally. Roy Miller had space on the left and swung a low cross that Henry re-directed into the arms of goalkeeper Nick Rimando.
The Red Bulls brought on Mehdi Ballouchy and Kenny Cooper at halftime and the latter provided a pass to an open Henry at the top of the box. Henry hit it with the outside of his boot straight at Rimando in the 54th minute. Four minutes later, the hosts doubled their advantage. Paulo Jr. got free on the left side of the penalty box and found Espindola by the penalty spot and his ensuing shot was blocked by Meara. Luis Gil was first to the rebound and fired it home.
Henry nearly scored a spectacular goal in the 64th minute. A Red Bulls corner kick was cleared to Dax McCarty. McCarty’s attempted shot went to Henry and the Frenchman controlled the ball with his back to goal and hit a bicycle kick that just missed the frame of the net. With 15 minutes to play, Rimando fully extended to parry a Jan Gunnar Solli close range shot off a Miller delivery.
Salt Lake is the top team in the MLS and has only lost four regular season games at home since the stadium opened in 2008. Fortunately for the Red Bulls, RLS will likely be without a lot of key players for Saturday night's match-up. Javier Morales and Alvaro Saborio are highly questionable with different injuries. Tony Beltran and Will Johnson are also expected to miss Saturday's game. Nat Borchers is questionable.
For the Red Bulls, Wilman Conde will miss the game, but hopes to be ready for the team's home opener on March 25.
The Red Bulls fell behind early when Zach Loyd scored just 11 minutes into the match. Blas Perez blocked a poor attempt at a clear inside the penalty area of the Red Bulls and played the ball over to Loyd who kicked it hard and low past New York's rookie keeper Ryan Meara.
Thierry Henry had a great opportunity to level the match with a free kick just outside of the area in the 44th minute. Henry's quickly taken strike beat the goalie but struck the post and stayed out.
Meara cut down the angle well early in the second half to deny a great scoring chance for Dallas. Meara's aggressiveness did not pay off in the 61st minute when Ricardo Villar chipped the ball over him to double FC Dallas' advantage. Villar was in on net after a turnover. Perez intercepted a weak back pass and then sent Villar free behind the defense with a deft pass.
Kenny Cooper got one back for New York after being subbed on in the 63rd minute. Thierry Henry played him into the area with a great aerial through pass. Cooper saw Kevin Hartman charging off his line and chipped over him a moment before a big collision between the two players. Cooper and Hartman were both on the ground before the chip floated into the net in the 78th minute.
Red Bulls head coach Hans Backe started Juan Agudelo up front as a striker but the young forward didn't generate any magic and only one shot. Meara played pretty well in his first career start and made four saves. He can hardly be blamed for the first goal and the second goal resulted from a turnover in the Red Bulls' own half. Cooper had a very good debut for New York with three shots and the goal in limited minutes.
The Red Bulls will be back in action on March 17 when they travel to Rio Tinto Stadium to play Real Salt Lake.
The New York Red Bulls open their 2012 MLS season today on the road against FC Dallas. The match will not only be a new beginning for the Red Bulls, but for the MLS as well. The 3 p.m. ET match will be the first shown on the NBC Sports Network.
The Red Bulls will open the season without two players expected to play key roles for them this season. Defender Wilman Conde, acquired during the offseason, will miss the match with a quadriceps injury. Veteran midfielder Rafa Marquez will begin the 2012 season serving a two-game suspension for his role in an altercation with the LA Galaxy at the conclusion of the Red Bulls-Galaxy Western Conference semifinals series in 2011.
Here is the Red Bulls' projected starting lineup:
GK - 18 Ryan Meara
D - 7 Roy Miller
D - 22 Stephen Keel
D - 5 Markus Holgersson
D - 8 Jan Gunnar Solli
M - 20 Joel Lindpere
M - 6 Teemu Tainio
M - 11 Dax McCarty
M - 19 Dane Richards
F - 14 Thierry Henry
F - 33 Kenny Cooper
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