Red Bull on top of the Bundesliga? Friday November 18th, 2016 14:50

800px-rb_leipzig_2010_logo-svgWe thought we’d take a moment and reflect on the Bundesliga standings… Newly promoted side, Red Bull Leipzig just beat Bayer Leverkusen to temporarily go top of the table and remain undefeated after 11 matches. I guess it’s true that Red Bull gives you wiiiiings! Now if only Red Bull New York were still in the MLS Cup Playoffs


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Galaxy, Red bulls end in hard fought draw Sunday May 8th, 2011 00:28

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Thierry Henry scored for New York in the fourth minute, Landon Donovan countered for Los Angeles in the 41st and the Red Bulls and Galaxy tied 1-1 on Saturday night.

“Last year, I didn’t have the feeling that it was a rivalry or that type of game,” New York coach Hans Backe said. “But this year, with the (designated players), the power strikers on both teams, it is a special game.”

In a showdown between Major League Soccer division leaders, neither team was able to get the go-ahead goal in the second half despite a flurry of chances.

The matchup featured the league’s two biggest draws in Henry and David Beckham, stars who transitioned to the United States after brilliant playing careers in Europe.

Beckham said it’s not far-fetched for the Galaxy and Red Bulls to meet in the MLS Cup

“We’re two great teams,” he said. “It would be a nice final, but there’s a long way to go before then.”

Beckham played a day after he was involved in a minor traffic accident when he rear-ended a stalled vehicle on a Southern California freeway.

Henry opened the scoring when he took advantage of a Galaxy defensive breakdown, knocking the ball home into an empty net for his fourth goal of the season.

Donovan scored the equalizer for the Galaxy (4-2-4) on a header, ending New York’s shutout streak at 333 minutes. Beckham sent in a corner kick from the right side to an unguarded Donovan, who finished from 9 yards.

It was only the third goal this season allowed by New York (4-1-3), which had won three straight.

“It wasn’t an easy game today, it was a very difficult one,” Henry said. “You saw that both sides were tired at the end.”

The Galaxy had a pair of first-half chances that could have potentially proved to be the difference.

Juan Pablo Angel, the Red Bulls’ career scoring leader in his first season with the Galaxy, finished a header in the 25th minute that was called off as he was flagged for being offside.

Donovan later thought he had put his team ahead in the 43rd minute. Donovan got behind the defense, beat goalie Bouna Coundoul and flicked the ball home to an open goal. But New York defender Tim Ream hustled his way back and made a sliding save just before the ball passed the goal line.

Donovan argued to referees that the ball had crossed the line, while television replays were inconclusive.

“My take is, it should have been a goal,” Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said. “It was pretty close.”

Both teams stepped up their level of play down the stretch. It resulted in promising opportunities for each side, but no goals.

“This is probably the best you can see in the MLS, this level between two teams,” Backe said. “I can compare it with many leagues in Europe that would have been happy to see a game like this with the number of chances and technical level.”

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MLS: DC United vs New York Red Bulls Highlights Thursday April 21st, 2011 23:24

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League leading scorer Charlie Davies and DC United hosted I-95 rivals New York Red Bulls on Thursday night at RFK Stadium.
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A lot of people were starting to put Thierry Henry on the DP Bust list so the Frenchman picked a good game to put up two goals and an assist. His assist on Joel Lindpere’s goal I thought would be the goal of the week until Juan Agudelo topped the effort with his injury time masterpiece. You can see ESPN’s interview with Henry here.

One other question to ask: How do you feel that NYRB played 14 players born in 14 different countries? Is MLS going the way of the EPL?

Scoring Summary:

NY — Thierry Henry 2 (Jan Gunnar Solli 2, Dane Richards 2) 12

NY — Thierry Henry 3 (Jan Gunnar Solli 3, Dane Richards 3) 38

NY — Joel Lindpere 1 (Thierry Henry 2, Rafael Marquez 1) 76

NY — Juan Agudelo 2 (Jan Gunnar Solli 4, Mehdi Ballouchy 1) 92+


New York Red Bulls — Bouna Coundoul, Jan Gunnar Solli, Tim Ream, Rafael Marquez, Roy Miller, Dane Richards (Mehdi Ballouchy 67), Teemu Tainio, Dwayne De Rosario, Joel Lindpere, Luke Rodgers (Juan Agudelo 75), Thierry Henry (Carl Robinson 81).

Substitutes Not Used: Matt Kassel, Stephen Keel, John Rooney, Greg Sutton.

D.C. United — Bill Hamid, Chris Korb (Santino Quaranta 70), Perry Kitchen, Dejan Jakovic, Marc Burch, Fred, Dax McCarty (Branko Boskovic 46), Clyde Simms, Chris Pontius, Josh Wolff, Charlie Davies (Joseph Ngwenya 60).

Substitutes Not Used: Brandon Barklage, Andy Najar, Ethan White, Pat Onstad.

Referee: Jorge Gonzalez
Referee’s Assistants:
  Greg Barkey; Matthew Kreitzer
4th Official:
Andrew Chapin
Partly Cloudy and 59 degrees

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Philadelphia Union tops New York Red Bulls Saturday April 9th, 2011 19:54

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Roger Torres scored within a minute of coming on as a second-half substitute and gave the Philadelphia Union a 1-0 win over the New York Red Bulls on Saturday night.

Torres entered the match in the 67th minute and then found himself in perfect position less than a minute later. New York’s Tim Ream passed the ball directly to Philadelphia forward Danny Mwanga, who then took a couple of dribbles and left Torres an easy ball to send into the net.

Union goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon earned his third victory and third shutout this season. Philadelphia already has more shutouts than in all of last season.

The Union (3-1-0) moved into first place in the Eastern Conference with nine points.

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De Rosario debuts, NY draws with Houston Sunday April 3rd, 2011 12:00

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New York Red Bulls general manager Erik Soler said before Saturday’s 1-1 tie with Houston that the trade for midfielder Dwayne De Rosario eliminated all excuses for his team failing to win the 2011 MLS Cup.

De Rosario was regarded after his Friday trade from Toronto for Tony Tchani and Danleigh Borman as the final piece in a collection of established and rising stars that includes Thierry Henry, Rafa Marquez, Dane Richards and Juan Agudelo. The dynamic force he is expected to add to the midfield manifested itself in his assist on Richards’ goal in the 47th minute.

“I’ll be disappointed if we don’t win, that’s for sure,” Soler said before De Rosario replaced Mehdi Ballouchy after a scoreless and sluggish first half. “We have a good team that is good enough to do it this year, and we’ll do everything we can to achieve that goal.”

Though none of the players wanted to say it, the addition of the 32-year-old De Rosario could make the Red Bulls the MLS Cup favorites over a packed Salt Lake City squad. To not win it this year, given the multimillion dollar salaries of Henry and Marquez and the creative talent of De Rosario, would be seen as a grand fiasco.

“We’re good enough,” coach Hans Backe said. “De Rosario was the last piece for us.”

With Toronto picking up a major chunk of the midfielder’s approximate $473,750 salary, the Red Bulls still have their third designated player slot available. But it is now unlikely they will pick up another high-priced star.

The way De Rosario played in his Red Bulls’ debut, they may not need one.

Just two minutes into his playing career, De Rosario fed Richards from deep. The fast midfielder ran onto the ball in the box and blasted it past goalkeeper Tally Hall.

“I saw the space open up and I played the ball in,” said De Rosario, who barely missed a goal of his own in the 86th minute. “I know what kind of speed he has.”

The lead would not last, as Red Bulls keeper Bouna Coundoul, making his first start, ventured too far off his line to challenge Cam Weaver, who replaced Dynamo captain Brian Ching when his injured left ribcage went into spasms late in the first half. Weaver tapped the ball over his head for the tying goal in the 50th minute for Houston (0-1-2).

“The response was perfect,” Houston coach Dominic Kinnear said. “They’ve got good players, they can possess the ball, so to get that response gave us a lift.”

For all of De Rosario’s creativity, the second-place Red Bulls (1-0-2) could not capitalize on a 16-shot, second-half deluge. They outshot last-place Houston 24-9 on the game, and to come away with just one goal—only their second of the season—left the Red Bulls perplexed.

“Nobody’s looking for excuses here,” Henry said after he failed to convert six shots. “As I said last year, we’ll only win if we play as a team. It doesn’t matter who is on the team; if you don’t play as a team, you won’t win.”

De Rosario added: “Obviously there’s still more gelling to do, but I’m very pleased that we were able to create some good goal-scoring chances. So that’s a positive.”

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De Rosario traded to Red Bulls! Saturday April 2nd, 2011 00:16

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Toronto FC has traded captain Dwayne De Rosario to the New York Red Bulls for midfielder Tony Tchani, defender Danleigh Borman and a first-round draft pick in 2012.

The 32-year-old De Rosario scored 15 of Toronto’s 33 goals last season, though he’s been upset with his contract status for the past couple seasons. He made $443,750 last year while designated player Julian de Guzman made $1.7 million.

De Rosario also played for the San Jose Earthquakes, winning championships in 2001 and ’03, and the Houston Dynamo, winning titles in 2006 and ’07. He also has played 56 games for Canada, scoring 15 international goals.

Toronto FC coach Aron Winter called the move “part of our rebuild process.”

Red Bulls general manager Erik Soler called De Rosario one of the league’s top players.

“He is one of the most dangerous players MLS has seen in the attacking third and he is a true leader both on and off the field,” Soler said. “We had to trade Tony and Danleigh—two very talented, young players who both need more playing time with a first team in MLS to develop their potential. At the end, we think this is a massive step in our quest toward the MLS Cup title.”

De Rosario, who had a goal and an assist in two games this season, is expected to be available for the Red Bulls’ home game against Houston on Saturday.

The second pick overall in the 2010 draft, Tchani played in 27 matches as a rookie with one goal and three assists.

Borman was in his fourth season with New York after being taken in the first round (seventh overall) in the 2008 draft. He had four goals and two assists in 59 regular-season matches.

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Anelka to MLS? Thursday February 3rd, 2011 10:45

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The New York Red Bulls are trying to sign Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka, according to L’Equipe newspaper on Thursday.

L’Equipe said the Major League Soccer club wants Anelka to reunite with fellow Frenchman Thierry Henry, who will begin his second season with the Red Bulls in March.

“We will not comment on players currently under contract with other clubs,” Red Bulls spokesman Brian Tsao said.

Anelka’s brother Claude told L’Equipe the former France international has expressed an interest in moving to the United States.

Anelka, 31, was under contract with Chelsea until 2012 but was facing competition from Fernando Torres, who was sold by Liverpool to Chelsea during January’s transfer window.

Anyone else excited about the possibility of Nicolas joining the league?Could we see more Chelsea players making their way here?   The last time Chelsea did their US tour, their first stop was Seattle where I had the pleasure of working their practices as a host.  The best part about being able to be around the club, was actually talking and mingling with players between practices.  John Terry would always be the one to approach us and just shoot the breeze, he would always express how much he loved the US and how some day he would love to play in MLS.  Now, at that time I thought he was just being nice, but with all the recent moves of top players to Major League Soccer, I wouldn’t be surprised if I saw JTor Frank Lampard making the move here.

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MLS: First Kick 2011 Home Openers Monday December 20th, 2010 13:30

Major League Soccer announced today the home openers for every club in the league. Seattle Sounders FC will host the first game of the season for the third year in a row as they host the LA Galaxy. In hosting the LA Galaxy, my gut tells me that the league is going to loan out David Beckham and/or Landon Donovan since Seattle is a place that will sell out regardless of the fact that the superstars won’t be with the Galaxy. Either that or MLS wants to make a splash in front of a national audience with a great atmosphere and big name players.

Other notable match ups include the first contest in MLS between two Canadian clubs in Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs Toronto FC, and what should have been the 2010 Eastern Conference Final with the Columbus Crew facing the New York Red Bulls.

Sporting Kansas City Wizards will open their new stadium on June 9th against the Chicago Fire.

Home club listed first; All times Eastern (schedule subject to change)

Tuesday, March 15

Seattle Sounders FC vs. LA Galaxy, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Saturday, March 19

Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Toronto FC, time TBD

D.C. United vs. Columbus Crew, 7:30 p.m.

New York Red Bulls vs. Seattle Sounders FC, 7:30 p.m.

FC Dallas vs. Chicago Fire, 8:30 p.m.

Houston Dynamo vs. Philadelphia Union, 8:30pm

Colorado Rapids vs. Portland Timbers, 9 p.m.

Chivas USA vs. Sporting Kansas City, 10:30 p.m.

San Jose Earthquakes vs. Real Salt Lake, 10:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 20

LA Galaxy vs. New England Revolution, 8 p.m.

Saturday, March 26

Chicago Fire vs. Sporting Kansas City, 4 p.m.

Columbus Crew vs. New York Red Bulls, 4 p.m.

Philadelphia Union vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC, 4 p.m.

Toronto FC vs. Portland Timbers, time TBD

New England Revolution vs. D.C. United, time TBD

Real Salt Lake vs. LA Galaxy, 9 p.m.

Thursday, April 14

Portland Timbers vs. Chicago Fire, 11 p.m.

Thursday, June 9

Sporting Kansas City vs. Chicago Fire, time TBD

“First Kick 2011” will feature a week of action among an unprecedented 18 clubs as expansion franchises in Portland and Vancouver join the fold. This coming season, all clubs will play a 34-game balanced scheduled in which every team will face every other team twice, home and away. Ten teams will qualify for the MLS Cup Playoffs.

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MLS: DC and Portland Swap Goalkeepers, Freeman goes to Dynamo Friday December 17th, 2010 17:30

I’ve got to say that it’s been a busy off season for Major League Soccer and the trades keep coming.

Expansion side, Portland Timbers FC have traded away Goalkeeper, Steve Cronin to DC United for Troy Perkins. Cronin was one of the first players signed to MLS for Portland and returns to DC after a loan spell in 2009. Perkins was only with United for one season after returning from Norwegian side, Vålerenga.

The New York Red Bulls sent a 2012 3rd round SuperDraft pick and the rights  Hunter Freeman to the Houston Dynamo in exchange for allocation  money. I’m guessing that NYRB will be using that allocation cash on a Designated Player following the departure of Juan Pablo Angel to the LA Galaxy in the league’s innaugural Re-entry Draft.

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MLS: NYRB Trade Hall for draft pick Monday November 22nd, 2010 13:53

Jeremy Hall (Photo by Andy Marlin/Getty Images for the New York Red Bulls)

Well that didn’t take long. Less than 24 hours after the Colorado Rapids won MLS Cup 2010, the trades have begun. In the first trade of the off season, the New York Red Bulls have sent midfielder/defender Jeremy Hall to the Portland Timbers for a 3rd round pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft.

I think it’s a good pick up for the Timbers, but I’m wondering if New York is making room on the roster for some big off season moves. Without Juan Pablo Angel returning, NYRB are most likely in the market for another high profile DP. Or another theory is that in looking at their list of unprotected players, they figured they’d lose Hall anyway and so they decided to trade him to get something out of the deal. That’s obviously all theoretical but a possibility. What are your thoughts on this trade? Let’s hear you TA.

Another slap in the face? NYRB let go of Jeremy Hall for a 3rd round draft pick. (Yes, that's Yaya Toure of Man City)

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