I'll take "Stadiums in Better Shape than RFK " for $200, AlexDown the stretch they come!
The New York Red Bulls are right in the thick of things at the top of MLS' Eastern Conference after
somehow escaping Livestrong Sporting Park with a draw on Sunday night. Tonight they square off
against the Great Satan, DC United, for the third and final time of the 2012 regular season.
With the final minutes of the first half ticking away on Sunday night, the New York Red Bulls
looked like they just might suffer their first loss at Red Bull Arena this year. Two early goals by
the Portland Timbers had the Red Bulls on the ropes and looking ripe for defeat.
The Red Bulls were full aware that last week's performance against the Houston Dynamo was awful,
and not good enough for a team with championship aspirations. After an intense week of training,
the Red Bulls came out on Friday and showed that they are still very much one of the teams to beat
in the Eastern Conference.
Tim Cahill (left) is set to go to MLS with New York. (Getty Images)
It certainly is MLS Cup or bust for the New York Red Bulls.
EPL side Everton has announced that midfielder Tim Cahill is going to be transferred to the Red
Bulls, pending a physical and paperwork. Cahill will likely become New York's third Designated
Player should somehow he is not then New York got one hell of a steal.
David Banner... uh... Kenny Cooper Leads RBNY to VictoryOn a beautiful mid-summer afternoon
at the Cathedral of Football, the New York Red Bulls got goals on either side of halftime from
Kenny Cooper and defeated their closest geographical rivals - Philadelphia Union - by a 2-0
scoreline. The final wasn't really indicative of the number of chances created in what was a pretty
thrilling, high-tempo match that featured opportunities for both sides and lots of good attacking
Things certainly change quickly in the world of the New York Red Bulls.
Earlier this week, Head Coach Hans Backe told gathered reporters about the team's "ongoing"
discussions with a potential Designated Player.Â By week's end, General Manager Erik Soler was
busy putting the brakes on any such talk.
It's been well over a year since FC Dallas traded Heath Pearce to Chivas USA and earlier this year,
the defender was dealt yet again, this time to New York, where former FCD midfielder Dax McCarty
and Pearce are teammates again. But despite now playing for the Red Bulls, Pearce still got some
love from the Lone Star State when he was announced as a member of the First XI for the 2012 MLS
All-Game which will be played last month.
Although many may argue that the New England Revolution took three points last night due to New
York being without six of their starters, I think it bears mentioning that the Red Bulls still had
the services of Joel Lindpere, Dane Richards, Dax McCarty, and Kenny Cooper. And that says a lot
about the Revolution midfield and particularly their back-line in this match-up.
Three straight losses against beatable clubs (including the U.S. Open Cup defeat to a USL team)
does not do wonders for confidence. Both the Chicago Fire squad and fans had to feel pretty low
heading into the international break. Fortunately, the squad found motivation during the two weeks
off, and they came out with their best performance of the season, and arguably, their best
performance in the last two years.
BRIDGEVIEW, IL- The New York Red Bulls defense had been one of the stingiest in
the league before going into the extended MLS break, but having nearly a month off from MLS play
didn't seem to do much good for the Red Bulls as the Chicago Fire ripped their defense to shreds
for a vital home victory.
The New York Red Bulls were the hottest team in Major League Soccer before the extended MLS
break, and they will look to recapture that momentum tonight by beating the Chicago Fire at Toyota
Park (5pm, NBC Sports Network).
The Fire have lost three of their past four in league play, but have been strong at home this
season, boasting a 3-1-2 record.
Teammates Congratulate Cooper on His 10th Goal of the SeasonNo Henry, no problem.
When Thierry Henry collapsed to the Red Bull Arena turf clutching his hamstring on April 28, things
looked ominous for Hans Backe and the New York Red Bulls. Yes, Kenny Cooper was having a fine
season since his move from Portland Timbers.
Well, it looks like the band is getting back together. FC Dallas '09 is now coalescing around
the New York Tri-State area.
In a move that probably began this week with Peter Nowak wanting Danny Califf away from
Philadelphia, Chivas USA has sent former US national teamer and odd player movement expertÂ heath
Pearce to the New York Red Bulls for Juan Agudelo.
Freddy Adu was having a day. The Philadelphia Union midfielder was toying with the New York Red
Bulls defense, pulling off amazing moves and setting up Philly forwards with chance after chance.
The game had all the makings of a banner day for Adu.
The Red Bulls managed to repulse wave, after wave, after wave of determined Houston Dynamo
attacks and came away with their third 1-Nil victory in a row this past Wednesday night. This one
wasn't a classic by any means, and only noteworthy for the Alamo-like stand our still shorthanded
team made to preserve the 1-0.
In times of great need, unlikely heroes emerge.Â For the New York Red Bulls, Dax McCarty has
proudly carried the mantle of leadership in the face of daunting odds.
"I feel good. I definitely feel like I'm starting to play like I was in Dallas a few years ago
when we made that MLS Cup run," McCarty told reporters after New York's 1-0 shutout of the Houston
After another full week of games and some upsets you'd expect some movement in this week's
rankings. Well, you thought wrong. Only a couple teams made some noise in the rankings. I nearly
made a new number one and almost moved a club back into the top tier but in the end decided against
Also, we have a new addition to the bottom tier as the four groups begin to get a little more
evenly laid out.
Goals, All-Stars and DP's
The Official Podcast of MLSReserves.com. In this episode Luke and Pedro discuss the recent trend of
high scoring matches in Major League Soccer, the amazing play of Chris Wondolowski and what it
takes to be an MLS All-Star. Debated were Eddie Johnson's inclusion and whether Dax McCarty
deserves a spot.