Greg Sutton

New York Red Bulls

Clock Strikes Midnight on Bounatime

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Wow, well hopefully you haven't been using the Offside as your sole source for MLS news (as I know many of you do), because I haven't been very diligent in updating you on all things Red Bull New York. With the Bulls facing some adversity (understatement of the year?), the front office has taken action and enlisted the help of German backstop Frank Rost.


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Hans Backe - Mr. Mediocre
I've been absent from The Viper's Nest for far too long, weighed under by this, that and the other. But I'm back, and I'm determined to bring you a regular, more consistent British perspective of the Red Bulls.
So, have I missed much?
Yes, but most of it bad.

Sounders Win in Goal-fest against New York

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It took less than 12 minutes for Seattle to launch themselves out 2-0 in the early going. Roger Levesque played hero.
New York was without some of their bigger guns, Thierry Henry and Luke Rodgers were both out of the starting lineup as were Tim Ream and Rafa Marquez. Ream and Marquez were away on national team duty, with both their respective teams in the final.

Sounders 4 Red Bulls 2: The Fine Art of Self-Destruction

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This one was always going to be difficult. With the Red Bulls missing both starting forwards (Henry and Rodgers), their main striking option off the bench (Agudelo) and the central defensive tandem of Marquez and Ream, getting the full three points in Seattle was a tall order. Factor in an MLS record crowd of 46,505 and relatively short rest after Sunday's wild 3-3 slug fest in Portland and even a draw may have been a lot to ask.

RBNY News & Notes: Rose City Or Bust

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Good afternoon! It's a beautiful day here in Red Bulls land. Our team has made it's way out to the Northwest, for a Father's Day encounter against the Portland Timbers. As we await that one, let's get to some Red Bulls news from the past week:

The week started off with a bang, as Vettel-gate drew the anger of many a RBNY fan (including myself).

Red Bulls 2 Revolution 1: ...and Exhale!

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Greg Time?: Sutton Came Up Huge for the Red BullsThe Red Bulls finally got a badly-needed 2-1 victory over New England Revolution last night at Red Bull Arena, but they sure didn't make it easy on themselves or their 21,000+ supporters in attendance. Wasteful early in the match and then again in the final 20 minutes, RBNY was nearly made to pay for their profligacy when the Revs appeared to have equaled the score 2-2 in the 87th minute.

Trying Times

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Can Backe right the ship?

The three-game winning streak of last month seems so distant now, doesn't it? For that matter, so does my last blog post, but that's neither here nor there (but apologies, nonetheless). The Red Bulls now find themselves in a precarious situation. They are no longer getting the results that seemed to come so easily earlier in the season, and the defense has been suspect to say the least.

Reality Check

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After all the trade-hype eventually died down, it was time for the Red Bulls to take the field. With Dwayne De Rosario in tow, New York was looking to get off on the right foot. But the Dynamo proved that there is plenty of work still to be done during the long season that lies ahead.

A Point is a Point is a Point…

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After it was announced that five starters from their first game against Seattle would missing on their trip to Columbus, Hans Backe was forced to put together a makeshift lineup that would severely test New York's depth. Even with all these changes, the Red Bulls still managed to get a result in enemy territory, a sign that perhaps this team has what it takes to be championship caliber.

The First Step

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There was a bit of an uneasy feeling that the Red Bulls would fail to get another quality scoring chance after Thierry Henry squandered a PK chance to put New York up front early on, but rookie sensation Juan Agudelo would have none of it.

After a seemingly endless offseason, the 2011 season got underway with a 1-0 win in favor of the home team, but not without all the drama that usually surrounds a Red Bulls fixture.

So Close, Yet So Far…

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Dane's been the man of the moment this preseason.

The hectic preseason continued for New York as they wrapped up their final trip in Arizona this week. The only thing is, did this long preseason leave us with more questions than answers?

Last time we spoke, the Red Bulls just finished up winning against Ft.

Joel Hates the New Playoff System… and Owns the Fire

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Well, at least I know the latter part for sure. Seriously, what the hell was Don Garber thinking? But I'm getting ahead of myself here; we still have two games to break down...

New York got its first taste of MLS competition yesterday when they took on the Chicago Fire in two separate games.

McCarty, Nyassi among those chosen in 2010 Expansion Draft

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The 2010 season may be only be a few days dead, but the 2011 season has already kicked off with the Expansion Draft.Â

The Vancouver Whitecaps and the Portland Timbers added ten players to their initial MLS rosters on Wednesday as their clubs began to take shape for the 2011 season.

Finding the Union a keeper

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John Hackworth has mentioned as much.

You, the fan, have wondered as much.

Will we be looking at a different starting keeper for the Union in March? Possible. Maybe even probable.

Who will that be? Tough to tell. If the Union go international to find a keeper, the list could be a mile long.

Training Notes - February 5, 2009

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I believe our team is heading down to Florida this weekend to continue their pre-season training. Hopefully we'll get some news on new trialists and potential signings soon.

Today's Links

Amado Guevara has rejoined us from international duty with Honduras. Yesterday was his first day back in pre-season training.

WVH Weekly Awards For Week 8

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A very interesting week in Major League Soccer. While the goal of the week was easy to figure out after reviewing the week's 19 goals, the player of the week winner is a little tougher to decide. A few guys had quality a quality game over the weekend or Thursday night for some Rapids fans. But [...]


Conspiracy Theory of the Day

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Sutton after allowing goal last year in KC.

Goalkeeper Greg Sutton explains that Canada keeps getting the shaft.

Canada has quarterfinal date with the US or Hondouras

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The last time Canada went undefeated in Gold Cup group play was 2000. Just saying.

What a strange feeling going into a game knowing you have already secured a spot in the knockout. It's not something I am used to and I have to say it actually took a bit of an edge off watching it. Still, any time we get a result against Costa Rica it is good.

And boom goes the dynamite - Cauncks open GC with a win

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Ahhhh, revenge is tasty. Canada opens the 2009 Gold Cup with a 1-0 win over Jamaica. The CONCACAF goal scoring machine Ali Gerba was the man who inflicted the damage at the 75th minute after being beautifully set up by Mike Klukowski.

Overall, a decent game from the boys, but not a commanding performance.

CONCACAF Gold Cup 2009: Canada 1-0 Jamaica

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Canada kicked off the biennial Gold Cup 2009 in California with a hard fought 1-0 win over the Reggae Boyz. Tactically, Canada played a great game and deserved the victory. Greg Sutton repaid Coach Hart's faith in him with a man of the match performance.

Fiiiinally some good news

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Here is a press release.

The club announced today that we've acquired defender Nick Garcia from San Jose, along with the rights to Canadian striker Ali Gerba.

In Nick Garcia, we've acquired a veteran defender who at 30, is still in his prime as a centre half. He captained the Earthquakes 2.

Toronto FC

Toronto FC Preview '09: Goalkeepers

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I've previewed every single MLS club - except ours. Time to start previewing Toronto FC. I'm obviously going to go a bit more in-depth with our own team than I did with the other MLS clubs. As you could probably tell by the title of this post, I'm going to start with our goalkeepers.

Depth Chart: Greg Sutton / Stefan Frei / Brian Edwards

It took us three seasons, but we finally have some goalkeeping depth.

Summertime Fun: RSL 2 - Toronto FC 1

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Rice-Eccles Stadium was left pleased, but hungry for more after last night's game. Heading into a team record 18 day layoff, fighting an impending charge by Houston and Los Angeles who remained a mere point behind in the standings, and a 10 game home unbeaten streak on the line, the US Olympic Team [.

Injury Problems

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I was annoyed earlier this year when Clavijo apologizes, people experienced in the pro game, were claiming the Rapids had injury problems and that Clavijo shouldn't be judged until he had a fully non-injured squad. It bothered me because at the pro-level, that rarely happens. The coaches job is to find ways to get the team to win despite it's obstacles.

news and rumors

All-Star Voting Heating Up

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With only a couple weeks left to vote, fans are starting to pile on the votes for their favorite players in Major League Soccer for this summer's All-Star game in Toronto. Not a lot of changes at the top of the overall voting list.In fact that top three remain: David Beckham Landon Donovan Cuauhtemoc Blanco Once you get by the [.

Current All-Star Voting

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There's really no drama in this news or any surprise for that matter but David Beckham leads the way in the MLS All-Star voting after two short weeks. Landon Donovan was second and Cuauhtemoc Blanco was third. Again, shocker, I know. Here is a look at the top 10 after two weeks of voting: 1. David Beckham, Los [.

The Rest

The Toronto FC Sadvent Calendar: Day 16

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Thank the sweet baby (deity of your choice here "__________") for names on the back of kits. Through, injury, mediocrity and just plain malarkey, Toronto FC managed to use an incredible five goalkeepers in a single season. Watching the vast array of balls fly past their woolly mittens were Greg Sutton, Kenny Stamatopoulos, Srdjan Djekanovic, (MLS emergency 'keeper) Sam Reynolds and David Monsalve.

Rapids eek out a win

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In a home match the Colorado Rapids could ill afford to lose the team got a 3-2 win over the expansion Montreal Impact thanks to a Southern wind and atrocious officiating on Saturday night.

Tied at 2 and down a man with the 61st minute ejection of Tyrone Marshall, the Rapids got the victory off an 83rd minute free kick that a strong wind kept the ball dancing along the crossbar until Jaime Castrillon headed it into the back of the net.