Hans Backe

New York Red Bulls

Red Bulls Paying Price for Offseason Dithering

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Is Petke in Over His Head?
When Hans Backe was relieved of his Red Bull head coaching duties on November 9, 2012 it signaled the end of an unsuccessful Nordic reign in Harrison and - most RBNY fans hoped - the beginning of a more positive style of football.

Sam shows promise for Red Bulls in win over Revs

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After trading away Dane Richards last season, then New York Red Bulls head coach Hans Backe quickly realized how dramatically his wing play suffered. He took a chance on signing Lloyd Sam to buffer the loss. While out of form and fitness, Backe believed the speedy, young English midfielder would fill the gap in what had become an impotent flank attack.

Local Legend Petke Gets Shot To Lead Red Bull

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Petke “honored and privileged” to coach Red Bulls

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After spending ten years serving the club in multiple capacities, as a player, assistant coach and interim coach, Mike Petke finally has his wish come true: he is head coach of the New York Red Bulls.

"I'm honored and I feel privileged to have been put in this situation that I'm in right now," Petke said in a conference call with the media Thursday.

Red Bulls name Mike Petke head coach

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After months of searching for the right man to lead the New York Red Bulls, the final decision on a new head coach saw the team turn the very man who has been holding the position since the departure of Hans Backe last fall.

The Red Bulls have named Mike Petke as the team's new head coach, ending weeks of speculation and searching by turning to a candidate with strong ties to the club.

Sousa linked to Red Bulls coaching job

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With Montreal's coaching hire on Monday morning, the New York Red Bulls are now the only MLS team that hasn't hired a coach for the 2013 season.

That looks likely to change this week and a new name has emerged as a candidate to be Hans Backe's replacement.

Red Bulls cut ties with four players

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A week to the day of their epic playoff ouster against D.C. United, the Red Bulls have capped off the firing of Hans Backe and the arrival of Sporting Director Andy Roxburgh with the offseason's first four major player cuts.

According to Frank Giase of The Star-Ledger, New York have decided not to renew the contracts of long-time midfielders Jan Gunnar Solli and Teemu Tainio along with newcomers Bill Gaudette and Jose Angulo.

Non-Orange Things: Don't Look Backe in Anger

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Our newest writer debuts her new column Non-Orange Things, covering the non-Dynamo news from the past week around MLS...with some opinion mixed in.

New York Red Bulls
  • In case you have been living under a rock Head Coach Hans Backe will not be back to coach the Red Bulls next season.

Red Bulls dump Backe, hire Roxburgh as sporting director

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Hans Backe has coached his last game with the New York Red Bulls.

The Swedish head coach was dumped by the New York Red Bulls on Friday, less than a day after the team was ousted from the MLS playoffs in dramatic fashion. The Red Bulls announced that they would not be renewing Backe's contract after three seasons in charge of the Red Bulls.

Hans Backe Will Not Return To New York

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As expected, just like the sun rising each day, New York announced today that manager Hans Backe would not return to the club in 2013.

It was a short and sweet message too.

"We want to thank Hans for his work over the past three years and wish him the best of luck in the future," said Global Sporting Director of Red Bull Soccer Gerard Houllier.

Another nightmare ending has Red Bulls facing uncertain future

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It was the kind of brutal ending that long-time New York Red Bulls fans have seen too many times before. Another playoff collapse. Another season ending in disappointment. Another chapter to the saddest history of results in MLS playoff history.

New York and DC Driven By Own Goals to 1-1 Draw

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MLS Playoffs: D.C. United vs. Red Bulls (Match Night Commentary)

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The New York Red Bulls have made the trip down I-95 to take on D.C. United in the Eastern Conference playoff semifinals, which kick off tonight in first-leg action at RFK Stadium (8pm, NBC Sports).

D.C. United enters tonight's match on a seven-match unbeaten streak, riding a strong defense and the attacking efforts of Chris Pontius, Branko Boskovic and Nick DeLeon to a strong finish despite losing reigning MLS MVP Dwayne DeRosario for the rest of the regular season with an injury.

Red Bulls lose Sam for the season

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Just when things were beginning to look up for the New York Red Bulls, injuries have once again struck at the least opportune time.

Reports out of Red Bulls camp have Hans Backe revealing dynamic newcomer Lloyd Sam will miss the rest of the the season after diagnostics confirmed a PCL strain of his right knee.

Improved Red Bulls tie Sporting KC

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HARRISON, NJ- It may not have been the victory the Red Bulls were hoping for, but by the end of the night, it didn't quite matter.

For the first time in three meetings, the New York Red Bulls got the better of Sporting KC for most of their 90 minute encounter.

Backe refutes Swedish report claiming he said he’s done coaching Red Bulls

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Hans Backe has a matter of weeks left on his New York Red Bulls coaching contract, but he isn't quite ready to walk away just yet.

Just a day after a Swedish media report quoted him as saying he was leaving the Red Bulls after the 2012 season, Backe shot down the report, suggesting to MLSSoccer.

Hans Backe Not Returning In 2013

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Hans Backe's days are numbered. (Getty Images)

It was only a matter of time but it appears Hans Backe's time in New York is officially going to come to an end after the 2012 season.

Just a couple weeks after the news of New York removing Erik Soler as their GM, the coach that was brought in at the same time is heading back to Sweden in December, according to Expressen.

Red Bulls Already Looking For Backe’s Replacement?

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Hans Backe's days are numbered. (Getty Images)

Boy that didn't take long.

Just days after announcing the hiring of a new GM and director of global soccer operations, the new guys in charge are already said to be looking for a replacement for current head coach Hans Backe.

Yes, the same club that is in the middle of a playoff chase is reportedly searching for a new coach.

Red Bulls set sights on McAllister as Backe replacement

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The New York Red Bulls are in the middle of a playoff race, and could still conceivably win an MLS Cup title, but that isn't stopping the people now running the Red Bulls from making plans for major off-season changes.

After disposing of former general manager and sporting director Erik Soler earlier this week, the Red Bulls are already lining up a replacement for head coach Hans Backe, and while several names have already surfaced as alleged targets, sources tell SBI that one coach has emerged as a front-runner to lead the Red Bulls in 2013.

SUB WATCH: Game 31

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A busy schedule for both the Red Bulls and SUB WATCH means that you, lucky readers, are treated to another marathon, 3-game recap.

Backe's curious decision to move McCarty (and how it could cost RBNY the playoffs)

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When the New York Red Bulls welcomed back a handful of key players from injury recently, it meant that one of Major League Soccer's most talented rosters was back to full strength and head coach Hans Backe would have a plethora of options at his disposal as he tried building the best possible squad to make a title run.

SUB WATCH: Week 24

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I'm Sorry, You Were Saying Something About My Substitution Strategy?Last Saturday saw the lowly Portland Timbers visit Red Bull Arena for a match that was highly anticipated by many Red Bull fans who had to endure a horrible performance at Houston and a not-entirely-convincing win at home against the same team in previous weeks.

Ryan Meara out for the season

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Ryan Meara's magical rookie season has come to an abrupt end.

SBI has learned that the former Red Bulls starting keeper will undergo hip surgery that will effectively end his first professional season.

"Yes, it will be a season ending (surgery)," Red Bulls head coach Hans Backe confirmed after Thursday's training session

Meara, a New York native and Fordham University product, started 18 matches for the team this season, accumulating 1620 minutes in net, and allowing all of 27 goals against for a respectable 1.

Red Bulls Rewind: Gaudette steals the show

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On a night where Tim Cahill scored his first goal as a Red Bull and the team rallied from a 2-0 deficit for a 3-2 victory, it was Bill Gaudette who stole the show.

And that says a lot.

"I think the real hero tonight was probably Billy," Cahill said after the match.

New York Red Bulls Having the Season They Wanted in 2011

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Few would disagree that last year's New York Red Bulls were a tremendous disappointment. The acquisition of French legend Thierry Henry, joining a cast of international players including Rafa Marquez, Tim Ream, Juan Agudelo, and Joel Lindpere (and briefly Dwayne De Rosario), was supposed to make the Red Bulls the LA Galaxy of the Eastern Conference.

Major Link Soccer: Monday Morning Links

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Mexico, continuing a strong showing by CONCACAF teams, won the Olympic gold medal in soccer with a lively 2-1 victory over Brazil. Oribe Peralto scored just 28 seconds into the match and added a second tally 15 minutes from full time.

U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called in 22 players to train for the upcoming friendly against Mexico on Aug.

Red Bulls 2 Dynamo 0: Home Cookin'

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Cahill: CreatorSecond half goals from Markus Holgersson and Jan Gunnar Solli, both involving new boy Tim Cahill, enabled the New York Red Bulls to exact revenge for last Friday's ignominious loss in Houston and defeat the Dynamo 2-0 on Friday night in Harrison.

The victory launched the Red Bulls - however temporarily - back to the top of the Eastern Conference standings and helped preserve their unblemished 2012 home record.

Game Thread: Dynamo at New York Red Bulls, 2012 MLS Match 24

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BROADCAST INFORMATION: NBC Sports Network - 7 p.m. La Ranchera 850 - 6:30 p.m. SportsTalk 790 - 6:30 p.m.
REFEREE: Chris Penso. MLS Career: 26 games; FC/gm: 21.9; Y/gm: 2.8; R: 6; pens: 10
INJURY REPORT: NEW YORK RED BULLS - OUT: DF Brandon Barklage (R hamstring strain); GK Ryan Meara (hip injury); QUESTIONABLE: DF Rafa Marquez (L calf strain) HOUSTON DYNAMO -- QUESTIONABLE: FW Calen Carr (L knee swelling)
  • ALL-TIME (14 meetings): Red Bulls 4 wins, 15 goals .

Central rivalry

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The United-Union-Red Bulls rivalry has become an intense laboratory for a common dilemma in US soccer tactics: how to control a game without a traditional central midfielder.

Red Bulls Rewind: A difficult debut for Tim Cahill

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Battling heavy heat and overwhelming humidity through 90 minutes of play from virtually a central defensive midfield position against a superior opponent was not exactly the way Tim Cahill, the New York Red Bulls organization or their fan base pictured the Australian's debut.

Dynamo dominate flat Red Bulls in Houston

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It was certainly not the way the New York Red Bulls envisioned the beginning of the Tim Cahill era.

The Houston Dynamo thoroughly dominated the Red Bulls Friday night, earning a 2-0 win and leapfrogging New York to take first place in the Eastern Conference.

Game Thread: Dynamo v New York Red Bulls, 2012 MLS Match 23

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BROADCAST INFORMATION: NBC Sports Network - 7 p.m. La Ranchera 850 (SPN Radio) SportsTalk 790 (ENG Radio)
REFEREE: Silviu Petrescu. MLS Career: 50 games; FC/gm: 27.4; Y/gm: 3.7; R: 8; pens: 7
INJURY REPORT: HOUSTON DYNAMO -- DOUBTFUL: FW Will Bruin (R calf contusion) NEW YORK RED BULLS - OUT: DF Brandon Barklage (R hamstring strain); QUESTIONABLE: DF Heath Pearce (R hamstring strain)


  • ALL-TIME (13 meetings): Dynamo 2 wins, 14 goals .

Red Bulls Notebook: Gaudette to challenge for starting spot, Cahill debuts, Jide speaks, more

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Friendly matches are not usually a barometer for judgment when reflecting on regular season play, but one New York Red Bulls player put an impressive exclamation point after weeks of dominant performances by stoning Tottenham in Tuesday's 2-1 defeat to the Premiership club.

Philadelphia Union

Gomez going? What Le Toux wants, 5-step plan, 2013 playoffs “not far fetched,” more

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Gabriel Gomez says he doesn't think he'll be with Union in 2013. Le Toux on where he'd like to play. Cruz believes Union can be playoff contenders next season. 5-step plan to turn the Union around. More morning news.

Getting ready for NYRB, Hop hate, Okugo love, more news

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Why other teams don't like Hoppenot. Okugo in USMNT central defender pool discussion. US hosting 2016 Copa America? Not so fast. More morning news.

USMNT news, Union playing for the fans, PPL Park No. 3, more news

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USMNT news ahead of this evening's big qualifier. Union playing for the fans. PPL Park ranked third best MLS stadium. More news.

D.C. United

Playoff Odds and Magic Numbers: D.C. United vs. Portland Timbers

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With only four matches left in the 2012 MLS regular season, D.C. United sit tied for third place in the Eastern Conference with four games remaining. The playoff probabilities created by the fine folks at Sounder at Heart put United's chances of making the playoffs at 90.3%, with a 36.3% chance of making the top three.

Upside: Whoever you play

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Their Words "The way we are performing away we would have lost the game for sure. So, but I think also being in this home stretch, winning most of the games, (we) have to kind of believe that you can win every game, whoever you play." New York coach Hans Backe. Other Sources The Impact is for real - from The Montreal Gazette's Pat Hickey: but tonight we didn't back down.

The Rest

The big three discuss the Play Off race are you in it? – Around The League now available @CSRN

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The big playoff race continues to heat up, and Scott, Ted, and Chris break it all down. They also talk about the firing of Red Bull's Sporting Director Erik Soler, and the implications on Hans Backe and the team going forward. Correspondents include: Kansas City, Houston, Dallas, Vancouver, and Chicago.

Possession Mythology and False Analysis

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This may seem obvious, but there's more than one way to win a soccer game. There are so many strategies (call these game wide) or tactics (specific plays or limited circumstances) that can help a team win. Talent isn't this perfectly understood thing (OK, Messi). But in any specific game there are ways to win.