Mike Petke has seen his fair share of great soccer players. Having spent time playing with or coaching names such as Juan Pablo Angel, Thierry Henry and Tim Cahill, the New York Red Bulls head coach has experiencedsome of the game's elite first hand.
Petke is never the type of coach to throw around unnecessary praise, preferring to let his player's actions on the field speak louder than his words.
Jerry Bengtson's signing could prove a double victory for the Revs. (Photo: New England
"Why not us?"
It's a sentiment that's often been heard from MLS fans in the age of the Designated Player.
Since the DP rule was implemented in 2007, it's created a bit of a haves and have nots scenario in
MLS â€“ not necessarily in the trophy case, but in the big name impressive European-pedigree player
When former New York Red Bull and Aston Villa striker Juan Pablo Angel joined the Galaxy a couple
of seasons ago, he was asked to compare the pressure of playing in MLS with the English Premier
League. An uncomfortable-looking Angel didn't say much for several long seconds as expectatant
Sheanon Williams says of Toronto, "They have no pressure on them, the only way they can look is
up. That's definitely dangerous for us. But just looking at ourselves, we need wins, as well. We
can't take anyone for granted."
Says Williams of his new center back role, "You won't see me bombing up the wings anymore.
The Re-Entry Draft list has been updated for Stage 1, which will take place Friday, December 7, at 3:00 p.m. EST.
Here's your updated list - 11 players are off the original list we posted yesterday.
The following players have been removed: Gonzalo Segares (re-signed by Chicago), Rodney Wallace (re-signed by Portland), Josh Gardner (traded from Montreal to SKC), Tony Tchani (Columbus), Justin Mapp (Montreal), Kyle Nakazawa (Los Angeles), Brian Perk (Los Angeles), Marvell Wynne (Colorado), Steve Purdy (Portland), O'Brian White (Seattle), and Stephen King (D.
With Calen Carr's injury being confirmed as a torn ACL, the Houston Dynamo will likely look in several places for a viable replacement.
The first option will come this Friday at noon as the MLS will hold the 2012 Re-Entry Draft. Players listed as available below could still opt out of the draft if they can come to terms on an agreement with their current club.
Before Sunday's 1-1 draw with Chivas USA at the Home Depot Center, Juan Pablo Angel, who is now a striker for the Red-and-White, already had quite the reputation as an FC Dallas nemesis with five goals in his six career appearances against FCD. Angel didn't start on Sunday, but the veteran Colombian forward did come on for Robin Fraser's side at the break and wreaked his usual brand of havoc on Dallas, finishing the night with seven shots, including three on goal in his one half of play.
Is this facing Chivas USA thing getting a bit tiresome? Throw in an Open Cup match and suddenly
the two sides are about to meet their fourth time. The Goats have transitioned quite a bit from
that Open Cup meeting (Three Questions, Recap). They've added significant names to the roster but
still got blown out by Seattle just a couple weeks ago (Three Questions, Recap).
Saer Sene (left) scored twice on Wednesday. (Photo: Kari Heistad/CapturedImages.biz)
After each match the contributors to New England Soccer Today will rate the performances of
the New England Revolution players who made an appearance on a 1 to 10 scale (1 horrendous, 5
average, 10 perfection).
Shalrie Joseph made himself feel quite at home at Gillette Stadium Wednesday night.
In his return to the place he called home since 2003 until a trade sent him across the country
to Chivas USA, Joseph scored two goals to spark a three-goal comeback and help the Goats salvage a
3-3 draw against the Revolution to keep their faint playoff hopes alive.
The New England Revolution are back home on Wednesday night, welcoming an old friend as Shalrie
Joseph returns to Gillette Stadium with Chivas USA. The Revs are still mired in an eight-game
winless run that has now featured five straight losses. The Goats, on the other hand, are in the
thick of a playoff race, but haven't won in their last three, and in fact have conceded eleven
goals in that span.
Last week the Sounders helped keep some playoff hopes alive by beating the Vancouver Whitecaps,
and in the coming weeks they have a chance to end those hopes with three consecutive games against
the two playoff hopefuls left in the West. Today's is the first of two against Chivas USA, a pretty
implausible playoff contender.
Jozy Altidore with 2 more goals for AZ, this time against Heracles. Giving him 4 in 2 games to
start the season. EAST 46 Sporting Kansas City (31) 44 New York Red Bulls (43) 41 Houston Dynamo
(37) 41 Chicago Fire SC (30) 37 DC United (37) ----- 36 Montreal Impact (39) 30 Columbus Crew (23)
24 Philadelphia Union (24) 23 New England Revolution (27) 20 Toronto FC (27) WEST 47 San Jose
Earthquakes (48) 42 Real Salt Lake (37) 40 Seattle Sounders FC (34) 37 LA Galaxy (44) 37 Vancouver
Whitecaps FC (28) ----- 32 FC Dallas (33) 27 CD Chivas USA (15) 26 Colorado Rapids (32) 21 Portland
Timbers (24) -Sat Aug 18
Seattle Sounders FC 2-0 Vancouver Whitecaps FC - SS goals by Fredy Montero + Eddie Johnson
Venue: CenturyLink Field
Toronto FC 0-1 Sporting Kansas City - SKC goal by Kei Kamara
Venue: BMO Field
Montreal Impact 3-1 San Jose Earthquakes - MI goals by Marco Di Vaio, Lamar Neagle + Patrice
Over the past month 11 MLS players switched teams through trades (we'll ignore the waived
players for now because almost zero of those would make a difference this year). The players dealt
fill nearly every role on a squad, and a few would be probable starters is the Seattle Sounders had
Knockout tournaments can kind of suck. One poor performance and the club you support is gone.
There's a certain pressure on them that can overwhelm. They are like playoffs, but longer and with
a smaller payoff at the end. The Seattle Sounders don't struggle in knockouts. They are 16-0-1 in
the Open Cup, 1-1-0 in Champions League Knockouts and even 1-4-1 in the MLS Cup Playoffs.
CARSON, Calif.â€”When Chivas USA head coach Robin Fraser brought on second-half substitutes Juan
Pablo Angel and Jorge Villafana with 13 minutes left in Wednesday's match against the Montreal
Impact, they were brought on to provide a spark.
Lost in the madness of the U.S. men's national team's start of World Cup qualifying, the MLS
international break and Euro 2012 is the fact that MLS All-Star voting has begun and is in full
The MLS All-Stars will take on UEFA Champions League and FA Cup winner Chelsea at PPL Park in a
little more than a month with an eye on snapping a three-game losing streak after a loss to Everton
(in penalties) and two losses to Manchester United.
Chivas USA did their due diligence prior to their match with the Carolina RailHawks. Rather than
take the tier 2 team lightly, the MLS side sent a scout ahead of their match and reviewed film to
understand their opponent.
The Official Podcast of MLSReserves.com. A Goat filled episode as three members of Chivas USA lend
their time. Danny Califf talks about his departure from the Philadelphia Union, Dan Kennedy
discusses his season and Juan Pablo Angel talks of his work with Juan Agudelo. Greg Lalas,
Editor-In-Chief of MLSSoccer.
New York 1-1 Chivas USA An early second-half goal from Chivas USA forward Juan Pablo Angel kept the
New York Redbulls from their 6th straight win. Unfortunately for Chivas, Kenny Cooper answered nine
minutes later with his 11th goal of the season, splitting the points between the two sides. There
wasn't much to the first [.
May's packed schedule is nearly up for the Seattle Sounders with their last MLS match of the
crowded schedule. For some players this will mean a rest. For others, due to injuries, they will be
pressed into more duty than one could expect. On top of a likely start at CDM for either Andy Rose
or Servando Carrasco there could also be a change in the backline.
My apologies as real-life got in the way of my post on the RBNY vs Chivas USA game from this
past Wednesday. What's there to say except that RBNY had a chance at making history (6 wins in a
row) but fell just short. Second half goals from Chivas USA forward Juan Pablo Angel, making his
triumphant return to RBA, and Kenny F'ng Cooper saw a "share of the spoils", if you will.
Article by Pedro Gomes
Midweek MLS action was plentiful. Among all the chatter about US Open Cup and the Canadian
Championship, the league held some exciting matches. New York fans honored Juan Pablo Angel with a
deserved banner and Columbus stunned Seattle with a 2-0 win.
This was the game where it all came full circle. When Bruce Arena used one of his two Designated
Player spots in the 2007 season he brought over Juan Pablo Angel from Aston Villa of the English
Premiership and right ...
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Good afternoon! It's matchday @The Cathedral of Football, Red Bull Arena (built by Makita)! In
tonight's installment, our glorious Red Bulls take on Western Conference powerhouse Chivas USA
(7:00pm ET, MSG+, match notes here). This could be a history-making fixture, so let's see how both
teams come into this one.
Rapids get lead, Rapids lose lead, Rapids actually draw. Yeah, an added twist to the last two
months, this time we didn't lose the game, just the lead. Most of the game consisted of the Rapids
getting the ball into great situations and then blowing it. Seriously, the Rapids had 19 attempts
on goal, 5 shots on target, 1 goal.
I can imagine the scene at the Home Depot Center tomorrow. Thousands of children, their hands
sticky from cotton candy and soft drinks, screaming, blowing vuvuzelas, playing with handheld
gaming devices, shooting spitballs at each other (at least, that's what I remember doing when I was
a kid, minus the vuvuzelas) -- pretty much doing anything but watching the game on the pitch.
This week, I had the distinct pleasure to trade a series of three questions and answers with
Benzinho of the Mount Royal Soccer blog ahead of the first ever meeting of Houston Dynamo and
Impact de Montreal at the recently renovated and expanded Stade Saputo Saturday at 6 p.m. Central
(either daylight or standard.
There were 12 matches over this week. Three mid-week and nine over the holiday weekend. That's a
lot of soccer, but I still want to watch more. Why couldn't the MLS schedule a game on Memorial
Day? There are 3 Canadian teams that aren't participating in the US Open Cup. Nothing would scream
"memorializing those who fought for American liberty" more than teams from Vancouver and French
speaking Montreal in a game that is overwhelmingly popular everywhere except America.
For the 16th time in 17 years, the Colorado Rapids host a July 4 match, with the Vancouver
Whitecaps providing the foil this season.
As the holiday approaches, The Tuesday List takes a look at how the Rapids have performed on the
holiday through the years. And, although the game was a day early in 2011, last season's closest
match is included for this comparison.
The image is less fuzzy than the logic behind the sign.
The return of our heroic and legendary goalscorer should have inspired the New York fanbase last
night at Red Bull Arena, and that enthusiasm should have, in turn, inspired the players to perform
their best for their beloved fans.
The unbeaten streak continues! The Red Bulls came back from being 1-nil down very early in this one to pulling off a very lucky 1-1 draw against the defending MLS Champion. A fortunate deflection (off Felipe's face) into the goal and the "Invincible" streak continues. The Galaxy has one chance early and they took it.
After the surprise of the one-time MVP candidate showing up in training camp there was a level of excitement around the potential to add Shalrie Joseph. Unfortunately it sounds as if there was more than just the contractual hurdle in the way.
Schmid: Obviously it's very evident that he hasn't trained in a while, it's evident that he's very much behind physically as well.