With one eye towards the Open Cup final in midweek, Jim Curtin decided to roll the dice and gamble on playoff race. After an hour weather delay the two sides played out to a 2-2 draw. Time to dissect the wet and wild 28th game of the Union schedule in this week's edition of Good, Bad, Ugly.
The Good: The second half
After the break, the Union controlled, if not dominated, the New York Red Bulls.
Well this was a bit of a nugget to drop on us. Grant Wahl did some fine reporting here from Portland during some All-Star game stuff. Mixed in the nuggets about Jermaine Jones, Mixx Diskurd and expansion thoughts were a comment about the Red Bull owners in New York.
...that's in line with what some league people are seeing as a decline in the energy drink company's interest in owning an MLS team.
On Saturday evening, the New York Red Bulls faced Premier League side Arsenal at Red Bull Arena in front of a sold-out crowd. Or at least it was sold-out on paper. The empty seats that dotted the arena were from season ticket holders who had the game as part of their package, but decided to stay home rather than face the grueling traffic and crowds that resulted in the game kicking off later than scheduled.
Two more games down in the 2014 season and Interim Manager Curtin continues a slow, but steady climb back into the playoff picture. A win against Red Bull and a late equalizing pk against Chicago gave the Union 4 more points and a handle full more talking points.
The Good: Bend, but don't break
Dropped points against the Colorado Rapids and questionable red cards had the Union on the edge of collapse.
Whether you call it the Turnpike Derby, I-95 Derby, or (especially if you're a Red Bull fan) "it's not a rivalry" there have been some really special memories when these two teams have met on the pitch. What's your favorite?
This thread is simple. What is your favorite memory of the Philadelphia Union - New York Red Bulls rivalry?
The Red Bulls take a three-game unbeaten streak down to Dallas this weekend in search of their first road win, where they face the formidable Dallas... um... FCs? Sure. The Dallas FCs, who are sitting third in the West with 16 points on 5 wins and 18 goals over 8 games--a pretty nice ratio.
Well that didn’t go as planned. It was oddly reminiscent of how the New York Red Bulls got off the schneid last year: a 2-1 win in Harrison, NJ against the Philadelphia Union. The Union had the stats to back up a win, but as we have seen time and time again, stats don’t win games.
The Union have a problem giving up good shots and the numbers back it up. That problem was exposed by the Red Bulls on Wednesday night and this time there wasn't enough offense to save the day.
Perhaps one of these days it will be the Philadelphia Union that play like the desperate team. The New York Red Bulls, at home and desperate for their first win, found enough space inside their offensive 18 to net two goals and earn the win.
Player ratings for United's nerve-racking 1-0 triumph over the Red Bulls.
A win is a win -- so says the old adage -- but United's 1-0 victory over the Red Bulls sure was a stressful one. After a solid, confident first half, D.C. United began conceding ground in the midfield, leading to multiple Red Bull chances that could have tied the game.
The first of three meetings in the original MLS rivalry will take place in the Nation's Capitol, with both teams struggling.
The Filibuster crew is back once again, and we start of this week's episode by reviewing the win against the New England Revolution. We talk about Jose Goncalves' lovely goal, Chris Rolfe's immediate impact and goal, Lewis Neal's less than stellar performance, Davy Arnaud as a central midfielder and Collin Martin as a starter, and then end with a discussion of the team's fullback depth.
Two teams that have yet to truly impress face off in the first Atlantic Cup match of 2014. The New York Red Bulls have been something of a jumbled mess so far, but they've still got enough star power to be a very dangerous team.
Last week, D.C. United had the odd situation of MLS holding a "rivalry week" in which we played the New England Revolution.
With Major League Soccer and the rest of American soccer kicking off in just over a week we've curated an impressive list of players, personalities, broadcasters, front office folk, and fans to have them tell us (and you) about their upcoming 2014 season.
And, of course, pair their hopes and dreams for this season with a tasty local brew.
The New York Red Bulls have had a rough start to their 2014 season.
It began with a 4-1 beating from the Vancouver Whitecaps in a game in which the Red Bulls never looked like they had a chance. The second game of the season saw a young Colorado Rapids side steal a point at Red Bull Arena.
There were fireworks at Red Bull Arena Saturday but they were, for the most part, limited to the pre-game celebration of the Supporters Shield and the five minutes of added time at the very end of the game.
The New York Red Bulls began the game attacking toward their supporters' end and gave the appearance of controlling the game even though the statistics tell a different story.
The New York Red Bulls won't be acquiring a National Women's Soccer League team anytime soon.
Negotiations dating back to December 2012between the Red Bulls and New Jersey-based NWSL club Sky Blue FC have fallen apart and Sky Blue is forging ahead with a new plan for 2014, club CEO Thomas Hofstetter told reporters Thursday.
After the first legs, the Eastern Conference semifinals are both wide open. The Houston Dynamo's inspired fightback - or is that the farcical collapse by the New York Red Bulls? - in the second half at BBVA Compass and MLS's allergy to the away goals rule means that the second leg at Red Bull Dumpster Arena is a winner-take-all affair.
Germany, or at least part of Germany, has stopped to watch. The Bull throws his athletic, muscular frame between the enemy and the ball, touches the ball out of reach, and with explosive power and elegance that belies such a powerful beast, he ghosts past two more and stabs the ball goalwards.
It was announced today by DC United that captain Dwayne De Rosario, defender Dejan Jakovic, and midfielder Kyle Porter have been called up by the Canadian national team for their upcoming friendly in Spain.
The three of them (De Ro, Jakovic, and Porter) will leave the team after DCU's next match against their hated rivals, the New York Red Bulls.
New York Red Bulls' Australian acquisition David Carney has finally received his visa, and not a moment too soon. With stalwart defender Jamison Olave out 10-12 days with a quad tear and Roy Miller's impending international duty, Carney's arrival couldn't have come at a better time.
After arriving early this year in New Jersey participating in thirteen matches and providing four assists in 1,119 minutes on the field for the New York Red Bulls, Brazilian international Juninho Pernambucano agreed to cancel his contract, as the club's official website posted yesterday.
"We are very disappointed that Juninho has decided to return to Brazil because he is a great professional and a very talented footballer," Red Bulls Sporting Director Andy Roxburgh said an official statement.
Sunday sees a clash between probably the two most wildly inconsistent teams in the Eastern Conference. The New York Red Bulls, currently in second place, won't swap seats with the Union should they lose the game, but both sides need a win to regain some momentum after some sloppy results of late.
Let's not kid ourselves when it comes to assessing the visitors; everything runs through the Red Bull's talismanic French captain.
The New York Red Bulls have gone almost two years without tasting victory against Sporting Kansas City and tonight won't be any easier as the Eastern Conference rivals square off at Red Bull Arena (7:30pm, MSG).
This afternoon the USMNT held an open practice at Red Bull arena. It drew a crowd that probably equaled the one that was here on Memorial Day for the Serbia against Jamaica friendly. Outside the arena over an hour before the gates opened, the lines grew longer and longer, weeding through the tents that had been set up by the official snacks of the US Men's National Team.
Whilst World Cup qualifiers for Rio dominated the last few days of football on the pitch, off it there was much more attention on Qatar 2022. With Sepp Blatter regarding the bid decision as a â€˜mistake' and a growing resignation amongst the top clubs that the tournament will be moved to the winter, we try and make sense of the almighty shambles.
I have had enough of all the bleating about yesterday's result so it is time to look at a healthy Arsenal transfer rumour to improve the team for next season's assault on the title! According to a report in the Metro today, the Gunners are chasing the Austrian centre-half Martin Hinteregger, who has been impressing [.
Not many Arsenal fans may have heard of the 23 year-old Slovenian star Kevin Kampl but he has been impressing big clubs all over Europe this season after scoring ten goals playing from Red Bull Salzburg's midfield in Austria, where his team are running away at the top of the league. Kampl was actually born [.
Join the guys as they look back at United's past couple of games, including the win against I-95 Rival New York and the draw against Columbus on the road. The boys also talk some United news and look ahead to the team's home match against league leader FC Dallas.
DC United managed to hold their 1-0 early lead despite a frantic surge from Red Bull and took the first leg lead in the Atlantic Cup over their fiercest rivals. United will now turn their attention to next Saturday's match in Columbus as they hope to inflict some payback from their 3-0 season opening loss to the Crew at RFK in March.
Week two of MLS action is in the books and it was another outstanding weekend at the gate. Prior to league action, there were great crowds for the Champions League games in mid-week. These included big numbers in KC and San Jose (given capacity) and a fair mid-week showing in LA. It was a busy weekend all around for soccer fans watching at home, with an array of EPL games during the weekend and other European leagues as well, all available on American television.
Liverpool is reportedly taking keen interest in the highly-rated young Austrian central defender Martin Hinteregger. According to reports from Swiss media outlet Ifoticker.ch, the Reds are showing great interests in the 21-year-old, who plays for Red Bull Salzburg. The defender is contracted at the club till 2018, but it is understood that Liverpool have been monitoring him closely.
Red Bull Leipzig beat VfB Stuttgart's second string 'II' side comfortably in the 3. Liga (Germany's third tier) on Saturday afternoon after giving themselves a flying start (Red Bull gives you wings after all), getting the game underway with most attacking kick-off routine you're ever likely to see and seeing it all pay off when Daniel Frahn nodded them ahead with just 10 seconds on the clock.
The sixth timeâ€™s a charm. Yes, it took six tries but the Philadelphia Union finally earned a point at Red Bull Arena. It was a good time to get a point too, since there is only one point separating teams 1 â€“ 4 in the Eastern Conference. Just how did this point-getting unfold? Glad you asked...
Like all rumors involving players in foreign leagues coming to Major League Soccer these should be taken with a salt, a lot of it. But with the quality of the league continuing to improve and none of these three being huge names there is a chance.