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The Red Bulls improved on their perfect home record Friday night with a 2-0 shutout win over the Houston Dynamo. The 'W' helped the Red Bulls reclaim first place in the Eastern Conference and padded their home record to 8-0-3.
Tim Cahill registered two assists in his home debut, as he helped facilitate a Markus Holgersson goal in the 61st minute and picked up the secondary assist on Jan Gunnar Solli's goal in the 92nd minute.
The Red Bulls return to action Sunday, Aug. 19, when they host the Portland Timbers for a 7 PM kickoff on MSG. The first 5,000 fans 12 and under will receive a free Ryan Meara jersey tee upon entry. Get your tickets now at Red Bulls Ticket Central or by calling 877.RB.SOCCER.
Here are a few photos from Friday's win:
The Red Bulls and Dynamo remained tied heading into the 61st minute of Friday's match, until defender Markus Holgersson sent home his second of the season on a great assist from Tim Cahill. The tally gave New York the 1-0 lead and Cahill his first-career MLS assist:
The Red Bulls are edging closer to full health as a number of players are returning to the pitch from various injuries. Defender Heath Pearce is one of those guys, as he made his return to the lineup Friday against the Houston Dynamo. While the outcome and performance was not exactly what he and the team had in mind, Pearce is confident that the match helped him get his feet back and primed him and the rest of the Red Bulls for the perfect opportunity to reverse the outcome home at Red Bull Arena Friday night (8 PM ET, NBC Sports).
You had a chance to get back out there against Houston last week after that hamstring injury kept you out of the lineup for a few games. Obviously not the sort of outcome the team would’ve liked, but how did you feel overall?
It was a tough game for us. I thought that I played pretty poorly, but on a fitness side and stuff it was good to get out there. [Macoumba] Kandji was running at me most of the game, so it’s those types of scenarios you can’t really simulate that much in training as you can in games. So to get out there and have to naturally react and force and breakdown steps and test my body and come out tired but uninjured is an important thing for me.
Exactly one week to the day the team will have a chance to right the wrongs from last week’s performance. What will the focus be Friday night?
We gave up a goal early and that’s always tough. You play away to Houston and they haven’t lost at home and they’ve got a lot of motivation and a good crowd. And all that’s forgotten. We’re at home. We’ve got a great home record. We know what we did wrong and we expect more of ourselves and I think we’ll be prepared Friday to come and get a result.
You talked about Kandji running on you last game. How will the team look to lock him down this time around?
It’s more about focusing on our game. I think that’s something we didn’t do. I don’t think that we necessarily have been passing well. We weren’t pressing well as a team. We weren’t doing all the things right that made us good as a team. So if we can focus on those then I think we can force them to have to change their game up and make adjustments to our style as opposed to us trying to adjust to their style.
All season long there’s been a big “what if” surrounding the team. “What if” everyone was healthy. “What if” these guys had time to play together without the injuries. Now, as guys are on their way back, we may soon finally get an answer to that question.
Yeah, definitely. We’re getting close. We’ve got a lot of good players but we’ve been battling injuries all season. And that’s no excuse, but the team’s been doing well to get points anyway. The team’s coming around, we’re getting more fit and we’re excited to hopefully put our best 11 out on the field and challenge the rest of the teams in the league.
Four Red Bulls Academy products are currently training with the U.S. Under-14 National Team at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA.
U.S. U-14 head coach Huge Perez selected his 50-player roster for the team's camp, which began Aug. 5 and runs through to Aug. 12.
The following players are representing the Red Bulls in the national team's camp:
Xavier Kennedy (Montclair, NJ)
Ethan Koehler (Maplewood, NJ)
Tyler Adams (Wappingers Falls, NY)
Kyle Gruno (Saddle River, NJ)
The Red Bulls took another drop in Power Rankings this week after falling to the Dynamo 2-0 at BBVA Compass Stadium Friday night.
Despite the outcome, let’s extract three positives:
- New York remains within reach of reclaiming first place. The rematch against Houston this Friday night at Red Bull Arena can catapult them back into the top of the Eastern Conference.
- No one in Red Bulls camp is shrugging this one off. Not a single player or coach is happy with the outcome and the team seems deadest on reversing things later this week.
- New York has locked things down at home all season long, as indicated by their 7-0-3 record on the pitch at RBA
So yes, the Red Bulls drop a bit this time around in the rankings but there’s just as good a chance as any that they flip the script and take three from Houston Friday night.
Let’s see what people are saying about the club this week.
MLSsoccer.com drops the Red Bulls to sixth overall:
“Well, they have another Designated Player, but that didn't get the job done in a big, big game against Houston. They'll have another crack at the Dynamo on Friday, and the hope will be that they don't allow so much time and space in the midfield.”
Sports Illustrated believes the return of Dax McCarty could be the thing the team needs to exact revenge on Houston, as Avi Creditor also placed New York in the No. 6 spot:
"Just how important is Dax McCarty to the Red Bulls? The club's midfield was completely dominated in Houston, making McCarty's suspension-caused absence more glaring than Tim Cahill's MLS debut."
Soccer by Ives dropped New York from fourth to fifth overall:
"Well that probably wasn't how Tim Cahill imagined his debut. For as many attacking pieces as New York has acquired, the defense remains suspect. The back line will get a mulligan of sorts against the Dynamo, though, as New York will play host when the two sides meet for second straight Friday night at Red Bull Arena, where the club is 7-0-3."
"New York spoiled Tim Cahill's debut with a wretched defensive display against Houston. Things figure to get better when holding midfielder Dax McCarty returns from suspension, but questions still abound about the Red Bulls back line."
What's your take on this week's power rankings?
The Red Bulls were unable to snag a point on the road in Houston Friday night, falling to the Dynamo 2-0 at BBVA Compass Stadium.
The loss allows Houston to leapfrog the Red Bulls and claim first place in the Eastern Conference, as New York drops to second. However, the Red Bulls will have a chance to redeem themselves next Friday when they host the second half of the home-and-home series and look to defend home turf at Red Bull Arena.
Tickets to Friday's match are available at Red Bulls Ticket Central or by calling 877.RB.SOCCER.
Here are a few photos from Friday's loss in Houston:
A tough loss against the Impact in Montreal won't help the Red Bulls' chances much in terms of climbing up the Power Rankings ladder, but the acquisition of midfielder Tim Cahill and the upcoming home-and-home meetings against Houston could alter the course upward once again.
The Red Bulls drop no lower than fourth in this week's power rankings after finishing second place overall across the board last time around.
We'll kick things off here with ESPN Soccernet, the only site of the four to place the Red Bulls third overall (albeit with very vague reasoning):
"New York announced the signing of Tim Cahill late last week. Then on Saturday, the Red Bulls reminded everyone that it's the performance of their back line that will determine their championship fate."
MLSsoccer.com also brings up the subject of the Red Bulls' back line, placing them fourth overall:
"Failed to create some separation at the top of the East when they were knocked back down to size by the expansion Montreal Impact. More concerning is the resurfacing of the defensive frailties, which had momentarily disappeared for a good stretch."
Soccer By Ives looks a bit deeper at the Red Bulls' recent acquisition, focusing on the potential for budding partnerships and chemistry in New York's midfield as they place RBNY fourth overall:
"The Red Bulls took a step back, looking shaky defensively against Montreal. The acquisitions of Sebastien Le Toux and Tim Cahill bolster an already-dangerous attack, but they will matter not if New York doesn't ultimately find the right centerback partnership."
And finally it's Sports Illustrated ranking the Red Bulls fourth overall:
"Defensive calamities cost the club precious points in Montreal, and Tuesday's friendly against Tottenham will be used to work out the kinks while welcoming the team's newest star, Tim Cahill, into the lineup."
What's your take on this week's power rankings?
The New York Red Bulls fell to the Tottenham Hotspur Tuesday night in the Barclays New York Cup Powered by Under Armour by the final of 2-1.
The Red Bulls opened up the scoring early in the eighth minute courtesy of a Kenny Cooper penalty kick. The opportunity presented itself courtesy of newcomer Tim Cahill, who in his debut drew the foul following a strong drive into the box in what was his first run on goal in a Red Bulls jersey. Cahill remained a constant buzz in the offensive zone throughout the first 45 minutes leading up to his halftime substitution.
New York entered the half holding onto a 1-0 lead, but Tottenham turned things around in the final 45 on goals from Gareth Bale (59') and Gylfi Sigurdsson (64').
Goalkeeper Bill Gaudette registered a number of impressive saves throughout the match to keep New York in the race for a win, including a 12th minute save off Bale's free kick, a stellar save off a Tom Huddleston rocket in the 16th minute and a point blank stop of an Aaron Lennon shot in the 54th minute.
New York's next match is this Friday evening, as the Red Bulls head to Houston for an 8 PM kickoff against the Dynamo. Watch all the action live on NBC Sports.
The Red Bulls return home Aug. 10 for the second half of a home-and-home series against the Dynamo. Get your tickets now at Red Bulls Ticket Central or by calling 877.RB.SOCCER.
Red Bulls midfielder Teemu Tainio paid a visit to the Empire State Building Monday afternoon to promote Tuesday's match between New York and Tottenham.
The Barclays New York Cup Powered by Under Armour pits the Red Bulls against the Hotspur in a match at Red Bull Arena. If you're not joining us live at the Arena, then be sure to follow all the action on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes or 93.1 FM (Spanish Radio).
Here are a few pics from Tainio's trip to the top of the Empire State Building: