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When you see Dane Richards flying down the wing, you can't help but think something big is about to happen.
That was exactly the case in the 56th minute of Wednesday's match, when a streaking Richards crossed one into the box that was met by Kenny Cooper. It didn't take much for Coop to bury his 11th of the season to level the score against Chivas USA.
Watch the goal again here:
Chivas USA transitioned up field around the 25th minute of play and created a solid chance on goal in an effort to crack the scoreless tie. Juan Pablo Angel let one go but had all post on this shot:
Follow the Red Bulls now on Instagram for the latest collection of photos surrounding the team and Red Bull Arena. Simply search for "NewYorkRedBulls" (all one word).
Take the attached photo for example, an Instagram photo of the bull statue that awaits both teams as they line up to head out through the player tunnel.
Many more are already stored up on our Instagram account, so feel free to browse through the collection as it continues to grow.
Red Bulls goalkeeper Ryan Meara remains the top dog in this week's MLSsoccer.com Rookie Rankings.
Meara earned his eighth victory in 12 starts this past weekend in New York's 2-1 win over the Montreal Impact, the team's fifth-straight win. This is the third consecutive week in which Meara has landed No. 1 overall in Rookie Rankings.
The Red Bulls went from one of the league's leakiest sides to a team that's played largely lock-down defense over the past five matchdays. Meara's ability to come off his line and snuff out attacks before they become dangerous has played a big part in that, and RBNY are atop the Eastern Conference as a result.
Not only will Meara look to backstop the Red Bulls to their sixth-straight win, but he'll also aim to keep New York's perfect record at Red Bull Arena intact. The club remains 4-0-1 at "the fortress" this season.
Watch tonight's action live on MSG+ starting at 7pm ET.
Joel Lindpere was named to MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week after he put on an industrious effort against the Montreal Impact Saturday night.
Lindpere may not have lit up the scoreboard, but he did make his presence known with his signature hustle that helped create the Red Bulls' game-winning goal, courtesy of Dane Richards.
Down a man, the Red Bulls had to grind one out against Montreal over the weekend and did just that, in large part thanks to Lindpere’s effort in the center of the pitch, where he helped set up Dane Richards’ winner and got a call to the Estonian national team for his troubles.
Forward Kenny Cooper, who scored his 10th goal of the season on a penalty kick in Montreal, was added as an honorable mention.
Lindpere was also included in ProSoccerTalk.com's Team of the Week, alongside Red Bulls defender Markus Holgersson.
The Red Bulls will look to extend their win streak to six straight tonight when they host Chivas USA on the pitch at Red Bull Arena. New York remains a perfect 4-0-1 at home this season.
Watch all the action live on MSG+ started at 7pm ET.
The New York Red Bulls remain in the top four of this week’s MLS power rankings, although the exact placement in that top four varies a bit across the web.
We’ll start things off with the MLSsoccer.com rankings.
The staff at the League site gave the Red Bulls a nice jump from No. 4 to No. 2 following this past week’s road win over the Montreal Impact. Both San Jose and Seattle were demoted below the Red Bulls, as Real Salt Lake remains the top dog this week.
MLSsoccer.com provides this back-handed compliment:
What do you call a team that keeps beating inferior opponents by a single goal? Winners. Whatever else happens this season, New York will know that they can go back to playing lock-down soccer if they need to. That's invaluable.
Let’s flip things over to ESPN now, who provided a similar promotion for the Red Bulls in the jump from No. 4 to No. 2.
The last time New York won five straight, Clint Mathis was scoring at will for the MetroStars in '03. After a 2-1 comeback win over Montreal, with 10 men for 32 minutes when Palsson got ejected, the Red Bulls are close to franchise history.
Now it gets a little interesting as we head toward the Soccer by Ives and Sports Illustrated rankings. Five wins in a row, coupled with the team’s ability to win shorthanded against Montreal, didn’t impact (get it? Impact?) the rankings from these respective sites one bit, as the team remains a lock at the No. 4 spot.
The acquisition of Heath Pearce immediately shores up New York's iffy back line, and losing Juan Agudelo in the deal won't be much of a blow if Kenny Cooper keeps on scoring goals. On a five-game winning streak, these Red Bulls are finally living up to the hype.
Hmmm. That doesn’t explain much in terms of the team staying level in their power rankings. Let’s see what Sports Illustrated has to say:
Facing more adversity than perhaps any other team in the league, the Red Bulls ran off their fifth win in a row, to mark their longest winning streak in nine years. Heath Pearce's transition to the back line went rather seamless, and Dane Richards' first goal of the season couldn't have come at a better time. Somehow this team continues to produce results with odds not in its favor.
So this week the Red Bulls land at No. 2 overall on MLSsoccer.com and ESPN, while Soccer by Ives and Sports Illustrated have the team holding steady at No. 4.
I’ll just smile and nod at those last two.
What’s your take on this week’s power rankings?
Red Bulls defender Markus Holgersson and midfielder Joel Lindpere cracked ProSoccerTalk.com's MLS Team of the Week for Week 11.
This is now the second consecutive week Lindpere has been considered for Steve Davis' Team of the Week, as both he and Dax McCarty shared the honors in Week 10.
Davis writes of Lindpere:
Lindpere and Chara were workhorses in their matches, covering ground, shutting down the opposition danger men, interrupting passing lanes, that kind of stuff. Important stuff, for sure.
Further proof that Lindpere doesn't always have to crack the score sheet to make his presence known on the pitch, although his two goals over the last four matches isn't anything to shy away from either.
This is Holgersson's first week in which he's been included in the weekly honors. Davis writes:
Holgersson continues to gain the steadiness he lacked early, and in Saturday’s win at Montreal – the Red Bull’s fifth in a row – he had the added duty of breaking in newly arrived Heath Pearce as a central partner along New York’s back line.
What do you think about this week's PST Team of the Week?
Since MSG debuted “Under One Roof,” a segment that centers on the house shared by Corey Hertzog, Connor Lade and Jeremy Vuolo, fans have been clamoring with Facebook comments and Tweets for a way to get their hands on the glamour shots featured in the video.
OK, not really. But they have been asking about it, so we figured we’d go to the sources themselves to see how the photo shoot came about.
“We were at an event a couple of weeks ago. It was a street-to-street event where they put on basketball tournaments for underprivileged kids,” said Lade. “And we had an impromptu photo shoot, because we were very curious as to where we could get some nice, cheesy, studly portraits of ourselves. And there happened to be a photographer there who was nice enough to give us a nice 45-minute long photo shoot.”
Under One Roof
That photographer was Aaron Berger, whose work is featured on AaronBergerPhoto.com and, according to Lade, has the ability to make “even ugly guys look good.”
Overall each pla…er, model, had a little hidden agenda behind each photo.
Hertzog was going for the “mysterious look,” while Vuolo admitted he was aiming for a James Bond-like approach. Lade, meanwhile, targeted a professional look for a professional event, but insisted he also wanted to show he’s “here to have a good time.”
Did they pull it off? Well, that’s up to you guys to decide.
Dane Richards, Kenny Cooper and Connor Lade recap Saturday's 2-1 win over the Montreal Impact:
Hans Backe catches up with MSG's Tina Cervasio following the Red Bulls' 2-1 win over the Montreal Impact: