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ProSoccerTalk.com released its weekly Starting XI Monday and two Red Bulls, Joel Lindpere and Dax McCarty, have locked down midfield roles.
Lindpere kicked off the scoring in Sunday's 3-2 win over the Union on the road at PPL Park. It was a textbook play, made all the better by a beautifully placed ball by Mehdi Ballouchy that helped make Lindpere's shot on goal all the easier. Still, the finish was nothing short of perfect, and definitely a must-watch if you haven't seen it yet (or want to see it again).
McCarty, by his own admission, has played a less flashy game but one that came about out of necessity. The 25-year-old has locked down and taken ownership of the defensive midfield role since Thierry Henry was forced out of the lineup with a hamstring injury in the Apr. 28 match against the New England Revolution.
Since then, McCarty has received heaps of praise for his play that helped lead the Red Bulls to three-straight shutouts and, just this past Sunday, extend their win streak to four straight. Even then, the return of Rafa Marquez required a bit of a shift for McCarty, who has undoubtedly shown his versatility while the team continues to work its way through the injury bug.
McCarty sure knows how to keep the party going, as the man’s outstanding run of form helped New York squeeze out a 1-0 win over Houston and then go take all the points over the weekend at Philly. (McCarty even played in a different position in that one, accommodating Rafa Marquez’s return to the lineup by moving forward in the starting arrangement.)
Weekly Starting XI nominations aren't a formal award by any means, but it's definitely nice to see two hard-working guys getting some acknowledgment for their continued efforts.
FoxSoccer.com awarded double honors to the Red Bulls this week following Wednesday's 1-0 win over the Houston Dynamo and Sunday's 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Union.
Kenny Cooper, who scored his ninth goal of the season with the game-winner against the Union, was dubbed FoxSoccer.com's Player of the Week. Ives Galarcep writes:
The Red Bulls striker has picked up the slack in the absence of injured star Thierry Henry, scoring the game-winning goal in both of New York’s wins this week. The game-winner vs. Houston was a bit of a gift from the Dynamo defense, and Philly goalkeeper Zac MacMath could have done better on Cooper’s winner vs. the Union, but Cooper still gets the credit for capitalizing on defensive mistakes and scoring the goals that pushed New York into first place in the East.
Additionally, goalkeeper Ryan Meara received praise for his continued domination in goal for the Red Bulls. Althoug the Fordham product recently saw his three-game shutout streak come to an end he has, nevertheless, backstopped the club to four-straight wins. Galarcep writes:
A very strong argument can be made for Meara deserving Player of the Week, not just Rookie of the Week, honors for his outstanding play in wins vs. Houston and Philadelphia. Both times, he stepped up big with key late saves to preserve victories.
Do you agree with FoxSoccer.com's picks? If you have your own suggestions for Player of the Week, share them below!
The New York Red Bulls reserves played the Philadelphia Union reserves to a 2-2 draw in a Sunday matinee match following the completion of the first team's clash at PPL Park.
New York found itself in an early hole heading into the half after Philly's Antoine Hoppenot found the back of the net in the 11th minute on an assist from Josue Martinez. Less than one minute into the second half, Philly struck again, this time on a penalty kick from Jack McInerney. From there the Red Bulls' defense went into lockdown mode, limiting the Union's chances while also maintaining a steady flow back up the pitch to create opportunities of their own.
That first turnaround goal came in the 68th minute when guest player Walter Hines slipped one past Union 'keeper Chase Harrison to cut the deficit to one. Twenty minute later it was Corey Hertzog who sent home the equalizer to complete the Red Bulls' surge from a 2-0 hole to level the final score at a draw.
PHI - Antoine Hoppenot (Josue Martinez)11’
PHI - Jack McInerney (Penalty Kick) 46’
NY - Walter Hines (Unassisted) 68’
NY - Corey Hertzog (Unassisted) 88’
NY - Ryan Maduro (Yellow card caution) 33’
NY - Giorgi Chirgadze (Yellow card caution) 51’
PHI - Colton Storm (Yellow card caution) 63’
NY - Christian Ibidgha (Yellow card caution) 81’
Philadelphia Union Reserves: Chase Harrison; Porfirio Lopez; *Matt Baker; Christhian Hernandez (*Shane Campbell 71); Jimmy McLaughlin; Amobi Okugo (C); Zack Pfeffer; *Andy Adland (*Darius Madison 68); Josue Martinez (*Colton Storm 57); Antoine Hoppenot (Chandler Hoffman 81); Jack McInerney
Shots: 11; Shots on Goal: 7; Corners: 0; Saves: 9; Fouls: 4; Offsides: 3
New York Red Bull Reserves: Jeremy Vuolo; Jonathan Borrojo; Ousmane Sanogo; Christian Ibidgha; Connor Lade (C); Corey Hertzog; Ryan Maduro; Julian Stahler; **Giorgi Chirgadze; Jhonny Arteaga; Juan Agudelo (Walter Hines 56)
Shots: 17; Shots on Goal: 11; Corners: 5; Saves: 5; Fouls: 8; Offsides: 3
*Philadelphia Union Academy Players
**New York Guest Players
The Red Bulls earned their fourth-straight victory Sunday afternoon and another three big points on the road with a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Union. (Full Recap)
Here is a collection of photos from the win; a win that puts New York in sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference:
The Red Bulls rallied back from a 2-1 deficit with two-straight unanswered goals in the second half of play to defeat the Philadelphia Union 3-2 Sunday afternoon at PPL Park. The win marks New York's fourth-straight victory and moves them into sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference. (Recap)
Goals were spread across the board for the Red Bulls, as Joel Lindpere picked up his second of the season and the first of the match after ripping a bullet past Philly goalkeeper Zac MacMath. Later, with the Red Bulls down 2-1, Markus Holgersson sent home the first goal of his MLS career to level the score at two apiece. Ten minutes later, it was Kenny Cooper, who surpassed his 2011 goal total in the 78th minute with his game-winning, ninth goal of the season.
New York returns to action Saturday when they pay a visit to the Montreal Impact for a 7:30 ET kick on MSG. May 23 is the last Red Bulls home game before the league breaks for Euros, so be sure to get your tickets today by visiting Red Bulls Ticket Central or calling 877.RB.SOCCER.
Here are the full highlights from Sunday's win over the Union:
Minutes after Markus Holgersson leveled the score for the Red Bulls, Kenny Cooper scored his ninth goal of the season to give New York a 3-2 lead and, ultimately, the three-point win on the road in Philly.
Joel Lindpere picked up the Red Bulls' first goal of the match in the 17th minute before the Union scored two straight unanswered to take a 2-1 lead. Down a goal in the 68th minute, defender Markus Holgersson leveled the score after heading home a Brandon Barklage corner kick for his first-career MLS goal:
Joel Lindpere put the Red Bulls up 1-0 with this phenomenal strike in the 17th minute of Sunday's match against the Philadelphia Union:
MLSsoccer.com ranked the Top 5 MLS players they feel should be considered for the US Men's National Team. Kenny Cooper, who just last week scored his eighth goal of the season, lands at the No. 2 spot in the rankings, behind only Chivas USA's goalkeeper Dan Kennedy (thus making Cooper the highest-ranking striker on the list).
Here's what MLSsoccer.com has to say about the "Power 5 on Jurgen Klinsmann's Radar." Check out the rest of the list here:
Juan Agudelo was the subject of a recent video that is part of the Kellogg's "Start Stories" series. In this video, you'll see some quick snippets of Agudelo playing soccer as a kid, a few snapshots of his early days and a great look into how big a role soccer has played in his life.