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New York remains undefeated at home with a 4-0-1 record. The next home match at Red Bull Arena is set for May 23 when the Red Bulls host Chivas USA. You can get your tickets at Red Bulls Ticket Central or by calling 877.RB.SOCCER.
Here are a few photos from Wednesday's win:
The Red Bulls cruised to their third-straight victory and third-straight shutout Wednesday night when they defeated the Houston Dynamo 1-0 at Red Bull Arena (Recap).
Kenny Cooper notched the lone Red Bulls goal in the seventh minute as he charged in to disrupt a seemingly safe back pass toward goal. As Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall was forced to make a sprawling attempt to cover up, Cooper just got enough of his foot on it to send the ball on goal and into the mesh for his eighth of the season (Watch: Cooper's Goal).
Rookie 'keeper Ryan Meara was once again spectacular in goal, stopping all three of Houston's attempts, complete with some circus-like theatrics in the final minutes of the match (Watch: Meara's Save).
The Red Bulls return to action Sunday when they head to PPL Park in Philly for a 12:30pm ET kickoff against the Union (watch live on ESPN2).
New York's next home game is three weeks off, as they're set to face off against Chivas USA for a 7pm ET kick on May 23. Tickets are available on Red Bulls Ticket Central or by calling 877.RB.SOCCER.
Check out the full highlights from Wednesday's win:
If you saw it the first time you have to see it again. And if you haven't seen it yet - well, that's why we're here.
Ryan Meara came up with a huge save in stoppage time as the Houston Dynamo made every possible attempt to exit Red Bull Arena with one point Wednesday night.
In the 93rd minute of the match, Dynamo midfielder Calen Carr put a solid header attempt on goal that nearly fooled Meara. But as you'll see in the video below, the rookie 'keeper was up for the challenge with this juggling save:
Kenny Cooper gave the Red Bulls an early 1-0 lead when he buried his eighth of the season in the seventh minute of Wednesday's match. Here's a replay of Coop's goal:
The Red Bulls' slow and steady climb up the power rankings this week was thanks in part to a full team effort in back-to-back matches against New England and Los Angeles. While guys like Dax McCarty and Brandon Barklage have received individual praise for their efforts, there's no question that Ryan Meara has also been the talk of the town over these past two clean sheets.
Meara's leaping, one-handed save on the Galaxy's Juninho in the 83rd minute of Saturday's match may very well have been the deciding factor behind whether the Red Bulls escaped LA with three points in the win or one in the draw.
Obviously the back line playing in front of Meara has also been a huge factor in recent games, but that save was all on the shoulders of the Red Bulls' rookie 'keeper.
MLSsoccer.com took notice of Meara's play and has justifiably given him a jump from third place to first overall in this week's Rookie Rankings. Here's what they had to say about the 21-year-old out of Fordham:
"Things just keep getting better and better for Meara. Last week, Ireland's interest in the young netminder went public, then he collected his second straight shutout in LA, a performance punctuated by an incredible save on Juninho's drive to preserve the Red Bulls' 1-0 victory."
Although Meara has been somewhat of a staple on the weekly Rookie Rankings, fellow newcomer Connor Lade made his debut this week at the No. 4 spot. Lade made his Red Bulls debut as a sub in the Apr. 14 draw against San Jose and registered his first career MLS start the following week against DC United. MLSsoccer.com had this to say about Lade:
"Welcome to the list, Connor Lade. The New York Homegrown signee wasn't supposed to play much of a role this year, but injuries and circumstance have thrust him into the action. He hasn't missed a beat, putting in several good performances culminating in a poised, professional 90 minutes against Landon Donovan and the Galaxy."
What do you think about this week's Rookie Rankings?
Any Red Bulls fan knows how big it was for the team to snag three points on the road in Los Angeles. Never mind the defense posting a clean sheet in the 1-0 victory, the second-straight shutout of the season.
But it seems 180-plus minutes of keeping an opponent scoreless only goes so far in terms of power rankings. MLSsoccer.com was rational enough to notice the perseverance of the club through its rough patch of injuries and in turn bumped New York up two spots in the rankings. Others, like Sports Illustrated and Soccer By Ives, still continue to either have doubts or a slight hesitation to promote the team up the rankings more than one spot.
Here's what MLSsoccer.com had to say after promoting the Red Bulls from ninth place in week 8, to seventh place in week 9:
"What happened to the team that was giving up three or four goals every time out? A tactical shift has helped, as have Ryan Meara's heroics in goal. The next test is reintegrating the mistake-prone pair of Rafa Márquez and Roy Miller."
(Editor's Note: To counter that, the Red Bulls are 3-0-1 when Marquez and Miller are in the lineup together. Just throwing that out there...)
Soccer By Ives: 7 (8)
"The Red Bulls, missing a slew of players including Designated Players Rafa Marquez and Thierry Henry, traveled across the country to take on the defending MLS Cup champion Galaxy, who rested most of their regulars ahead of the contest. But New York beat the odds, grinding out a 1-0 win. It looks like this team might have some fight after all."
Sports Illustrated: 7 (8)
"The Red Bulls are relishing their new underdog role amid an injury crisis, one that has seemed to develop a sense of cohesion in the locker room and on the field that was previously lacking. Rookie goalkeeper Ryan Meara's noticeable growth in the last few weeks has made all the difference for Hans Backe's club."
So if you're keeping track, the Red Bulls are in seventh place across the board in all three of those power rankings. Only in ESPN's rankings did the Red Bulls stay level at ninth place. Just a little food for thought: even the Dyamo, Wednesday's opponent who has posted a winless record in their last four outings, rank higher than the Red Bulls, according to ESPN.
What do you think of this week's rankings? Where would you place the Red Bulls on your personal power rankings?
Joel Lindpere's first goal of the season has certainly turned a few heads, as it not only led the Red Bulls to a 1-0 road victory in LA but also finds itself in the mix for Goal of the Week honors.
The play developed as defender Connor Lade sent the ball in to Jan Gunnar Solli, who streaked down the wing toward goal looking for an option to open up. That opportunity presented itself as Lindpere kept pace with Solli and charged his way into the box. Solli placed the ball perfectly to a striding Lindpere, who balanced himself to avoid the stumble and slipped a left-footed finish past stunned Galaxy goalkeeper Bill Gaudette.
You know what to do now. Cast your vote here, spread the word on Twitter and Facebook and do your part to ensure Lindpere lands the title for Week 9 Goal of the Week.
Here's the full rundown of this week's nominees:
Vote online or text goal code to 22442.
Voting runs until 11:59 pm PT on Thursdays.
For complete Goal of the Week coverage—including an archive of past winners—click here.
Joel Lindpere scored the lone Red Bulls goal in New York's 1-0 win over the Los Angeles Galaxy. Rookie goalkeeper Ryan Meara registered his second-career shutout as the Red Bulls picked up three points on the road.
Check out these highlights from New York's 1-0 win over LA:
Joel Lindpere scored his first goal of the season and Ryan Meara earned his second career shutout as the Red Bulls defeated the Galaxy 1-0 at The Home Depot Center in Carson Saturday night (Full Recap).
The Red Bulls are back in action Wednesday at 7pm ET when the Houston Dynamo pays a visit to Red Bull Arena. Great tickets available now by visiting Red Bulls Ticket Central or calling 877.RB.SOCCER.
Here are a few photos from Saturday's match against LA:
With the LA Galaxy pressing in the later stages of Saturday's match, Ryan Meara stepped up to make a huge save on a laser shot from the Galaxy's Juninho. Watch the replay here: