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Luis Robles got the start in net Saturday for the Red Bulls' 4-1 win over Toronto FC, his first since joining the team in early August. We caught up with Luis following a recent training session at Montclair State University to ask him a few questions about his Red Bulls debut.
How did it feel to get out there at Red Bull Arena for Saturday’s win over Toronto?
Fantastic, especially since we had such a good turnout. I think the entire atmosphere and the mentality within the locker room was great going into the game.
What about the game itself? Minus that one goal, of course…
Yeah, unfortunately my first touch in MLS was picking the ball out of the back of the net (laughs). But I will say this – if those are the goals I give up the rest of my career, I think I can rest easy.
Any jitters in that first start? Did you see anything or do anything that helped put you in the zone?
As a goalkeeper, I think most goalkeepers would attest, whenever the game starts we want to get an early touch. Whether it's a save or a ball played back to them - and of course my first touch was picking the ball out of the back of the net. But I don't think that necessarily threw me off. I think I even chuckled to myself, "OK, welcome to MLS." But at the end of the day my objective is to help the team win. And outside of the goal I felt like I helped organize the defense and if that was my contribution to get three points then I'm very pleased with that.
The team went into the match against Toronto knowing they were facing a team with nothing to lose, but nevertheless three points is pretty crucial at this point in the season.
I think, especially for the team, it was important that we get three points. Going down the end of the season we needed that for position and that was our objective going into the game and I think we fulfilled our objective.
Winding down now into the final weeks of the season, what’s the team’s approach in these final three matches against Chicago, Sporting KC and Philly?
The most important thing we want to do is go into every game with the right mentality. That helps us in the future for our momentum going into the playoffs, but for sure our mentality should just be on the next game. I know that we have three really big games coming up, but of course the next one that is most important is Chicago. The table’s really tight and it seems like it’s a rivalry game and we’re at home. So for our fans, we definitely want to not only have a good performance, but get three points.
Yes, you read the headline correctly - a 24-hour soccer marathon. And it's going down this weekend.
Starting Friday October 5th at 6pm, AliveandKickn is hosting the AliveandKickathon, a 24-hour soccer marathon to raise awareness of colorectal cancer. The event will run through the night and into the day Saturday up until 6pm that evening at Overpeck Park in Ridgefield Park, NJ.
The AliveanKickathon is a 24-hour co-ed soccer game open to all ages and abilities. The goal is to not only have fun, but to also raise funds and awareness of colorectal cancer.
The World Game visited a recent Red Bulls training sessions at Montclair State University to chat with Tim Cahill about his national team, World Cup qualifying, his time with the Red Bulls and what it's like playing alongside Thierry Henry. Check it out here, and be sure to follow The World Game on Twitter and Facebook for more features.
It's another one of "those" weeks this time around in Week 30 Power Rankings. One of "those" weeks, where writers have absolutely no idea where to place the Red Bulls in the 19-team table.
It helps to know that the win should, in all likelihood, push the Red Bulls up the rankings. Thankfully that is the case this week, although over the past 30 we've definitely seen an instance or two where that didn't happen.
By the way, are you as amazed as I am that we're talking about week 30? With regards to the power rankings, it's been a bit of an up-and-down ride for the Red Bulls all season long. But we certainly have some big matches coming up, starting with this Saturday's tilt against the Chicago Fire in what is bound to carry huge playoff implications. Need I also remind you that this one is not only a big one for the postseason, but also for league-wide exposure, as the two teams will kick off on NBC at 3:30pm ET. If you don't have your tickets yet, this is definitely one you don't want to miss. Visit Red Bulls Ticket Central for tickets, or call 877.RB.SOCCER.
With that said, let's get this show on the road...
OK, so MLSsoccer.com had the Red Bulls at fifth overall last week. With Saturday's win over Toronto, they now make the jump to third. This is the highest the Red Bulls rank based on the sites we include in these rankings.
Sports Illustrated ups the Red Bulls from fifth to fourth, highlighting Henry's performance as the main factor moving forward:
"After a virtuoso performance, and perhaps one of the best individual showings in MLS history, Thierry Henry left a stark reminder about how good he still is and how much he can impact a match."
The Moment: Henry's Magic
New York lands fifth overall, according to ESPN Soccernet:
"Thierry Henry put on a show in New York's 4-1 win over Toronto, tallying a goal and three assists. The penchant for conceding early goals continues, however, a worrying habit with the postseason fast approaching."
And finally it's Soccer By Ives placing the Red Bulls at seventh overall, a one-spot promotion from last week's rankings:
"If there was ever a team that needed a confidence-building win against a punching bag, it was the Red Bulls, and they took full advantage against Toronto FC. Lloyd Sam's contributions on the right wing were the most encouraging sign from the match, followed closely by a two-goal effort from the streaky Kenny Cooper, who just might be ready for another hot streak."
So to recap:
Sports Illustrated: 4th
ESPN Soccernet: 5th
Soccer By Ives: 7th
So there you have it. Week 30 Power Rankings are ranging from 3rd all the way down to 7th. Hard to make something of it, but three strong wins to close out the season can only lead to more convincing decisions on behalf of these four sites.
What's your take on the rankings this time around?
A 4-0 finish Saturday, matched with a 2-1 win Sunday, helped the Red Bulls’ U-13 squad improve on their already impressive start to the season.
Saturday’s shut-out win came against a strong FC Delco side, but the Red Bulls wasted no time establishing a lead early on. Tyrell Moore opened the Red Bulls’ account thanks to a great cross into the box from Zach Ryan. Defender Carlos Alvarado got into the mix as well, picking up his first of the season off a beautifully placed free kick to put New York up 2-0.
A few minutes later it was Kian Alberto hitting pay dirt, as he split two defenders after receiving a perfect pass from Zach Ryan to tuck it in past the Delco ‘keeper. And finally, the last goal of the match came courtesy of a penalty kick, as Anes Mrkulic guessed correctly and placed the ball into the netting.
Sunday’s 2-1 win over Albertson required some comeback heroics, as the squad found themselves down early in a 1-0 deficit. The team trailed for most of the game until the 65th minute when Zach Ryan placed a penalty kick into the net to level the score. All tied up with minutes ticking down, it took only five minutes from the time of the game-tying goal for the Red Bulls to claim the game-winner, when Brandon Haughton found Ryan, who calmly placed it into the goal.
The Red Bulls’ U-14 squad defeated Albertson this past Sunday to remain perfect on the season. The squad took an early lead when forward Kyle Casey registered a hat trick within the first 25 minutes of play. Donte Greer also scored two, while also adding an assist on the day.
Izzy Tandir’s one goal and two assists helped power the U-18 team to a big 4-1 win over the Montreal Impact. Tandir opened up the scoring in the 32nd minute after receiving a pass from Arun Basuljevic. Not even a minute later, it was Kyle Goodwin finding the back of the net, courtesy of a Tandir set up. Before the half, Alex Muyl buried a penalty kick for his first of the season, as Erik Sa rounded out the scoring in the 60th minute.
Another Thierry Henry goal, another MLS Goal of the Week nominee.
The Red Bulls' captain has already claimed Player of the Week honors. What better way to round out a great outing than to also claim the title for MLS Goal of the Week?
Vote now for Thierry to claim Goal of the Week honors. You have until 11:59 pm (PT) on Thursday to do so, so spread the word and get those votes in!
Vote online or text goal code to 22442.
Voting runs until 11:59 pm PT on Thursdays. For complete coverage of the AT&T Goal of the Week—including an archive of past winners—click here.
Already with three assists on the night, Thierry Henry sent home this beauty to close out the 4-1 win at Red Bull Arena:
Already up 2-1 heading into the 88th minute, the Red Bulls weren't about ready to leave anything to chance as they eyed an insurance goal to put this one away. The team hit pay dirt in the 89th minute when Thierry Henry worked his magic inside the box and fed a great ball to a waiting Kenny Cooper, who buried his second of the match and 16th of the season to give the Red Bulls a 3-1 lead.