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:
Red Bulls forward Kenny Cooper, whose 13 goals lead the club in scoring, spoke with NewYorkRedBulls.com following the team’s practice session at Red Bull Arena Thursday afternoon to discuss the recent match against Tottenham, Friday's match against the Dynamo and the addition of MLS newcomer Tim Cahill.
What were your overall impressions from the match against Tottenham?
It’s always great to have an opportunity to go up against a club that has so much history, tradition, and success. They’re playing at a very high level with very talented players, so it’s a great opportunity to have a chance to play against them.
In the match you scored on a penalty kick, can you take us through what your routine was for the PK?
Well, for that particular one, I may have waited and I think Gomes may have gone the opposite way. So, I was lucky [laughs].
The Houston Dynamo is the only other side with an unbeaten record at home this season, how do you plan on changing that?
Houston is a strong team, they’ve had a lot of success in MLS and their coach Dominic Kinnear has done a great job. I think they are a team that has always been strong at home, so hopefully we can go in there and get a win. Obviously, things are really close in the table so to get three points would really be great.
With Houston right behind you in the standings, how big of an opportunity is it for you to gain some ground by playing them twice in one week?
It’s huge. Any time you play a team in your conference you can take points off a team, which is a huge thing. We’re very close together in the table, so to get points and keep them from getting points would be ideal.
The team is heading in the latter part of the season, what are you doing to stay fit and ready?
I’m personally a big believer in doing the little things right, whether it’s eating well or getting rest. We have great trainers that take great care of us, so we have a lot of good people looking after us. Personally, I’m just going to be focused on doing the little things right so that for each training session and game I’m ready to go.
The end of regular season isn't too far off. As the team is making its push for the postseason and the MLS Cup, what do you think you guys need to focus on as a whole as the year winds down?
Hopefully, we can all stay healthy, we’ve been unfortunate with injuries throughout the year. It’s been a good first half of the year and hopefully it will be an even better second half of the season. Hopefully guys that have unfortunately been injured will be with us and we’ll have a strong squad to finish the season off.
How do you think Tim Cahill will be able to help this squad down the stretch?
You can see his quality in the game against Tottenham. His quality is obvious and I think he did a great job. He picked up our penalty and we’re all really happy he’s here, his resume speaks for itself. He’s come in and he’s been accepted by everyone, we’re really excited that he’s here because he’s a great player.
MSG's Steve Cangialosi sat down with Red Bulls newcomer Tim Cahill Monday afternoon to discuss his recent move to New York and the challenges that await him:
Signing on the dotted line will make any player acquisition official, but to make it officially official a player has to be immortalized in the EA Sports FIFA lineup.
The gaming company did just that earlier today, when moments after Tim Cahill unveiled his new Red Bulls jersey, EA Sports released a photo of the Australian midfielder on the digital pitch.
What do you think?
More on Tim Cahill:
The New York Red Bulls U-14 squad defeated the East Side Academy (OR) 9-0 and the Chicago Sockers 7-0 Sunday evening to advance to the semifinals at the NPL Nationals in Chicago.
In the semis, New York posted yet another clean sheet when they defeated the Chicago Magic in a low-scoring, 1-0 affair.
The Red Bulls' Ethan Lochner scored the lone goal in New York's win, as the defense took the brunt of Chicago's attack and was quick to absorb the offensive chances.
New York and FC Dallas each posted the two best regular season record in the country this year and will now face one another in the Finals, set to kick off Tuesday afternoon in Chicago.
Best of luck to the U-14s!
Despite two big saves from goalkeeper Bill Gaudette [Watch: First Save | Second Save] and a goal from captain Thierry Henry [ Watch: Henry's Goal], the Red Bulls were unable to escape Montreal with three points Saturday night, falling to the Impact 3-1.
Henry's goal came in the 57th minute when midfielder Joel Lindpere placed a solid cross into the box that found the Frenchman primed to chip it into the mesh. The goal halved Montreal's lead to 2-1, following early second-half goals from Marco Di Vaio and Davy Arnaud.
New York would fail to find the back of net again over the final 33 minutes, instead sacrificing a third to Montreal in the 74th minute as Sanna Nyassi scored to extend Montreal's lead to 3-1 in what ultimately stood as the final.
Red Bulls midfielder Dax McCarty received a yellow card in the 83rd minute and will miss the next regular season match against Houston due to yellow card accumulation.
The Red Bulls return to action Tuesday when they host Tottenham at 7 PM for a friendly at Red Bull Arena.
The Barclays New York Cup Powered by Under Armour pits the New York Red Bulls against the English Premier League’s Tottenham Hotspur in a July 31st match at Red Bull Arena. The 7 PM kickoff will feature the likes of international superstars such as New York's Thierry Henry and Rafa Marquez, along with Tottenham’s Gareth Bale and Rafael van der Vaart.
To purchase tickets, visit Red Bulls Ticket Central or call 877.RB.SOCCER.
New York's next regular season match follows shortly after, as the Red Bulls head to Houston Friday, Aug. 3, for an 8 PM kickoff against the Dynamo. Watch all the action live on NBC Sports.
Bill Gaudette helped keep the match scoreless yet again when he cut down the angle and stopped a Davy Arnaud shot in the 40th minute:
Cast your vote now for Thierry Henry to win MLS Goal of the Week. The winner is determined by the total number of votes cast online and via text and is announced on Fridays.
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.