MLS Playoffs

06 November 10:50 am

Join the New York Red Bulls and MLS W.O.R.K.S. as we support relief efforts for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Volunteers will be stationed outside the gates to collect donations prior to the Red Bulls vs. D.C. United match on Wednesday, November 7th at 8pm ET at Red Bull Arena.

Fans are encouraged to bring the following items:

Non-Perishable Food
· Canned foods
· Instant soups, tea and coffee
· Granola and energy bars
· Packaged snacks

Message from Lade, Keel

Winter clothing for all ages
· Sweaters
· Sweatshirts
· Socks
· Blankets
· Coats
· Hats, scarves and gloves
· Hand and foot warmers

Cleaning Supplies
· Disinfectant wipes and bleach
· Dish soap
· Laundry detergent
· Heavy duty trash bags
· Face/dust masks
· Latex gloves

Hygiene Supplies
· Deodorant
· Shampoo and conditioner
· Hand sanitizer
· Soaps (bar or liquid)
· Toothbrushes, toothpaste and mouthwash

Items collected will benefit local organizations/relief shelters New York and New Jersey. If you are unable to attend Wednesday’s game, collection bins will be set up at Red Bull Arena during regular business hours (9 am-6 pm, Monday to Friday).

To learn more about ways to help, visit MLSsoccer.com/works

06 November 10:23 am

Pubs throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn and Hoboken have notified us that they will be showing the match in its entirety, complete with specials and relief efforts for Hurricane Sandy victims. Keep checking back to see if another location has been added in your area.

Here's a growing list of places showing the game and the specials they have on board for the night:

MANHATTAN

Legends
Match will show on all TVs with full audio
$5 Draft beers across the board (imports included) and a $10 Red Bull's food menu.

Manchester Pub
Happy Hour specials till 9pm
Special Long Island/New Jersey beers featured, where they will donate $1 to the recovery efforts for every such beer ordered.

Tonic Times Square
Suggest arriving by 7pm
$4 Draft Beers / $5 Cocktails till 8pm
Mention Red Bulls for 10% off your Entire Check

BROOKLYN

Woodwork in Brooklyn
Showing match with $3 beers

Atlantic Chip Chop
$4 select pints. They suggest getting there 30 minutes before kick-off.

Black Horse
Drink specials during the game

HOBOKEN

Mulligans
Food & drink specials, along with surround sound of the entire game

05 November 3:34 pm

Injuries have hampered Red Bulls midfielder Rafa Marquez all season long, but he's done his part to play through it and ignore obvious discomfort at any chance he gets. According to head coach Hans Backe, that was the reason for Marquez's frustration when met with the tough decision of removing him from the match for precautionary reasons in Saturday's 1-1 draw at RFK Stadium.

“He was very frustrated with the calf. He has been having that, picking up that calf up a number of times this season,’’ Backe said after the team's training session Monday morning at Montclair State University. Backe also added that the injury appeared to be a "soft one," and that a possible decision would come following an MRI.

“I haven’t checked with the trainers today. Probably it has to be I would say a late decision, I would guess. I don’t think it’s a big one, but definitely we will have to wait until tomorrow to tell,’’ said Backe

Marquez has shown a similar drive to gut out his injuries, stemming back to the Sept. 22 match in New England when he insisted trainers tape up his hamstring on the sidelines before re-entering the match. Although Marquez did his best to battle through the discomfort, Backe was forced to removed him from the pitch for precautionary reasons after 35 minutes. The injury was later revealed to be a hamstring injury that kept him out for two weeks.

While the seriousness of this injury still remains up in the air, Backe remained hopeful that Marquez would be able to start for Wednesday's series finale at Red Bull Arena.

Get tickets now to the final leg of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, set to kick off at 8 PM this Wednesday from Red Bull Arena. Visit Red Bulls Ticket Central to secure your seats, or call 877.RB.SOCCER.

03 November 10:42 pm

The Red Bulls gutted out a 1-1 draw on the road at RFK Stadium Saturday night to send the Eastern Conference Semifinals series against DC United back to Red Bull Arena for the finale Wednesday at 8 PM.

Own goals from Roy Miller in the 61st minute and Bill Hamid in the 65th minute drew the sides level in what prevailed as a back-and-forth affair between the heated rivals.

Goalkeeper Luis Robles stood tall in net late in the first half when he guessed right and stoned Chris Pontius' PK attempt inside the 33rd minute. The sides entered the half in a scoreless tie, but the tempo picked up in the second half, particularly following a red card incident involving DC United's right back Andy Najar in the 71st minute. Despite a strong possession game and strategic chances on goal, the Red Bulls were unable to capitalize on the man advantage, instead leaving RFK with the draw.

Both sides return to action at Red Bull Arena Wednesday night. The winner advances to the Eastern Conference Finals, while the loser will be forced to put a cap on the 2012 season. Get Tickets now to Wednesday's match at Red Bulls Ticket Central.

Run With Us

Here are a few photos from Saturday's draw:

03 November 9:10 pm

Down 1-0 after a Roy Miller own goal in the 61st minute, the Red Bulls lucked out with some poor ball handling by Bill Hamid, as DC United leveled the score with an own goal in the 65th minute:

03 November 8:06 pm

Chris Pontius stepped up for a penalty kick in the 33rd minute after the refs whistled Red Bulls defender Connor Lade for a handball inside the box. Robles, already with a few big stops on the night, hunkered down, guessed right and sent Pontius' attempt off target:

03 November 3:25 pm

It's well understood that many fans living in the tri-state area at this point in time may not have access to power, let alone a television or internet access. However, in an effort to open up more options for MLS fans living in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, the NBC Sports Network has lifted blackout restrictions on tonight's match for MLS Live subscribers.

Again, this is only available to MLS Live subscribers living in the NY/NJ/CT area, and only for tonight's match between the Red Bulls and DC United (8 PM kick off).

We'd like to offer a special thank you to NBC Sports for lifting the restrictions and making it easier for our fans to catch the game, whichever method it is they choose to use.

Of course, if you are without a television, computer or electricity, you can follow updates throughout the match on the Red Bulls Twitter page.

03 November 12:08 pm

We have some links for you in getting ready for today’s huge MLS Cup Playoffs match against D.C. United:

- Matt Stanmyre (@MattStanmyre) of the Star-Ledger with an in-depth story on Thierry Henry and leaving a legacy.

- Jack Bell (@JackBell) previews the game for the New York Times.

- Kristian Dyer (@KristianRDyer) writes on the importance of Rafa Marquez.

- Graham Parker (@KidWeil) of the Wall Street Journal also previews the series.

- Ives Galarcep (@soccerbyives) gives the edge to the Red Bulls in his story on SBI.

- MLSSoccer.com (@MLS_Insider) covered both teams’ training sessions Friday in this video.

- Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) of the Washington Post says D.C. United is not fazed by New York’s experience.

- Brian Straus (@BrianStraus) takes a look at the series for The Sporting News.

- Franco Panizo (@FrancoPanizo) was on Hans Backe’s conference call and reported on the status of the team heading into tonight’s match.

- Michael Lewis (@BigAppleSoccer) has several stories on the match-up on BigAppleSoccer.com.

Arlo White (@arlowhite), Kyle Martino (@KyleMartino) and Russ Thaler (@RussThaler) will be calling the match starting at 8:00 PM on NBC Sports network tonight.