MLS Regular Season
For the most part, a lot of the sites we regularly hit for Power Rankings - MLSsoccer.com, Soccer by Ives, Sports Illustrated and ESPN - have been rather consistent from week to week. Looks like that's the case yet again for the Week 19 Power Rankings.
Let's start with MLSsoccer.com. They ranked the Red Bulls fifth overall last week and didn't feel the need to move them in either direction this time after the squad played to a 2-2 draw against Seattle Sunday evening. Although admittedly they seem to be a little dramatic in their assessment:
"At what point do we become concerned that Thierry Henry is healthy but they're not winning? Yeah, it was just one game against a pretty good Sounders team, but the Red Bulls had ample opportunity to put it away early. If their DP is struggling, they'll be hard pressed to finish in the top half of the East."
ESPN had the Red Bulls ranked third last week, but drops them to fifth this time around:
"Sebastien Le Toux scored in his Red Bull debut, but it wasn't enough to get maximum points against Seattle. New York's patchwork defense continued to leak goals in a 2-2 draw, marking the ninth consecutive game without a clean sheet."
Keeping with the trend, Soccer By Ives places the Red Bulls fifth overall as well:
"The shock acquisition of Sebastien Le Toux immediately paid dividends for New York, but the club's iffy back line couldn't hold onto a second-half lead as Seattle battled back for a point on the road. next up, this week's unusual slate brings a pair of matinees at Red Bull Arena."
And finally it's Sports Illustrated that rounds out the rankings, placing the Red Bulls sixth overall:
"Sebastien Le Toux marked his club debut with a goal, but with Hans Backe not using two of his available substitutions in hot and humid conditions Sunday, the Red Bulls will have some weary legs for their Wednesday afternoon matinee against the Fire, a game that has major table implications."
What's your take on this week's power rankings?
Check out this full-length video feature that highlights the recent art exhibit in New York City involving Red Bulls captain Thierry Henry and artist Tristan Eaton.
In this video, you'll not only see clips from the event outside Madison Square Garden, but you'll also see how the idea came together as Henry and Eaton met for the first time at his Brooklyn studio months ago. And of course, you'll see the final product revealed at the end, courtesy of Henry's target-shooting skills:
Note: The initially planned viewing party for July 18 has been postponed until Aug. 10 when the Red Bulls host the Dynamo.
Red Bulls fans in attendance for the Aug. 10 match against the Houston Dynamo will be treated to a special event, courtesy of AT&T.
Following the completion of the match (and hopefully a three-point outcome!), those in the stands will have the option to watch the full-length Thierry Henry documentary entitled, “Thierry Henry 1:1.”
Produced by Red Bull Media House, the Henry feature takes you along for the ride with the Red Bulls' captain, Arsenal legend and international superstar. It includes a number of clips from his success on the pitch, along with additional off-the-field moments with New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and various other teammates and opponents, both present and past, that have played with or against Henry throughout his career.
Henry’s documentary received heaps of praise during last month’s Kicking and Screening film festival in New York City, and is a definite must-see for any Red Bulls fan or soccer enthusiast.
Special thanks to AT&T once again for providing this great opportunity! Be sure to stick around after the match to watch the movie in its entirety.
Sebastien Le Toux scored in his Red Bulls debut and Joel Lindpere added another as New York played the Seattle Sounders to a 2-2 draw at Red Bull Arena Sunday evening. [Full Recap | Watch: Le Toux's Goal Goal | Watch: Lindpere's Goal].
Newly acquired goalkeeper Bill Gaudette, who earned his first start in the wake of Ryan Meara's hip injury, backstopped the Red Bulls to a one-point finish thanks to a three-save performance. Rafa Marquez, who has struggled recently with an on-and-off again calf injury, was forced to leave the match in the 21st minute. Wilman Conde subbed on in his place and put in an industrious 69-minute performance.
The Red Bulls return to action Wednesday when they host the Chicago Fire for a 1 PM kick off at Red Bull Arena. Get tickets now by visiting Red Bulls Ticket Central, or by calling 877.RB.SOCCER.
Red Bulls midfielder Joel Lindpere was buzzing around the goal early in the match and just seemed to have it in his mind that he was going to be in attack mode all match long. In the 61st minute, the Estonian hit pay dirt when he fired one low on goal that slipped inside the post and past Seattle goalkeeper Bryan Meredith to give the Red Bulls a 2-1 lead:
Down 1-0 after allowing an early Seattle goal in the 16th minute, the Red Bulls leveled things up in the 24th minute when newly acquired striker Sebastien Le Toux buried his first as a Red Bull:
Red Bulls striker Thierry Henry and artist Tristan Eaton took to the streets of New York City Friday afternoon to unleash an event that combined art with soccer right outside the confines of the World's Most Famous Arena, Madison Square Garden.
The system was simple: Henry and Eaton arrived on the scene in front of cheering fans and pedestrians walking through the streets of New York City. Henry's goal was to kick soccer balls at the five targets above the canvas, with each one unlocking and revealing a new column of Eaton's art project.
Not many on hand kept track of exactly how many kicks it took for Henry to complete the project. After all, it started with a few practice kicks, some friendly banter with the crowd and some close calls before Henry found his stride and unveiled the project within the span of 15 minutes. Afterward, both he and Eaton met with members of the media, fans and passerbys to discuss the project, soccer and art.
We'll have more soon right here on NewYorkRedBulls.com, including a nice feature documenting the day's event. In the mean time, check out this short glimpse of Henry unleashing his love for soccer onto the canvas:
Upper 90 Soccer and the Football Factory at Legends provide two great bus options for those looking to kick back, relax, and let the bus do all the work for the upcoming string of Red Bulls home games.
Upper 90's Bus Stampede provides door to door service from both New York locations in Brooklyn and Manhattan. The bus departs two hours before kick off, complete with rally events at every stop, and will return to the same locations following the match. For more information, check out the list of buses and games on Upper90Soccer.com.
The Football Factory at Legends also offers a bus services to and from the game and complimentary beer on the bus. The round-trip service leaves 60-90 minutes before the start of every match. For more on bus trips from the Football Factory, visit FootballFactoryNY.com.
Connor Lade chatted with NewYorkRedBulls.com for a few minutes Wednesday afternoon following the team's training session on the pitch at Montclair State University. Here's what he had to say about the first half of his first season in Major League Soccer.
We’ve hit the midway point of your first season in MLS. What can you say you’ve taken from the experience so far?
It’s been a really great experience so far. I’ve learned so much from the coaching staff and the guys around me. You can’t help but learn something new every day. It’s been a real growth experience for me, but I’m looking to continue to grow and keep picking up on things every day because I know there’s a lot of work to do.
In your MSG interview with Tina Cervasio, you mentioned Heath Pearce as being a big influence on you. What has he been teaching you?
Even when I got to play a bit in front of him at left mid when he was left back, I got to see some of the types of runs he would make and when he would go, when he wouldn’t go. And he would always be very good at telling me where to be a left mid. He’s such a veteran player with a wealth of experience, both here and in Europe, that he’s been around and seen a lot. He’s a good person to look up to because that’s the type of career I’m looking to have.
When you first came on board with the Red Bulls, you said you’d fill whatever role the coaching staff needed of you. You’ve play defense, mid – a little bit of everything. Is there one spot you’re more comfortable in than the other?
To be honest right now I’m starting to get comfortable at midfield. I’ve always played outside back really, or on the back line somewhere, but in training sessions and at getting into some games, I’m actually starting to get comfortable at left mid as well and outside mid, but at the end of the day I’m just going to play where they want me.
Do you enjoy the creativity of being on the ball and kind of orchestrating an attack a bit more?
Yeah, I’m getting more and more comfortable every day on the ball. I’m trying to positively impact the team going forward, but I like making runs in behind and just causing trouble for guys and just trying to be a handful out there.
When you signed at the start of the season, you were confident you could help the team in any way. Did you foresee the opportunity to gain all this experience, whether it’s minutes on the pitch or in training?
It was something that I wanted to work to do. Maybe not necessarily from the start, but I feel very blessed to be able to have that opportunity and coach has the confidence to put me in there. But you know, I’m not satisfied. And I’m going to keep working every day because I want to stay on the field and keep getting any playing time I can.