MLS Regular Season
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After a week that included a home loss to Sporting Kansas City and a heart-wrenching draw against New England, it seemed safe to assume the Red Bulls would experience a slight drop in Week 29 Power Rankings. That certainly is the case across the board, as New York drops no lower than sixth overall this time around.
MLSSoccer.com has the Red Bulls dropping from second to fifth below the likes of fellow Conference rivals Chicago and Sporting Kansas City, but of whom will make the trip to Harrison before season's end.
Here's what ESPN Soccernet had to say about demoting New York from fifth to sixth:
"After delivering a tepid performance in midweek at home to Kansas City, New York thought it had snatched a stoppage-time victory over New England, only to cough up a late equalizer. Now N.Y. is looking nervously over its shoulder at surging D.C."
Sports Illustrated took a one-word approach to each team's rankings this week, which makes typing this sentence feel far too wordy. Nevertheless, New York makes the drop from third to fifth according to Avi Creditor's rankings:
That's this week's take on Power Rankings. What do you think? Is it too early to start predicting where NY may land in the power rankings by the end of the season?
The Red Bulls came within three minutes of seizing three points on the road at Gillette Stadium after Joel Lindpere headed home the first goal of the match in stoppage time. Then, down a man with just three minutes remaining, the Red Bulls were unable to hang on, as New England's Darrius Barnes delivered the equalizer and sent both teams off the pitch with a point each.
The draw places New York at third place in the Eastern Conference following Chicago's three-point finish over the Columbus Crew in a 2-1 victory at Toyota Park.
New York returns to action Saturday when they host Toronto FC at Red Bull Arena for a 7PM kick off. The first 5,000 fans 12 and under through the gates will receive a free Thierry Henry jersey tee (while supplies last).
Get tickets now at Red Bulls Ticket Central, or by calling 877.RB.SOCCER.
Here are a few pictures from Saturday's match:
Admittedly it's a bit hard to get everyone to agree on power rankings week in and week out, but for the most part the Red Bulls normally land within the same general location from one site to the other. In this week's Power Rankings, you'll notice that really isn't the case.
Maybe it's the impending postseason that causes the rankings to carry more weight, or perhaps it's the manner in which New York handled Columbus, but I suspected the Red Bulls wouldn't place any lower than third overall across the board.
MLSsoccer.com has the right idea, promoting the Red Bulls two spots up to No. 2 overall in this week's installment.
Soccer By Ives believes the Red Bulls need to mix it up on offense and find a way of getting guys like Le Toux and Cooper on the board against Sporting KC if they want to move beyond fourth overall:
"The current back four has settled into a good groove for the Red Bulls, but the attack has become a bit too reliant on Thierry Henry. New York will need either Kenny Cooper or Sebastien LeToux to get going if the Red Bulls are going to extend their five-match home winning streak against Sporting KC on Wednesday."
Very little movement at all in the Sports Illustrated rankings, where the Red Bulls maintain their hold on third place:
"Thierry Henry has the look of a player ready to put his team on his back and charge into the playoffs on a mission. The Red Bulls remain one of two teams to be unbeaten at home this season (Houston is the other), and four of the club's final six games are at Red Bull Arena, including a pair against Sporting KC and one against Chicago."
"Thierry Henry turned on the style in New York's 3-1 win over Columbus, which saw Rafa Marquez return to the lineup and actually contribute something positive. Dax McCarty continued his outstanding season with a header for the game-winner."
So, there you have it. In case you lost track while reading (I know I did), here's the breakdown:
This Week's Rankings
MLSsoccer - 2nd
Soccer By Ives - 4th
Sports Illustrated - 3rd
ESPNSoccernet - 5th
It was a no-brainer.
We're not talking about Thierry Henry's decision to go straight for goal off a corner kick on Saturday night against the Columbus Crew; only a select few players on the planet possess the wherewithal to even try that, let alone pull it off. But for Henry's stunning goal to be nominated for MLS' Goal of the Week? That was a foregone conclusion.
You can help Henry win the honor for Week 28 by voting here: http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2012/09/17/vote-now-att-goal-week-....
If you live under a rock and haven't seen Henry's beauty yet, check it out with the rest of this week's nominees: