MLS Regular Season
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.
A tough loss against the Impact in Montreal won't help the Red Bulls' chances much in terms of climbing up the Power Rankings ladder, but the acquisition of midfielder Tim Cahill and the upcoming home-and-home meetings against Houston could alter the course upward once again.
The Red Bulls drop no lower than fourth in this week's power rankings after finishing second place overall across the board last time around.
We'll kick things off here with ESPN Soccernet, the only site of the four to place the Red Bulls third overall (albeit with very vague reasoning):
"New York announced the signing of Tim Cahill late last week. Then on Saturday, the Red Bulls reminded everyone that it's the performance of their back line that will determine their championship fate."
MLSsoccer.com also brings up the subject of the Red Bulls' back line, placing them fourth overall:
"Failed to create some separation at the top of the East when they were knocked back down to size by the expansion Montreal Impact. More concerning is the resurfacing of the defensive frailties, which had momentarily disappeared for a good stretch."
Soccer By Ives looks a bit deeper at the Red Bulls' recent acquisition, focusing on the potential for budding partnerships and chemistry in New York's midfield as they place RBNY fourth overall:
"The Red Bulls took a step back, looking shaky defensively against Montreal. The acquisitions of Sebastien Le Toux and Tim Cahill bolster an already-dangerous attack, but they will matter not if New York doesn't ultimately find the right centerback partnership."
And finally it's Sports Illustrated ranking the Red Bulls fourth overall:
"Defensive calamities cost the club precious points in Montreal, and Tuesday's friendly against Tottenham will be used to work out the kinks while welcoming the team's newest star, Tim Cahill, into the lineup."
What's your take on this week's power rankings?
Red Bulls midfielder Teemu Tainio paid a visit to the Empire State Building Monday afternoon to promote Tuesday's match between New York and Tottenham.
The Barclays New York Cup Powered by Under Armour pits the Red Bulls against the Hotspur in a match at Red Bull Arena. If you're not joining us live at the Arena, then be sure to follow all the action on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes or 93.1 FM (Spanish Radio).
Here are a few pics from Tainio's trip to the top of the Empire State Building:
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.
Joel Lindpere placed a beautiful cross into the box in the 57th minute that found the foot of a waiting Thierry Henry, as the Red Bulls captain was primed to send it into the back of the net and trim Montreal's lead to 2-1: