New York Red Bulls
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:
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:
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.
We have some links for you in getting ready for today’s huge MLS Cup Playoffs match against D.C. United:
- 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.
For those looking to take in this weekend's match, or perhaps just get away and recharge for a bit, we have two great viewing parties for you to choose from.
For our New York City fans, if you haven't been to Legends yet for one of our many viewing parties, here's all the info you'll need to help cheer on the Red Bulls as they take on one of their biggest rivals:
6 West 33rd Street (between 5th and 6th ave)
New York, NY 10001
- Party starts at 6 PM (kick off at 8 PM on NBC Sports)
- The Red Bulls street team will be on hand to show off some fancy footwork and tricks
- RSVP on the Football Factory's Event Invitation
For our Brooklyn fans who may not be able to find a way into the City due to mass transit issues, Upper 90 in Brooklyn is hosting its own viewing party, complete with complimentary pizza, beer and plenty of TVs to take in the game. All the info you need is on their event page.
Check them out here:
Upper 90 Soccer and Sport
359 Atlantic Ave.
A number of Red Bulls were among the millions of people throughout the tri-state area affected by Hurricane Sandy. A few players recounted their personal experiences with the storm as the states continue to recover from the damage sustained in the aftermath.
Nearly every player on the team experienced a power outage, but like many people living in the areas, they did what they could to make the most of it.
Defender Heath Pearce spent time with Kenny Cooper and his family playing Monopoly, but according to Cooper, was pretty disappointed in the outcome.
“We did play some Monopoly,” Cooper said from the training facilities at Montclair State University. “My little brother won the game and I don’t think Heath was too happy about it.”
Midfielder Dax McCarty tweeted out pictures of his “survival kit” Thursday evening before experiencing the storm’s surge a few days later.
“The water came pretty close to my apartment. It was probably about 30 feet from me,” McCarty said. “But I kept the faith, stayed positive and you just kind of will the water down with your thoughts. It didn’t get very close, but it was a little nerve racking there for a time.
Connor Lade, along with his roommates Jeremy Vuolo and Corey Hertzog, played some card games and just made the most of it while waiting for the storm to end.
There's still plenty of work to do as the area continues to heal and recover from the damage done. In that respect, the Red Bulls and Major League Soccer announced Wednesday Red Cross Hurricane Sandy disaster relief efforts. To find out more, and to learn how you can help those in need, visit this link: http://bit.ly/PFvAkT
The Red Bulls sealed a 3-0 victory at PPL Park Saturday afternoon to lock up three points and clinch a home match in the 2012 MLS Cup Playoffs. Kenny Cooper's two goals in the 13th and 66th minute accounted for two of New York's tallies, while captain Thierry Henry added one of his own in the 35th minute.
Get tickets now to New York's upcoming playoff match at Red Bull Arena by visiting Red Bulls Ticket Central or calling 877.RB.SOCCER.
Here are a few photos from Saturday's win:
Hey don't get us wrong - we're stoked that last weekend's result against Sporting KC helped punch our ticket to the postseason. But let's be honest; there's still work to be done before giving our undivided attention to the playoffs.
Join us for the Pilsener Haus Biergarten’s (in conjunction with hMAG) Red Bulls viewing party as Hans Backe and company focus on taking three points in a crucial match against Philadelphia this weekend.
Come to The Pilsener Haus Biergarten in Hoboken, located at 1422 Grand Street, to cheer on the Red Bulls Saturday when they take on the Union in the final match of the regular season. The New York Red Bulls Street Team will be there in full effect raffling off prizes and giving away playoff tickets. The party starts at 12:30pm, leading up to the 1:30pm kickoff, so come by early for a chance to win, hang out and have a few frosty adult beverages before the match.
Grab a friend and catch the PATH to the Biergarten. Let us know you're going on the Facebook event page. If you need more info, visit www.pilsenerhaus.com.
See you Saturday!