New York Red Bulls
The Red Bulls were unable to snag a point on the road in Houston Friday night, falling to the Dynamo 2-0 at BBVA Compass Stadium.
The loss allows Houston to leapfrog the Red Bulls and claim first place in the Eastern Conference, as New York drops to second. However, the Red Bulls will have a chance to redeem themselves next Friday when they host the second half of the home-and-home series and look to defend home turf at Red Bull Arena.
Tickets to Friday's match are available at Red Bulls Ticket Central or by calling 877.RB.SOCCER.
Here are a few photos from Friday's loss in Houston:
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?
The New York Red Bulls fell to the Tottenham Hotspur Tuesday night in the Barclays New York Cup Powered by Under Armour by the final of 2-1.
The Red Bulls opened up the scoring early in the eighth minute courtesy of a Kenny Cooper penalty kick. The opportunity presented itself courtesy of newcomer Tim Cahill, who in his debut drew the foul following a strong drive into the box in what was his first run on goal in a Red Bulls jersey. Cahill remained a constant buzz in the offensive zone throughout the first 45 minutes leading up to his halftime substitution.
New York entered the half holding onto a 1-0 lead, but Tottenham turned things around in the final 45 on goals from Gareth Bale (59') and Gylfi Sigurdsson (64').
Goalkeeper Bill Gaudette registered a number of impressive saves throughout the match to keep New York in the race for a win, including a 12th minute save off Bale's free kick, a stellar save off a Tom Huddleston rocket in the 16th minute and a point blank stop of an Aaron Lennon shot in the 54th minute.
New York's next match is this Friday evening, as the Red Bulls head to Houston for an 8 PM kickoff against the Dynamo. Watch all the action live on NBC Sports.
The Red Bulls return home Aug. 10 for the second half of a home-and-home series against the Dynamo. Get your tickets now at Red Bulls Ticket Central or by calling 877.RB.SOCCER.
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!