New York Red Bulls
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:
Bill Gaudette helped keep the match scoreless yet again when he cut down the angle and stopped a Davy Arnaud shot in the 40th minute:
Montreal's Justin Mapp charged in on goal in the 21st minute of Saturday's match in an attempt to crack a scoreless tie. New York goalkeeper Bill Gaudette wasn't about ready to let that happen:
Tottenham has announced its travel roster ahead of The Barclays New York Cup Powered by Under Armour, set to kick off from Red Bull Arena this upcoming Tuesday.
The roster is as follows:
Goalkeepers: Jordan Archer, Carlo Cudicini, Brad Friedel, Heurelho Gomes
Defenders: Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Sebastien Bassong, Michael Dawson, William Gallas, Younes Kaboul, Kyle Naughton, Adam Smith, Jan Vertonghen, Kyle Walker
Midfielders: Gareth Bale, David Bentley, Tom Carroll, Tom Huddlestone, Jermaine Jenas, Aaron Lennon, Jake Livermore, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Andros Townsend, Rafael van der Vaart
Forward: Harry Kane
Watch as Thierry Henry connects with Chris Wondolowski in the 21st minute of Wednesday's All-Star Game to give the All Stars a 1-0 lead over Chelsea:
Kenny Cooper may have headed in two goals against the Philadelphia Union, but Connor Lade played a big part in the action leading up to each tally.
In Coop's first goal, a header in the 43rd minute, Lade took a strong pass from Joel Lindpere and placed a nifty ball into the box that helped provide the Red Bulls with a 1-0 lead heading into the half. Then, in the 58th minute, Lade connected with Thierry Henry right outside the box, who then led Cooper in on goal for the forward's 13th of the season.
ProSoccerTalk.com took note of Lade's play, so much so that they named the rookie PST's Player of the Week:
"His precision cross turned into the first of two goals by Kenny Cooper, and the small left-sided midfielder was in the second-half sequence that led to Cooper’s second goal. Mostly, though, all that hustle and bustle was precisely what the Red Bulls needed to slog through a remarkably difficult two matches in four days in oppressive conditions."
Congrats to Lade, who is working his way onto the score sheet with signature hustle and take-no-gruff demeanor.
Newly-acquired goalkeeper Bill Gaudette is up for Save of the Week once again after making a spectacular stop on Philadelphia's Josue Martinez in the 40th minute of Saturday's 2-0 win over the Union:
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It's nice to see everyone agree on something. What to eat for dinner, when to catch a movie or, in this particular case, where the Red Bulls land in Week 20 Power Rankings.
No arguments at all from our usual batch of Power Rankings, as MLSsoccer.com, Soccer By Ives, Sports Illustrated and ESPN place the Red Bulls second overall, behind only San Jose.
After a 2-0-1, seven-point home stand at Red Bull Arena, New York leapfrogged to the top of the Eastern Conference table, an obvious consideration for a promotion in power rankings.
And promote they did. Here's what Soccer by Ives had to say:
"The Kenny Cooper who carried New York on his back during Thierry Henry's injury woes earlier this year returned Saturday, recording a brace as New York notched its second win of the week and moved into first place in the Eastern Conference."
Sports Illustrated makes this accurate assessment:
"Wins over Chicago and Philadelphia have the Red Bulls atop the Eastern Conference standings, with the club returning to the formula of more unheralded performances by Dax McCarty and Connor Lade being combined with a Thierry Henry-Kenny Cooper-led attack to get the job done."
ESPN Soccernet acknowledges Kenny Cooper's tribute to Claudio Reyna's son Jack, who passed away late last week:
"The only thing classier than Kenny Cooper's two goals against Philadelphia was his touching tribute to former Red Bulls midfielder Claudio Reyna, whose 13-year-old son, Jack, passed away earlier in the week after a battle with cancer."
And finally, MLSsoccer.com promoted the Red Bulls from fifth to second thanks to the team's strong performance at home.
What's your take on this week's Power Rankings? Feel free to fire up the conversation below.
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