New York Red Bulls
The New York Red Bulls claimed another three points at home Saturday with a 2-0 win over the Eastern Conference rival Philadelphia Union.
Kenny Cooper's brace led the way, as he registered his first goal off a header in the 43rd minute thanks to a strong cross from Connor Lade. He later padded New York's lead to 2-0 thirteen minutes into the second half when he headed home his second of the match and 13th of the season to all but ensure the Red Bulls would claim the three-point victory.
Goalkeeper Bill Gaudette backstopped the team to its second-straight shutout, as the newcomer earned his second win in three starts to help New York improve to an undefeated 7-0-3 at home.
The Red Bulls return to action Saturday, July 28, when they visit Montreal's Stade Saputo for a 7pm kickoff against the Impact (Watch on MSG). They return home that weekend in preparation for the club's July 31 friendly against Tottenham Hotspur.
Get your tickets now by visiting Red Bulls Ticket Central, or by calling 877.RB.SOCCER.
Here are a few photos from Saturday's win:
Kenny Cooper gave the Red Bulls a 2-0 lead after he headed home his second of the match in the 63rd minute. The tally is his 13th of the season and puts him four behind San Jose's Chris Wondolowski, the league's leading scorer:
Kenny Cooper scored his 12th of the season in the 43rd minute of Saturday's match when he headed home a perfectly placed ball, courtesy of Connor Lade. The goal gave the Red Bulls a 1-0 lead heading into the half.
Thierry Henry broke the scoreless tie at Red Bull Arena Wednesday afternoon with this goal in the 71st minute. The tally marks his 10th of the season and first goal since Apr. 28 when he scored the lone goal in New York's 1-0 win over New England. He later left that match with a hamstring injury that kept him out of the lineup for nearly six weeks. At the time of the goal, Henry moved into a three-way tie with Houston's Will Bruin and Real Salt Lake's Alvaro Saborio for fourth place on the MLS leading scorers list.
Here's a replay of Henry's scorcher:
For the most part, a lot of the sites we regularly hit for Power Rankings - MLSsoccer.com, Soccer by Ives, Sports Illustrated and ESPN - have been rather consistent from week to week. Looks like that's the case yet again for the Week 19 Power Rankings.
Let's start with MLSsoccer.com. They ranked the Red Bulls fifth overall last week and didn't feel the need to move them in either direction this time after the squad played to a 2-2 draw against Seattle Sunday evening. Although admittedly they seem to be a little dramatic in their assessment:
"At what point do we become concerned that Thierry Henry is healthy but they're not winning? Yeah, it was just one game against a pretty good Sounders team, but the Red Bulls had ample opportunity to put it away early. If their DP is struggling, they'll be hard pressed to finish in the top half of the East."
ESPN had the Red Bulls ranked third last week, but drops them to fifth this time around:
"Sebastien Le Toux scored in his Red Bull debut, but it wasn't enough to get maximum points against Seattle. New York's patchwork defense continued to leak goals in a 2-2 draw, marking the ninth consecutive game without a clean sheet."
Keeping with the trend, Soccer By Ives places the Red Bulls fifth overall as well:
"The shock acquisition of Sebastien Le Toux immediately paid dividends for New York, but the club's iffy back line couldn't hold onto a second-half lead as Seattle battled back for a point on the road. next up, this week's unusual slate brings a pair of matinees at Red Bull Arena."
And finally it's Sports Illustrated that rounds out the rankings, placing the Red Bulls sixth overall:
"Sebastien Le Toux marked his club debut with a goal, but with Hans Backe not using two of his available substitutions in hot and humid conditions Sunday, the Red Bulls will have some weary legs for their Wednesday afternoon matinee against the Fire, a game that has major table implications."
What's your take on this week's power rankings?
Check out this full-length video feature that highlights the recent art exhibit in New York City involving Red Bulls captain Thierry Henry and artist Tristan Eaton.
In this video, you'll not only see clips from the event outside Madison Square Garden, but you'll also see how the idea came together as Henry and Eaton met for the first time at his Brooklyn studio months ago. And of course, you'll see the final product revealed at the end, courtesy of Henry's target-shooting skills:
Note: The initially planned viewing party for July 18 has been postponed until Aug. 10 when the Red Bulls host the Dynamo.
Red Bulls fans in attendance for the Aug. 10 match against the Houston Dynamo will be treated to a special event, courtesy of AT&T.
Following the completion of the match (and hopefully a three-point outcome!), those in the stands will have the option to watch the full-length Thierry Henry documentary entitled, “Thierry Henry 1:1.”
Produced by Red Bull Media House, the Henry feature takes you along for the ride with the Red Bulls' captain, Arsenal legend and international superstar. It includes a number of clips from his success on the pitch, along with additional off-the-field moments with New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and various other teammates and opponents, both present and past, that have played with or against Henry throughout his career.
Henry’s documentary received heaps of praise during last month’s Kicking and Screening film festival in New York City, and is a definite must-see for any Red Bulls fan or soccer enthusiast.
Special thanks to AT&T once again for providing this great opportunity! Be sure to stick around after the match to watch the movie in its entirety.
Sebastien Le Toux scored in his Red Bulls debut and Joel Lindpere added another as New York played the Seattle Sounders to a 2-2 draw at Red Bull Arena Sunday evening. [Full Recap | Watch: Le Toux's Goal Goal | Watch: Lindpere's Goal].
Newly acquired goalkeeper Bill Gaudette, who earned his first start in the wake of Ryan Meara's hip injury, backstopped the Red Bulls to a one-point finish thanks to a three-save performance. Rafa Marquez, who has struggled recently with an on-and-off again calf injury, was forced to leave the match in the 21st minute. Wilman Conde subbed on in his place and put in an industrious 69-minute performance.
The Red Bulls return to action Wednesday when they host the Chicago Fire for a 1 PM kick off at Red Bull Arena. Get tickets now by visiting Red Bulls Ticket Central, or by calling 877.RB.SOCCER.