New York Red Bulls
There were many storylines surrounding Red Bulls defender and AT&T Man of the Match Brandon Barklage Sunday night following New York’s 3-2 win over rival D.C. United: His two well-taken goals against his former club, the terrific story of how he came back from a pair of ACL tears and how his single effort helped the Red Bulls work their way into a first-place tie in the Eastern Conference.
But what was some of the scuttlebutt about on social media and around the Red Bulls locker room this morning? Why was Barklage shirtless on set during his NBC Sports Network post-game interview?
“After the game, I went and applauded the fans and thanked them for their support. I decided to hand out my jersey to a fan and I didn’t realize I was going on national television right after! It just so happened it was the case,” he said.
“We’re just happy we got the three points, especially against a team that was first place heading into the match.”
For the lucky fan in the South Ward who got Barklage’s jersey, tweet a photo of it to @newyorkredbulls and we’ll make sure to RT it.
Jan Gunnar Solli bagged his first-career MLS goal in the 55th minute after he followed up his own shot to send the ball into the mesh to give the Red Bulls a 3-1 lead over DC United:
Brandon Barklage doubled up on his goal total in the dying minutes of the first half when he rocketed home the go-ahead goal in the 45th minute to give the Red Bulls a 2-1 lead.
Check out his monster finish here:
Red Bulls defender Brandon Barklage netted his first goal as a Red Bull in the 20th minute of Sunday's meeting against DC United to tie the match up at one apiece.
The goal was made possible by means of a great service from Joel Lindpere off a corner kick that found a charging Barklage in perfect position to bury it into the back of the net:
Outside of driving in or taking the PATH into the match this Sunday, there are also a few other options you may want to consider as the Red Bulls look to earn three big points at home against rival DC United.
The Football Factory at Legends is hosting a bus trip that departs from the soccer pub at 5:45 PM. Earlier in the day, former Red Bulls striker Jozy Altidore will be on hand to sign autographs and take photos with fans during the Euros broadcast in an effort to raise money for his charity, 'The JA Foundation'. More information about The Football Factory and available buses for remaining Red Bulls matches can be found on their website.
Upper 90 Soccer and Sport offers two separate locations for bus rides into Red Bull Arena at their Brooklyn and Manhattan locations. Each ticket to the match includes round-trip bus service, a lower-level ticket and a unique fan experience/giveaway. The bus will depart two hours before kick-off. For more information on Upper 90, visit their website and check out the page dedicated to the Bus Stampede.
Of course, you may also consult our Transportation HUB for a number of other ways to get to the Arena, including train, PATH and driving directions.
Heath Pearce stepped up as the hero Wednesday night at BC Place in Vancouver when he sent a header in the 86th minute on frame and into the back of the net to draw level with the Whitecaps. The tally marks Pearce's first regular season goal as a member of the Red Bulls since coming on board last month via a trade with Chivas USA and his first career MLS goal since joining the league in 2009. His goal also allowed the Red Bulls to escape Vancouver with one point and raised the intensity level of this weekend's match to even higher proportions.
Sunday's meeting against DC United at Red Bull Arena (7pm ET on NBC Sports) could potentially end with the Red Bulls in a first-place tie with their conference rivals, depending on whether or not New York secures three points at home. To date, the Red Bulls remain undefeated at home with a 4-0-2 record. (Recap | Match Highlights | Watch: Pearce's Goal)
Here are a few photos from Wednesday's match against the Vancouver Whitecap:
The Red Bulls trailed Vancouver 1-0 in the dying minutes of the match before defender Heath Pearce came up with a huge header off a great cross from Joel Lindpere in the 86th minute to level the score and allow New York to salvage one point on the road: