Kenny Cooper unleashed a rocket of a shot inside the 60th minute that would've leveled the score at one apiece, had it not been for the thump off the post:
Jan Gunnar Solli kicked off the scoring in Saturday's match early on after drilling home a perfectly placed ball, courtesy of a Brandon Barklage cross. The goal is Solli's second of his MLS career, just one week after scoring his first-ever in the Red Bulls' 3-2 win over DC United.
New York Red Bulls defender Connor Lade has been seeing some time at midfield recently, including a start at the position in New York’s 3-2 win over D.C. United on Sunday. Connor spoke with NewYorkRedBulls.com following the team’s practice session at Red Bull Arena, prior to the team’s departure for its upcoming match at Toronto F.C.
In the last game against United you started at midfield, which wasn't the first time we saw you in that position. What's it like to play there?
It was good. I haven’t played there much in my past, but its kind of similar to playing outside back, except you’re just forward a bit more. But, I enjoyed it. We’ve been working hard in training to make sure I was ready for it--tactically and just physically getting ready, and mentally up for it. But I really enjoyed it, it was nice getting into the offensive third a lot more.
What do you need to focus on more as a midfielder as opposed to a defender? What are the main differences?
You know, you have to be a lot better on your attacking game, making good decisions on the ball, because if you’re losing the ball in the midfield that’s just going to lead to counter attacks against your team. So, we’ve been really stressing the passing game to just make good, simple decisions and working on my crosses to make sure I get them consistently into the box.
Without playing the position much in the past, what do you think it was that made [Coach] Hans [Backe] decide to play you there?
I don’t know. We looked at it a bit in preseason, I played there, and I thought I did pretty well there. So I think, hopefully, he trusted that he could put me there. At the end of the day it’s his decision, and I’m just going to do whatever it takes to be on the field.
I’m not sure if you pay much attention to rookie power rankings or things like that, but pretty much every time something with best rookies comes out it’s you and Ryan Meara together. Has that brought together any kind of a friendly rivalry or camaraderie?
No, I’m really happy for Ryan. Ryan’s been on top of the charts since day one and I don’t think there’s any other spot for him other than the top, he’s having a great season. There’s no rivalry there, he’s one of my closest friends on the team and I’m just really happy for him. But, maybe I’ll catch him (laughs).
I’m sure you’ve heard that Corey Hertzog’s loan has been extended to the entire USL-PRO season, what’s it like to not have him in the house?
It’s tough, it’s a little more quiet between him and Mocha [Hertzog’s dog] not being there. He’s, you know again, one of my closest friends on the team but I’m really happy for him because he’s getting a shot to get good minutes down there and he’s doing really well, getting goals. Hopefully, once we get him back in September, he’ll be ready to step on the field and do the same thing here.
Looking forward to Saturday's match against Toronto, what are you looking to accomplish up there?
We got to get three points. We had a great game the last time out so were kind of running on high after not necessarily our best performances in the past few games. We’re really confident right now and we really need to go up there and get a solid three road points.
The New York Red Bulls and USL-Pro side Wilmington Hammerheads recently agreed to extend Corey Hertzog's loan for the remainder of Wilmington's season. We caught up with Corey to see how he was doing in North Carolina.
How have you been doing?
Doing well. I like it down here. I like the experience. I’ve been able to get some games and score some goals.
What do you think about your loan and its extension?
It’s a great opportunity for game experience. I can work on some stuff and play more.
How was the transition to a different team mid-season?
It’s been good; we play well as a group. We are playing good soccer and hopefully can continue doing that.
How is your relationship on and off the pitch with your teammates- do you guys have a rapport?
It’s good, we live together in the same apartment complex. It’s a good core group of guys. It’s a good group to come into.
While on loan with the Hammerheads, you've played in seven matches and registered four goals and two assists. What do you have to say about your performance thus far with the Hammerheads?
I feel that I started off well. I need to score more goals personally and help out the team more. We jell well as a team. These games have helped me show teams what I can do, show New York what I can do as a player.
Have you been following the Red Bulls in the news?
Absolutely. I followed their games against Vancouver and DC.
What do you think about Barklage's two goals on Saturday? And Solli's first goal of the season against United?
Barklage was awesome. I was standing up and cheering. Solli also had a great goal.
Has there been any individual on the Red Bulls team that has served as a role model, or someone that you admire, during your time with the team?
Definitely [Thierry] Henry. He is one of the best players in the world. He is a great person to watch play and train [with] and to try and learn everything you can.
Did you bring your glamour shot that we all saw, and secretly wanted, in the "Under One Roof" segment with you to Wilmington?
(Laughs) No, it’s still in the same spot at home.
The notorious photograph is still hanging in the house he shares with Vuolo and Lade and will be waiting for him, like all of us, when he returns to New York.
Red Bulls midfielder Dane Richards spoke with NewYorkRedBulls.com Wednesday following the team’s training session at Montclair State University to talk about New York’s latest match against D.C. United and their upcoming fixture with Toronto F.C.
You missed the last game with your suspension [due to yellow card accumulation], what did it mean to you to have to miss out on the rivalry match with D.C. United?
Watching the game was unbelievable. The team put on a great performance to beat the D.C. rival so it was great watching from the stands.
The game was played in front of a sold out crowd, what did you think of the atmosphere that night?
It made me mad because I wasn’t playing (laughs). But no, I loved it, it was unbelievable. I sat in the stands for the first half and I thought it was unbelievable. When we went one down, they were still behind us, so we got the lead before halftime.
What can you say about Brandon Barklage’s performance in the game?
He was on fire, that’s all I can say. He was unbelievable, he got his first goal to equalize and then an unbelievable volley for the second goal. So, an unbelievable performance and I hope he can continue that into the next game.
You guys are going to Toronto this weekend, what are you expecting out of them?
Well, they were losing every game and then they tied two in a row, so I’m sure they’re looking for the victory. So, we just have to go there and be disciplined and just try to get the three points.
Is there anything in particular that you are going to try to exploit in their defense or just play your normal game?
We’re just going to play our game. Once we play our game, the team is going to get chances and just got to put them away.
With his next start, Richards will pass Carlos Mendes for second place on the all-time games played list in franchise history with 147 games.
The New York Red Bulls’ Rafa Marquez was noticeably absent from Thursday’s international friendly between Mexico and Bosnia-Herzegovina at Chicago’s Soldier Field due to a right quadriceps injury suffered during a training session Wednesday afternoon. Marquez has already been ruled out for the friendly against Brazil in Dallas on Sunday June 3 and remains questionable for Mexico’s upcoming World Cup qualifying match against Guyana on June 8. Marquez has made over 100 appearances in international matches for Mexico.
Marquez came on as a substitute in the 77th minute of Mexico’s previous match against Wales, a 2-0 win at MetLife Stadium on Sunday May 27.
This season the Red Bulls are 4-0-2 with Marquez in the lineup, as he has contributed two assists in that span. Since signing with the Red Bulls in 2010, Marquez has both started and played in 35 games and attributed 8 assists and 1 goal during his time with the Red Bulls.
Newly acquired Red Bulls defender Heath Pearce spoke with NewYorkRedBulls.com briefly following Friday's training session at Montclair State University to discuss his transition to the team, the area, and his goal in the U.S. Open Cup match against the Charleston Battery.
Let’s start off by backtracking just a little bit. Where were you when you first heard of the trade?
I was actually at training. It was still pretty early. I would typically get in about two hours, an hour and a half before training started, so I was getting some treatment and stuff and one of the fitness coaches came up to me and said the head coach wanted to talk to me. That was the first time he’d ever done that. Usually when the coach wanted to talk to me he’d stop by in the training room and say, “Hey, when you get a chance stop by.” So right away something kind of rubbed me different. So I went in there and, like I’ve said in a few interviews before, it was like a ghost town in the coaches office. Normally, they had a large coaching staff, seven, eight, ten guys, and they’re always [there]. And it’s empty and I was like, “Oh, OK, this can't be good.” And then I come in, he’s in there and he calls me in and sits down and breaks the news to me. It was very professional, quick, short.
How has the transition been so far, just living in the New York area?
It’s great. It’s great. We obviously have a really cool team here and a bunch of good guys who welcomed me since the start. And to go to Montreal and get a win a man down after being here a day and getting a point against Chivas – when, OK, I thought we should have gotten three points - but to be getting points right away and jumping in the lineup with the team’s a great thing. It makes everything happen a lot quicker. I’m excited.
In the third round match of the U.S. Open Cup you had a chance to get on the score sheet with a goal as well. Must’ve felt pretty good, huh?
Yeah, it’s good. Any time you can contribute to a win as a defender, center back or outside back, a lot of times you don’t get to contribute in those ways. You contribute defensively and in other ways – that kind of behind the scenes type stuff. So any time you can get a goal like that it’s fun and to help the team get a result is always a good thing. I’m happy for us, I’m excited for us to get to the next round.
What’s this I hear about you assisting Kenny Cooper on his first goal as a member of the U.S. Men’s National Team?
Yeah, that’s right. I just remembered that. I forgot about that. Yeah, we were playing against Denmark in L.A. and I played a ball to Kenny, kind of a through ball, Kenny took a great touch kind of got on a breakaway and finished it off. I just remember that. Wow. That was a while ago. (laughs)
What’s it like playing with him again now as a member of the Red Bulls?
Yeah you know, Kenny spins off the back shoulders of the defenders a lot. He’s always drifting into good spaces and he’s obviously finishing goals right now, so you couldn’t ask for more in terms of his production in front of the net. So hopefully he’ll keep it going and get some wins for us this year.
Ryan Meara has stood atop the weekly Rookie Rankings over at MLSsoccer.com for the past few weeks, so it shouldn't come as any major surprise that he is also atop the League's rankings for Week 12 as well.
After posting a 4-0-1 record over the Red Bulls' five matches in May, Meara is once again looking down at the rest of his 2012 draft class.
Here's what MLSsoccer.com had to say about the 21-year-old Fordham University product:
D.C. United may sit in first in the Eastern Conference as the calendar turns to June, but with Meara at the helm of what has become one of MLS' stingiest defenses, this could be the year New York finally make a regular-season run. And to think, the 21-year-old was a questionable SuperDraft pick back in January.
It's good to see Soccer by Ives isn't the only site recognizing Meara for his efforts. Make sure you visit the link above at MLSsoccer.com to vote for Meara.
Soccer by Ives named Red Bulls goalkeeper Ryan Meara its MLS Rookie of the Month for the month of May.
Meara opened up the month by building off his Apr. 28 shutout against the Revolution with two more clean sheet; one against the Galaxy, and the other against the Dynamo. His three-game shutout streak came to an end in New York's 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Union on May 13, but his perfect streak remains intact after backstopping a win over Montreal and a draw at home against Chivas USA.
"Not only did Meara help the New York Red Bulls go 4-0-1 during the month of May, he did so by making coutnless outstanding saves, and did so despite the fact New York was missing key defensive starters all month."
Meara and company face off against the Charleston Battery tonight at 7:30pm ET in the third round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Fans can watch a free, online stream of the match at USLNation.com.
Joel Lindpere was named to MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week after he put on an industrious effort against the Montreal Impact Saturday night.
Lindpere may not have lit up the scoreboard, but he did make his presence known with his signature hustle that helped create the Red Bulls' game-winning goal, courtesy of Dane Richards.
Down a man, the Red Bulls had to grind one out against Montreal over the weekend and did just that, in large part thanks to Lindpere’s effort in the center of the pitch, where he helped set up Dane Richards’ winner and got a call to the Estonian national team for his troubles.
Forward Kenny Cooper, who scored his 10th goal of the season on a penalty kick in Montreal, was added as an honorable mention.
Lindpere was also included in ProSoccerTalk.com's Team of the Week, alongside Red Bulls defender Markus Holgersson.
The Red Bulls will look to extend their win streak to six straight tonight when they host Chivas USA on the pitch at Red Bull Arena. New York remains a perfect 4-0-1 at home this season.
Watch all the action live on MSG+ started at 7pm ET.