The Red Bulls rose in all Power Rankings this week as a result of Friday night's 2-0 win over the Dynamo. New York has been placed in the top four of all rankings, including three that place the Bulls third overall. The rise comes just a week after the team had fallen in all rankings, dropping as low as sixth.
The shot upwards in the rankings comes due to the effort displayed in the win over Houston, in which Tim Cahill assisted both goals during his MLS home debut.
The team will look to continue its winning ways when the Portland Timbers come into town Sunday, as New York carries its 8-0-3 home record into the match.
Let’s take a look at what everyone is saying about the club in this week’s rankings.
“Thierry Henry challenged his teammates to be more competitive, and they heeded his advice, turning the tables on Houston 2-0 after falling to the Dynamo last week. Tim Cahill looks to be settling in nicely as he assisted on both goals.”
New York saw its biggest improvement in the Sports Illustrated rankings, as the Red Bulls are back in the top-three just one week after falling out of the top-five.
“The Red Bulls flipped the script on the Houston Dynamo a week after being trounced in Texas, but even more notable was the performance of Tim Cahill, whose infectious energy was influential in helping deliver the result. Along with the Dynamo, the Red Bulls are the last remaining unbeaten team at home (though, to be fair to San Jose, its one home loss came at AT&T Park and not at Buck Shaw Stadium).”
MLSsoccer.com gives the Red Bulls their lowest ranking of the week, placing them fourth overall. Still, they see some major positives in the team including the play of Dax McCarty, who returned from his yellow-card suspension in the win.
“Is it too much to give Dax McCarty some MVP love? He deserves the same praise and acclaim that guys like Ozzie Alonso and Kyle Beckerman have gotten in recent years since he's doing the exact same job at an extraordinarily high level.”
What do you think of this week’s rankings? Feel free to fire up the conversation in the comment below.
Hard work on the pitch rarely goes unnoticed, as evidenced by Friday night's fan vote for the AT&T Man of the Match.
Well, Soccer By Ives took notice as well, and has in turn named Red Bulls rookie Connor Lade its Rookie of the Week.
In just his first year, Lade has shown incredible hustle at both ends of the field. His versatility has also allowed head coach Hans Backe to slot him into the lineup wherever he is needed - which given the unfortunate string of injuries this year, has been everywhere but between the pipes for the St. John's alumn.
Here's what SBI has to say about Lade following New York's 2-0 win over Houston:
"The versatile Lade, who got the start at right back, helped lock down in-form Houston forward Mac Kandji, played a vital role in the clean sheet and was his usual active self up and down the flank to earn SBI MLS Rookie of the Week honors."
This Friday, Aug. 17 in Brooklyn, Red Bulls fans will have a chance to meet three of the club's top players. Joel Lindpere, Ryan Meara and Kenny Cooper will be appearing at Upper 90 Soccer + Sport, signing autographs from 6:00-8:00 PM. For more information on the signing session, head on over to Upper 90's Facebook page or simply click on the following link to visit the event page: http://www.facebook.com/events/447083378645884/.
Cooper leads the Red Bulls with 13 goals this season, which is tied for the second best mark in MLS. For his career, Cooper has found the back of the net 61 times, which puts him in the Top 20 on MLS' all-time goals list. Lindpere is in his third season with the Red Bulls and has played in 87 matches with the club. This year, the Estonian International has three goals and five assists. In 2010, he was named the team's Most Valuable Player. Meara, the Yonkers NY native and Fordham University product, has shined in his rookie season at goalkeeper for the Red Bulls. In 18 games, he's posted a record of 9-5-4 with three shutouts.
Upper 90 is located at 359 Atlantic Avenue, just one block away from the Hoyt-Schermerhorn Street station which is on the A, C, and G subway lines.
The Red Bulls improved on their perfect home record Friday night with a 2-0 shutout win over the Houston Dynamo. The 'W' helped the Red Bulls reclaim first place in the Eastern Conference and padded their home record to 8-0-3.
Tim Cahill registered two assists in his home debut, as he helped facilitate a Markus Holgersson goal in the 61st minute and picked up the secondary assist on Jan Gunnar Solli's goal in the 92nd minute.
The Red Bulls return to action Sunday, Aug. 19, when they host the Portland Timbers for a 7 PM kickoff on MSG. The first 5,000 fans 12 and under will receive a free Ryan Meara jersey tee upon entry. Get your tickets now at Red Bulls Ticket Central or by calling 877.RB.SOCCER.
Here are a few photos from Friday's win:
The Red Bulls and Dynamo remained tied heading into the 61st minute of Friday's match, until defender Markus Holgersson sent home his second of the season on a great assist from Tim Cahill. The tally gave New York the 1-0 lead and Cahill his first-career MLS assist:
Due to extreme weather conditions expected in the area around game time, the Interactive Zone on Riverbend outside Red Bull Arena will be closed for tonight's match. We apologize for the inconvenience.
As a heads up for those traveling out to the Arena tonight, the match will kick off at 8 PM ET, rain or shine. While a majority of the seats provide cover in the event of rain, the following items are permitted through the gates, should you wish to bring them:
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The Red Bulls are edging closer to full health as a number of players are returning to the pitch from various injuries. Defender Heath Pearce is one of those guys, as he made his return to the lineup Friday against the Houston Dynamo. While the outcome and performance was not exactly what he and the team had in mind, Pearce is confident that the match helped him get his feet back and primed him and the rest of the Red Bulls for the perfect opportunity to reverse the outcome home at Red Bull Arena Friday night (8 PM ET, NBC Sports).
You had a chance to get back out there against Houston last week after that hamstring injury kept you out of the lineup for a few games. Obviously not the sort of outcome the team would’ve liked, but how did you feel overall?
It was a tough game for us. I thought that I played pretty poorly, but on a fitness side and stuff it was good to get out there. [Macoumba] Kandji was running at me most of the game, so it’s those types of scenarios you can’t really simulate that much in training as you can in games. So to get out there and have to naturally react and force and breakdown steps and test my body and come out tired but uninjured is an important thing for me.
Exactly one week to the day the team will have a chance to right the wrongs from last week’s performance. What will the focus be Friday night?
We gave up a goal early and that’s always tough. You play away to Houston and they haven’t lost at home and they’ve got a lot of motivation and a good crowd. And all that’s forgotten. We’re at home. We’ve got a great home record. We know what we did wrong and we expect more of ourselves and I think we’ll be prepared Friday to come and get a result.
You talked about Kandji running on you last game. How will the team look to lock him down this time around?
It’s more about focusing on our game. I think that’s something we didn’t do. I don’t think that we necessarily have been passing well. We weren’t pressing well as a team. We weren’t doing all the things right that made us good as a team. So if we can focus on those then I think we can force them to have to change their game up and make adjustments to our style as opposed to us trying to adjust to their style.
All season long there’s been a big “what if” surrounding the team. “What if” everyone was healthy. “What if” these guys had time to play together without the injuries. Now, as guys are on their way back, we may soon finally get an answer to that question.
Yeah, definitely. We’re getting close. We’ve got a lot of good players but we’ve been battling injuries all season. And that’s no excuse, but the team’s been doing well to get points anyway. The team’s coming around, we’re getting more fit and we’re excited to hopefully put our best 11 out on the field and challenge the rest of the teams in the league.
Four Red Bulls Academy products are currently training with the U.S. Under-14 National Team at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA.
U.S. U-14 head coach Huge Perez selected his 50-player roster for the team's camp, which began Aug. 5 and runs through to Aug. 12.
The following players are representing the Red Bulls in the national team's camp:
Xavier Kennedy (Montclair, NJ)
Ethan Koehler (Maplewood, NJ)
Tyler Adams (Wappingers Falls, NY)
Kyle Gruno (Saddle River, NJ)
The Red Bulls took another drop in Power Rankings this week after falling to the Dynamo 2-0 at BBVA Compass Stadium Friday night.
Despite the outcome, let’s extract three positives:
- New York remains within reach of reclaiming first place. The rematch against Houston this Friday night at Red Bull Arena can catapult them back into the top of the Eastern Conference.
- No one in Red Bulls camp is shrugging this one off. Not a single player or coach is happy with the outcome and the team seems deadest on reversing things later this week.
- New York has locked things down at home all season long, as indicated by their 7-0-3 record on the pitch at RBA
So yes, the Red Bulls drop a bit this time around in the rankings but there’s just as good a chance as any that they flip the script and take three from Houston Friday night.
Let’s see what people are saying about the club this week.
MLSsoccer.com drops the Red Bulls to sixth overall:
“Well, they have another Designated Player, but that didn't get the job done in a big, big game against Houston. They'll have another crack at the Dynamo on Friday, and the hope will be that they don't allow so much time and space in the midfield.”
Sports Illustrated believes the return of Dax McCarty could be the thing the team needs to exact revenge on Houston, as Avi Creditor also placed New York in the No. 6 spot:
"Just how important is Dax McCarty to the Red Bulls? The club's midfield was completely dominated in Houston, making McCarty's suspension-caused absence more glaring than Tim Cahill's MLS debut."
Soccer by Ives dropped New York from fourth to fifth overall:
"Well that probably wasn't how Tim Cahill imagined his debut. For as many attacking pieces as New York has acquired, the defense remains suspect. The back line will get a mulligan of sorts against the Dynamo, though, as New York will play host when the two sides meet for second straight Friday night at Red Bull Arena, where the club is 7-0-3."
"New York spoiled Tim Cahill's debut with a wretched defensive display against Houston. Things figure to get better when holding midfielder Dax McCarty returns from suspension, but questions still abound about the Red Bulls back line."
What's your take on this week's power rankings?