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After posting a 1-0-1 record over the past week's worth of action, including a win over D.C. United and a draw against Toronto, the Red Bulls find themselves in third place across the board in Week 17 Power Rankings.
One common theme in three of the four rankings is the placement of D.C., a team the Red Bulls pulled out a 'W' against in front of a sold-out crowd at Red Bull Arena on June 24.
Here's what MLSsoccer.com had to say about placing the Red Bulls in third place, one spot behind DC:
"The Red Bulls have made themselves into one of the league's toughest outs, and with a schedule that features 10 of the last 16 at home (where they're undefeated), look poised to make their first-ever serious run at a Supporters' Shield."
"At first glance, a 1-1 tie with cellar-dwelling Toronto seems like a reason for New York to hang its head. But with injuries continuing to plague the back line, plus TFC's improved play, the Red Bulls will take the point and move on."
Soccer By Ives drops a subtle hint that New York may only be in third place because of a game in hand, which isn't all that discouraging since the Red Bulls could potentially leapfrog their rival this weekend, as D.C. will have a bye:
"Held to a 1-1 draw by Toronto, New York fell two points behind D.C. United for first place in the Eastern Conference, though the Red Bulls do have a game in hand. Getting a full 90 minutes out of Thierry Henry was an encouraging development."
I like where Sports Illustrated's Avi Creditor is going with this one, as he gives the Red Bulls a promotion from fifth overall to third and acknowledges New York's dominance over D.C. on June 24 (making him the only one to place D.C. United below the Red Bulls):
"It's hard to argue with Hans Backe's assessment that the Red Bulls' first 55 minutes against D.C. were the most complete performance that they've turned in this season. Even with Thierry Henry on the bench, New York managed to bounce back from an opening-minute lapse to overrun D.C. and respond to the 4-1 shellacking it suffered at RFK Stadium in April."
What's your take on this week's power rankings? Let us know what you think below.
Just last week Brandon Barklage had his second-career MLS goal nominated for MLSsoccer.com's Goal of the Week. This time it's Jan Gunnar Solli's turn, as his goal in Saturday's match against Toronto is up for the weekly title. Even Barklage makes a little cameo as well, thanks to his perfectly placed assist.
You know what to do - spread the word on Twitter and Facebook and get the vote count up. And of course, give DJ Solli a shout out on Twitter and let him know you're voting for him.
Cast your ballot before voting ends for your favorite goal of Week 17! The winner is determined by the total number of votes cast online and via text and is announced on Fridays.
Vote online or text goal code to 22442.
Voting runs until 11:59 pm PT on Thursdays.
For complete coverage of the AT&T Goal of the Week—including an archive of past winners—click here.
MSG's Tina Cervasio chats with Red Bulls rookie Connor Lade about his first season with the team, his growth as a player and who he looks to for tips on improving his game:
Despite an early of exchange of goals in the first six minutes of Saturday's match, the New York Red Bulls and Toronto FC finished locked in a 1-1 draw.
Jan Gunnar Solli picked up his second of the season in the fourth minute when he was on the receiving end of a beautifully placed cross from Brandon Barklage that allowed the Red Bulls to take an early 1-0 lead. Less than two minutes later, it was Toronto's Danny Koevermans who found the back of the net with a header that beat Red Bulls 'keeper Ryan Meara to level the score.
The score wouldn't change for the remainder of the match, but the Red Bulls did come close on a number of opportunities, including a Joel Lindpere shot that dinged off the post in the 44th minute, an Henry free kick that was just off the mark in the 49th minute and a Lindpere run into the box that was broken up just before he could get his foot on the ball in the 76th minute.
The Red Bulls are back in action Sunday, July 8, when they pay a visit to Gillette Stadium for a 7pm kickoff against the New England Revolution.
On July 15, the Red Bulls return home for the first match of a three-game home stand at Red Bull Arena. Get your tickets now for the July 15 match against Seattle, July 18 match against Chicago or the Rivalry Day match against Philadelphia on July 21. The first 5,000 fans 16 and under through the gates for the July 21 match will receive a free Red Bulls flat-brimmed cap.
Get your tickets now at Red Bulls Ticket Central, or by calling 877.RB.SOCCER.
Here are a few photos from Saturday's match:
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.
Although online voting for the 2012 MLS All-Star continues now through July 2, you can do your part to make sure Heath Pearce makes his way to the star-studded match against Chelsea.
As of right now, Red Bulls defender Heath Pearce is currently third overall in text voting. The top player in text votes is guaranteed a spot on the All-Star team, so let's get that tally up.
All you have to do is text "PEARCE" to 22442. Voting is unlimited, so go crazy to make sure Pearce is playing in the July 25 MLS All-Star Game at PPL Park.
While you're at it, let Heath know you have his back by sending a Tweet to @HEATHGPEARCE.