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The Red Bulls sealed a 3-0 victory at PPL Park Saturday afternoon to lock up three points and clinch a home match in the 2012 MLS Cup Playoffs. Kenny Cooper's two goals in the 13th and 66th minute accounted for two of New York's tallies, while captain Thierry Henry added one of his own in the 35th minute.
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Here are a few photos from Saturday's win:
Kenny Cooper gave the Red Bulls a 3-0 lead in the 66th minute when he went far post against Union goalkeeper Zac MacMath for his 18th of the season. The tally brings him within one goal of tying the franchise's all-time scoring record, held by Juan Pablo Angel.
For all those who may have missed this one live on account of the news/weather updates throughout the tri-state area, here it is again in all its penalty-kicking glory.
Kenny Cooper gave the Red Bulls an early 1-0 lead with this tally off a penalty kick in the 13th minute:
It definitely helps that we know already which five teams in the East are playoff bound. Where it may get confusing is when it comes down to potential match ups.
The scenarios are as follows:
If New York wins in Philly they’ll have 57 points, placing them in a second-place tie with D.C. United. However that would only be temporary, as D.C. United and the Chicago Fire kick off their match at 4pm. Should D.C. win, then the 1-2-3 coming out of the East would be Sporting KC, D.C and New York.
If Chicago defeats D.C. and New York defeats Philly, the Fire will leapfrog D.C. to claim second place, and New York will enter third on a tie-breaker with D.C., pending any additional tie-breaker scenarios that may surface during Saturday’s matches.
If the Red Bulls lose, coupled with a Dynamo loss, then New York will host Houston for an Oct. 31/Nov. 1 play-in game at Red Bull Arena. If New York loses AND Houston wins, then the Red Bulls will drop to fifth overall and face Houston on the road at BBVA Compass Stadium for an Oct. 31/Nov. 1 play-in match.
Confusing as it may seem, nothing would take care of business more than a three-point finish against Philly on Saturday. After that, it's all up to how the other teams perform to determine the final standings and first-round match ups.
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It goes without saying that Saturday's match against Sporting KC was a defensive effort, as both sides escaped the pitch at Red Bull Arena with a point apiece. But it may have been a different story for New York, had Luis Robles not made this save:
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New York punched its ticket to the 2012 MLS Cup Playoffs with a result against Sporting Kansas City last week. Unfortunately that accomplishment was not enough to move the Red Bulls up the Week 32 Power Rankings.
It all comes down to eighth overall for the Red Bulls this time around, as MLSsoccer.com, ESPN Soccernet and Sports Illustrated didn't move the club from that spot.
"What can you make of this team? One week, they barely show up against Chicago, and the next, they become the first team all season to really bully Sporting KC. Red Bull Arena is bizarro-land. The real concern, though, is that they haven't beaten a playoff team since August. That's not a great streak to bring into the postseason."
"New York preferred to take the positives from its 0-0 home draw against conference leader Kansas City. Only problem is that come playoff time, that type of result likely will not be enough to progress."
"New York staved off Sporting Kansas City in their scoreless tie with a much better showing than its 2-0 loss to the first-place team a few weeks earlier. But going 0-1-2 against the club it is likely to face if it makes the Eastern Conference semifinals (barring a change in the table after both teams get a crack at the Philadelphia Union in their respective season finales) does not bode well for New York's fortunes."
So New York will enter the final week of the 2012 regular season ranked eighth overall. Depending on Saturday's outcome against Philadelphia (1:30pm ET/NBC), we could at least be seeing a slight change in the final installment of MLS power rankings.
What's your take on this week's order? Do you think the Red Bull deserve to be higher than eighth?
Hey don't get us wrong - we're stoked that last weekend's result against Sporting KC helped punch our ticket to the postseason. But let's be honest; there's still work to be done before giving our undivided attention to the playoffs.
Join us for the Pilsener Haus Biergarten’s (in conjunction with hMAG) Red Bulls viewing party as Hans Backe and company focus on taking three points in a crucial match against Philadelphia this weekend.
Come to The Pilsener Haus Biergarten in Hoboken, located at 1422 Grand Street, to cheer on the Red Bulls Saturday when they take on the Union in the final match of the regular season. The New York Red Bulls Street Team will be there in full effect raffling off prizes and giving away playoff tickets. The party starts at 12:30pm, leading up to the 1:30pm kickoff, so come by early for a chance to win, hang out and have a few frosty adult beverages before the match.
Grab a friend and catch the PATH to the Biergarten. Let us know you're going on the Facebook event page. If you need more info, visit www.pilsenerhaus.com.
See you Saturday!