Minutes after Markus Holgersson leveled the score for the Red Bulls, Kenny Cooper scored his ninth goal of the season to give New York a 3-2 lead and, ultimately, the three-point win on the road in Philly.
Joel Lindpere picked up the Red Bulls' first goal of the match in the 17th minute before the Union scored two straight unanswered to take a 2-1 lead. Down a goal in the 68th minute, defender Markus Holgersson leveled the score after heading home a Brandon Barklage corner kick for his first-career MLS goal:
Joel Lindpere put the Red Bulls up 1-0 with this phenomenal strike in the 17th minute of Sunday's match against the Philadelphia Union:
MLSsoccer.com ranked the Top 5 MLS players they feel should be considered for the US Men's National Team. Kenny Cooper, who just last week scored his eighth goal of the season, lands at the No. 2 spot in the rankings, behind only Chivas USA's goalkeeper Dan Kennedy (thus making Cooper the highest-ranking striker on the list).
Here's what MLSsoccer.com has to say about the "Power 5 on Jurgen Klinsmann's Radar." Check out the rest of the list here:
Juan Agudelo was the subject of a recent video that is part of the Kellogg's "Start Stories" series. In this video, you'll see some quick snippets of Agudelo playing soccer as a kid, a few snapshots of his early days and a great look into how big a role soccer has played in his life.
New York remains undefeated at home with a 4-0-1 record. The next home match at Red Bull Arena is set for May 23 when the Red Bulls host Chivas USA. You can get your tickets at Red Bulls Ticket Central or by calling 877.RB.SOCCER.
Here are a few photos from Wednesday's win:
The Red Bulls cruised to their third-straight victory and third-straight shutout Wednesday night when they defeated the Houston Dynamo 1-0 at Red Bull Arena (Recap).
Kenny Cooper notched the lone Red Bulls goal in the seventh minute as he charged in to disrupt a seemingly safe back pass toward goal. As Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall was forced to make a sprawling attempt to cover up, Cooper just got enough of his foot on it to send the ball on goal and into the mesh for his eighth of the season (Watch: Cooper's Goal).
Rookie 'keeper Ryan Meara was once again spectacular in goal, stopping all three of Houston's attempts, complete with some circus-like theatrics in the final minutes of the match (Watch: Meara's Save).
The Red Bulls return to action Sunday when they head to PPL Park in Philly for a 12:30pm ET kickoff against the Union (watch live on ESPN2).
New York's next home game is three weeks off, as they're set to face off against Chivas USA for a 7pm ET kick on May 23. Tickets are available on Red Bulls Ticket Central or by calling 877.RB.SOCCER.
Check out the full highlights from Wednesday's win:
If you saw it the first time you have to see it again. And if you haven't seen it yet - well, that's why we're here.
Ryan Meara came up with a huge save in stoppage time as the Houston Dynamo made every possible attempt to exit Red Bull Arena with one point Wednesday night.
In the 93rd minute of the match, Dynamo midfielder Calen Carr put a solid header attempt on goal that nearly fooled Meara. But as you'll see in the video below, the rookie 'keeper was up for the challenge with this juggling save:
Kenny Cooper gave the Red Bulls an early 1-0 lead when he buried his eighth of the season in the seventh minute of Wednesday's match. Here's a replay of Coop's goal:
The Red Bulls' slow and steady climb up the power rankings this week was thanks in part to a full team effort in back-to-back matches against New England and Los Angeles. While guys like Dax McCarty and Brandon Barklage have received individual praise for their efforts, there's no question that Ryan Meara has also been the talk of the town over these past two clean sheets.
Meara's leaping, one-handed save on the Galaxy's Juninho in the 83rd minute of Saturday's match may very well have been the deciding factor behind whether the Red Bulls escaped LA with three points in the win or one in the draw.
Obviously the back line playing in front of Meara has also been a huge factor in recent games, but that save was all on the shoulders of the Red Bulls' rookie 'keeper.
MLSsoccer.com took notice of Meara's play and has justifiably given him a jump from third place to first overall in this week's Rookie Rankings. Here's what they had to say about the 21-year-old out of Fordham:
"Things just keep getting better and better for Meara. Last week, Ireland's interest in the young netminder went public, then he collected his second straight shutout in LA, a performance punctuated by an incredible save on Juninho's drive to preserve the Red Bulls' 1-0 victory."
Although Meara has been somewhat of a staple on the weekly Rookie Rankings, fellow newcomer Connor Lade made his debut this week at the No. 4 spot. Lade made his Red Bulls debut as a sub in the Apr. 14 draw against San Jose and registered his first career MLS start the following week against DC United. MLSsoccer.com had this to say about Lade:
"Welcome to the list, Connor Lade. The New York Homegrown signee wasn't supposed to play much of a role this year, but injuries and circumstance have thrust him into the action. He hasn't missed a beat, putting in several good performances culminating in a poised, professional 90 minutes against Landon Donovan and the Galaxy."
What do you think about this week's Rookie Rankings?