Although Jan Gunnar Solli is '100 percent' for Saturday's match, and forward Juan Agudelo appears to be on the mend as well, there's still a significant list of injuries hampering both the Red Bulls and Galaxy (MLSsoccer.com's Franco Panizo touched on New York's in his Thursday Red Bulls Notebook).
On Friday, MLSsoccer.com asked in its Top 11 Questions heading into the weekend: "Which stars will step up to shine in #NYvLA?"
They had this to say about the matchup:
"The “One-percent Derby,” as some fans involved in this matchup of metropolises cheekily called it last year, may be missing some of its biggest names, with Red Bulls standouts Thierry Henry and Rafa Marquez sidelined and the precise status of LA’s David Beckham and Robbie Keane uncertain. Yet it still looks like a fascinating matchup, especially if Dax McCarty maintains his sterling efforts at the base of the RBNY midfield."
McCarty definitely received his fair share of praise this past week after performing as a defensive midfielder against New England.
Who do you think will shine in Saturday's match against LA?
(Edited post-publication to reflect additional prospect)
Five Red Bulls Academy products make the cut in a recent list of the Top 150 Boys Club Soccer Players to watch according to TopDrawerSoccer.com.
First on the list, at the very first spot, is South Orange, NJ native and forward Wesley Wade.
Midfielder Orestis Sousonis is next at No. 19 on the list. Right behind him at the 20 spot is forward Malcolm Dixon, a player who has been highlighted many times in Chris Celletti's weekly Academy Updates throughout the season (here's the most recent Academy Update, and here's one that makes mention of Dixon's play).
At No. 30 is Rye, NY native and Red Bulls forward Stephen Elias, who also ranks fourth regionally and 11th overall by position, based on his TopDrawerSoccer.com profile.
New York City native and Red Bulls Academy forward Gideon Metrikin rounds out New York's presence on the list, holding down the No. 62 spot on the list.
Visit TopDrawerSoccer.com for the full, comprehensive list of the Top 150 Boys Soccer Players in the nation.
New York Red Bulls’ South Ward supporters are famous for bringing the noise for 90 minutes every match at Red Bull Arena. This Saturday, May 5, they will take their show across the river when they shut down the streets of New York for a pre-match march through midtown Manhattan.
Supporters from the Empire Supporters Club, Garden State Ultras, and Viking Army will gather at 5 PM at Greeley Square Park where to begin their march -- singing, chanting and beating drums -- before turning east on West 33rd Street and ending at The Football Factory at Legends (6 West 33rd St.). West 33rd St. will be closed to traffic from 5-6 PM ET.
After the march, Legends will be transformed into the South Ward for the night as the soccer hotspot hosts a viewing party for the Red Bulls’ away match with the Los Angeles Galaxy at 8:00 PM ET (ESPN, ESPN Deportes).
Supporters under the age of 21 will be allowed on the main floor at Legends but will have to leave after full-time.
The South Ward at Red Bull Arena comprises sections 133, 101, and 102 and is home to some of the most passionate fans in the sport. The independent supporters clubs that make up the South Ward are known for their nonstop jumping, singing, chanting and flag waving, turning Red Bull Arena into a fortress for the Red Bulls.
Legends has hosted a number of Red Bulls viewing parties over the past two seasons, most notably the Red Bulls Sept. 17, 2011 viewing party, which has since gone on record as the most-attended viewing party in MLS history.
The Red Bulls jump a spot or two in Power Rankings across the board this week following Saturday’s shutout win over the New England Revolution.
Of course, the unfortunate news of Thierry Henry’s injury also weighs heavily on a lot of the rankings, as you’ll read below. The Red Bulls’ captain is expected to miss the next three to four weeks with a strained hamstring.
Ryan Meara’s first career clean sheet was highlighted by a number of great saves, two of which have been nominated for MLSsoccer.com Save of the Week considerations. Similarly, Henry has been nominated in yet another Goal of the Week clash. Voting for both of those ends Thursday at 11:59pm PT, so get your votes in now and spread the word for others to do the same.
MLSsoccer.com has the Red Bulls holding ground in the same spot as last week’s rankings. They have this to say of the ninth place club: 9 (9)
"New York could be in some deep trouble without Thierry Henry for the next month. The big question is if Kenny Cooper’s numbers drop off (or how far they do) without Henry’s set-up delights setting Cooper free to do his thing."
Sports Illustrated credits the team for its ability to get through the recent string of injuries. They also join the club of media outlets praising Dax McCarty for his stellar play as a defensive midfielder as well. 8 (9)
“Kudos to the undermanned Red Bulls for showing some heart and gutting out a victory over New England. It's going to take a continued level of effort from Dax McCarty & Co. while Thierry Henry, Wilman Conde and the rest of the walking wounded fight their way back from the injured list. Unfortunately, the star power in this weekend's L.A.-N.Y. game is all on one side of the matchup.”
"The 1-0 win over New England -- due in part to a stellar effort by New York's makeshift back line -- was overshadowed by the hamstring injury to Thierry Henry, who is expected to miss four weeks."
And finally, Soccer By Ives gives New York a slight lift in the rankings as well, while also highlighting the obvious downside of missing Henry: 8 (9)
"So who had the Red Bulls recording a shutout with a back line of Connor Lade, Tyler Ruthven, Markus Holgersson and Brandon Barklage? The Red Bulls deserve credit for some unexpected resiliency, though the loss of MLS leading scorer Thierry Henry (an astonishing nine goals and five assists) to a hamstring injury is a massive blow."
What’s your general take on the rankings? Agree? Disagree? Comment below.
While Red Bulls captain Thierry Henry looks to take home Goal of the Week honors, goalkeeper Ryan Meara is engaged in a contest of his own.
MLSsoccer.com released the Save of the Week candidates Tuesday afternoon, a five-save montage highlighting the League's best from the past week's worth of action. After backstopping the Red Bulls to their first clean sheet of the season, Meara finds himself nominated twice in the same week.
Watch the highlight video below and vote for your favorite Meara save. Voting ends Thursday at 11:59pm PT.
Whose goal-saving stop stands out? Vote today for your favorite Save of the Week!
Voting runs until 11:59 pm PT on Thursday.
CLICK HERE for complete Save of the Week coverage, including an archive of this year's winners.
The Red Bulls Under-13 Academy team went into the weekend with matchups against two of the region’s top teams and came away with two impressive wins. On Saturday, the Red Bulls faced off against the New York Cosmos. It was an even matched at the start, with both teams feeling each other out, but the Red Bulls struck first right before halftime on a goal by Matthew Olusundae. The second half proved to be more wide open, but the Red Bulls’ defense held firm. Dontae Greer added two more tallies to give the Red Bulls a 3-0 victory. The following day, the Under-13s hosted the Baltimore Bays. The Red Bulls had defeated the Bays 2-1 two weeks ago in Baltimore in a very tightly contested game. However, this time around, the Red Bulls overwhelmed the visitors 6-1 after scoring five goals in the second half. Markez Zella scored three goals and Dontae Greer, Zach Ryan and Christian Martinez each added one apiece for the young Red Bulls.
The Under-14 Red Bulls began their weekend on Saturday against the Cosmos, and the first half ended with the team’s deadlocked at zero. Early in the second half, Marcello Borges opened the scoring, but the Cosmos quickly answered to tie the match. However, John Antunes then set up Anthony Sileo to give the Red Bulls the lead again, while Antunes added an insurance goal late to seal the victory. On Sunday, the U-14 Red Bulls suffered their first loss of the season, falling 2-1 to the Baltimore Bays. Malik Stewart scored the lone Red Bulls goal in the defeat.
On Saturday, the Under-15 Red Bulls also faced the Cosmos, but were unable to find the back of the net, falling 2-0. The squad bounced back on Sunday against the Baltimore Bays, avenging an early-season 1-0 loss. The Red Bulls got two goals from Harrison Steadman and one each from Dante Perez, Tyler Stowell, and Tyler Pinho as they cruised to a 5-0 win.
Red Bulls midfielder Dax McCarty has been receiving heaps of praise for his gritty performance against New England Saturday, and rightfully so. McCarty assumed the pivotal role of defensive midfielder after the Red Bulls jostled the starting XI following an injury to forward Thierry Henry. The end result amounted to a 1-0 shutout win, the team's first of the season, thanks in part to McCarty's hustle and leadership.
ProSoccerTalk.com's Steve Davis took notice and named McCarty Player of the Week for his ability to fill in on the spot and assume whatever role the coaches needed him to fill:
"Asked to function Saturday as a defensive screener (for injured first-choice Teemu Tainio and the suspended second-choice Rafa Marquez) was a tough assignment, but one well taken. McCarty may not be an enforcer, per se, but he demonstrated how tackling through focus and technique can be as effective as Nigel de Jong-type tackling through collisions and contusions."
MLSsoccer.com's Franco Panizo also mentioned McCarty's team-first approach to the match, highlighting his vocal presence that assisted in keeping a tight back line against New England.
Over the first eight weeks of the season, four Red Bulls have been named Player of the Week on ProSoccerTalk.com - Henry in week 3 and 4, Kenny Cooper in week 5 and now McCarty in week 8.
(And on a side note, Dax celebrated his 25th birthday Monday. Feel free to send him a Happy Birthday message on Twitter, @DaxMcCarty11)
Thierry Henry's goal in the seventh minute of Saturday's 1-0 win over the New England Revolution has been nominated for MLSsoccer.com's AT&T Goal of the Week. Henry took home Goal of the Week honors back in March and has been nominated three times so far this season (including this week).
You know what to do. Spread the love on Twitter and Facebook. Vote daily and vote often to help Henry take home Goal of the Week honors for the second time this season.
Vote online or text goal code to 22442.
Voting runs until 11:59 pm PT on Thursdays.
For complete Goal of the Week coverage—including an archive of past winners—click here.
With the win, New York improves to 4-3-1 on the season and remains undefeated at home (3-0-1).
Check out these highlights from Saturday's win over New England:
It was a gritty, hard-earned, blue-collar win for the Red Bulls Saturday evening as they defeated the New England Revolution 1-0 at Red Bull Arena (Recap | Watch: Henry's Goal). The win keeps New York perfect at home, as they improved to 3-0-1 at the "fortress" this season.
The lone goal scorer was Thierry Henry, who put the Red Bulls up 1-0 in the seventh minute after sending home a feed from rookie defender Connor Lade. The goal was Henry's league-leading ninth on the season and Lade's first-career MLS assist.
That wasn't the only first of the match though, as the Red Bulls defense hunkered down and helped secure Ryan Meara his first career shutout as well.
The Red Bulls are back in action Sat., May 5, when they travel out west to take on the LA Galaxy for an 8pm ET kick-off on ESPN.
The team returns home May 9 to host the Houston Dynamo in the first of three meetings this season. Get your tickets at Red Bulls Ticket Central or by calling 877.RB.SOCCER.
Here are a few photos from Saturday's win over the Revolution: