After a week that included a home loss to Sporting Kansas City and a heart-wrenching draw against New England, it seemed safe to assume the Red Bulls would experience a slight drop in Week 29 Power Rankings. That certainly is the case across the board, as New York drops no lower than sixth overall this time around.
MLSSoccer.com has the Red Bulls dropping from second to fifth below the likes of fellow Conference rivals Chicago and Sporting Kansas City, but of whom will make the trip to Harrison before season's end.
Here's what ESPN Soccernet had to say about demoting New York from fifth to sixth:
"After delivering a tepid performance in midweek at home to Kansas City, New York thought it had snatched a stoppage-time victory over New England, only to cough up a late equalizer. Now N.Y. is looking nervously over its shoulder at surging D.C."
Sports Illustrated took a one-word approach to each team's rankings this week, which makes typing this sentence feel far too wordy. Nevertheless, New York makes the drop from third to fifth according to Avi Creditor's rankings:
That's this week's take on Power Rankings. What do you think? Is it too early to start predicting where NY may land in the power rankings by the end of the season?
A number of Red Bulls players were on hand Monday night for the FIFA 13 launch party in New York City. The guys were joined by a few celebrities throughout the night as well, as Jan Gunnar Solli and Heath Pearce provided the beats and delivered the soundtrack to the party.
One of the notable celebrity battles saw Snoop Dogg and NBC Sports Announcer Kyle Martino go head-to-head in a Galaxy vs. Red Bulls matchup. Meanwhile Dax McCarty was schooled by one of the younger fans in attendance (sorry Dax). Tim Cahill and Thierry Henry were on hand as well, posing for pictures with fans and signing a few autographs along the way.
Here's what some of the guys are buzzing about on Twitter with regards to the FIFA 13 release, in stores today:
— Tim Cahill (@Tim_Cahill) September 24, 2012
— Jeremy Vuolo (@jeremy_vuolo) September 25, 2012
— Connor Lade (@clade5) September 25, 2012
— Ryan Meara (@RMeara_18) September 25, 2012
— Jhonny Arteaga (@JhonnyAArteaga) September 25, 2012
— Dax McCarty (@DaxMcCarty11) September 24, 2012
— Dax McCarty (@DaxMcCarty11) September 25, 2012
It was another perfect weekend for the Red Bulls Academy, as the U-14, U-16 and U-18 squads tallied wins against their opponents.
The Red Bulls’ U-14 Pre-Academy squad maintained its unbeaten record this weekend with a monstrous 9-0 win over the Boston Bolts Sunday afternoon.
Ryan Mingachos opened the flood gates with a goal in the fourth minute and the team tallied another five to send both sides into the half with New York holding a 6-0 lead. In the second half of play, Mingachos tallied another as Zaire Bartley and Kyle Casey rounded out the scoring. The U-14 boys travel to Long Island next week to face Albertson Academy.
In U-16 action, the boys pulled out another win to improve to 2-0 overall thanks to a 1-0 final against the Boston Bolts. Harrison Steadman tallied the lone goal in the 35th minute, courtesy of a well-placed cross from Brandon Tetro. It was an easy day for goalkeeper Alex Gogic, as the defense locked down around him and prevented Boston from placing a shot on frame. The U-16s return to action Sunday when they travel to Montreal to face the Impact Academy.
Finally, in U-18 play, the Red Bulls recorded a 4-1 win in their first home match of the season against FC Bolts Celtic. The Red Bulls created a number of chances early on, as Izzy Tandir and Alex Muyl each saw shots ricochet off the crossbar and out. Prior to that, Bryan Moya watched a great chance to find the netting cleared off the line by the Bolts Celtic’s defense.
But that all changed in the 28th minute, when Kyle Goodwin opened up the scoring for his first of the season. Tandir sought redemption for his shot off the crossbar in the 54th minute, when he sent one into the back of the net off a Moya pass. Vinny Brunetti, who subbed on in place of Muyl in the 65th minute, made his presence known quickly, as he assisted an Erik Sa goal in the 68th minute and tallied one of his own to round out the scoring in the 83rd.
To learn more about the Red Bulls Academy and Red Bulls training programs, visit http://www.redbullsacademy.com/.
The Red Bulls came within three minutes of seizing three points on the road at Gillette Stadium after Joel Lindpere headed home the first goal of the match in stoppage time. Then, down a man with just three minutes remaining, the Red Bulls were unable to hang on, as New England's Darrius Barnes delivered the equalizer and sent both teams off the pitch with a point each.
The draw places New York at third place in the Eastern Conference following Chicago's three-point finish over the Columbus Crew in a 2-1 victory at Toyota Park.
New York returns to action Saturday when they host Toronto FC at Red Bull Arena for a 7PM kick off. The first 5,000 fans 12 and under through the gates will receive a free Thierry Henry jersey tee (while supplies last).
Get tickets now at Red Bulls Ticket Central, or by calling 877.RB.SOCCER.
Here are a few pictures from Saturday's match:
Joel Lindpere came up big in stoppage time Saturday night to register the first goal of the game and give the Red Bulls a 1-0 lead. Less than three minutes later the Revs would respond, as Darrius Barnes headed one past Bill Gaudette to draw New England level and close out the match with a one-point finish for both sides.
Here's a replay of Lindpere's goal:
New England's Lee Nguyen lined up a free kick inside the 18th minute of Saturday's match with the hopes of cracking the scoreless tie at Gillette Stadium. Red Bulls goalkeeper Bill Gaudette had something to say about that:
If you’re not joining the supporters on the road for the Sept. 22 match against the Revolution, then the Manchester Pub at 920 2nd Ave. in New York City is where you want to be.
Join the Red Bulls official viewing party Saturday, starting at 6:30PM, when New York takes on New England in yet another Eastern Conference rivalry match. The Red Bulls street team will be on hand showing off their gravity-defying tricks, while Manchester Pub will be offering food and drink special all night long.
For more info, visit the Manchester Pub’s Facebook invite.