Red Bulls have points of contention

MLSsoccer.com's Kristian Dyer breaks down New York's woes

The
Red Bulls finally stumbled last week, dropping their first game of the season
on the road 2-0 to Chivas USA. MLSsoccer.com reporter Kristian Dyer breaks down
five points as New York looks to rebound on Saturday against FC Dallas at Red
Bull Arena.

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Energy
– Red Bulls coach Hans Backe told MLSSoccer.com that he was
surprised by the effort on Saturday against Chivas USA, and was puzzled by the
physiological letdown after the win over Seattle. Backe said he is waiting to
see how the team responds, but he vowed that there will be a better, more
concerted effort on the field. He’s spoken to the players about the need to
bounce back and put in a total effort and not accept the result on Saturday.

Coundoul
It Again
– Despite the blunder to start the second half -- where
goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul inexplicably pushed the ball into the back of his own
net --Backe isn’t worried about his first choice keeper. “There’s nothing you
can do with individual mistakes,” Backe said, saying that he has full faith in
Coundoul to perform to the same standard in the first two games.

Lindpere
Returns to Form
– After running the midfield in the
wins over the Fire and the Sounders, Lindpere had a very quiet game against
Chivas USA. “I think he looked unbelievably tired. The last 30 minutes, he
couldn’t even run,” Backe said. The coach noted that he didn’t think Chivas USA
marked Lindpere out of the game but  rather that an issue with Lindpere’s hip was
bothering him.

Robinson Returns – Expect to see Carl Robinson on
the field at some point on Saturday. He participated in training for the first
time on Tuesday after suffering an injury in the Santos friendly. It’s been
several weeks since Robinson practiced fully and was on the ball. “My intention
is to make myself available for selection for Saturday, then it’s down to the
manager,” Robinson said.

Ibrahim Acclimating - Saturday’s loss
saw the MLS debut of signee Salou Ibrahim, a forward that Backe had targeted
since pre-season camp. It was a tough first MLS test, especially since the Red
Bulls played long ball in the hopes of equalizing. Backe isn’t concerned about
the less than stellar debut of the forward. “He couldn’t get any rhythm or flow
when he came in,” Backe said. “We had a number of unforced errors, a tremendous
amount of them.”