Red Bull Weekly Update: May 31

New York will seek to return to early season form with two matches at Red Bull Arena this week

Bouna Coundoul

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RED BULLS HOST DYNAMO WEDNESDAY: The Red Bulls look to bounce back and pick up their fourth home win of the season when they welcome in the Houston Dynamo Wednesday night at Red Bull Arena at 7:30 PM (TV: MSG; Radio: WQBU 92.7 FM). The Red Bulls will be looking to move back up to second place in Eastern Conference table, a place they relinquished when they fell over the weekend at New England.  

Houston comes into the match currently tied for fourth in the Western Conference, having compiled a record of 5-5-1 and 16 points on the season. The Dynamo continued its up and down season last Saturday when they conceded a goal in the dying minutes against expansion side Philadelphia Union to drop a 3-2 result at home. After trailing at the break, the Dynamo took the lead with two goals off set-pieces. In the 52nd minute, Brian Ching leveled for Houston by nodding in a Brad Davis free kick. The hosts went on top just seven minutes later, on another free kick by Davis that this time found the head of Eddie Robinson, who finished off the chance. However, the Union fired back through Sebastien Le Toux in the 69th minute, and nabbed the dramatic winner in second half stoppage time when rookie Danny Mwanga knocked in a Le Toux feed.

All-time, the Red Bulls and Dynamo have been dead even, with both teams amassing 2-2-4 records against the other in regular season play. Neither team has defeated the other on the road in the regular season series. In 2008, the Red Bulls defeated the Dynamo in Houston in the first round of the MLS playoffs, en route to the team’s MLS Cup Final appearance. Last season, the Red Bulls and Dynamo drew twice, with the last match between the teams coming on May 16, 2009, a 1-1 draw at Giants Stadium.

RED BULLS WELCOME IN CHIVAS SATURDAY: The Red Bulls welcome Chivas USA to Red Bull Arena for the first time on Saturday night at 7:30 PM (TV: FSC/FSE; Radio: WADO 1280 AM). This will be the Red Bulls’ final match before the league-wide break for the Group Stage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Chivas comes into the match on a four match losing streak. In their last match against D.C. United, the Goats looked poised to at least gain a point when forward Maykel Galindo weaved around multiple defenders and finished off a beautiful individual effort in the 80th minute to tie the match 2-2. However, a result would not be in the cards for the Goats, as in second half stoppage time, keeper Zach Thornton took down United’s Santino Quaranta in the area, earning a red card and gifting the hosts a late penalty. Defender Dario Delgado had to man the net for Chivas for the ensuing penalty, and Carey Talley made no mistake about it, easily finishing off the chance.

The Red Bulls slightly trail Chivas USA in the all-time series between the two teams, as New York has earned a 3-4-4 record in 11 matches against their cross-country foes. This will be the second match between the teams this season, as on April 10 of this year, Chivas defeated the Red Bulls by a 2-0 score at the Home Depot Center. A Bouna Coundoul own-goal opened the scoring early in the 2nd half, and Chivas midfielder Jesus Padilla added a late strike to do in New York. Last season, the Red Bulls were 0-1-1 against Chivas, falling 2-0 at home on Aug. 15, 2009, and earning a 1-1 draw at the Home Depot Center on Sept. 26, 2009.
 
RED BULLS CAN’T OVERCOME LOSS OF TWO MEN IN LOSS TO REVOLUTION: Despite playing with only nine men for the last 15 minutes of the match and twice coming back from one-goal deficits, the New York Red Bulls fell to the New England Revolution, 3-2, on Saturday night at Gillette Stadium. The Red Bulls, who received goals from Seth Stammler and Juan Pablo Angel, played most of the second half with fewer than 11 men after Carlos Mendes and Roy Miller were red carded in the 55th and 75th minutes, respectively. New York is now 5-5-0 this season with 15 points.

Revolution captain Shalrie Joseph nearly gave the hosts the lead two minutes in, heading a Pat Phelan delivery wide left. However, six minutes later, Joseph was the orchestrator of the game’s first goal. Joseph had possession in the midfield and found an on-rushing Marko Perovic, who created space in the penalty box and slotted it home with his right foot past goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul to give the Revolution the lead.

New York looked to tie the game in the 16th minute with two long range chances. First, a Joel Lindpere free kick was punched away by New England goalkeeper Preston Burpo. Seconds later, Stammler’s long range effort was parried by Burpo before Phelan slid in to deflect away Lindpere’s follow up attempt.

Stammler leveled the game in the 20th minute with a spectacular effort. Miller found Stammler open on the left wing and the midfielder blasted a left-footed attempt from an acute angle that zipped past Burpo and into the back of the net. It was Stammler’s first goal since June 18, 2008 – a 1-1 tie against New England at Gillette Stadium. Miller was later open with a free header, but could not get his attempt on goal.

New England retook the lead four minutes later. Seth Sinovic delivered a cross into the penalty box that New York defender Tim Ream inadvertently nodded into his own net.

In a back and forth first half, Red Bulls forward Dane Richards nearly tied the game again for the visitors, weaving past his defender and forcing Burpo to make a sprawling save on the Jamaican’s shot. Miller threatened Burpo again in the 32nd minute, firing a left-footed shot that Burpo dove to his right to touch away. Burpo was forced to leave in the 34th minute with a severe right leg injury after colliding with Richards in a 50-50 challenge outside of the box. He was replaced by Bobby Shuttleworth, who made his first save within the six minutes of first half stoppage time, pushing away a Sinisa Ubiparipovic shot at the right post.

The Red Bulls tied the game for the second time in the evening in the 49th minute. Lindpere slotted it to an open Danleigh Borman on the left wing. Borman’s delivery found Angel, who headed it home for his fifth goal of the season. New York was reduced to 10 men in the 55th minute, when Mendes earned his second yellow card of the match for a tackle from behind on Perovic. Mendes was given his first yellow card of the night in the 44th minute.

The Revolution looked to capitalize on their advantage, with substitute Edgaras Jankauskas making Coundoul stop an attempt from eight yards out and defender Kevin Alston just missing left after getting free at the top of the box. The Red Bulls were given their second red card of the match by referee Andrew Chapin 15 minutes from full time, as Miller was given his marching orders for allegedly throwing an arm out at Zak Boggs. Mendes and Miller are suspended one MLS regular season match for their respective ejections.

New England took the lead for good in the 80th minute. Joseph hit a looping pass to an onside Zach Schilawski, who headed it past Coundoul.

RED BULLS REACH USOC ROUND OF 16 WITH WIN OVER RAPIDS: A two-goal performance by John Wolyniec and a second half strike from Conor Chinn lifted the New York Red Bulls to a 3-0 win over the visiting Colorado Rapids at Red Bull Arena Wednesday night in the final MLS qualifying round for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. With the win – New York’s third this season in MLS qualifying – the Red Bulls advanced to the tournament’s third round, where they will play later this summer against a team yet to be determined.

The Red Bulls took the lead in the 11th minute. Sinisa Ubiparipovic skipped by a Colorado defender before finding Irving Garcia on the right wing. Garcia delivered a low cross into the box that Wolyniec redirected past goalkeeper Ian Joyce for his third goal of the tournament.

Later in the interval, Chris Albright played a high cross to the back post and Jeremy Hall nodded it into Joyce’s hands. In the 29th minute, Rapids midfielder Colin Clark got on the end of a deep ball at the back post and it was deflected away by goalkeeper Greg Sutton. Soon after, Hall had another good chance at the left post to head one in, but his attempt went into the side netting.

New York doubled its lead two minutes before the break. Tony Tchani drove into the Rapids’ defensive half and found Wolyniec, who was making a run into the penalty box. Wolyniec was able to get a bit of space and rifled a right-footed shot into the back of the net for his 36th goal for New York in all competitions.

The hosts expanded their lead to 3-0 in the 56th minute. Ubiparipovic had possession and tried to guide a ball towards the top of the Colorado box. Rapids defender Drew Moor failed to clear it and Chinn was able to get free, chipping it over an on-rushing Joyce.

The Rapids’ best chance of the match came 22 minutes later, when a Mehdi Ballouchy free kick curled around the wall, beat Sutton and slammed off the crossbar. Chinn nearly made it 4-0, pushing a shot just past the right post nine minutes from full time. Colorado was reduced to 10 men in the 86th minute, as Danny Earls was red carded for a late tackle on Ubiparipovic.

New York reached the final round of MLS qualifying for the Open Cup Wednesday after defeating the Philadelphia Union, 2-1, on April 27 and the New England Revolution, 3-0, on May 12.

LAST WEEK: 
Red Bulls 3, Colorado Rapids 0 on May 26 at Red Bull Arena - Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Play-In Match
Red Bulls 2, New England Revolution 3 on May 29 at Gillette Stadium

THIS WEEK: 
Red Bulls vs. Houston Dynamo on June 2 at Red Bull Arena at 7:30 PM (TV: MSG; Radio: WQBU 92.7 FM)
Red Bulls vs. C.D. Chivas USA on June 5 at Red Bull Arena at 7:30 PM (TV: Fox Soccer Channel, Fox Sports Espanol; Radio: WADO 1280 AM)

NEXT WEEK: 
The team will be off next week as the league takes its break during the group stages of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The team returns to game action on Friday, June 18 at 8:00 PM when they host Brazil’s Cruzeiro in a friendly at Red Bull Arena. The team returns to the regular season on Saturday, June 26 at 8:30 PM when they visit the Kansas City Wizards.

2010 MLS STANDINGS
INCLUDES GAMES OF SATURDAY, May 29, 2010

   
MATCH TICKETS FOR SECOND HALF ON SALE: Match tickets for the second half of the Red Bulls’ season will go on sale starting Tuesday, June 1st at 10:00 AM. Fans can purchase Groups, Family Packs and individual match tickets for all Red Bulls’ matches in August and beyond by calling 1.877.RBSOCCER or by logging onto www.newyorkredbulls.com. Also, tickets for the New York Football Challenge from July 22-25 featuring the Red Bulls, English Premiership clubs Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur and Portuguese side Sporting Clube de Portugal are already on sale to the general public.

The full schedule of matches that will go on sale starting June 1st is as follows:

Wednesday, August 11: Red Bulls vs. Toronto FC - 7:30 PM
Saturday, August 14: Red Bulls vs. Los Angeles Galaxy – 6:00 PM
Saturday, August 28: Red Bulls vs. San Jose Earthquakes – 7:30 PM
Saturday, September 11: Red Bulls vs. Colorado Rapids – 4:00 PM
Saturday, October 2: Red Bulls vs. Kansas City Wizards – 7:30 PM
Saturday, October 9: Red Bulls vs. Real Salt Lake – 4:30 PM
Thursday, October 21: Red Bulls vs. New England Revolution – 7:30 PM

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 1.877.RBSOCCER or log onto www.newyorkredbulls.com.

ROBINSON UNDERGOES SUCCESSFUL SURGERY: New York Red Bulls midfielder Carl Robinson underwent a successful procedure on Wednesday, May 26 to repair a torn lateral meniscus in his right knee. The surgery was performed by Dr. Riley Williams at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, NY. Robinson will miss five to six weeks of action.

Robinson was acquired on March 11, 2010 from Toronto FC in exchange for a fourth round selection in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft. The former Welsh International has played in four regular season games, starting in three.

ANGEL, WOLYNIEC ADD MORE GOALS: Red Bulls’ all-time leading scorer Juan Pablo Angel added another goal to his tally as he scored in the Red Bulls’ 3-2 defeat at the hands of New England last Saturday. It was Angel’s 50th goal for the club in regular season play.

John Wolyniec added two goals to his credit in the Red Bulls’ 3-0 defeat over Colorado in the U.S. Open Cup last Wednesday.

GOALS (Regular Season)
PLAYER, GP, GOALS
1. Juan Pablo Angel, 82, 50

2. Giovanni Savarese, 85, 41
3. Clint Mathis, 93, 39
4. Amado Guevara, 103, 32
5. John Wolyniec, 139, 26

GOALS (All Competitions)
PLAYER, GP, GOALS
1. Juan Pablo Angel, 88, 53

2. Clint Mathis, 110, 45
3. Giovanni Savarese, 97, 44
4. Amado Guevara, 117, 38
5. John Wolyniec, 162, 36

Game Winning Goals
PLAYER, GP, GWG

1. Juan Pablo Angel, 82, 11
T-2. Clint Mathis, 93, 10
T-2. John Wolyniec, 139, 10
4. Amado Guevara, 103, 9
5. Giovanni Savarese, 85, 8

MULTI-GOAL GAMES (Regular Season)
PLAYER, GP, GOALS

T-1. Juan Pablo Angel, 82, 10
T-1. Giovanni Savarese, 85, 10
Clint Mathis, 93, 6

PETKE MAKES 300TH APPEARANCE: With his start on against the Columbus Crew on May 20, New York defender Mike Petke became the 11th outfield player to appear in 300 MLS regular season matches.

GAMES PLAYED (Regular Season – Field Players)
PLAYER, TEAM,
GP

1. Steve Ralston, NE, 378
2. Jaime Moreno*, DC, 328
3.
Chris Klein*, LA, 327
4. Jeff Cunningham*, DAL, 326
5. Jesse
Marsch, CHV, 321
6. Chris Henderson, NY, 317
7. Jay Heaps, NE, 314
8.
Carey Talley*, DC, 309
9. Cobi Jones, LA, 306
10. Jason Kreis,
RSL, 305
11. Mike Petke*, NY, 301

BOYENS HEADING TO WORLD CUP: New York Red Bulls defender Andrew Boyens was named to the New Zealand World Cup squad for the upcoming 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

Boyens, 26, has left the Red Bulls and has joined the New Zealand squad in preparation for the World Cup. The defender will miss the Red Bulls’ matches against the Houston Dynamo and Chivas USA on June 2 and 5 at Red Bull Arena.

The All-Whites fell to Australia, 2-1, on May 24 in a World Cup warm-up match. Boyens came on in the 51st minute as a substitute. Boyens did not appear in New Zealand’s last exhibition match, a 1-0 win over fellow World Cup nation Serbia. New Zealand’s first match of the tournament is on June 15 against Slovakia, and it faces Paraguay on June 20, before their final group stage match against Italy on June 24. The tournament runs through July 11. Boyens has 13 caps for the New Zealand national team, and competed in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, starting against Italy and Spain. 

Boyens has been among the 18-man matchday roster for each of the first seven regular season matches in the 2010 season for coach Hans Backe , but has yet to appear. Boyens has made two starts in the U.S. Open Cup.

RED BULL ACADEMY HOLDING TRYOUTS:  The New York Red Bulls Academy is now accepting applications for the 2010 tryouts which will be held in May/June.

The Red Bulls Academy will be looking for the top players in the Tri State area in the following birth years:
· 1997
· 1996
· 1995/1994
· 1993/1992

The New York Red Bulls are the only club in the Tri-State area affiliated with an MLS team. Throughout the year select players will also be invited to train with the professional team. Juan Agudelo  and Giorgi Chirgadze  have recently graduated straight from the Red Bulls Academy and signed professional contracts with the Red Bulls first team.

The Academy is a no cost program. Each player is fully funded by the Red Bulls. This includes:
· All coaching fees
· Practice and game day gear
· Travel (air fares, buses, etc.)
· Accommodations
· Food
· International Trips
· Season Ticket at Red Bull Arena

The Red Bull Academy currently has three players in the prestigious US U-17 MNT Residency Program in Bradenton, FL. Goalkeeper Keith Cardona  and Agudelo recently graduated Residency after the 2009 U-17 FIFA World Cup in Nigeria. In addition, 14 other members of the Academy have made up the U.S. U-14, U-15 and U-18 National Teams during 2009/2010.

To register for a tryout or for more information on the Red Bulls Academy visit www.redbullsacademy.com/academy.

SOLO FUTBOL AIRS SUNDAY: Red Bulls WADO 1280 AM and 92.7 FM announcers Ernesto Motta and Robert Sierra host their weekly call-in radio show, Solo Futbol, on Sunday night from 8-11 PM on WADO 1280 AM. Motta, Sierra and their panel of experts and guests analyze the Beautiful Game and the New York Red Bulls.