Red Bull Weekly Update: June 8

The Red Bulls head into the World Cup break tied atop the Eastern Conference

Hans Backe

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RED BULLS OFF FOR THE WEEK: The New York Red Bulls will have the entire week off from training as Major League Soccer takes a league-wide recess during the group stage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The Red Bulls return to training on Wednesday, June 16, and will return to game action when they host Brazilian club Cruzeiro in a friendly at Red Bull Arena on Friday, June 18 at 8:00 PM ET. The club’s next league match is on Saturday, June 26 at Kansas City.

RED BULLS BLANK CHIVAS USA: A 25-yard strike from midfielder Seth Stammler was enough to give the New York Red Bulls their second win in four days – a 1-0 victory over Chivas USA at Red Bull Arena in front of 18,815. With the result, the Red Bulls entered the MLS break for the 2010 FIFA World Cup with a 7-5-0 record. Their 21 points gave them a tie for first place in the Eastern Conference with the Columbus Crew.

Chivas USA nearly took the lead in the 12th minute, but it was denied by the woodwork. After a corner kick was swung into the box, the ball bounced out to Chivas USA midfielder Ben Zemanski, whose volley from long range looped over goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul and dipped off the crossbar. Seconds later, Red Bulls forward Juan Pablo Angel appealed for a penalty kick after seemingly being taken down in the box by defender Alex Zotinca. However, the teams played on.

In the 25th minute, the Red Bulls had a solid offensive buildup in Chivas’ defensive half, leading to Joel Lindpere finding an open John Wolyniec in the box. Wolyniec’s ensuing shot though was deflected by the visitors at the last second. Before, Stammler and Chivas USA’s Marcelo Saragosa tried their luck from long range, with both attempts going high.

However, another Stammler attempt from distance gave New York the lead two minutes after Wolyniec’s opportunity. After a New York corner kick was headed out of the 18-yard box by defender Dario Delgado, Stammler gathered it in the center of Chivas USA's defensive half and lasered a left-footed shot past goalkeeper Dan Kennedy and into the frame’s lower left hand corner for his second goal of the season.

Chivas USA’s Maykel Galindo almost tied the game on a strong individual effort three minutes into the second half, skipping to the endline and cutting past Coundoul to give himself an open net. New York’s Tim Ream put in a last second challenge to prevent Galindo from putting a shot on frame. Five minutes later, Zemanski struck a low attempt towards the left corner that Coundoul parried before gathering. Coundoul earned his fourth shutout of the season, making three saves in the win.

New York thought it had its second goal of the game in the 81st minute, when Chivas USA defender Mariano Trujillo headed in a Lindpere cross at the left post for an own goal, but the linesman ruled that Angel was offside, negating the tally. Angel shrugged off two defenders six minutes later to just nod over a Lindpere pass. Red Bulls midfielder Sinisa Ubiparipovic was forced to leave the game due to a left hamstring strain in the 12th minute. He was replaced by Roy Miller.

ANGEL’S LAST-GASP FREE KICK DOWNS DYNAMO: Red Bulls forward Juan Pablo Angel was the hero on Wednesday night, scoring the game-winning goal on a free kick from over 30 yards in the 94th minute to lift New York to a 2-1 win over the Houston Dynamo at Red Bull Arena. Angel, who tallied his sixth goal of the season and second in as many games, blasted a shot in the dying moments of the match that ricocheted off the inside of the left post to give the Red Bulls the three points. The win snapped a four-game regular season losing streak and helped the Red Bulls leapfrog into second place in the Eastern Conference with 18 points and a 6-5-0 record. New York midfielder Sinisa Ubiparipovic also scored his first goal of the season.

“I wasn’t going to hit it there, to start with. As soon as I was going to take the free kick, (goalkeeper Pat Onstad) took one step to the side, and I just changed my mind at the very last second. And the ball dipped right at the right time, and it hit his back and went in. I think it was spectacular,” Angel said.

Red Bulls midfielder Dane Richards threatened in the fourth minute, lashing a shot from the top of the box wide left. New York took the lead 11 minutes later. After John Wolyniec, who made his 100th MLS start Wednesday, earned a free kick 23 yards from goal, Angel’s ensuing attempt was deflected by the Dynamo to Chris Albright, who put the ball into the box. Ubiparipovic was open and stayed onside, sliding it past a diving Pat Onstad to put the hosts in front.

Dynamo midfielder Brad Davis tested his luck from long range eight minutes later, but his shot went right. Before that, Cam Weaver nodded a header on goal straight into the hands of New York goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul.

The Red Bulls, who out-shot the Dynamo, 21-14, had a golden opportunity to double their lead in the 36th minute. Seth Stammler weaved a well-weighted pass through to an on-rushing Angel, who only had Onstad to beat. Angel tried to juke the goalkeeper and put a shot on goal, but Onstad was able to get enough of a touch to poke it away. Later in the interval, Angel put a Lindpere feed just past the top right corner of the goal and Wolyniec pushed a shot left in first half stoppage time.

In the second half, the Red Bulls continued to press for a second goal and Wolyniec hit the underside of the crossbar in the 55th minute after getting free in the box from an Albright through ball. Angel was thwarted by Onstad again two minutes later, as the goalkeeper lunged to save the Colombian’s attempt on frame after Tony Tchani put him through.

Missed opportunities would come to haunt the Red Bulls in the 65th minute, when the Dynamo equalized. Bobby Boswell swung a long pass into the penalty box to forward Brian Ching, who was able to chest it down and fire it past Coundoul.

With the game tied, both teams looked to take the lead. Tchani tried a short angle shot that went over Houston’s net. Davis rifled a blast moments after that went straight into Coundoul’s arms. In the 83rd minute, midfielder Jeremy Hall won a header, but his attempt was caught by Onstead. Dynamo substitute Dominic Oduro forced Coundoul to parry his shot at the near post six minutes later.

As both teams looked as if they would each leave Harrison with a point, defender Eddie Robinson fouled substitute Conor Chinn in second half stoppage time, leading up to Angel’s match-winning strike.

Two Red Bulls were forced to be substituted Wednesday night due to injuries as Richards had to leave the game in the 15th minute with a right hamstring strain while Joel Lindpere exited with a left calf contusion two minutes into the second half.

LAST WEEK: 
Red Bulls 2, Houston Dynamo 1 on June 2 at Red Bull Arena
Red Bulls 1, Chivas USA 1 on June 5 at Red Bull Arena

THIS WEEK: 
The team has no matches scheduled for this upcoming week.

NEXT WEEK: 
Red Bulls vs. Cruzeiro (Brazil) at Red Bull Arena on June 18 at 8:00 PM ET.

2010 MLS STANDINGS
INCLUDES GAMES OF SATURDAY, June 05, 2010

RED BULLS TO HOST TWO WORLD CUP VIEWING PARTIES AT RED BULL ARENA: Red Bull New York announced today that it will host two free match viewing events at Red Bull Arena for the upcoming 2010 FIFA World Cup. Fans are invited to the Bulls’ Corner and Red Bull Arena Club Lounge on Saturday, June 12 for the Group C match between the United States and England. In addition, on Friday, June 25, Red Bull Arena will show the Group G match between Brazil and Portugal on the video boards inside the Arena, as well as in the Bulls’ Corner and Club Lounge.

The Bulls’ Corner will open at 12:00 PM ET for the match between the United States and England which kicks off at 2:00 PM ET on Saturday, June 12. Fans are invited to take advantage of great drink and food specials, including $3 Budweiser and Bud Light draughts. The event is open to the public, and no tickets are required for entry.

On Friday, June 25, Red Bull Arena will show the Group G match between Brazil and Portugal on the video boards inside the arena, as well as in the Bulls’ Corner and Club lounge. The match is slated for a 10:00 AM kickoff. The event is open to the public, and admission is free, but all fans will need a ticket to enter the stadium. Tickets are free and can be secured starting Monday, June 14 by logging onto www.newyorkredbulls.com and clicking on "Tickets" on the menu bar.

In addition, fans are invited to test their World Cup predictions against Juan Pablo Angel, Mike Petke and the entire Red Bulls roster by entering the Red Bulls Fantasy Cup Challenge. Fans will compete for three prizes, with the grand prize being a $500 gift certificate to the Bullshop at Red Bull Arena. The second place winner will receive a signed New York Red Bulls jersey, and the third place winner will bring home a ball signed by Red Bulls players. Fans can enter by visiting www.newyorkredbulls.com and clicking on the Red Bulls Fantasy Cup Challenge link. The deadline for entering the contest is Thursday, June 10 at midnight.

ETHAN ZOHN NAMED AMBASSADOR FOR 2010 NY FOOTBALL CHALLENGE: World Series of Football and Red Bull New York named Ethan Zohn, Survivor Winner and Grassroot Soccer co-founder, a 2010 New York Football Challenge Ambassador.  As Ambassador, Zohn will focus his efforts on building a legacy of community service associated with the Tournament. Zohn will work with WSF and the clubs in the tournament to design a community service project that will benefit the New York area for years to come.

The New York Football Challenge will take place from July 22-25 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ.   In addition to the Red Bulls, English Premiership giants Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur will participate along with Sporting Club de Portugal (Sporting Lisbon) from Portuguese Liga. Tickets are available by calling 1.877.RBSOCCER or CLICKING HERE.

After winning Survivor: Africa in 2002, Ethan Zohn co-founded Grassroot Soccer, an international organization that uses Africa's most powerful role models, pro soccer players, to educate youth about the dangers of HIV/AIDS. Since it’s founding, GRS has caught the attention of (and now partners with) Nike Inc., The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, FIFA’s Futbol for Hope, BP/Castrol, The Elton John Foundation, DeBeers and the Kellogg Foundation, and has graduated over 330,000 youth from its program. A former pro soccer player himself, Zohn launched Grassroot Soccer UNITED, a U.S. based awareness campaign, by dribbling a soccer ball 550 miles from Boston, Mass., to Washington D.C. Soon after the Dribble, he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.  After a two year battle, he is currently cancer-free.  Recently, Zohn was asked to be a global ambassador for Stand Up To Cancer and the LiveStrong Foundation.

In addition, Zohn also keeps himself busy as the national spokesman for America Scores and lends his celebrity to multiple charity organizations, including Colon Cancer Alliance, Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Organization (IREO), St. Jude Hospital, and Maccabi USA.   Most recently, he was the host of Earth Tripping, an eco-friendly travel adventure show.  Zohn returned to reality-TV as a contestant on Survivor All-Stars, Fear Factor, Eco-Challenge, and hosted two soccer television shows, The MSG Soccer Report and F.C Fox.   He was featured in the documentary film A Closer Walk along with The Dalai Lama, Bono and Kofi Annan.  Zohn has also starred in campaigns for Nike, Puma and HP, hosted MTV specials and was a sideline reporter for Major League Soccer, USL, MISL and ESPN Radio. Currently, Zohn is a featured columnist for Tonic.com, digital media company dedicated to promoting the good that happens around the world each day.

ANGEL ADDS ANOTHER GOAL: Red Bulls’ all-time leading scorer Juan Pablo Angel added another goal to his tally as he scored the game winner in the 94th minute in the Red Bulls’ 2-1 victory over the Houston Dynamo on June 2.

GOALS (Regular Season)
PLAYER, GP, GOALS
1. Juan Pablo Angel, 84, 51

2. Giovanni Savarese, 85, 41
3. Clint Mathis, 93, 39
4. Amado Guevara, 103, 32
5. John Wolyniec, 141, 26

GOALS (All Competitions)
PLAYER, GP, GOALS

1. Juan Pablo Angel, 90, 54
2. Clint Mathis, 110, 45
3. Giovanni Savarese, 97, 44
4. Amado Guevara, 117, 38
5. John Wolyniec, 164, 36

Game Winning Goals
PLAYER, GP, GWG
1. Juan Pablo Angel, 84, 12
T-2. Clint Mathis, 93, 10
T-2. John Wolyniec, 141, 10

4. Amado Guevara, 103, 9
5. Giovanni Savarese, 85, 8

BOYENS IN SOUTH AFRICA FOR 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 South Africa for the tournament that kicks off this week. 

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 exhibition matches against Serbia and Slovenia. 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 Spain and South Africa. 

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.

MATCH TICKETS FOR SECOND HALF ON SALE: Match tickets for the second half of the Red Bulls’ season ware on sale now. 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 CLICKING HERE. 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 on sale to the general public as well.

The full schedule of matches that are on sale 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 CLICK HERE.

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.

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, 328
4. Jeff Cunningham*, DAL, 327
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, 303
*-  Still Active

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.