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07 May 4:35 pm

New York earned their second clean sheet of the season in as many weeks on Saturday with a rookie keeper and a makeshift backline. After grabbing a 1-0 lead just 19 minutes into the game, the Red Bulls had to fight off a barrage of attacks in order to escape with a huge road win. Ironically, it’s the NY defenders that have now become a hot item in Fantasy Soccer: Manager.

Points Breakdown (Week 9)

GK Ryan Meara – 9 points

D Jan Gunnar Solli – 10 points

D Connor Lade – 8 points

D Markus Holgersson – 7 points

D Tyler Ruthven – 7 points

M Brandon Barklage – 6 points

It looks as if New York’s early-season defensive woes could be a thing of the past – at least for now – because if you had any of the guys above in Week 9, your investment paid off.  Ryan Meara was tied for third among 'keepers in points scored this past weekend and the rest of the guys didn’t do too shabby either. Brandon Barklage could’ve had nine points, but he’s listed as a midfielder. This only gave him one point for the clean sheet, while Solli (playing midfield) grabbed the full four points. With two games coming up this week most of these guys could be solid pickups, with Meara ($5.0m) and Lade ($4.3m) being exceptional options at a very low price, unless of course, Roy Miller returns.

Let’s take a closer look at the stats and the chalkboards to see how the RBNY defense shut down the MLS Cup 2011 champs.

Possession: LA Galaxy 63% - NY Red Bulls 37%

The Galaxy controlled possession for the entire game, but it wasn’t just meaningless passing in its own half. LA attempted 274 passes in the opposition's half while NY attempted less than half of that (130), with the Galaxy completing 72 percent and the Red Bulls completing 77 percent. In the image below you can see that LA (right) not only flooded the entire half with passes, but they drove the ball into the box repeatedly. New York's possessions are on the left.

Open Play Crosses

LA continuously served the ball into the box hoping that something would come of it. New York only managed four crosses from open play all game, but the Galaxy drove it in eight times that amount (32 crosses). New York (left) connected on just one of their four crosses (25 percent), while LA (right) connected on eight of 24 (33 percent).

Clearances & Interceptions

The defensive statistics were even more staggering. In 90 minutes, the Red Bulls (left) tallied 66 combined clearances and interceptions (28 interceptions and 38 clearances) in the defensive half, while the Galaxy (right) managed just 13 (three interceptions and 10 clearances).

New York were extremely fortunate to have not conceded a goal, but regardless, their confidence has to be growing. Coming up in Week 10, they play the Houston Dynamo at home and the Philadelphia Union away. With both teams struggling, a shutout looks like another possible feat in at least one of the two games, making New York defenders more enticing than they ever have been before.

07 May 3:24 pm

As you can see above, Clint Dempsey is a company man, even if there is significant doubt as to his long-term future with Fulham.

Dempsey scored his 17th goal of the EPL campaign on Sunday – a total that trails only Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Sergio Agüero – by curling a free kick into the top corner in the London club's 2-1 victory against Sunderland.

And with the silly season rapidly approaching, media on the other side of the pond are already rounding into mid-summer form, linking the American striker with a move to Arsenal – potentially as a replacement for van Persie should the lure of Manchester City or another big-money suitor draw the Dutchman away.

Should that come off, it's safe to say the Gunners are going to have a serious uptick in interest in the US. Then again, Arsenal's Champions League credentials aren't yet secured either, leaving some doubt about their summer strategy and their ability to attract the big names needed to return to the highest rung on the European ladder.

Personally, I'd love to see an American ply their trade in La Liga, and this article makes a pretty convincing argument that Malaga wouldn't be a bad destination for Deuce.

Where would you do if you were Dempsey? Let us know what you think in the comment section below.

07 May 11:23 am

 

Les revers conjugués de Kansas City et San José ont fait le bonheur de Salt Lake et Seattle, provoquant un regroupement général en tête du classement.

Largement favori à domicile contre Montréal, Kansas City a subi sa seconde défaite consécutive de la saison. Il a été « battu à son propre jeu » par un adversaire efficace en contre qui alignait plusieurs joueurs ayant peu voire pas joué cette saison.

Après avoir retrouvé le chemin des filets mercredi à Edmonton, Eric Hassli a confirmé son retour en forme en MLS, permettant à Vancouver de s’imposer dans les arrêts de jeu contre une équipe de San José qui a déjà fait preuve de plus de concentration.

Des résultats qui font le bonheur de Seattle, qui prendrait la tête s’il remporte ses matchs de retard, et a battu Philadelphie en alignant une défense jeune et remaniée. Match après match, Salt Lake peine mais gagne, ce qui lui permet de se retrouver en tête à égalité de points avec San José (mais en ayant joué davantage que tous ses poursuivants).

Vainqueur au LA Galaxy, qui fait dans l’autocritique, New York a enfin offert une belle prestation défensive et effectue une belle remontée.

Enfin, Toronto a aligné sa huitième défaite de suite et la frustration règne à BMO Field…

LES RÉSULTATS
Chivas USA - Chicago
Toronto - DC United
Seattle - Philadelphie
Vancouver - San José
LA Galaxy - New York
Kansas City - Montréal
Salt Lake - New England
Portland - Columbus
Dallas - Colorado

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2-1
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2-1
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Cliquez sur un résultat pour voir le résumé vidéo

 

05 May 6:57 pm

On Saturday evening chanting and beating drums could be heard through the streets of midtown Manhattan. New York Red Bulls fans took over.

33rd street from Greeley Square to Fifth avenue was shut down to accommodate a large gathering of fans from supporters groups —including the Empire Supporters Club, Garden State Ultras, and Viking Army— who showed their support for the Red Bulls, ahead of their nationally televised (ESPN, 8pm ET) clash with rivals LA Galaxy.

The scenes were colorful, lively and loud as fans marched down the street before entering Legends Bar, to watch New York's trip to the Home Depot Center.

Eric Rios, a board member of the Empire Supporters Club, was pleased with the turnout at the first event of its kind this season. "We got a lot of people, we made some noise. That's what's it's all about."

INTERVIEW WITH ERIC RIOS

05 May 9:48 am

Feliz Cinco de Mayo a todos! 

There haven't been too many Mexicans to grace the fields of MLS, but there have been some very good ones.

KickTV's Jimmy Conrad counts down the Top 5 Mexicans alltime in MLS. 

04 May 6:23 pm

On Wednesday, Seattle Sounders striker Fredy Montero smashed a 35-yard goal in the club's 2-0 win over the LA Galaxy. It was one of those "Wow!" moments that has people still talking. 

But it sure seemed familiar, didn't it? 

Of course, it did. Because Montero himself did nearly the exact same thing about three years ago.

Which one do you like more?

04 May 1:01 pm

Sporting Kansas City's Bobby Convey is neck deep in bath water and surrounded by quite the ambiance (lit candles included) for another edition of #FollowFriday.

How on earth the fine folks at Sporting KC managed to convince the club's new winger to push the envelope even further from a few weeks ago is beyond me. That said, the results are incredible.

Convey clearly doesn't care about Twitter, which obviously makes him a minority in the KC locker room. It seems lap dogs, bathrobes and bubble baths are more his style. I can't begrudge that, even if I can't remember the last time I took an honest-to-goodness bath.

Showers for the win. As Chance Myers would say, #raaaaaaa.

04 May 12:30 pm

Même si le classement ne le justifie pas, le match qui suscitera le plus d’intérêt lors de la journée à venir sera LA Galaxy – New York (direct ESPN, ESPN Deportes et TSN2). Le glamour est bien loin pour le détenteur de la Coupe MLS, qui a perdu la moitié de ses matchs cette saison. « Il faut arrêter de dire qu’il est encore tôt », soutient Landon Donovan.

À New York, 2012 est marqué par des pluies de buts… tant marqués qu’encaissés. L’entraîneur Hans Backe insiste sur la qualité de prise de décision. « Quand je donne une consigne, il n’est pas nécessaire de toujours la respecter à la lettre quand on a dix autres options… » Avec une victoire californienne, les deux équipes seraient à égalité de points.

Bien qu’opposant deux clubs de grandes villes, le duel Chivas USA – Chicago, qui ouvrira la journée sur ESPN Deportes, n’exerce pas la même fascination. La pression est toutefois grande sur Chivas USA, qui multiplie les défaites devant ses supporters.

Seattle partira favori à domicile contre Philadelphie (direct NBC Sports Network), surtout si le duo Johnson - Montero confirme qu’il a trouvé ses meilleures sensations. Après une semaine sans match, Kansas City voudra renouer avec la victoire contre Montréal. Chez lui, Vancouver tentera de faire tomber l’équipe en forme du moment, San José, qui a l’attaque la plus prolifique de la compétition mais aussi un gardien en grande forme.

LE PROGRAMME COMPLET
Vendredi 4 mai
23h00 : Chivas USA - Chicago
Samedi 5 mai
16h00 : Toronto - DC United
16h30 : Seattle - Philadelphie
19h00 : Vancouver - San José
20h00 : LA Galaxy - New York
20h30 : Kansas City - Montréal
21h00 : Salt Lake - New England
22h30 : Portland - Columbus
Dimanche 6 mai
19h00 : Dallas - Colorado

Toutes les heures HE (heure de New York et Montréal)
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Hors États-Unis et Canada, vous pouvez voir des matchs de MLS via ces diffuseurs ou LiveSport.tv

04 May 12:03 pm

Twitter

We've got two big television broadcasts on Cinco de Mayo! Sounders FC host the Union at 4:30pm ET on NBC Sports Network, and LA Galaxy host the Red Bulls at 8:00pm ET on ESPN.

To up the TV tune-in ante, @MLS will be posting trivia questions about the game, during the game, to Twitter. Be one of the first 25 people to send the correct answer and you'll be entered to win one team jersey of your choice from MLSgear.com. We'll have 5 winners in total throughout the day (get it, 5 winners on 5/5?).

To be eligible, you must follow @MLS on Twitter (get a head start by clicking the link below). Replies must include the @MLS handle, the #CincoDeMayoTrivia hashtag, the question number (Q1-Q5) and the correct answer.

We'll see you for the games on Saturday, and happy Cinco de Mayo!

TV Listings

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04 May 11:15 am

This week, US internationals playing in Scotland pine for US shores, a New York Red Bull encounters strange things in Manhattan, and an American pundit defends the honor of the Wigan manager's nomenclature.

Don't forget to follow our two official Twitter handles to find out the latest from inside MLS   

Red Bulls midfielder Dax McCarty has a slightly bizarre experience when hunting for an apartment in Manhattan.

Is this a hint that US national team midfielder Maurice Edu would like to return from Scotland to America? Better question: Can Mo do the Carlton Banks dance?

One of Edu's Glasgow Rangers Yankee teammates also gets nostalgic about the USA -- video-game style!

ESPN's Alexi Lalas begs English wordsmiths to give Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez some credit for his managerial prowess, oh, and to get his name right too.

Fox Socer pundit Costigan takes a tour around Boston for the first time, on route to met Red Sox and Liverpool FC chairman Tom Werner. Safe to say he is impressed.

If you see a soccer tweet that should be included in our top five, be sure to send it to the @MLS_Insider!