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New York Red Bulls

07 May 3:35 de la tarde

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.

05 May 5:57 de la tarde

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

27 April 5:21 de la tarde

Otra semana pasa y nos alistamos para otra jornada de la MLS.

FC Dallas y Real Salt Lake ya comenzaron la Fecha 8 con un partido que terminó en un frustrante empate para ambos clubes.

Ahora viene el plato fuerte, y como hemos tomado de costumbre, ofrecemos nuestros pronósticos para esta fecha.

Aquí en Tiro Libre no somos adivinos, pero si muy competitivos. Así que veremos quien de estos panelistas tiene razón en su manera de ver el juego y analizar los equipos.

Como siempre, ustedes nos pueden acompañar en esta causa y dar sus propias predicciones por Twitter.

Aquí vamos:

Semana 8

Partido

Kristel Valencia
Editora

Edgar Acero
Editor Asociado

Simon Borg
Senior Editor

Carlos Rodriguez
Editor de Video

MTL v POR
(Sab, 2 ET)

EMPATE

EMPATE

NY v NE
(Sab, 3:30 ET)

PHI v SJ
(Sab, 7 ET)

EMPATE

EMPATE

DC v HOU
(Sab, 7:30 ET)

EMPATE

EMPATE

CLB v VAN
(Sab, 7:30 ET)

EMPATE

EMPATE

EMPATE

CHI v SEA
(Sab, 8:30 ET)

EMPATE

EMPATE

COL v CHV
(Sab, 9 ET)

EMPATE

RSL v TOR
(Sab, 9 ET)

EMPATE

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LA v DAL
(Sab, 10:30 ET)

Correcto/Total

 

4/9

 

 

4/9

 

 

3/9

 

 

4/9

 

27 April 3:50 de la tarde

Back on Tuesday, we blogged about Washington Wizards star point guard John Wall showing up at a club in Miami wearing not a D.C. United jersey, but that of rival New York Red Bulls.

Well clearly the front-office brass of D.C. United wanted to rectify the situation as United striker Chris Pontius (@chrispontius13) tweeted this today:

Perhaps Wall caught the highlights of the recent D.C. United vs. Red Bulls game and decided to ditch NY in favor of his city’s kit or perhaps Wall just prefers the black and red D.C.’s jersey offers if, after all, MLS gear is his clubbing gear of choice.

24 April 3:34 de la tarde

Washington Wizards star point guard John Wall showed MLS some love the other day, but not the kind D.C. sports fans want to see. Wall wasn't sporting a D.C. United jersey, but the shirt of fierce rivals, the New York Red Bulls. Ouch.

The first overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft was recently spotted showing off his Red Bulls jersey at Club Play in Miami Beach.

After a stellar career at the University of Kentucky, Wall has carved out a name for himself in the NBA, finishing runner-up for Rookie of the Year honors in 2011.

Wall grew up in North Carolina, so why the Red Bulls jersey, United fans might be asking?

Beats me.

Also, one last lingering thought. Did he bust out the cult “John Wall dance” which gave him so much popularity during his college days, while in the club? Did he do so with New York colors on his back?

Answers on a postcard, please.

(Photo via Urban Party Life

24 April 11:20 de la mañana

Deux autobuts et de nombreux autres buts offerts directement par l’adversaire ou résultant d’erreurs des gardiens et joueurs de l’équipe qui encaisse, les cadeaux ont été nombreux lors de la dernière journée.

Au lieu de stigmatiser les bêtises, j’ai préféré me concentrer sur un autre aspect des réalisations du week-end : le kick and rush. De plus en plus rare (3% des buts en MLS en 2011, comme la moyenne des grands championnats européens), il existe encore. On n’avait marqué que deux fois de la sorte depuis le début de l’année, trois (jolis) buts avaient cette physionomie ce week-end. Le topo est simple : on balance un long ballon devant, tout le monde se précipite et là, place à la débrouillardise.

Le plus beau est celui de Pontius (DC United) contre New York : un dégagement mal négocié par la défense lui arrive dans les pieds et il déjoue l’arrière-garde adverse avant de marquer. Celui de Cummings (Colorado) contre Los Angeles est similaire : il récupère une longue balle de son arrière droit, elle aussi mal repoussée, et conclut de superbe manière.

Mais le but qui résume la journée est celui ci-dessous de Gaven (Columbus) contre Houston : kick and rush qui part d’un dégagement du gardien, passe décisive d’un défenseur et erreur combinée de la défense et du gardien. Tout y est…

20 April 4:06 de la tarde

A German report is pointing to a new fullback for the New York Red Bulls.

Former Italian national team defender Gianluca Zambrotta is said to be talking with NYRB, according to German soccer site 4-4-2.com.

The 35-year-old is out of contract with AC Milan this summer and several online reports state that the Italian giants will not be re-signing him.

Zambrotta has 11 appearances and one goal for the rossoneri this year.

20 April 3:43 de la tarde

Vaya semana para hacer pronósticos…

Nos enmudecimos la jornada anterior pero regresamos en esta fecha para desafiar al futuro y predecir lo que ocurrirá en los partidos de la Jornada 7 de la temporada regular.

El Gringo Simon Borg tuvo algo de suerte en la Jornada 5 y nos ganó a todos, mientras que Kristel y yo tenemos que desempatar esta semana. Carlos por su parte... pobre Carlos.

En fin, los verdaderos expertos son ustedes, los aficionados, así que como siempre esperamos que también nos den sus predicciones en los comentarios abajo o por Twitter en @Futbol_MLS.

Deséenme suerte, y los dejo con esto:

ESCUCHA: El Matador Luis Hernández opina sobre la suspensión a Rafa Márquez  

Semana 7

Partido

Kristel Valencia
Editora

Edgar Acero
Editor Asociado

Simon Borg
Editor Senior

Carlos Rodriguez
Editor de Video

TOR v CHI
(Sab, 3:30 ET)

EMPATE

CLB v HOU
(Sab 7:30 ET)

EMPATE

COL v LA
(Sab, 9 ET)

EMPATE

EMPATE

VAN v DAL
(Sab, 10 ET)

EMPATE

CHV v PHI
(Sab, 10:30 ET)

EMPATE

EMPATE

EMPATE

SJ v RSL
(Sab, 10:30 ET)

EMPATE

EMPATE

POR v SKC
(Sab, 10:30 ET)

EMPATE

DC v NY
(Dom, 6 ET)

EMPATE

EMPATE

Correcto/Total

 

2/8

 

 

2/8

 

 

1/8

 

 

5/8

 

 

20 April 2:38 de la tarde

After his latest multi-game suspension in a New York Red Bulls uniform, some in the media have wondered whether it's time for Mexican midfielder Rafael Marquez to move on.

But how many were expecting this?

ESPN Deportes reporter Rafael Ramos tweeted the following on Thursday night: "Everything indicates that Rafa Marquez will end up with Chivas USA. It looks like they will end up paying 50% and 50% together with the Red Bulls. In NY he's the rotten apple."

That tweet was immediately followed up with a response from Chivas USA GM Jose Domene: "Dear Rafa [Ramos], I don't know who your source is, but we have not sought him out. I'd be glad to chat with you when you'd like."

19 April 10:18 de la mañana

Hier soir, mon cœur a balancé. J’ai finalement choisi de regarder Vancouver – Kansas City plutôt que la finale aller de la Ligue des champions, remportée 2-0 par Monterrey contre Santos Laguna. Il n’empêche, regardez le résumé de la rencontre, vous verrez que Monterrey s’est créé les meilleures occasions et le superbe deuxième but de Suazo.

Pendant ce temps, en Colombie-Britannique, Kansas City s'imposait 1-3 pour remporter son septième succès d’affilée. Cette équipe me fait penser à l’Allemagne du tournant des années 1980/90. Pour paraphraser Gary Lineker, cette saison, un match de MLS, ce sont 22 types qui courent derrière un ballon, et à la fin, c’est Kansas City qui gagne…

Plus tôt dans la soirée, Montréal repartait de DC United avec son premier point en déplacement (1-1), un résultat qui frustre les uns et déçoit les autres.

Pour terminer, deux questions. Raúl a annoncé qu’il ne jouerait plus en Europe dès cet été : le voyez-vous en Asie ou en MLS ? Et que pensez-vous de la suspension de trois rencontres infligées à Rafa Marquez qui, en tentant de jouer au rugby (voir vidéo ci-dessous), a fracturé la clavicule de Shea Salinas ?