San Jose Earthquakes vs New York Red Bulls 07-03-2011 - Preview

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San Jose Earthquakes
2 - 2
Final
New York Red Bulls
MLS Regular Season
July 2, 2011
10:30pm EDT
Stanford Stadium
ESPN2

Preview: Red Bulls head west to renew rivalry with Quakes

On the anniversary of one of the U.S. national team’s greatest days, the San Jose Earthquakes and New York Red Bulls meet on the site when the clubs face off at Stanford Stadium. The Earthquakes are coming off a wild scoreless draw with the LA Galaxy last weekend in the largest MLS crowd ever at Buck Shaw Stadium. The Red Bulls continued their road swing with a third game without a victory, reaching a 1-1 draw at the Chicago Fire.

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REFEREE: Edvin Jurisevic. SAR (bench): Rob Fereday; JAR (opposite): James Conlee; 4th: Mark Kadlecik
MLS Career: 33 games; FC/gm: 22.1; Y/gm: 3.9; R: 3; pens: 5

INJURY REPORT: SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES – OUT: MF Andre Luiz (L knee injury); DF Ike Opara (L foot injury); QUESTIONABLE: MF Khari Stephenson (neck strain) …

NEW YORK RED BULLS – OUT: MF Carl Robinson (R knee contusion); DF Rafael Marquez (R hamstring strain); DOUBTFUL: FW Luke Rodgers (L foot plantar fasciitis)

INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none
SUSPENDED: none
WARNINGS:
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: NY: Teemu Tainio
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: SJ: Ramiro Corrales, Sam Cronin, Steven Lenhart … NY: Carlos Mendes, Luke Rodgers

HEAD-TO-HEAD
ALL-TIME (31 meetings): Earthquakes 15 wins (2 shootout), 47 goals … Red Bulls 10 wins (0 shootout), 44 goals … Ties 6
AT SAN JOSE (15 meetings): Earthquakes 11 wins (2 shootout), 32 goals … Red Bulls 2 wins (0 shootout), 14 goals … Ties 2
•    In the first meeting between the teams this season, Luke Rodgers scored two goals and set up another, and Thierry Henry had a goal and an assist, in a 3-0 Red Bulls victory April 16 at Red Bull Arena.
•    The last time a road team won in the league series came all the way back on May 7, 2005, a 1-0 San Jose victory at Giants Stadium.
•    New York has not won at San Jose since a 2-0 win Oct. 5, 2003.
•    The teams met in a remarkable conference semifinal series a year ago. The Red Bulls won the first leg, 1-0 in Santa Clara, but the Quakes overturned that result with a 3-1 win at Red Bull Arena to advance.
•    Coaches record: Hans Backe vs. SJ: P3 W2 L1 D0 … Frank Yallop v NY: P17 W5 L7 D5

LAST MEETING:
4/16: NY 3, SJ 0 (Rodgers 2, 15; Henry 87)
•    The Red Bulls took the lead after just two minutes. A corner from the left was flicked on at the near post, falling to Dane Richards. He chipped the ball back into the center where Luke Rodgers was able to steer home a header.
•    Rodgers and the Red Bulls doubled their lead in the 15th minute. Thierry Henry stripped the ball from an Earthquakes defender on the right flank and slotted a teasing ball across the face of the goal where Rodgers raced in to hammer home his second goal of the night.
•    Henry got his long-awaited goal with three minutes to play. Rodgers returned Henry’s earlier favor, chipping in a cross to the far post. Henry snuck behind a San Jose defender and powered a header into the far side netting.
•    NEW YORK RED BULLS (4-1-3-2): Bouna Coundoul - Jan Gunnar Solli, Rafael Marquez, Tim Ream, Roy Miller - Teemu Tainio - Dane Richards (John Rooney 93+), Dwayne De Rosario, Joel Lindpere (Mehdi Ballouchy 84) - Thierry Henry, Luke Rodgers (Juan Agudelo 90).
•    SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES (4-1-4-1): Jon Busch – Jason Hernandez, Ike Opara, Brandon McDonald, Ramiro Corrales (Matt Luzunaris 77) - Sam Cronin - Bobby Convey, Simon Dawkins (Scott Sealy 64), Khari Stephenson (Chris Leitch 62), Ryan Johnson - Chris Wondolowski.

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES
The San Jose Earthquakes returned home for the first of a pair of high-profile matches, reaching a scoreless draw with the LA Galaxy on Saturday afternoon at Buck Shaw Stadium. The Quakes have 20 points from 15 games on the season, sitting in sixth place in the Western Conference.

LAST MATCH
•    The Galaxy finished the match with Mike Magee, a ninth-year forward, in net for the final 47 minutes while Los Angeles played a man down. The Galaxy survived after starting goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts left the match due to an fractured arm in the 24th minute and backup Josh Saunders received a straight red card in the 43rd.
•    Magee finished with four saves on the afternoon, with three occuring after the 80th minute -- though the Earthquakes nearly took an early lead, with Ricketts in goal, but Simon Dawkins' effort crashed off the woodwork. Quakes goalkeeper Jon Busch made one save.
•    Earthquakes boss Frank Yallop made two changes to the team that fell 1-0 to Sporting Kansas City at Livestrong Sporting Park. Ryan Johnson and Simon Dawkins came back into the team, for Anthony Ampaipitakwong and Sam Cronin.
•    SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES (4-4-2): Jon Busch - Steven Beitashour, Jason Hernandez, Bobby Burling, Ramiro Corrales - Bobby Convey, Brad Ring, Khari Stephenson (Anthony Ampaipitakwong 46), Ryan Johnson (Ellis McLoughlin 76) - Simon Dawkins, Steven Lenhart.

TEAM NEWS
•    After exploding for 13 goals over a five-game span, the Earthquakes have now been shut out in back-to-back games, a first for this season.
•    “I thought that the first half was the best soccer that we have played since the team came back in 2008. We were moving the ball well and we created a number of chances. We should have been up a couple of goals,” said Earthquakes head coach Frank Yallop.
•    It was the second time this season the Quakes played extensive minutes with a man-advantage where they weren’t able to turn it their way. They lost 1-0 at Philadelphia on April 30 despite playing a man-up for 50 minutes.
•    “We are disappointed that we didn’t get the three points today, especially playing a man up. We couldn’t break them down the way that we wanted to and LA really did a good job crushing the space,” Yallop said. “I can’t fault the guys for their effort, but we couldn’t sustain the good play we had early in the game in the second half.”
•    Striker Chris Wondolowski will again be available after missing four games while with the U.S. national team for the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
•    On Monday, the Earthquakes sent Brandon McDonald to D.C. United in exchange for allocation money.
•    “Ike [Opara] got healthy, Ike played well,” Quakes general manager John Doyle said. “We’ve always known we can count on Bobby [Burling]. Brad Ring playing well [at defensive midfielder, McDonald’s alternate spot], that covered another position. It became an opportunity to get some allocation money, and we took it.”
•    The Quakes have kept clean sheets in three of the last seven games, after recording just one shutout in their opening eight.
•    “I didn’t really have much to do today so it is a credit to the back four for making my job easy. Defensively we’ve been playing really well the past two months,” goalkeeper Jon Busch said.

NEW YORK RED BULLS
The New York Red Bulls played to a second draw in three games on their road trip, this time a 1-1 result with the Chicago Fire on Sunday afternoon at Toyota Park. The Red Bulls have 24 points from 17 games, in a tie for second place in the Eastern Conference.

LAST MATCH
•    The Red Bulls took the lead with an opportunistic goal five minutes before the halftime whistle. Yamith Cuesta couldn't clear at the top of the 18, hitting the ball right in the path of Joel Lindpere, who collected and calmly slotted his shot past an onrushing Sean Johnson.
•    But Marco Pappa equalized for the home side in the 58th minute on a speculative shot from 30 yards, bouncing a left-footed effort toward the far post. New York goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul got to the ball in plenty of time, but missed on his attempted parry and the ball trickled into the net.
•    Red Bulls head coach Hans Backe made one change to the team that fell 4-2 to Seattle Sounders FC at CenturyLink Field. Thierry Henry came back from suspension for Austin da Luz.
•    NEW YORK RED BULLS (4-1-3-2): Bouna Coundoul - Jan Gunnar Solli, Carlos Mendes, Stephen Keel, Roy Miller - Teemu Tainio - Dane Richards, Joel Lindpere, Mehdi Ballouchy (Austin da Luz 84) - Dwayne De Rosario (Mike Jones 93+), Thierry Henry.

TEAM NEWS
•    The Red Bulls are completing a four-game road swing with the visit to northern California. They have started the trip with two draws and a loss; New York has won once in its last 10 games.
•    “It’s been tough for us and perhaps a bit unlucky in the end,” head coach Hans Backe said. “Portland, we normally would have won that game and Seattle we were unlucky, I think, in that second half after we battled back. Then in Chicago, I think we were really fatigued.”
•    While the Red Bulls were not able to keep a clean sheet for the first time since April 30 (10 games), they did allow just the single goal after conceding seven in their previous team.
•    “It’s been a big problem but we’ve focused on it and we have to stop it now. I thought we did better with that today,” Backe said. “We battled hard and deserved a point. We have to start coming out with three points.”
•    Bouna Coundoul made his first start since May 15, after Greg Sutton played seven consecutive games between the posts. The Senegal international was beaten from long range for the lone goal.
•    "You know, some days those bounces will go your way, others won’t," Coundoul said. "I think another day on a ball that makes that bounce, I would catch it easily. But once in a while the ball will take those bounces and you are left just watching the ball go in the net.”
•    The Red Bulls have now played to six draws in 11 games where they’ve scored first. The six games in not coming away with maximum points after opening the scoring is the most in MLS.
•    “I think everyone understands now that we cannot go on like this. We score one, but we give goals back. They get very stupid, easy goals against us, and then we fight to get the goals back. Then we do something stupid again. So, for me, game day should be like a party, I want to have fun. I play; I want to smile on the field. It’s not fun anymore,” said Joel Lindpere.
•    On Monday, the Red Bulls sent shockwaves throughout MLS by dealing Dwayne De Rosario to D.C. United in exchange for Dax McCarty. De Rosario was obtained from Toronto FC just after the start of the season, scoring two goals with four assists in 13 appearances for the Red Bulls.
•    “Dax is an exciting young player who will immediately add his dynamic style of play to our midfield,” said Red Bull New York general manager and sporting director Erik Soler. “He is an excellent two-way player who will contribute both to our defense and to our attack for seasons to come. To acquire such a promising player, we had to make a difficult decision in trading Dwayne. During his short time in New York, Dwayne has been a consummate professional.
•    On Tuesday, the Red Bulls advanced to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open Cup following a 2-1 win against FC New York of USL PRO. Owen Morrison opened the scoring on 56 minutes for FCNY, but Corey Hertzog netted two minutes later, then John Rooney hit for the winner in the 65th minute.
•    Here’s the Red Bulls team: Greg Sutton; Mike Jones, Tim Ream, Stephen Keel (Sacir Hot 46), Matt Kassel, Teddy Schneider (Tyler Lassiter 66), John Rooney, Austin da Luz, Corey Hertzog, Marcos Paullo, Juan Agudelo