New York Red Bulls vs. Columbus Crew | MLS Match Preview

NEW YORK RED BULLS vs COLUMBUS CREW
RED BULL ARENA, Harrison, N.J.
July 12, 2014 (WEEK 18, MLS Game #162)
7 pm ET (MSG+, TWCS-OH, MLS Live)

The New York Red Bulls and Columbus Crew meet for a second time this season when the Eastern Conference foes clash Saturday evening at Red Bull Arena. The Red Bulls return home after stretching their away undefeated run in a 2-2 draw at the Houston Dynamo last week. The Crew have played to four consecutive draws of their own, coming off a 1-1 result at the Colorado Rapids on July 4.

REFEREE: Ted Unkel. SAR (bench): Peter Manikowski; JAR (opposite): Bill Dittmar; 4th: Daniel Fitzgerald
Unkel MLS career: 6 games; FC/gm: 22.0; Y/gm: 3.0; R: 1; pens: 2

SUSPENDED: none
WARNINGS:
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD:
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SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: NY: Thierry Henry, Armando, Lloyd Sam, Jamison Olave... CLB: Bernardo Anor, Tony Tchani, Wil Trapp
DISABLED LIST: none
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none

HEAD-TO-HEAD
ALL-TIME (58 meetings): Red Bulls 25 wins, 79 goals … Crew 24 wins, 69 goals … Ties 9
AT COLUMBUS (28 meetings): Red Bulls 14 wins, 40 goals …Crew 9 wins, 29 goals … Ties 5
FUTURE MATCH: 10/19: New York Red Bulls vs. Columbus Crew, 3 p.m. ET

2014 (MLS)
4/26: CLB 1, NY 1 (Arrieta 39 – Wright-Phillips 66)

  • The last Crew victory on the road at the Red Bulls came in 2010, a 3-1 victory in the first meeting ever at Red Bull Arena.
  • Coaches record: Gregg Berhalter vs. NY: P1 W0 L0 T1… Mike Petke vs. CLB: P4 W1 L1 T2
  • The teams are meeting for the second time this season after playing to a 1-1 draw on April 26 in Columbus.
  • The Crew took the lead late in the first half. New York defender Kosuke Kimura dragged Justin Meram to the ground as he tried to get on the end of a cross, and referee Geoff Gamble pointed to the spot. Jairo Arrieta stepped up for the penalty kick and slammed a hard shot that deflected in off of the underside of the crossbar.
  • The Red Bulls leveled terms in the 66th minute, when Bradley Wright-Phillips made a juggling turn just outside the Crew box and hit a perfectly placed volley inside the far post, Crew 'keeper Steve Clark powerless to stop the shot that bounced off the inside of the bar and into the goal.
  • COLUMBUS CREW (4-4-1-1): Steve Clark - Josh Williams, Michael Parkhurst, Giancarlo Gonzalez, Waylon Francis - Hector Jimenez (Ethan Finlay 76), Tony Tchani, Wil Trapp, Justin Meram (Dominic Oduro 68) - Federico Higuain - Jairo Arrieta (Adam Bedell 87).
  • NEW YORK RED BULLS (4-4-2): Luis Robles - Kosuke Kimura, Jamison Olave, Armando, Roy Miller - Lloyd Sam (Ruben Bover 90), Dax McCarty, Peguy Luyindula (Jonny Steele 78), Eric Alexander - Bradley Wright-Phillips, Thierry Henry.

NEW YORK RED BULLS

The New York Red Bulls extended their undefeated run to four games, playing to a 2-2 draw with the Houston Dynamo on July 4 at BBVA Compass Stadium. The Red Bulls are in a tie for fifth place in the Eastern Conference with 20 points from 17 matches on the season.

LAST MATCH

  • The Dynamo put an end to their scoreless streak early. Ricardo Clark’s diagonal ball found Kofi Sarkodie at the end line, and he put a pinpoint cross in the box for Giles Barnes to head home from the top of the six just 40 seconds into the match, the quickest goal in club history.
  • But the Red Bulls pulled even when Bradley Wright-Phillips scored his first goal of the night in the 13th minute, using his speed to latch on to a perfect 60-yard ball from Eric Alexander and hitting it low from the left side of the area to beat Tally Hall.
  • Wright-Phillips scored his and New York's second in the 72nd minute when Ambroise Oyongo put a cross in the box where Wright-Phillips outjumped three Dynamo defenders to head home to give him 14 goals for the season.
  • Yet the Dynamo had an answer in the 82nd minute. Red Bulls fullback Chris Duvall mistimed an attempted clearance in the box and was whistled for a handball by referee Ismail Elfath. Brad Davis stepped up to the spot and finished to his left to leave the teams level.
  • Red Bulls boss Mike Petke made one change to the team that reached a 2-2 draw with Toronto FC at Red Bull Arena. Tim Cahill came back into the midfield in place of Peguy Luyindula.
  • NEW YORK RED BULLS (4-4-2): Luis Robles - Chris Duvall, Jamison Olave (Armando 90), Matt Miazga, Ambroise Oyongo - Lloyd Sam, Ibrahim Sekagya, Tim Cahill, Eric Alexander - Bradley Wright-Phillips (Jonny Steele 80), Thierry Henry.

TEAM NEWS

  • The Red Bulls extended their current undefeated run to four games, including three away from Red Bull Arena, where they’ve taken five points from the last nine.
  • “I think it’s too early for me to say [that it’s a good point on the road],” said Bradley Wright-Phillips. “I’m still feeling a bit angry about the result because we went a goal up. It is what it is.”
  • The opening goal came after 40 seconds, the second-earliest goal allowed in New York club history (behind Chris Pontius, 0:31, DC at NY, 06/24/2012). It was the seventh goal this season the Red Bulls have allowed in the opening 15 minutes – tied for most in MLS (along with Seattle).
  • “I think there’s no doubt as a team we’ve got good character, but we don’t need to be getting ourselves into those positions,” Wright-Phillips said. “It’s starting to feel like we’re doing it weekly. We’ve got to realize how important three points are and when we get our noses in front we’ve got to stay there, we’ve got to learn that because it gets a bit frustrating.”
  • Wright-Phillips moved back to the top of the MLS Golden Boot standings with his 13th and 14th goals this season. Wright-Phillips has scored 10 goals over the last 10 games, dating back to April 23.
  • “Without him, who knows where we’d be right now but we need other guys to step up,” Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke said. “We need our defense to step up, we need our midfield, we need everybody around to step up."
  • Making his second career MLS start, Ambroise Oyongo contributed an assist for a second consecutive game, setting up the second goal.
  • Tim Cahill made his first start since May 10, after coming off the substitutes’ bench the week before in his return from the Australia national team and the FIFA World Cup.
  • While Roy Miller will not be available following the injury he suffered playing for Costa Rica at the FIFA World Cup, Dax McCarty is expected to be available.
  • “It’s not very easy for him being out this long just to jump back in and be ready to start and be ready to go 90 minutes, of course,” said Petke. “It’s a very positive sign that he was in full, he did work on the days off the last couple of days. As far as this weekend goes, if he continues to progress in the next three days like has over the past couple of weeks and continues to be in full every day, there’s really no scenario that’s off the table. As far as starting, as far as coming off the bench, anything’s possible.”

READ: Back-line production gives Petke confidence in youth


COLUMBUS CREW

The Columbus Crew played to their fourth consecutive draw, reaching a 1-1 result with the Colorado Rapids on July 4 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. The Crew are in a tie for fifth place in the Eastern Conference, with 20 points from 17 matches.

LAST MATCH

  • The Crew took the lead just before the hour mark. A poor backpass from Dillon Powers led to a misplay from rookie midfielder Jared Watts, and handed Crew midfielder Ethan Finlay a straightforward finish from the heart of the area.
  • But the Rapids found an equalizer 14 minutes from time. Rapids right back Marvell Wynne delivered a cross for Vicente Sanchez that caromed off Crew defender Eric Gehrig as he challenged for the ball and flew into the goal.
  • Crew head coach Gregg Berhalter made one change to the team that finished with a scoreless draw against FC Dallas at Crew Stadium. Ethan Finlay came back into the team in place of Chad Barson.
  • COLUMBUS CREW (4-2-3-1): Steve Clark - Hector Jimenez (Chad Barson 80), Michael Parkhurst, Eric Gehrig, Bernardo Anor - Wil Trapp, Tony Tchani - Ethan Finlay, Ben Speas (Adam Bedell 72), Justin Meram (Alvaro Rey 68) - Jairo Arrieta.

TEAM NEWS

  • The Crew have played to four consecutive draws, dating back to the start of June. The MLS record is six consecutive games with ties, set three times previously – including earlier this season by the Chicago Fire.
  • “I'm extremely proud of the team right now,” said Crew head coach Gregg Berhalter. “You don't often see teams go into Denver and in the second half completely dominate the opponent. You have the altitude, they're in [third] place in the West, and we really turned it on in the second half.”
  • Ethan Finlay scored his fourth goal of the season, and has scored the Crew’s last two goals. His goal put an end to the club’s goalless streak after 258 minutes, the ninth-longest such streak in MLS this season.
  • Finlay has three goals and an assist over the last five matches and has been involved in four of the Crew’s last six goals, dating back to May 24.
  • “I think if you ask the group as a whole it’s a little bit frustrating. Quite a few ties in a row now that we’ve had. I think we had a lot of chances and they didn’t quite go our way. If we put some of those early ones away maybe we can win that game, but I think it’s a tough place to play and we’ll be happy with the point,” said Finlay.
  • Wil Trapp made a second consecutive start following a three-game absence and played the full 90 minutes for the first time since May 10.
  • Eric and I were playing two-on-two a lot and we talked about having a guy sit in the middle. Wil [Trapp] and Tony [Tchani] did a better job in the second half of sitting in the middle and not letting [Vicente] Sánchez get that ball at his feet and turn like he did in the first half a couple times, so I think that was big,” said center back Michael Parkhurst.
  • There was a real injury blow after Hector Jimenez was involved in a late tackle that forced him off the field with 10 minutes to play.
  • "[Jimenez] is on crutches and wearing a knee brace," Berhalter said. "We're waiting on an MRI. But he can't put weight on it. It's not good."
  • “We wanted to be aggressive. We’re the type of team that at home or away we want to be aggressive. We really want to take it to them, it doesn’t matter where we’re playing, so we wanted to do that and we feel like the best form of defense is offense,” said Berhalter.

READ: Berhalter pleased despite streak of ties: "I think we play good football"