Jul 21, 2012, 4:51 PM EDT
Man of the Match: Breaking free from a long and frustrating goal-scoring slump? May as well get two then. Kenny Cooper’s goal just before intermission off Connor Lade’s quality cross was the big striker’s first since May 23, eight games back in league play. His second successful header, this one off Thierry Henry’s cross, was just as sharp, also placed with precision just inside the near post. With a bit less than half a season remaining, Cooper is just five off his best season, 18 goals in 2008.
Packaged for take-away:
- Connor Lade had another sensational match. While his team labored a bit – understandably, playing its third game in seven days – Lade’s supply of energy along New York’s left side was undented. Technically and tactically, he has a lot to learn, especially when arriving into shooting positions. But the New Jersey native’s sheer ability to buzz around, doing all the defensive chores but always inserting himself into good offensive positions, is having a huge impact on the success around Red Bull Arena right now.
- Hans Backe’s team is unbeaten in its last 13 matches in Harrison.
- Sebastien Le Toux’s stationing on the field so far for New York has been equal parts forward and right midfield. He’s never been comfortable in midfield, always preferring a role closer to goal. Backe would prefer to see him there, too. With Cooper and Henry, that would provide quite a rotation.
- With New York playing its third match in seven days, and with Philly playing slightly more defensively on the road, first-half chances were precious.
- The best chance before Cooper’s goal just before the break: Michael Farfan’s pinpoint pass set Josué Martinez free. New York ‘keeper Bill Gaudette turned up with an important save there.
- Next discussion about which MLS players just aren’t being talked about enough this year, mention Michael Farfan. You’ll look smart for doing so.
- Thierry Henry seemed to be feeling the heat and the recent mileage; his usual sharpness was missing, as the occasional bad touch undercut New York possession or the occasional pass was left off target.
- Brandon Barklage, who has played so well as a replacement for injured right back Jan Gunnar Solli, had to be withdrawn early due to a hamstring injury. Young defender Jonathan Borrajo, the Red Bulls’ third choice right back, entered in the 16th minute.
- With Borrajo a little shy about straying out of the back, and with Le Toux’s natural inclination to lean inside, the right side was rarely seen in New York’s attack.
- The left side, on the other hand, was alive thanks to Lade. In addition to providing the cross on Cooper’s goal just before halftime, Lade was also involved in New York’s second goal.
- Speaking of New York’s wide-awake left side, Roy Miller has played well for the Red Bulls since Heath Pearce came over in a trade from Chivas USA. Miller clearly won’t let go of his spot easily.
- No Freddy Adu in Philadelphia’s lineup. Or on the bench. Hmmm. Stay tuned on this one.
- Jack McInerney was caught offside three times in the first 10 minutes. After that, we didn’t hear much about the young Union striker. Then again, Lionard Pajoy didn’t do a darn thing, either. (A guy on the books for almost $200,000 this year really should be ahead of 5 goals and 2 assists in 17 matches, which are Pajoy’s numbers.)
- Wilman Conde as Markus Holgersson’s central partner along New York’s back line. Solid. No issues at all as the Red Bulls posted their second consecutive shutout.
May 22, 2013, 8:19 AM EDT
Pulis joins long list of EPL managers departing… is English soccer becoming more ruthless?
May 21, 2013, 8:02 PM EDT
Wait a minute … didn’t MLS commissioner Don Garber say there “is no Plan B …” beyond the Queens location?
May 21, 2013, 6:40 PM EDT
Well, phooey! Didn’t Dempsey just go through a summer of transfer instability?
May 21, 2013, 4:50 PM EDT
This and that as the U.S. contingent preps to gather in Cleveland ahead of five matches over the next few weeks:
May 21, 2013, 4:10 PM EDT
The updated ordering in ProSoccerTalk’s ranking of Major League Soccer teams following 12 rounds of play:
Officials from MLS, Yankees, Manchester City and NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg to speak tomorrow on expansion news
May 21, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT
How very convenient that Manchester City just happens to be in the States for a brief two-game tour.
May 21, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT
It’s really about two things, and not much else:
May 21, 2013, 2:05 PM EDT
By forming NYC FC, City and the Yankees have created a ‘sister-club’ relationship – an innovative bond between a Premiership and MLS club.
May 21, 2013, 1:23 PM EDT
Early thoughts on the facility and the ripples of today’s big announcement on the 20th MLS franchise:
May 21, 2013, 11:45 AM EDT
By swapping Dzeko for Cavani, City can hamstring Manchester United and Chelsea, as both are rumored to be seeking a world-class striker.
It’s official: Manchester City and the Yankees will own and operate Major League Soccer’s newest expansion team.
May 21, 2013, 11:16 AM EDT
The league’s 20th franchise will begin play in 2015:
May 21, 2013, 9:33 AM EDT
During his Premiership tenure Toure has proven himself a leader, captaining both the Gunners and the Citizens, as well as Cote d’Ivoire.
May 21, 2013, 8:37 AM EDT
Has Daniel Levy already forgotten about what happened when he tried to pin Luka Modric down with this ‘no sale’ line of bull?
May 20, 2013, 11:58 PM EDT
Expect this one to get worked out.
May 20, 2013, 11:23 PM EDT
If Real Madrid’s going to shake things up, Higuaín could do worse than land at The Emirates.
May 20, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT
Four players were on the original list. None of them may end up at Stamford Bridge.
May 20, 2013, 8:13 PM EDT
Our sympathy continues to grow for a man in a bad spot.
May 20, 2013, 7:21 PM EDT
MLS will not have arrived until it has a high-profile feces incident.
May 20, 2013, 6:40 PM EDT
It probably won’t happen this summer, and if it does … I’m sure we’ll run that into the ground, too.
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