Tuesday, April 1, 2014

BREAKING! : Red Bulls Sign Argentine Creative Midfielder Manuel Lanzini

In a Viper's Nest exclusive, we can report that the New York Red Bulls have reached an agreement with Argentine club River Plate for the sale of their rising 21 year old superstar Manuel Lanzini. Lanzini, a true #10 Creative Midfielder, has been hailed as the next Juan Roman Riquelme by Argentine media. As per MLS rules, the terms of the transfer agreement were not disclosed. Lanzini, classified by MLS as a Young Designated Player, would be eligible to join his new team once the MLS Summer transfer window opens (on July 16th).

Our source within the Red Bulls front office can reveal that, while current management wanted to sign current Stoke City (BPL) forward Peter Crouch, it was the team's Austrian Overlord that demanded a young Creative Midfield Designated Player.

"The Powers-That-Be in Austria decided that enough was enough" our anonymous source stated. "There was a conference call, where a top executive questioned the signings from this past off-season as well as the wastage, through the lack of midfield creativity, of several talented forwards who've worn the RBNY shirt since 2007." Our source added: "It's too late for Juan Pablo Angel, but the Austrian brass feel that a midfield maestro will do wonders feeding the always hungry Thierry Henry, Tim Cahill and that lower English League talent Bradley Wright-Phillips, with through-balls and magic chips galore".

"This is really going to throw a wrench on current management's plan of molding the Red Bulls into Bolton-Lite" said our source. "They really wanted to stay the course, with long ball after long ball from the back-line and cross after cross from the wings. This whole midfield creativity thing is foreign to them".

In other Red Bulls roster news: The team will invoke the little used MLS "Do-Over Mechanism", which will see the return of current San Jose Right Back Brandon Barklage, while current, and much-maligned, RBNY Right Back Richard Eckersley will make his return to Toronto FC. According to our source, TFC wasn't very pleased with this new development. "They flat-out told us that, while they had no choice but to take Eckersley back, they would not be returning the bag of MLS balls that they got from us".

Monday, March 31, 2014

RBNY vs Chivas USA: A Draw at The Death

Once again, another draw and another two points dropped, at home, against a team that's not one of the strongest in MLS (to put it mildly). That said, we were a few seconds away from not getting anything at all from this one, so... I'll take it.

I'm not going to re-live the finer points of this game here, but I will say that I can't remember RBNY playing a worst half of soccer ever (the 1st half of this one) at Red Bull Arena. Another horror outing for Richard Eckersley and another game where our dysfunctional midfield offered nothing to the altar of creativity. Long balls and crosses and that's it. I've called us Bolton-Lite before and I'm gonna stick to that description.

Alrighty then! Two straight away games coming up. With Cahill likely out for (at least) one game, that will leave us without our two best offensive weapons (Henry, as he doesn't play on turf, and Cahill) and our best defensive weapon (Olave, no turf for him as well) against Montreal. On top of that, our two best right back options left this one with injuries. But never mind all that! We need to pick up points now or we could be in a giant, no playoffs for us, hole in two weeks time. And it's a good thing we don't have relegation here. ;)

Please click on the video above for the usual drunken comments, our view of the Chivas USA penalty and the Peguy tying goal. Please click here for my photo album (slide show here). Please click here for a super excellent photo album from the great Matt Kremkau (slide show here).


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

RBNY vs Rapids: A Lackluster Effort & A Bad Call

What's there to say about this one? The Red Bulls should have put it away early but didn't. Nevertheless, the boys in white appeared to have done enough to earn a 1-Nil victory, on a Thierry Henry diving header golazo (and another memorable celebration). But then the scab ref got into the act, with a phantom penalty call against us (full highlights below). But, whatever!

If there's any consolation coming from this one (besides the 1 point) it was that the performance was better than the horror show from the weekend before. Eckersley and Arrrmandoooo were both solid in this one, so the defensive situation might not be as dire as it looked last week. Both Convey and Cahill were not on top form, but I'm hoping that they'll both have a breakout game next weekend against Chicago.

The great Mike Petke (of the masssive Tifo above) refused to be baited into thrashing the ref and also lamented the lack of creativity (no kidding?) and lack of imagination in this one. It was as bad a PK call as I've ever seen, but (unfortunately for us) the linesman wasn't paying attention (unlike the guy in Vancouver, who called the penalty against us that the ref missed).

Please see the video above for the usual drunken comments and predictions. You can click here for full time comments. Please click here for my photo album (slide show here). Please click here for a great one from Matt Kremkau (slide show here).

It was great to be finally back among RBNY supporting friends @The Cathedral of Football, Red Bull Arena (built by Makita). Despite the result, a great time was had by all. Here's to more great times all season and maybe even some football glory as well. Let's also hope that the MLS Powers-That-Be take care of this ref strike. Time to pay up Garber. Don't let this get out of hand, as you're making this whole league look like chickenshit. But if you'd rather not, then please see below:


Saturday, March 15, 2014

RBNY vs Rapids: We're Back!

Finally back @The Cathedral of Football, Red Bull Arena (built by Makita)! It's been a long off-season and the time has come for some regular football around these parts. As our team got off to a most horrible of starts last week @Vancouver, the time to get on the correct path is now, at home, against the Colorado Rapids (4pm, MSG2).

Mr. Petke took full responsibility for that one, gave the newcomers a pass (and was signed to a Long Term this past week as well). With Thierry Henry and back in the lineup, I'll expect an Henry/Wright-Phillips tandem in the attack, w/Peguy Luyindula as a creator (or Tim Cahill as a battering ram).

Jamison Olave will, undoubtedly, replace Arrrmandooo at one of the Center Back spots and Kosuke Kimura will, beyond all doubt, replace the horrible (in the past game) Richard Eckersley at Left Back. After that embarrassment last week, this one must be a massive victory, mates. A Colorado Rapids team, with so much turn-over in the off-season (and a first year Manager as well) should be easy pickings at home for us. No excuses! That said, let's get to some predictions:

Matt Conroy (aka Who Shot Sam) has this for us:

The opener in Vancouver couldn't have been any worse. Other than Lloyd Sam and perhaps Peguy Luyindula it's hard to think of a player who emerged from that mess looking good. Richard Eckersley was especially awful - I hope we didn't buy another lemon. Petke took all of the blame after the match but I hope he had stronger words for the players behind closed doors. With the banner raising and home crowd I can't imagine us laying another egg this week, but I do remember Colorado dominating us last year, so I don't think this will be a walk in the park. 2-0 Red Bulls. Lloyd Sam and Mr. Henry with the goals. Let's go get 'em!

Tom Faust chimes in as well:

As usual, all bets are off when it comes to the Red Bulls starting the season. Hopefully the return of Henry and Olave to the starting XI will help get Petke's head on straight and we can avoid the crazy personnel choices that facilitated the Vancouver train wreck. Thinking positive, im going to call a 3-1 Red Bull victory. That should be perfect to get all of our hopes up before next week!

I'm gonna predict victory here. I don't care if it's a 1-0, off a Colorado own goal, this has got to be a victory today. That's all.

Alrighty then! I hope to see you all today @The Cathedral of Football, Red Bull Arena (built by Makita). Git In Lads!


Monday, March 10, 2014

RBNY First Kick: Getting It All Wrong @Vancouver

Ok, so the 2014 Major League Soccer season is underway! That would be the only good thing about Saturday's events, if you're a NY Red Bulls fan. Our beloved Bulls, who traveled to Vancouver (to face a rejuvenated Whitecaps team now managed by former RBNY midfielder Carl Robinson), just totally started off the season on the wrong foot. It's one thing to start off with a loss (as I fully expected) and another to start off with a 4-1 embarrassment. And, as everyone who watched knows, if it wasn't for some massive Luis Robles saves, it could have really, really gotten ugly (full low-lights at the bottom of this post).

With starters like Henry and Olave out of this one (due to their severe dislike of playing on turf), 2nd year RBNY coach Mike Petke had some very tough choices to make. Peguy Luyindula started at forward (instead of Thierry Henry, who's never played at Vancouver because of the turf, and instead of Bradley Wright-Phillips, who would score the consolation goal late in the game), Richard Eckersley started at right back (instead of Kosuke Kimura) and Arrrmandooooooo started at center back (instead of Jamison Olave). All that and Tim Cahill, who'd flown 11,000 miles a few days earlier to make this game, got the start and went the full 90.

Well, needless to say that Mr. Petke got it all wrong (he said as much himself). The Red Bulls attack, with the ineffective Luyindula and tired Cahill (plus no Henry and BWP) was easily contained. Center back Arrrmandooooo proved himself as fleet of foot as Holgy used to be for us (watch the 3rd goal) but the chief mistake that Mr. Petke made on Saturday was the inclusion of one Richard Eckersley.

Mr. Eckersley, who just last week was labeled "an awful MLS player" by Grant Wahl, was (IMHO) responsible for the first two Vancouver goals. He committed a blatant penalty then did not press Vancouver's Sebastian Fernandez, who scored a golazo when he took advantage of being given so much room to take the shot. He's also been accused of keeping Kenny Miller onside, on the play that led to Vancouver's 3rd. A total Horror outing for the former ManU trainee. Hopefully Eckersley works out for us, in the long run, but I fully expect Mr. Petke to admit his momentary lapse of reason and start Kimura next Saturday.

Alrighty then! Despite the warning signs, I'm pulling for Mike Petke to lead us to some sort of glory again this season. Getting it done this coming weekend, against Colorado, will go a long way to putting this past Saturday's debacle way, way behind us.

Please check out the video above (middle) for some comments from the First Kick RBNY season ticket holder watch party at Red Bull Arena. While the game turned out to be a dud, the food was friggin great (thanks RBNY)! Ha, ha! That's all for now. I hope to see you all @The Cathedral of Football, Red Bull Arena (built by Makita). The big viper is out!


Friday, March 7, 2014

The MLS Season Is Upon US: Git In RBNY!

Tomorrow, to be exact. The Red Bulls start the season off @Vancouver (7:30pm ET, MSG2) looking to finally challenge for an MLS Cup. They'll probably be without Henry and Olave, who don't take kindly to turf. They'll also start the season sans a GM, and in the midst of a referee lockout, but that's neither here nor there.

Seemed like a bit a long off-season, with the Red Bulls losing several veteran players and signing a couple of new ones (with these three rookies being signed yesterday).

With several mixed results from the pre-season matches down in Florida, is our team well prepared for this "MLS Cup or Bust" season? That's the million dollar question. There is some optimism from the pundits, but mostly there isn't. As this is a most pivotal MLS season for the our boys (as Yonkers FC starts play next season), there is no better time than the present to start making a case for MLS Cup glory.

But never mind all that right now. Let us take you back a few weeks, when several of the TVN crew (including myself) caught a titanic pre-season RBNY fixture, against Montreal (a 3-Nil RBNY victory, some highlights here), down at the Disney Wide World of Sports Center in Orlando. Check out the video above, with special guest Bobby Convey, Mike Petke and Johnny Steele. Please click here for my photo album of this event and click below for the another video featuring the relocated You Suck Corrales MetroStars/Red Bulls museum (now residing in Flagler Beach, FL).

And if you are so inclined, please click here for some pictures from our time at the Daytona 500 (which was sensationally documented by the great Matt Conroy in this post on the Rep Man blog) and here for a bit of video from that momentous day.

That's all for now. Hopefully I'll see some of you at tomorrow's watch party @The Cathedral of Football, Red Bull Arena (built by Makita). The big viper is outta here!


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The Viper's Nest Belated 2013 Holiday Special

Yes, I know, we're a bit late, as it's almost February already, but here goes:

The TVN crew got together this past weekend to watch some beautiful football (Arsenal vs Fulham), at the world famous Football Factory @Legends, NYC, and discuss the rapidly approaching Red Bulls 2014 season. After the massive, massive Arsenal victory, the usual suspect, plus myself, discussed our hopes and expectations for the upcoming season. And there was lots to discuss

Several players are out, including Markus Holgersson, and only one is in. One other player is, supposedly, as good as signed, another one really, really wants to play here because his sister lives in New Jersey, we're, once again, linked with this French player and we drafted 2 college players in the second round of the MLS SuperDuperDraft, held just last week. Oh yeah, and one of the current top-5 midfielders in the world is rumoured to be signing with RBNY after the World Cup.

Please click here for a small photo album from our get-together (slide show here). Also, please do click play on the above video for our drunken comments and predictions for the upcoming season. Be warned, however: The optimism does not abound (as it doesn't with some actual pundits). Not a massive shocker. That said: Please Mr. Petke, prove us all wrong. Ha, ha!

That's all for now. We'll be coming to you next from the Disney Classic, on the 22nd of next month (Red Bulls vs Montreal). Hope to see some of you there. Until then, as Kosuke Kimura would say: Sayonara.


Monday, January 13, 2014

Silly Season Thoughts

This Guy Has Nothing on the Viper's Nest Brain Trust

Since the Red Bulls exited the playoffs courtesy of Houston, many players have said goodbye to Harrison--at least as members of the home squad. Espindola, Carney, Barklage and, perhaps most surprising, Markus Holgersson were all shown the door. 

While MLS (more specifically, Toronto) has welcomed some big names in the past week, the Red Bulls have been pretty quiet. I'm not sure anyone is terribly excited about the addition of Bobby Convey, who I hope isn't the second coming of Heath "Bay Leaf" Pearce.

Now, there's no doubt Mike Petke, Andy Roxburgh, and the FO are carefully choosing among Xavi and many more world class players who are desperate to join RBNY. But, if history is any guide, the team usually waits until mid February to make any moves. At least we have a coach in place.

While waiting for our new Galacticos to join the team, The Viper's Nest crew decided to share our thoughts on where RBNY stands right now. One rule imposed was that there would be no discussion of a "true #10/CAM." You'll see that this was, I guess, sort of followed.

Biggest Hope:

That Peguy Luyindula can be more like the guy we saw at the end of last season and less like the clueless, washed up, injured player we saw for most of the summer. If we are not going to add another creative midfielder - and that looks unlikely at at the moment - we will need someone to step up and provide a spark. Hopefully Peguy can be that guy.

Big Viper:
That we finally win MLS Cup!  What else is there to say to that question?  I'm hoping that Thierry Henry has enough in the tank and that Tim Cahill can continue where he left off last season.  That said, it doesn't look good right now as 7 players have left our team, with only one coming in so far (Bobby Convey).  The massive holes in our backline and in the middle of the pitch have to be plugged with quality if we are to have MLS Cup success this coming season.

That Thierry Henry steps it up in the final year of his contract. Look, Henry had many brilliant moments, is one of the best in MLS and has shown he can still compete in the Premiership. However, his production and impact lagged a bit last season. It's not a bad thing for the team to be less reliant on TH14, so RBNY is more difficult to defend against (especially with Cahill's banner season). But this is likely Henry's MLS swan song and he should want to leave a lasting memory. If Henry wins the Golden Boot, RBNY wins the Shield AND the Cup in 2014. Also, it wouldn't kill him to smile a bit more.

Greatest Fear:

That we will find ourselves exposed at the back after letting several veterans go, including Barklage and Holgersson. One injury and we look very very vulnerable. I know I'm only supposed to pick one thing but I am also concerned about the fact that we have what is undeniably a thinner squad, even as we have more games to play.

Big Viper:
That all of what Mike Petke has talked about (on how he envisions our team playing) has been just that - all talk.  Hopefully he'll set us on a course of playing possession-based and creative football.  I've longed for the day that our team's main attacking options are not long ball from the back and a hundred crosses into the box from the wings.  We saw a small glimpse of what having another option can do for us, with the emergence of Peguy Luyindula as an creator (improvised as that move was) and can only pray to the Football Gods that small option is improved upon.  Do you get what I mean, Tom?

A Cahill breakdown. Tim Cahill was a revelation for RBNY last season. As a consequence, he was also one of the most banged up--and, perhaps, targeted--players in the league. The question is, for how long can the Warrior go at full effort for club and country, before his aging body just can't take it? I don't even want to think about an injury that causes Cahill to miss a significant stretch.

One Thing from 2013 to Fix:

Conceding penalties. This is of course something that is hard to control, but letting the opposition have 10 or so penalties over the course if the season is a sure fire way to dig yourself a hole. 

Big Viper:
The Backline Brain Freeze.  Needless penalties, and other errors that an Under 8 team would not commit (yeah, Sekagya, you!), have to be eliminated.  Carney is out, so that's a disaster avoided, but we still have several players back there who, this past season, were good for a bone head play (or two) on a regular basis.  That has to stop.

One thing I've witnessed over the past few years is a more specific weakness of our back four, namely letting attackers take the ball to the end line inside the penalty area and fizz a ball into the mix in front of goal. Frankly, I'd rather we give up more corners than allow opponents these dangerous balls.

One Thing from 2013 to Build on:

Luis Robles and Ryan Meara. We may have the league's best 1-2 punch of young goalkeepers. So even if our defense is less than airtight I like our chances to not concede many goals.

Big Viper:
We won the Supporter's Shield mates!  We, finally, have a piece of actual Silverware that matters!  Let's get something else now.  An MLS Cup, a US Open Cup and a Concacaf Champion's League Trophy are there for the taking.  Git In and 'ave it Lads!

Team spirit. While it took some doing, it seemed that RBNY players finally all got on the same page and were playing for each other, rather than for themselves or a paycheck. Whether you attribute it to the Petke-Henry blowup or Tim Cahill's locker room presence, it was a noticeable and refreshing change. If the team has that camaraderie from Day One, I see great things in 2014.


Saturday, November 2, 2013

And the Winners Are...

Great Potential Addition to the Red Bulls Trophy Case
With a resounding 5-2 defeat of The Chicago Fire (and probable Antichrist Mike Magee), the Red Bulls captured the Supporters' Shield, marking the first ever real silverware for the club. It has truly been an historic season, but who is really to thank (or blame)? Without further ado, I give you the Viper's Nest 2013 Regular Season Awards:

Team MVP

Matt: For me there are only really two candidates here - Tim Cahill and Luis Robles. Thierry Henry, Dax McCarty and Jamison Olave have also shined at times, but less consistently. Robles has had an amazing season, playing in virtually every game and keeping Ryan Meara firmly glued to the bench. He has made some acrobatic saves and his distribution is miles ahead of most of our former keepers. The only caveat is that he is prone to letting up rebounds (see the Magee goal), and there have been one or two disastrous failures to communicate with defenders. Cahill, meanwhile, has taken the team on his back time and time again, scoring big goals, showing amazing leadership and, crucially, staying positive for a club and fan base that can get down on itself like no other. Plus he made Taylor Twellman look like a fool, and that counts for a lot.

Big Viper: For me, there's only one candidate: Tim Cahill.  After a lackluster half-season last year, Cahill has taken the reins of this team away from Thierry Henry and practically willed RBNY to Supporter's Shield glory.  He's played several games carrying injuries that would have kept those without his brass balls from even dressing.  That he can keep this up for five more games remains to be seen but, in a year and a half here, Cahill has become an undisputed Red Bulls legend. 

Tom: No surprise that we're all in agreement here. As good as Robles has been, you have to give the MVP to Cahill. The way he took on the mantle of team leader has been incredible to watch, and his physical toughness and production on the pitch have shut up any doubting muppets. The man is the genuine article and all RBNY fans should savor his time with the club. I don't believe in god. I believe in Tim Cahill.

Best Newcomer

Matt: Peguy Luyindula and Lloyd Sam have had their moments, as has Fabian Espindola, but I have to give this one to Jamison Olave. A red card and penalty or two aside, he has been a defensive rock and an imposing presence at center back. He's built like a tank but there is some silky skill under that hard exterior. Can't believe RSL cut him loose.

Big Viper: I'm tempted to pick Jamison Olave, but I'm going to go a different route and pick Peguy Luyindula.  As many of you already know, I've been clamoring for a true #10 Creative Midfielder, for years and years now, to give us that extra something that we haven't had since the Amado Guevara years.  For a long time now, it seems that most of our offensive options were long balls and (often aimless ) crosses from the sides.  We've not had that one player in the middle that could put in that magic through ball or chip for our forwards to run onto.  As a result, the talents of one Thierry Henry (and Juan Pablo Angel before him) have been criminally wasted, as he's often had to track back (to the backline even) to retrieve balls and try to create something.  Judging from the evidence provided at the last game alone, we might have found our man and it seems he's been with us all season.  A washout as a forward, missing chance after chance in front of goal, it seems that Peguy's #10 Creative Mid skills rival that of former MLS'er Carlos "El Pibe" Valderrama.  Can he keep up the Valderrama impression for 5 more games?  If he can, we're going all the way to MLS Cup glory this year.

Tom: Nice try, Miguel, but this is for the season, not the last few games. Olave is certainly a solid choice, but, just to shake hings up, I'm going to go with Jonny Steele. Steele went from a porn name joke to playing 33 games for RBNY this year, starting 32 of them. Beyond reliability, he has shown some good skill on the ball and provided some exciting goals. He's also helped the team in the MLS tattoo rankings. I think we could see double digit goals from Jonny in 2014.

Biggest Surprise

Matt: Mike Petke. A guy who had no head coaching experience whatsoever just win us our first ever trophy and did it in style. We all love the guy, but let's be honest - his appointment was a desperation move. Luckily it has paid off in spades. I still think he is in his infancy as a tactician, but the guy is just a born leader - the kind of guy you would follow into battle. And that counts for a lot.

Big Viper: Without a doubt, it's been Mike Petke.  Signed as Head Coach after management couldn't get their European candidate of choice, Petke as proven that he's a motivational genius.  I don't think anyone would accuse him of being a master tactician, but making these guys believe that glory is there for the taking is why this team is never out of a game lately.  Petke is responsible for that mentality and, unlike previous MetroBull coaches, he bleeds Taurine.  His legend grew by leaps and bounds this year.

Tom: I'm going to cheat here and pick the duo of Peguy Luyindula and David Carney. My "Peguy Out!" screams from the top of 133 could be heard throughout the stadium after the supposed world-class striker failed time and again to find the back of the net, despite Henry's confidence in him. Maybe 2 years riding the pine was really an early retirement. Why was he starting or first off the bench? Then came the game in Houston. As a late sub, Peguy had a great assist and was excellent on the ball. A month later, we seem to have found our midfield general (all due respect to Dax), if the 34-year old's body can withstand MLS.

With Carney, I didn't even wait to see him on the pitch before calling his signing a failure. Sure, Tim Cahill vouched for him, but what were we to think of an unknown who was cut by Uzbek League team FC Bunyodkor? There have been a couple of brain farts along the way, but Carney has proven to be solid in the back line and an excellent crosser of the ball.

Question Mark

MattEric Alexander. Pele one minute and a pub league player the next. Almost singlehandedly destroyed Montreal and scored another nice goal in the clincher against Chicago, but also goes missing for entire games sometimes. I like him as a bench option, but until he can be more consistent I'm not sure I like him starting.

Big Viper:  Eric Alexander, aka Eric Andrews, is an enigma.  He can look like Christiano Ronaldo one game, only to look like Khano Smith the next.  All I'm asking is 5 more Christiano Ronaldo-like games Mr. Alexander.  Thanks in advance.

Tom: I understand why Alexander (aka EZ Doesn't) is the popular choice, but I'm going to go with the man of the hour, Mike Petke. Yes, Petke has had a first season beyond anything we imagined. But there's no question that it did not follow a straight line. If he gets credit for the Shield, he must also take the blame for some of the worst, most lackluster Red Bull performances in memory. Many folks say that the practice bust-up with Henry (and Thierry's subsequent benching) was the turning point. Maybe. Others say that the team has taken on the tough persona of their head coach. Could be. The reality is, there was a lot of change this season and Petke was definitely a part of it, but exactly what part is hard to say. I look forward to Mike shoving these doubts in my face next season (or better yet, on Dec 7). 

$#!+ List

Matt: This is hard. I might have said Luyindula a few weeks ago, but maybe they've found his position now as a creative mid. Nobody has really stood out as just being flat out awful. So I'll give it to the fans in the midfield seats who never show up. You've got a winning team, so get off your butts and out to the Arena. The fact that I can't select a player for this shows you what kind of season it has been!

Big Viper: No one has been total crap this year, but I'm wondering if that's been a result of Roy Miller being out injured for a long spell?  Just for 5 games - Shut up and sit down Roy.

Tom: I have to go with the RBNY player I love to hate, Bay Leaf, aka Heath Pearce. Here's two things no one has ever said: "Wow! You can really taste the bay leaf!" and "Wow! Pearce is great out there!" Do you realize this guy is the third highest paid Red Bull after Henry and Cahill???!!?? Olave makes $60 grand less, fer chrissakes! In my opinion, he has been virtually invisible since joining the team and was all too easily replaced by better, cheaper options. Hopefully his injury will have Pearce buying bow ties in Dallas. Or maybe Carney can put in a call to Bunyodkor.

So, there you have it, Viper's Nest fans. Agree? Think we're nuts? Sound off below!


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Oh Ya Beauteh!!!

It's happened! The Red Bulls have won their first major piece of silverware in their history! Yes, the Supporter's Shield (the great Mike Petke is pictured above holding it up) is ours this season. Our team needed to win and did it in grand fashion, with a 5-2 thrashing of Chicago (5 unanswered goals, after falling behind 1-0). This one was full of Golazos, so please see the video at the bottom for all the highlights.

No matter what some people think, it means the Red Bulls were the best team in the regular season. It also comes with a place in next year's Concacaf Champion's League and a bit of Allocation Money ($100K?) as well. Tim Cahill has won his first major piece of silverware, Peguy Luyindula is on fire and the rest of the lads have a belief that I've never seen before in past MetroBull teams.

What does this mean to me personally? I cannot begin to tell you how happy I am at the moment. The I've been following this team since 1996. I was there when Caricola stuck in that own goal at our first home game ever. I was there in October of 2003 when Chicago defeated us in that US Open Cup Final at Giants Stadium. I was there in November of 2008 when Columbus defeated us in that MLS Cup Final, at the Home Depot Center, in Carson, CA. This is beyond massive for me, mates!

The great Mark Fishkin, whose Metro/RBNY supporting experience resembles mine (he's a 96'er as well), wrote a gem of a piece on what it means to him. Please do yourself a favour (mates) and check it out.

Please see my videos on this page (parts I, II and II) for complete coverage of all the emotions we experienced on Sunday, October 27th, 2013. Please click here for my photo album (slide show here). Please click here for Matt Kremkau's photo album (slide show here).

So curses have been lifted, 17 past seasons of mediocrity have gone down the drain and we're, apparently, favorites to win MLS Cup. No matter what happens in these playoffs, we've broken our Silverware Cherry. It's Champagne Wishes and Caviar Dreams for us long suffering RBNY fans!

That's it for moi, mon amis! I hope to see you all for the return leg of our 1st round MLS Cup Playoff series @The Cathedral of Football, Red Bull Arena (built by Makita). The big viper is outta here!


Thursday, September 19, 2013

RBNY vs TFC: Henrying

We won, we're top of the East and everyone in RBNY Land is doing 'The Henry' (or #Henrying). A solid debut for Michael Bustamante. He was involved in the Henry goal and earned himself this week's Seeing Red 'Bull of The Week' Award for his debut RBNY performance. Fabian Espindola, coming off the bench late in the 2nd half, scored an unbelievable headed golazo to make this one Dos A Cero and three points to the good.

Please see the top video for the usual drunken comments & predictions. You can click here for Matt Kremkau's fantastic photo album from this one (slide show here). You can click here for Bob Larson's fantastic set as well (slide show here).


Monday, September 2, 2013

RBNY vs DCU: The Power of Prayer

A massive, massive victory over a despised rival! But just barely. It took the great You Suck Corrales invoking the power of the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit and a massive Luis Robles penalty save to preserve this 2-1 victory over visiting DC United. These huge three points also vaults the NY Red Bulls to 2nd place in the East.

After training flare-up at the practice facility, between TH14 and Mike Petke, the 1st year manager took a big gamble by benching the legendary Frenchman. Henry would come on in the 2nd half (for an injured Tim Cahill) but it would be Robles who would take Man of The Match honors in this one.

A great result against a hated rival but, as I said, just barely. Really, this team should have done much better against the worst team in the League (by results).

Please see the video on top for the usual drunken pre-match & half-time comments/predictions. Please see the video below for a heated half-time Thierry Henry discussion and full time comments. Please click here for my photo album (slide show here). You can click here for Matt Kremkau's album (slide show here), click here for Eric Linsley's album (slide show here) and click here for Juan Pena's album.

Alright! Let's enjoy this on while we can, as Houston away is next. We'll definitely need to pray for a result down there. Ha, ha! Later!