Saturday, March 27, 2010

MLS Matchday 1: New York Red Bulls vs. Chicago Fire

The Red Bulls head into today's first game of the MLS season full of confidence after a very solid performance in their Red Bull Arena debut against Santos.  Red Bulls Reader interviews a few of the players from training at Montclair State (above).

With Carl Robinson likely missing and Juan Pablo Angel and Dane Richards both available for selection, we should see a starting XI that looks something like this:


Chicago, who have always given the Red Bulls a hard time - home or away - will line up with Brian McBride and Collins John leading the attack.  Rookie goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra gets the start between the pipes, after Jon Busch's departure.  Red Bulls fans who remember Busch virtually standing on his head when the teams squared off last season have to feel better about facing an untested youngster.

Mike Petke talks about the renewed confidence and different attitude heading into the season with Michael Lewis of Big Apple Soccer.  Backe certainly seems to have a clear plan and system that the players are buying into.

We'll have plenty of photos and video from the stadium, as well as a postgame wrap-up tomorrow.  The Red Bulls have warned that traffic around the stadium could again be a major issue, as they work to iron out details with local authorities.  For those attending tonight's match, the best bet is public transportation.

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