Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Late Night Notes

After a busy Tuesday evening, most of us were either hard at work today or glued to the TV watching Inter defeat Barcelona in the Champions League semifinal. We'll be back tomorrow with news and perspective leading up to this weekend's showdown with longtime rival DC United in the nation's capital.

In the meantime, we would like to welcome our newest partner, Chamber Images, who will be providing us with great match photos throughout the season, such as the one above of Conor Chinn knocking in his second goal in front of the Sons of Ben.  You can visit their excellent blog by using the link on the right hand side of our homepage, under the GSS banner.  

Hans Backe was very positive after last night's victory by the "Baby Bulls," singling out Tony Tchani's first half performance in particular - going so far as to call him "king of the midfield."  Backe was somewhat less pleased with the team's second half performance when, despite numerous chances, the Red Bulls allowed the Union to hang around.  If some of the scorelines early in the season flattered RBNY, you could argue that the opposite was the case on Tuesday.  In a game that the Red Bulls could (should?) have won by three goals or more, those of us who turned up on a cold night were biting our nails in the 90th minute.  It would be nice to see more of a killer instinct and better finishing from this team, but I'm not going to grumble too much after last season's abomination.

For those of you who couldn't attend and didn't manage to catch the free stream, the entire match is now available online here.  It's a great chance to see some of the younger players perform.  At this point, you would have to consider the Red Bulls 2010 draft class to be one of the league's strongest, if not the strongest.

You will be able to see the youngsters in action again on May 12, when the Red Bulls host New England Revolution in the next phase of US Open Cup qualifying.  The club have yet to announce a kick off time or provide ticket information, but we can safely assume it should be another 8pm start time, with the Corner Pub and Club Lounge open to all in attendance.  These Open Cup matches are a great way to get more fans out to see the stadium and enjoy the atmosphere at an affordable price.  For my money, the vibe on Tuesday was as good as any this season, and we were really pleased to be able to meet up with several of our readers. Shout out to Nat from ASN for the great t-shirt, which - yes - does fit across my ample mid-section.

Finally, this morning I took a look at what's going on down the road in Philly in my latest article for the fantastic soccer blog All Things Footy.  I hope a few fans stuck around to heckle the Union players as they ran sprints.  Damn, if I'd only known!
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