Monday, June 28, 2010

RBNY Monday Musings

Alright so the Red Bulls notched their third road win of this season in a convincing 3-zip thrashing of the hapless Kansas City Wizards. The victory was punctuated by the greatest goal Juan Pablo Angel has scored for us. Look, I'm not saying it was the most important, just the best one he's scored for us. Angel was knocked to the ground but never gave up (and that's a lesson learned for Wizards' defender Aaron Hohlbein). He got up, rounded the keeper with the ball inches from the line, then calmly slotted the ball home with his left. Wot Skill! Ha, ha! Angel's two goal performance, in this game, just earned him MLS Player of The Week honors. Congratulations JPA! Check out the full game highlights below.

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Yet another major hint regarding the signing of Thierry Henry. According to Reuters, FC Barcelona confirmed today that they have agreed to sell Henry. They said he agreed to a move prior to the World Cup, and "now it's up to him to complete it," according to Barca director, Joan Oliver. In fact, this post from Brian Lewis says that the legendary French forward has, reportedly, been inked to a two year deal. I'll also hope that the part about "looking toward Europe to bring in an attack-minded midfielder to provide service" is also true. Oh, but wait: According to an article on the MLS site, by Dyer, that player isn't coming and Backe doesn't have any other candidates at the moment. This means, quite frankly, that we're NOT going to get the best out of Thierry Henry or Juan Pablo Angel. That our team cannot sign an actual creative midfielder just boggles my mind!

But whatever! The Red Bulls are in US Open Cup action tomorrow @Harrisburg. In addition to facing former Red Bulls goalkeeper, Danny Cepero, word from Harrisburg, via an e-mail sent to their ticket mailing list, is that Philadelphia Union has lent former Red Bull, Nick Zimmerman, as well as 17-year-old Joe McInerney, to the City Islanders for tomorrow's match. Apparently, the US Open Cup qualifiers, which are arranged by MLS, do not come into consideration when determining whether a player is "cup-tied" to a team, so they are available for this one-game loan.

Edit: it appears that the Philadelphia Union ringers (Zimmerman and McInerney) will NOT be playing for Harrisburg in the Open Cup game against RBNY.

Some of our guys are making the trip to Harrisburg so, hopefully, we'll have some pics and even some video for you in a few days.

In other news:

Although this year's World Cup has seen some of the worst referee fuck-ups ever, FIFA, apparently, refuses to even consider fixing things. In fact, it seems FIFA is more concerned with covering up major gaffes than actually fixing them. You can click here to check out the Top 10 worst calls so far.

It seems like Landon Donovan couldn't keep it in his pants during his three month stay in England. I'm wondering how the missus (or it that former missus?) is going to take it?
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