Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Earthquakes vs RBNY: We Know The Way

To MLS Cup! The first stop along the route took us to Santa Clara, California this past Saturday. The Red Bulls flew away with a 1-0 victory, thanks to a 2nd half Joel Lindpere goal. This might have been the best RBNY road game of the year, with the goal defended by Quakes keeper John Busch being under siege for most of the match. Conservatively, the Red Bulls should have scored at least five goals in this one.

Next stop, on the way to MLS Cup, is The Cathedral of Football. The second leg of this playoff series is tomorrow (Thursday, Nov 4th, 8pm) and the Earthquakes will, most certainly, come out to remind us that it's only half-time. They'll be looking for goals as only a victory by a 2 goal margin will see them through.

While Iron-Man Joel Lindpere will most certainly start, and Salou Ibrahim plus Tony Tchani will be available for selection, there is still doubt over Thierry Henry's fitness. TH14 practiced yesterday and he might even get into the matchday roster. He will, most certainly, not start. That means that 17 year old Red Bulls forward Juan Agudelo, whose star is quickly rising, might get another start against San Jose.

Looking ahead, with confidence that we'll win (or tie) tomorrow, the possible dates for the Eastern Conference Final have been announced. C'mon Red Bulls - let's get it done and move on! Please click on the above video for the first part of our Epic road trip video. You can click here for part II, click here for part III and click here for part IV.

This might have been my best road trip ever. I was fully expecting a loss, but held out hope for a tie. To travel so far and come away with a victory went beyond all my expectations. I had a great time with the 32 other RBNY fans (including the great You Suck Corrales and Alex) who made the 3,000 mile trip. Everyone sang their vocal chords raw and, I'm told, it really came across on the tv broadcast. Massive Support!

Thanks to Chupi Garcia for all the booze and the use of his room for the pre-match party. Thanks to Red Bulls midfielder Austin Da Luz for joining us at half-time. Thanks to Ernesto Motta for coming up and having several of us on the Radio WADO broadcast of the game. Oh, and thanks to the legendary "Crazy George" for being himself. Ha, ha!

Please click here for my photo set from this game or click here for the slide show. Here's a nice Zimbio photo set as well. Check this post again later, as I'll have photos and videos of our tour of San Francisco, where the Red Bull flag flew over various landmarks. Viper Out!
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