Thursday, August 11, 2011

RBNY News & Notes: Mid-Week Internationals

Good afternoon! Another picture perfect day here in RBNY Land. It's crunch time for our beloved team and a massive home fixture, against the struggling Chicago Fire, awaits this coming Saturday. Before that, however, let's get into some RBNY news, with a bit of USMNT flavor.

The Jurgen Klinsmann era began yesterday in Philadelphia, as the USMNT came from behind to record a 1-1 draw with Mexico (highlights above). RBNY designated player Rafa Marquez played 69 minutes in this one (for Mexico), while RBNY forward Juan Aguledo was a 60th minute sub for the Red, White & Blue. Young Agudelo, in fact, was instrumental in the US goal, combining with substitutes Brek Shea and Robbie Rogers for the 75th minute strike. RBNY defender Tim Ream, who was called up for this one, did not dress.

After the Red Bulls debacle this past Saturday, @RSL, Head Coach Hans Backe got the dreaded "Vote of Confidence" from RBNY Sporting Director Erik Soler.

RBNY Jamaican International Dane Richards made waves this week when he turned down a National Team call up. Seems The Reggqe Boyz had a game in China (played yesterday) but Great Dane advised his coach that helping the Red Bulls reach the playoffs was his main priority.

Bouna Time again? As brand new Red Bulls Designated Player Frank Rost aggravated that quadriceps injury he suffered (while sitting on a plane), Massive Bouna is expected to be "between the pipes" for the Red Bulls on Saturday.

Some other stuff:

Major League Soccer just announced a new Television deal with NBC, which will start next year. The three year deal will see four MLS games (2 regular season & 2 playoff games) broadcast on the NBC Network each season and 38 games each season broadcast on The NBC Sports Network (currently known as Versus). The deal is, reportedly, worth $10 million per year to the League and will almost double its reach, as Versus is available in 76 million homes.

That's all for now. I hope to see you all this coming Saturday @The Cathedral of Football, Red Bull Arena (built by Makita). Viper Out!
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