LA Galaxy 0-2 New York Red Bulls: NY Move Into First In Eastern Conference

TORONTO - AUGUST 21: Dane Richards  of the New York Red Bulls carries the ball during a MLS game against Toronto FC at BMO Field August 21, 2010 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)

This was the major match up that Major League Soccer was hyping all week long. The two top clubs in the top two markets in the country, and both sides having designated players that have been brought in to help make this league important within the country and outside of it towards the football world. Well at the Home Depot Center you saw a player who has finally showed what he was predicted to do and his stock has been rising since a certain Frenchman came over and boosted his confidence.

In the 36th minute the Red Bulls struck first on the score sheet when Joel Lindpere on the far side of the field ran onto a loose ball and got himself wide open for a shot. His shot nailed the far post, but Dane Richards was placed perfectly for the rebound and just tapped it in the net for his third of the season. But what he did with the ball was something special in the second half.

In the 59th minute Dane Richards controlled the ball that was cleared and off to the races he went. Yohance Marshall trailed and chased Richards trying to poke it away, but on the sliding challenge he downed Richards in the area and Ricardo Salazar walked towards the spot and pointed for the penalty. In the 60th minute Juan Pablo Angel stepped up and buried it inside the near post for his thirteenth of the season and it was then a two goals to nil lead for the Red Bulls.

There were plenty of chances for the Galaxy to try and dent the scoreboard, but every time they took a shot Bouna Coundoul covered his net very well and frustrated Los Angeles all night long. 66th minute saw David Beckham with a free kick about 30 to 35 yards away send a dangerous ball towards the net but Coundoul made a two fisted punching save.

This was a statement match for the Red Bulls as they were missing former French International Striker Thierry Henry due to a sprained right MCL he received from his strange and stupid goal celebration knocking out Kevin Hartman by accident. But still this was a major statement from New York who is at the moment back in first place in the Eastern Conference on goal difference.

Chris Albright who didn’t travel with the club to the Home Depot Center suffered a groin strain after the match down in Dallas so Carey Talley was traded from DC United before the trading deadline ended last week and got his first start for the club, but in the 38th minute Talley’s attempted tackle on Juninho injured his left hamstring and Mike Petke came in, forcing Carlos Mendes to move into the right fullback position.

For the Los Angeles Galaxy it looked like they were ready to play. It looked like they were ready to face the Red Bulls at home, but for some strange reason after the first ten minutes they looked sluggish and slow. Good news for the Galaxy as David Beckham made his first start of the season after coming off the substitutes bench, recovering from his Achilles tendon injury while on loan with A.C. Milan. Beckham went the full ninety tonight so that’s something positive to look forward too.

But for the Red Bulls this season of positives keeps on going up and up. After such a horrible 2009 campaign their 2010 season has looked strong from the start, through the summer transfer window and now with only four matches remaining and three of them are at Red Bull Arena.

6 thoughts on “LA Galaxy 0-2 New York Red Bulls: NY Move Into First In Eastern Conference”

  1. Daniel,

    What do you think is going on with Angel? To me it seems that he’s transformed into a mediocre player. Or is that other players are simply outshining him? He had two chances on goal, only to waste them with stupid decisions. His decisions inside the goal box appeared to be like those of an amateur league striker.

  2. Well Rick, I have to be honest. There has been some chatter going on that Angel might not be re-signed at the end of the season. And if you saw “The Daily Extra” video report on MLS Soccer’s website, a question was asked to Juan Pablo Angel at Red Bulls training this past Tuesday and he said “You have to ask the coach about it” then walked away.

    He wants to stay here, but at the moment it sounds like the club has other plans. Has it effected his performance? Maybe a bit, but at least he converted the penalty and he is showing he is still committed to the club.

    Always the professional that he is.

  3. First of all.
    I wanted the Sounders to move up and get a “better” playoff position.
    With LA, SLC, and Dallas as the three teams you face in the West, I have a feeling NOONE wants THAT fourth spot !
    BTW, what was MLS thinking. OK your conference/teams aren’t in the top three, so now you get to play the easy MLS teams. NY is the 4th best in the standings, Columbus is 5th, so now they get to face the 7th and 8th seeds ???
    I realize there are growing pains and they will get to more of a tradition American playoff structure eventually, but this walking the line trying to appease the single table lovers has to stop eventually.

    Second of all Dallas.
    Can they win it all ? It is bizzare that noone thinks so. They don’t lose, so how are they going to get knocked out ?

    They are going to set the MLS record for least losses.
    They have to be right there with Salt Lake City in terms of the hottest teams over the last year and a half.
    They defend well, which wins championships and counter better than anyone in MLS.

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