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Lindpere Strikes Again, Leads RBNY To Victory












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It was another fantastic evening at Red Bull Arena as the supporters were thirsting for more fantastic football out in Harrison, NJ after a great performance against Santos F.C. the week before. To get their first win of the new season they had to handle a tough Chicago Fire side that is lead by former El Salvador head coach Carlos De Los Cabos.

The lone goal of the match came from Estonian Joel Lindpere in the 40th minute. He brought the ball up from midfield into the Chicago area. Laid it off to Danleigh Borman who curved it towards Juan Pablo Angel that was cleared. But once again like the free kick against Santos that went off the wall, he chased the ball and struck another laser into the top shelf for the match winner. Instead of using his left foot, Lindpere struck it with the right.

Once the second half got started you could tell the Fire desperately wanted to level the score and they tried many, many times to create chances. Every time they got to RBNY’s area they never got close enough to make a serious challenge. They had several dangerous free kicks that got close, but RBNY keeper Bouna Coundoul was there to make sure that any ball coming towards net would never get thru him.

All match long Dane Richards looked dangerous and attacked at will down the right side of the field. When he had his chances he never wasted a shot. In the past he would always attack down the right flank with his pace, but when he reached the area that’s when he got himself into trouble and lost the ball. Since Hans Backe became the head coach, Richards has improved.

For Juan Pablo Angel it was his first match in Red Bull Arena & you can see him regressing a bit since he was chopped down in the pre-season Disney Tournament when Julian DeGuzman of Toronto FC made his needless challenge, but as the match went on Angel did get better and had a fabulous chance to make it two in the 57th minute, but central defender Wilman Conde quickly got into position and blocked Angel’s shot.

Once again the magic of the backline for RBNY has looked solid. Jeremy Hall & Costa Rican International Roy Miller patrolled the wings while rookie Tim Ream & veteran Mike Petke looked like they have played with each other for many years had another solid performance in the middle.

From start to finish RBNY has looked solid, disciplined and never lost shape. Head Coach Hans Backe has done a good job in the pre-season to get the players to a level of fitness that was good in his eyes & instilled the confidence in them to great ready for this brand new season.

The only thing negative for RBNY was the first twenty minutes as they were able to get thru the Chicago backline and never took any shots on the rookie Andrew Dykstra. Macoumba Kandji did get thru, but when he was deep in the Chicago area he would continue to make fancy moves and never ripped one on frame. Dykstra was never seriously tested outside of the Lindpere strike.

But after ninety minutes Hans Backe earned his first win in Major League Soccer and in the post match press conference he did say that he is looking for a left wing midfielder with pace and crosses the ball well. Dutch midfielder Dave van den Bergh who was invited for pre-match festivities is currently without a contract and as all the supporters are screaming to have him return, this midfield and attack would be lethal if RBNY did sign him for a return stint. But for right now the first victory at RBNY’s new home is in the books. The new temple of football in the United States.

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  1. short passes

    March 30, 2010 at 10:35 am

    Congrats to the Bulls even though I’m for the Fire—–first, last, and always. It was great to not see the artificial turf. This will help to keep the Bulls healthier and their games more entertaining.
    I was very happy with the Fire’s overall play but disappointed with the lack of finishing. I agree with “Logan” that starting Collins John could have made a big difference. However, De los Cobos may have started a firestorm with his post game comment that sometimes it’s “better to lose pretty than win ugly”. I’m in total agreement with his philosophy but it will surely raise the hackles of some soccer fans, particularly some reporters. For DLC’s sake, I hope he is able limit the pretty losses.

    • Logan

      March 31, 2010 at 10:47 am

      I missed that comment by De Los Cobos. I have to say, I hope it’s that his English isn’t strong enough to really express what he meant. Because, really, it’s NEVER better to lose than to win. Never! The point of the game is to win it! …or at least tie, I guess. Heh.

  2. Charles

    March 30, 2010 at 10:06 am

    The NEW temple of soccer is not even close to the OLD temple of soccer.

    NO need to even tell you where the old temple is….you already know.

  3. Logan

    March 29, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    I think if De Los Cobos had started the match with Collins John up front, and Nyarko at midfield, we would have seen a different result. Obviously Nyarko looks like a potential star, and should be getting the start. Letting him play aggressively from the midfield, with Collins John claiming his territory up front, and the continued presence-of-mind of McBride, we’ll see a lot more offense out of the Fire this season. But keeping Nyarko and John both in the starting lineup seems imperative. And once Martinez gets his bearings, and Pappa continues to improve, they’ll be an intimidating offense.

  4. redbull

    March 29, 2010 at 11:31 am

    I was in a section near the Chicago fans, they were making noise all game.

    Section 101 cannot be heard from the upper stand at the opposite side of the Stadium. It was the same with the Santos supporters last week. They made noise most of the game. I did not hear anything from 101.

    Even when I was downstairs I could not hear 101. Maybe the noise does not carry that much in this stadium. Or more people need to join in with the chanting.

  5. jason

    March 28, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    Wow I think for the first time in 2010 New York has an MLS team.

  6. RBNYsupporter

    March 28, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    As an ESC’er who was at the game in section 101 (the supporters section) I can say with all honesty that we couldn’t even hear Chicago’s supporters. We were taunting them all game.

    If you watch the replay of the game you can hear ESC and GSS, the visitors were on hush mode brah. Kudos on the flairs tho.

  7. eplnfl

    March 28, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    Here is a look at Section 8 last night in NY

  8. eplnfl

    March 28, 2010 at 7:55 pm


    Was the Section 8 group that loud? Word in Chicago is that a lot of the noise was from the visiting section. We all know they where responsible for the flairs.

    • Daniel Feuerstein

      April 9, 2010 at 4:32 am

      Sorry to get your question so late eplnfl Honestly ESC & Garden State Supporters were very loud. I could hear the visiting Fire Supporters, but not as loud as 101 was. If people were sitting near the Away Supporters Section then to them it was louder than ESC & GSS.

      That roof does a very good job keeping the noise inside the Arena.

  9. edmondi

    March 28, 2010 at 11:53 am

    it was a fantastic game

  10. eplnfl

    March 28, 2010 at 11:40 am

    First of all it was great to see Red Bull fans have a good time. Good luck with the new stadium and hope you pack it.

    I was not happy as a Fire fan to give you a win on opening night but since it was a such a special event we are happy to help.

    More seriously, I thought the Fire showed better play throughout the game and have more talent. NY has improved but has a long way to go. Chicago paid dearly for a mistake but thats sport. No bad feelings, Chicago while I thought looking better under their new coach appear to have less talent than last year and can clearly use an offensive spark. ( No pun intended).

    So, Congratulations to the Red Bulls and their fans, but GO FIRE!

  11. JackR

    March 28, 2010 at 7:32 am

    Overall, bulls played a good game. They were dangerous on the flanks, but bulls could not get the precision pass from the wingers to the box. Richards is a great athlete with speed, but he does not have good soccer skills.

    • CTBlues

      March 28, 2010 at 10:52 am

      That’s why they need to convince Thierry Henry to leave Barca.

  12. CTBlues

    March 28, 2010 at 2:30 am

    It was nice to see them play on a real football pitch and have it mean something.

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