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RBNY Travels To Seattle For First Road Match

To my fellow Jewish readers on Major League Soccer Talk, Happy Passover and to those who will be celebrating their egg hunts this coming Sunday, Happy Easter. For the last two weeks RBNY has had good fortune opening up their brand new home with a three goals to one victory against Santos FC & a one goal to nil victory over the Chicago Fire to start MLS play this season. But for the last three seasons this club has had plenty of problems getting victories away from Giants Stadium.

Under Bruce Arena in the 2007 season RBNY compiled a road record of three wins, four draws with eight losses for a combined thirteen points. You might think to yourself that’s not a good record, but when Juan Carlos Osorio had the last two seasons managing the club the only win on the road was at the Home Depot Center against the Los Angeles Galaxy on May 10th, 2008. A combined eight draws with twenty one losses for a total of eleven points. That is down right embarrassing.

So what is the challenge for Head Coach Hans Backe with this club to improve on their record away from the temple of football that is Red Bull Arena? Obviously it’s to play hard with heart and passion and to steal any form of points as much as possible & it starts with this Saturday’s road tilt that started the falling of dominos last year. Going to Qwest Field and facing the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup Champions Seattle Sounders FC.

Last years season opener was the worst performance I have ever seen from this club either as Metro or RBNY. After a great start in the first ten minutes of the match the club lost their shape, will & spine. All the expectations after reaching the 2008 MLS Cup Final went right down the drain as they allowed Fredy Montero to work his magic and had his best match in his first MLS Season as he torched them for two goals & a helper on Brad Evans tally in the twenty-fifth minute.

After Montero sliced “n” diced thru the RBNY defense and scored in the eleventh minute, everything went sour for the club. Even though they had to play the second half, there was no life on the field turf for RBNY. A seventy-fifth minute rocket from Montero ended his fabulous start to his MLS career. That night Osorio had the club in 4-5-1 formation with Juan Pablo Angel as the loan striker. Maybe that would have worked during Angel’s River Plate days in Argentina, but he needed a strike partner & sadly Macoumba Kandji was used on the left flank in the midfield.

So if you ask me I believe a draw would be a good starting point for the clubs solutions on the road when they are playing the Sounders. That is a strong home field advantage as the city of Seattle will be singing and chanting for their club for the entire ninety minutes. But for central defender Mike Petke this is his outlook on the match.

“We have to find a way, no matter what. It doesn’t have to be pretty. It doesn’t have to be great soccer. We have to find a way to grind something out. We have to find a way to be effective in Seattle. Whether its sitting in or go on an all-out attack.”

(Quote was from Big Apple Soccer’s Michael Lewis)

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  1. Daniel Feuerstein

    April 3, 2010 at 4:14 am

    Sorry about that Charles. Didn’t mean to poke to hard. Still Qwest is a good stadium with a decent roof to keep the noise in as well. Will there be a large contingent flying over to Red Bull Arena on May 15th? We have an official away supporters section.

  2. ryan

    April 2, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    charles brings up a good point of view to which most people outside WA may not be privy. Paul Allen funded a special statewide election, mainly just to vote for qwest field (then seahawks stadium). yes, it was primarily for the ‘hawks, but it was HEAVILY pushed as a football+soccer stadium (and that it would be natural grass…kinda pissed about that…but that’s for another day). they sent out mailers to every youth soccer org. in the state and said they’re building a stadium with sightlines for soccer and they even made sure the design was approved by fifa (which it was). i played soccer growing up so we got these pamphlets sent to our house all the time. but we also had season tix to the a-league/usl sounders so we got them double! they also said that this stadium would bring mls to seattle and that it would put us in the running to host a world cup game, when it comes back to the u.s. (and after the turf decision they said no worries we’ll bring in grass when needed for soccer, because really, it’s f-ing hard to grow grass in seattle past september). so yeah, it was built with the seahawks in mind, but it wan’st built just for them. so while everyone outside seattle says we play in a football stadium, we look puzzled, because it’s also a soccer stadium, and it’s an amazing place to watch a game, even with 18,000 in attendance (vs. portland this preseason…great atmosphere).

    however, RBA is frickin’ awesome and the best soccer-specific stadium in the country. can’t wait to go see the sounders play there. but qwest is also a damn fine soccer pitch, even if it isn’t “specific.”

  3. Daniel Feuerstein

    April 2, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Just having a little fun Charles that’s all. I’m still in heaven with Red Bull Arena.

    • Charles

      April 2, 2010 at 5:16 pm

      Me too…
      and you should be in heaven.

      You did touch a sore spot for any Sounder’s fan, as many would not have voted for a $500-600 million stadium ( the Mariner’s stadium was voted down in a close vote, the second Sonics remodel never even got close ) unless it was built for soccer.

      It ABSOLUTELY would NOT have passed without the Sounders’ fans support.

      ps. I love the turf, but many ( rightfully so ) are very upset that what they voted for was not put in place.

      • Robert

        April 5, 2010 at 5:28 pm

        Sounds like another bamboozled Sounders Fan being manipulated by sporting franchises in America.

  4. Daniel Feuerstein

    April 2, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    Charles. Qwest field maybe the greatest NFL stadium to hold soccer, but I’m sorry to say that Red Bull Arena is right now the Greatest Soccer Stadium in the world.

    Two matches in and it’s already gotten rave reviews. Welsh International Carl Robinson has already said “It’s a proper football stadium” So while you have a good team and a good stadium to hold Soccer in Seattle. Red Bull Arena has already surpassed as the greatest soccer stadium in the world.

    • Charles

      April 2, 2010 at 2:11 pm

      First of all QWest was built for soccer. Granted they broke the covenant and put in turf, but besides that, it was built for soccer. We voted on it as a soccer stadium, it passed because it would be a soccer stadium ( the bond would NOT have passed without being a soccer stadium ) and it is awesome as a soccer stadium.

      The first game it hosted was soccer, most of the games it has hosted have been soccer. Do the Seahawks use to too ? Yes, and it is great for them too. I have been to many of those games too. Hard to beat, maybe not the best NFL stadium, but definitely one of the tops.

      The idea that a stadium HAS to be for one purpose only is dumb. All of those people in DC should be figuring out a way to make RFK a great stadium again rather than try to move it to a High School sized girdiron stadium in the ‘burbs.

      I hope that Red Bull stadium is expandable otherwise you are going to have Toronto II on your hands.

      Nice starter stadium, very nice…..someday maybe it will be QWest. Probably not, they will most likely have to start over.

      • Oh_yeah

        April 2, 2010 at 2:29 pm

        You said it, qwest have field turf. It would be different if they had grass. The field turf removed them from consideration as best soccer pitch in USA. Once they change to grass, it would say qwest field have the best soccer pitch.

  5. Charles

    April 2, 2010 at 11:59 am

    Welcome to the GREATEST soccer stadium in the world.
    If you watched the season opener on ESPN2, you realize there is no place like QWest.
    The fans haven’t even hit their stride yet and it already the best in the world.

    Seeeeeeaaaaaaaatttttle Soooooooouuuuuuuunders !

  6. Oscar

    April 2, 2010 at 2:32 am

    You thought last year was bad? Prepare for a sounding so painful that RBNY will never recover.

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