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Another Equalizing Goal, Another Draw For The Red Bulls

Recently it seems that no matter how hard the New York Red Bulls play to get the first goal of the game, something always seems to bite them in the rear end. Even if it was a long cross continent trip to Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada to face the expansion side Whitecaps. Amazing thing about this match was that the Whitecaps haven’t won since their season opener against Toronto FC, while the Red Bulls haven’t won a game all month long in May.

But the Whitecaps would get the first chance to get on the score sheet as Carlos Mendes tried to track back and mark Camillo Sanvezzo, but Mendes clipped his heels in the area and a penalty was issued to the Whitecaps in the 24th minute. Eric Hassli took the spot kick and converted for the early lead. Greg Sutton back in net dived the right way, but the power was too strong to make the save.

But as always these Red Bulls are resilient and will find a way to get level in the match. They would do so ten minutes later as they brought the ball up on the far side. Roy Miller would cross it long towards the near side at Jan Gunnar Solli. He delivered a low cross in the area to Luke Rodgers who took it one time and nailed the upper near ninety for the equalizer.

Both sides would exchange attacking runs in the second half, but nothing would enter the net as both Jay Nolly and Sutton would make some good saves and both sides ended the early afternoon with a point each. Being a temporary home for the Whitecaps before B.C. Place finishes their renovations, Empire Field looks like a fantastic venue that in my opinion needs to remain. But once again all the money being poured into B.C. Place for renovations for both the Whitecaps and the B.C. Lions of the Canadian Football League will become a fantastic venue for both sides.

Ever since Luke Rodgers’s name popped up from Red Bulls head coach Hans Backe last year we had no idea what the Notts County man was going to do in first division MLS. Being in the third division of English football you would assume he wasn’t the type of player that was going to cut it anywhere else. But to be honest we were all wrong and at the moment Rodgers has shown why Backe has faith in him.

Already scored five goals and the first four at Red Bull Arena, he has showed to be a tough little player possessing a motor that never stops running. Of course this character already came out discussing how Landon Donovan acted on the field by over working the referee and calling him an interesting name. But sometimes in MLS you need a character like Rodgers to make things interesting.

So for the Whitecaps they are on an eleven game winless streak, while the Red Bulls are winless in five. But while Vancouver will have a side that is nearly intact, the Red Bulls have already lost Dane Richards, Rafa Marquez, Dwayne DeRosario, Juan Agudelo and Tim Ream for the Gold Cup. Let’s see how the depth department will work for the next three to five league matches.

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  1. Charles

    May 31, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    They still have to play Dallas and Salt Lake twice.

  2. Charles

    May 31, 2011 at 11:17 am

    What happened to my earlier post ?
    It knocked on NY and got deleted ?

    Well take this…Daniel, Brad Davis was a NY MetroStar ?


    • Clampdown

      May 31, 2011 at 11:30 am

      No way. You made a post critical of NY?

      Just out of curiosity, Charles, how many matches have you watched Red Bulls play this season?

      • Charles

        May 31, 2011 at 1:46 pm

        Funny 😉

        You can rip on me if you want, I like different viewpoints.
        They are at 1.5 Points Per Game. That is borderline playoff team most years.
        LA, SLC, and Philly are around 2 PPG. And Dallas after losing the league MVP is higher.

        • Clampdown

          May 31, 2011 at 2:18 pm

          No, I wasn’t looking to rip you. I really was curious because you seem to comment on NY a lot. I was wondering if it was just from match reports or you had seen the games. For example, you brought up the other day RBNY’s loss to Philly. In reality, NY dominated the match, and Agudelo missed two fairly easy chances you would expect him to put away, and Ream gifted them the goal. Philly was very lucky to come away with that win. Credit to them, they’ve played well enough to get the points while not scoring much (this weekend not included). But I can’t see them sustaining that.

          The run of draws for NY is definitely concerning, and now with 5 guys off to the Gold Cup, that concern increases. We’ll definitely find out about the depth of the squad over the next three weeks.

          • Charles

            June 1, 2011 at 9:51 am

            Well it would be very hard for me to see every game, so I only saw the highlights of Philly NY. Appreciate the color.

            I comment on NY a lot because Daniel does a good job posting on NY a lot.

            Also, I do find it interesting the NO ONE seems to agree with me.
            Every power poll out there acts like they are closer to 2 PPG instead of the 1.5 PPG.

            NY is getting screwed by Gold Cup.

          • Daniel Feuerstein

            June 1, 2011 at 11:45 pm

            True that the Gold Cup will test the roster for NY. Hopefully some academy players might get a chance for a call up, or both Austin DaLuz & Matt Kassel will shine in this month of matches.

            Maybe the other Rooney will provide some magic. He has scored some amazing free kicks for NY in the pre-season. We shall see.

    • Daniel Feuerstein

      May 31, 2011 at 5:50 pm

      Whatever you typed Charles, I never touched it. So I don’t what happened. But I knew Brad Davis was a Metro. He was drafted as a Metro.

      Is that suppose to hurt?

      • Charles

        June 1, 2011 at 9:44 am

        I have a man crush on Brad Davis.

        And NY has needed someone to feed JPA and other forwards for a long time, no ?

  3. Charles

    May 31, 2011 at 10:16 am

    They lost DeRo a while back. Somewhere between Toronto and NY he dissappeared.

    Plus they lose Henry every other game.

    I am sure the NY media will spin this like NY is the best team in MLS, but Gold Cup caused them to lose. That will probably be true, but they were a tie at best before, most of the time with late goals to get that.

    They are struggling like other teams to get there with Dallas, LA and Salt Lake….and maybe Philly.

  4. CTBlues

    May 31, 2011 at 9:19 am


    We lost Tim Ream not no Luke Rogers to the Gold Cup.

    • Daniel Feuerstein

      May 31, 2011 at 5:49 pm

      Fixed. Thanks CTBlues

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