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Chicago 4-0 New York: Fire Burn The Red Bulls Badly In The US Open Cup

Chicago Fire v NY Red Bulls

When you have a club like the New York Red Bulls who has a full slate of world class players and some talented youth players on their roster from the MLS Super Draft and their Academy, you would think that winning the US Open Cup is a serious thing. When you are traveling to Chicago and taking on the Fire for a spot into the Semi-Finals, you would think Backe wanted to exact some revenge in the league tie a couple of weeks ago.

But as always the four time US Open Cup Champion Chicago Fire takes this tournament seriously and the ownership showed everyone at Toyota Park why they wanted to win this domestic cup competition. It all got started early in the 7th minute when Dominic Oduro was able to rip his chance at Bouna Coundoul and it went off his gloves and inside the top part of the net.

All first half the Fire peppered the Red Bulls net and Coundoul made some big saves to keep the deficit to a single goal and at the end of the first half, New York looked to be lucky by escaping being behind by that goal. But once the second half got started, it all went downhill for good. The Fire finally showed their will to win and did it well.

Yamith Cuesta in the 48th minute headed in a great corner that was delivered by Daniel Paladini and the destruction was halfway done. Then Orr Barouch earned his first brace in US Open Cup play by converting in the 52nd minute and his second in the 69th minute. Originally it was heard that Barouch’s first goal was offsides as the flag did go up, but because it was deflected by the defender, the referee decided to waive it off and allowed it to stand.

What does this say about Hans Backe priorities when it comes to the US Open Cup? It says that he would rather care more for a pre-season friendly tournament traveling to Arsenal and allowing Thierry Henry being celebrated by that famed London club, then fighting for a chance to win a real trophy and earning one of three ways to enter the CONCACAF Champions League.

The other sad thing to hear was that Hans Backe did not travel to Chicago for this match as he allowed assistants Mike Petke & Carl Robinson earn some training time as they led a weak side to face the Chicago Fire. The supporters who traveled to Chicago were basically slapped in the face as they wanted to see their side attempt to reach their fifth semi-final match.

This club either as Metro or Red Bulls has to understand that this tournament is just as important as the league season and the MLS Cup playoffs. Right now they have lost a chance to win a cup. Backe has said that winning the Supporters shield is the most important cup to get, yet at the moment the club looks like they will miss that chance as well.

While it was a decent ride to see the baby bulls get a chance at some glory, it all falls on the lap of Hans Backe when you have failed to advance to the next round, regardless of what MLS wants you to be. The face of the league in England means sacrificing a cup. Look at Manchester City as they didn’t care which cup they wanted to win, just as long as they wanted to win one of them and got their FA Cup.

(NOTE:) This match was originally scheduled at 8:30PM EDT – 7:30PM CDT but was pushed ahead to 6:00PM EDT – 5:00PM CDT due to a Lightning storm that knocked out the lights at Toyota Park and over 800,000 customers. The Video stream was unavailable and only got audio.

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  1. eric

    July 14, 2011 at 3:08 pm

  2. paul

    July 14, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    The fire look really strong, I think we will really sunrise everyone!!

  3. Brian

    July 13, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    If you win the USOC, you get a berth in the CCL. If you win the CCL, you get a berth into the World Club Cup, where you might get a REAL match against Manchester United or Barcelona, rather than a fake one.

  4. Brian

    July 13, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    You build a culture of winning by… well… WINNING things. There are four major trophies available to MLS clubs: MLS Cup, Supporters Shield, US Open Cup and CONCACAF Champions League.

    NY are the only original MLS club to have never won a major trophy. And they are even behind several recent expansion clubs like RSL (1) and Seattle (2).

    Or perhaps, NY thinks the Emirates Cup is a major trophy as well.

  5. Heimdall

    July 13, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    First off, I know Fire fans wish they had a jersey sponsor, but the jersey pic actually looks traditional.

    Secondly for Red Bull fans out there, do you really think the team is built for a title run? Like NY, the LAG, Seattle, Dallas, Salt Lake have experienced extended absences from a top three member of the team but unlike those other teams, the RBs haven’t been as successful in dealing with these setbacks. With the D team they sent to play Chicago, I have serious questions about their depth in comparison to the other teams.

    Maybe this is another good year to be the East #2 since they get to duck the best wild card team, which should be the #4 western team. The five teams (not Chicago) are title contenders and I expect the Rapids will be a better team by the year’s end too.

  6. Brian

    July 13, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Listen, the Red Bulls don’t care about this because they have a long history of winning trophies and participating in and going deep into the CONCACAF Champions League… oh wait…

  7. Jason

    July 13, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    Go Richmond!!

  8. Charles

    July 13, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    I do agree with NY not taking it seriously. I CANNOT believe that Backe didn’t go to the game. What an idiot.

    But most teams play reserves.
    Chicago takes this seriously with Daniel Paladini and Orr Barouch ?
    Not professing to have seen every Chicago game, but I have seen quite a few, haven’t seen them play.

    Seattle does so well, not because they take it seriously, while everyone else doesn’t. Like Chicago, they may take it more seriously than NY and some other teams, but the reason they do great is:

    They are very deep ( haven’t lost in reserve games yet )
    The fans care ( so they play at home, homefield advantage and having a starter on the bench and having a starter travel a 1,000 miles are two very different things )

    NY, unfortunately for the fans who do care, have neither of these things.

  9. Clampdown

    July 13, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Furious with Backe over this. But, as you pointed out, I’m sure he’ll trot out the first 11 for the meaningless match against Arsenal and he’ll get his photo in an English newspaper. Screw you, Hans.

    Also, I only see one world class player on Red Bulls, not a full slate. Watching them against DC, I thought if you take Henry out of the equation, DC has just as good a team.

  10. CTBlues

    July 13, 2011 at 9:30 am

    According to espnsoccernet:

    “13.46 New York Red Bulls have signed out-of-contract Hamburg goalkeeper Frank Rost. The 38-year-old had played in the Bundesliga for the past 18 years. “We are extremely pleased that Frank is joining us in mid-season,” said New York sports director Erik Soler.”

    I guess we got our goalkeeper now.

    • Sick of it

      July 13, 2011 at 11:18 am

      Lets just turn the MLS intot he PNWL (Pacific North West League) because they are the only teams with management that cares about winning things.

      • CTBlues

        July 13, 2011 at 1:01 pm

        Fergie made a comment earlier this week and said if soccer was more popular here we could probably support 2 to 4 top leagues due to the size of our country. I think we should have have four regional leagues and then like a playoff against the winner of each regional league with very few if no interleague play.

        • Alan

          July 13, 2011 at 1:07 pm

          I agree with this, which is why I think a larger MLS would be a better idea, and a real playoff system. I have always thought this, but its not going to happen. Boosting soccer’s popularity in the US is going to take a long time, no matter what you do. Realistically, it might take 10, 20, maybe 30 years.

          • ExtraMedium

            July 14, 2011 at 11:54 am

            “a larger mls” would mean MORE mediocre teams living under single-entity pyramid scheme. just make ussf run d1*. mls/nasl/usl/npsl/csl could be “conferences.”

            *fifa only allows 1 d1 per country.

        • nick

          July 13, 2011 at 11:20 pm

          So conferences? Ok check just make them stronger like in baseball which was going to happen as more teams join MLS. It’s funny he said that because all the eurosnobs hate conferences and claim the only way to run a league is single table.

          • CTBlues

            July 13, 2011 at 11:58 pm

            No they wouldn’t be conferences. They would be leagues more like baseball was before interleague play and the winners would play in a tourny similar to the old European Championship.

    • Daniel Feuerstein

      July 13, 2011 at 11:38 am

      Yep. Frank Rost is our new goalkeeper. Something tells me that Horwath will be released and Sutton will be #2 then Coundoul #3.

  11. CTBlues

    July 13, 2011 at 9:16 am

    Is that an old Fire kit or are they allowed to have a different kit maker for USOC matches?

    Also it is was disgrace what Hanz and the RedBulls did yesterday.

  12. Alan

    July 13, 2011 at 1:00 am

    I am rooting for the Richmond Kickers now.

  13. Roger(Promotion/Relegation)

    July 13, 2011 at 12:28 am

    Deja Vu!

    Last year the Galaxy rested a few key players for a Real Madrid friendly and it ended up costing them elimination on the Concacaf Champions League by the PR Islanders.

    Tonight, two games away from a chance to win a spot on our aquivalent of the European Champions, the Red Bulls came up with the brilliant idea of using the US Open Cup Quarter-finals as a great oportunity for a reserve roster to get some minutes. TD Hans Backe did not even made the trip! He had Better things to do on this tuesday night I guess?!?!

    Can you guys imagine Real Madrid resting Ronaldo and Kaka on a Champions league or Copa del Rey game so that they can play a friendly?

    Talk to the Real Madrid’s or Man. Utd management and try to organize a “World Challenge Intergalactic Transatlantic Exibition Series” on the middle of their regular seasson, Champions league qualifiers, FA Cup/Copa del Rey, so that our …..franchises (…ups, I almost said clubs) get some nice warm up pre-seasson games. See if they go for it! I would love to see their answer!

    Wonder why our league doesn’t get a lot of respect internationally?!

    • Robert

      July 13, 2011 at 12:51 pm

      It starts with MLS fans like you. Stop supporting this non-sense and demand change.

  14. Alex

    July 12, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    Seeing that Nike swoosh next to cfsc crest is a sight for sore eyes. Im tired of adidas

    Anyways any time I hear of energy drink failure is music to my ears and I rejoice. But this time it’s different. I’m mad. There are lot of things wrong with mls but priorities that mls/clubs (I include mls because mls majority owns and operates every club) set are ridiculous. How many times have we seen mls/clubs set aside important games like regular season (or should i say pre season cuz you know, the real season, when clubs actually start playing, starts at playoffs) games, ccl or USOC but put all their marketing hype and best eleven for a pointless friendly only for money? How backwards is mls! You have to be a complete idiot to be conformed with the way mls/clubs and USsf operate. The USOC is a tournament with more history than mls ever hopes to have yet they treat it like it was a pointless friendly. Does anyone know if mls makes any money out of USOC? Cuz my guess is that they don’t and so anything that doesn’t bring money to the mls cartel they ignore. You know what it doesn’t even matter USsf isolates mls so much from the other leagues that it’s given that mls/clubs will win every time and since it’s a single entity the prize money will be distributed evenly among the clubs instead of all staying to it’s rightful winner. Mls is so backwards. I’m a interested follower but it’s these things that keep me from being a true mls fan. Hopefully cfsc or ssfc wins is cuz it seems they are the only ones that care

    • Robert

      July 13, 2011 at 12:50 pm

      Dude, MLS/SUM doesn’t care about anything except $$$. I blame MLS fans for allowing Garber & Co. to get away with this. MLS and USSF have robbed the game from us. MLS is happy milking the 17k fans who support MLS week in and week out than they milk the non-MLS supporter with friendlies etc. Its a win win.

    • Charles

      July 13, 2011 at 5:44 pm

      Insane rant of the week, sponsored by Bellevue General Hospital.
      Where they “Lock em up, Before they kill MLS fans”

      Where do you think the small, very small amount of USOC money goes if it doesn’t go to the MLS teams that are still playing ?
      Do you even think before you type ?

      If fans care, and let’s get in the real world, it is a very long journey for you I know, then MLS teams would care. Fans don’t care, so neither do the teams. The Sounder’s game tonight isn’t even on TV, why because 1 million fans in Seattle want to see it ?
      NO, I will give you a guess why it is on the internet stream only…..nevermind you will never come up with it…..because almost no one cares. I will be watching with 5,000 others.

      If people cared, then Donovan would be playing, it would be on TV ( national TV even ) and teams would make a ton of money off of it.
      See July 4th for a perfect example.

      • Alex

        July 13, 2011 at 11:37 pm

        thats still no excuse for MLS/clubs not caring about meaningful cups and instead focusing all their energy on a stupid mickey cup. and you say some pretty stupid stuff too most of the time idk why you’re coming up as the almighty god of soccer common sense.

      • Jeromy

        July 15, 2011 at 3:46 pm

        I can tell now that you were not there, cause actually Donavon and junhino started the game, and there were over 4k plus fan’s present with many more wanting tickets but not enough room. Starfire only seats just over 2k but there were more… people do care, they dont advertise well for it. Last years Open cup final had over 28k at qwest and it was louder then 36k cause it was the passionet fans that were there.

  15. I can wipe myself

    July 12, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    I bet anything that Sounders will destroy the Galaxy because Arena won’t play any starters becuase for MLS the friendly vs Real Madrid this weekend is more important. HAH!

    • Robert

      July 13, 2011 at 12:44 pm

      Yah well Friendlies are very important to MLS. Deal with it.

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