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New York Red Bulls 2-2 Chicago Fire: Lindpere Saves Another Draw

“It is what it is” says Thierry Henry every time I attend New York Red Bulls training at Montclair State University. And it is what it is with this club with another draw after ninety minutes — for the thirteenth time this season. And this was against the side that is dead last in the Eastern Conference, Chicago Fire.

It looked like the Fire were about take the full three points, but in the sixty-third minute Joel Lindpere earned the equalizer as he redirected a great cross from Dane Richards inside the far post as the gaping hole was begging to be filled. But afterward Lindpere went after referee Jair Maruffo and cursed him out for missing a hand ball in the Chicago area and earned himself a booking for dissent.

It really started out well for New York in the first half as Richards and Dax McCarty were creating near the area. In the ninth minute Richards laid the ball off to Thierry Henry and he bent his shot inside the far post as Sean Johnson had no chance to get it.

The problems with scoring the first goal of the match is very simple — defensive break downs continue to come back to haunt the club and it was seven minutes later that the Fire got the first equalizer. But the man in goal wasn’t Frank Rost who is out with a right quadriceps tear, or Greg Sutton who is on loan with Montreal in the NASL. It wasn’t Bouna Coundoul who came back very late from Senegal national duty, or Alex Horwath that got one match in late March and has been training with the club since then. It was Chris Konopka from Toms River, New Jersey that got the nod after a week of training and he looked a bit shaky.

The Red Bulls defense allowed the Fire to remain onside as Patrick Nyarko brought the ball down the far side. A solid cross to Dominic Oduro found the back of the net — even with a slight touch from Konopka’s left arm that was not enough to keep it out. It looked like black cloud came back to the club and in the twenty-fourth minute it wasn’t getting better.

Marco Pappa caught the Red Bulls napping on defense and gave a nice chip to Oduro who was looking for his second of the night. A hard shot was pared down by Konopka, but the rebound was right there for Sebastian Grazzini and he smacked it in for the lead.

“Same thing, started well thought it was going to be a good game for us and then in a space of five minutes it was two one,” said Thierry Henry, “The crowd got us back into the game, but if you saw those goals, those were the ones that could’ve been avoided.” But once again those types of goals were not avoided and the Red Bulls end with another draw.

While there are certain results that have and haven’t gone the Red Bulls way, currently they are still in the third automatic bid spot in the East to make the playoffs. Depending on what the Dynamo do against the Timbers on Sunday that match could get them knocked down to the wild card spots and playing a extra game is not what this side needs right now.

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  1. mike

    August 22, 2011 at 12:21 am


    gonna be so awesome when NYRB miss the playoffs. what a bunch of muppets.

  2. The original Tom

    August 16, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    I disagree about no ties. I don’t like the tie breakers in the NHL and College Football; teams don’t go for it as much at the end of games. Plus, I liked seeing if a favored team settles for a tie or goes for it. I just think a 10 tie limit would be interest and make teams go for wins a little more on the road. And as I said, after 10 ties, you’d still be denying the other team 2 points, so a tie would still be better than a loss.

  3. The original Tom

    August 15, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Teams should only be given a point for the first 10 ties each season. After the 10th, they should get zero points for a tie.

    • Charles

      August 15, 2011 at 1:50 pm

      Or they could just get rid of ties. PLEASE DO THIS MLS. All the sister kissers can cry…I don’t care.

      And I blame anyone that doesn’t use PPG. Including MLS.
      It is just stupid.

      • Dave C

        August 15, 2011 at 2:47 pm

        If PPG means Points Per Game (as I assume), then what would be the point in using it to determine league rankings? Everyone plays the same number of games over the course of the season anyway. A PPG table might give you a slightly different snapshot of the standings at any given time in the season, but the only league table that really counts is the one at the end of the season.

        • Charles

          August 15, 2011 at 3:27 pm

          Well if you are saying never give an update on league standings, I guess that is one opinion.
          But if you ARE going to do post standings…and they ARE going to….don’t use one that values number of games played over results.

          PPG gives you a REALISTIC view of the current standings.
          A .500 team ( NY ) should NOT be placed over DC with more victories and 1 game over .500.

          • Dave C

            August 17, 2011 at 11:37 am

            Well PPG is one way of looking at it. Regular “Points scored” is another way of looking at it. Both have their pros and cons, but I can’t see a strong reason to buck tradition and go with PPG.

          • Charles

            August 18, 2011 at 2:18 pm

            Well we can agree that NY is in AT LEAST 5th place in the East.

            I am betting 6th after DC and its three extra games…..with no takers on the other side.

  4. Charles

    August 15, 2011 at 9:30 am

    The funny thing is that the media still have them in THIRD place in the East. Catch a clue media…..they are in 6th.

    I have thought they were a mediocre/good team, but I a shocked that they most likely will NOT make the playoffs….a too many team playoffs.

    At 1.24 PPG and playing LA, Salt Lake, and Dallas in the next four games will not help that PPG to go up….it is all but over.
    Backe should have his wish of not caring about the MLS Cup very soon.

    • The original Tom

      August 15, 2011 at 1:40 pm

      The league’s website lists NYRB as 3rd. And they don’t have Points Per Game listed, so I don’t think you blame “The Media”. Though at least MLS’s website has “Games Played”.

  5. Football Pub

    August 15, 2011 at 6:25 am

    Both Chicago and New York extended their winless runs, but it wasn’t for lack of trying. The 2-2 draw featured enough action to leave both sides disappointed.

  6. Evan

    August 14, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    It would help if we actually had a full squad for once. Ever since the Gold Cup, we have been missing players and having A LOT of injuries.

    Traveling to London in the middle of the season doesn’t help either.

  7. Henry Thomas

    August 14, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    So many good players here, and this team is often seen as LA’s Eastern counterpart. But they just aren’t working great as a team. Perhaps a new coach, or stronger defensive lineup.

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