Author: Todd Simmons

New York Red Bulls 1-2 New England Revolution: Ref Loses Control Of Game

Earlier today, fans walked the long drive up to Red Bull Arena. There was no parking near the arena so they walked, most about a quarter mile, to the gates. Some had been coming to games the entire year, more to just a game here and there, and what seemed to be the majority were the fans for the afternoon. But once inside, holding the red towels that they had been given at the gates, they became part of the swirl and roar that was the Eastern Conference Playoffs. Teal Bunbury opened the scoring for the Revolution in the 17th ... Read more

David Goldblatt Discusses His New EPL Book at Nevada Smiths

Most people around the world get soccer. It comes at them packaged in so many ways for their consumption: on television, online, in print. They get it. It is available all the time. In fact, it is even more than available. It is there to indulge in, to feast on, even to glut on. There are, however, very few people who ‘get’ soccer. It is all in the level of apprehension, of comprehension, of rooted understanding. Manager Arsene Wenger truly gets soccer. As far as players go, Thierry Henry truly gets soccer. As far as writers go, David Goldblatt truly ... Read more

Thierry Henry Keeps New York Red Bulls’ Dreams Alive After Win Against DC United [VIDEO]

Yesterday afternoon, as the sky darkened an hour early, and as the cold November wind blew around the arena, the New York Red Bulls kept a clean sheet against a DC United team and had Thanksgiving coming a few weeks early for their fans. Coach Mike Petke had talked about the importance of away goals in a press conference on Friday, talked about having the team keep it somewhere in the back of their minds, but few would have imagined a 2-0 result. The Red Bulls came into the match tired. They had played on Thursday night against Sporting Kansas ... Read more

New York Red Bulls Advance In MLS Playoffs After Late Win Against Sporting KC [VIDEO]

Last night the New York Red Bulls hosted Sporting Kansas City in the knockout round of the MLS playoffs. It was a chilly evening. Fans clustered in the parking lots before the game laughing and keeping warm, and you had the impression of a much larger crowd than the 15,518 who trickled into the seats. For a midweek game that was added to the schedule on Sunday, scheduled after the Red Bulls beat Kansas City in their last game of the regular season, a game starting at 8:00pm on a school night that kept most families at home, it wasn’t ... Read more

New York Red Bulls Edge One Step Closer to Playoffs

Last night at Red Bull Arena, the New York team’s playoff dreams took a step forward, while those of Toronto dimmed, especially with the Columbus Crew win against the Philadelphia Union. It is a close race to the finish this year with DC United at the top of the Eastern Conference, followed by the New England Revolution, Sporting KC, New York Red Bulls, and Columbus Crew currently sitting in the top five. Last night’s match was a game of two paces as each team tried to impose their own rhythm. The match stutter stepped through the first quarter of an ... Read more

Colombia Beat El Salvador 3-0 In Front of Sellout Crowd Of 25,000 In New Jersey [VIDEO]

Last night after the Colombian national team’s 3-0 win over El Salvador, head coach Jose Pekerman spoke about the new chapter that his team is beginning to write on the field. Reaching the quarter finals at the World Cup in Brazil this past summer will be a hard story to follow. Heading to the match, traffic smacked to a halt on the New Jersey Turnpike well before exit 15 W, then crawled through Harrison, a string of tail lights leading to the long metal curl of the arena. In the parking lots were wreaths of smoke as the smell of roasting ... Read more

New York Red Bulls CONCACAF Champions League Attendance Highlights Problems

For all the international games played in New York this summer, it was nice to have one that actually counted toward something larger. All those World Cup preparation games, those friendlies that were meant to prepare teams for Brazil, or the pre-season competitions that ended in a trophy ceremony, all those victories and cups held aloft were rather empty in a way. It was great to see some of the world’s top teams, to see the arena packed for Red Bulls against Arsenal or Bayern Munich versus Chivas. Yet after each game the teams left with lessons learned, an injury ... Read more

Bradley Wright-Philips And Thierry Henry Star For New York Red Bulls

Last night in front of a very select crowd of 17,891 fans, leading MLS goalscorer Bradley Wright-Phillips tied the New York Red Bulls and New York MetroStars record for goals in a single season. His 74th minute effort was provided to him by marquee man Thierry Henry. In the closing seconds of regulation play, as the arena announcer was signalling how much time the fourth official had added to the game, Wright-Phillips scored again to become the new record holder. Former Aston Villa striker Juan Pablo Angel was the previous holder, having scored 19 goals during his first season with ... Read more