Tag: New York Red Bulls

Thierry Henry’s Departure Signals a Shaky Future for New York Red Bulls

Thierry Henry’s bittersweet au revoir now leaves the New York Red Bulls at a crucial crossroads. The fabulous Frenchman recast the floundering founding franchise from dowdy also-rans into Marion Cotillard-beautiful league beaters. But this season ended just like all the 18 previous – MLS Cupless. With NYCFC’s arrival raising the stakes higher than Chris Christie’s cholesterol, where does the North Jersey club go from here? The Squad: Head coach Mike Petke, whose roots with the club go back to the days when his frosted mane matched the MetroStars’ yellow taxi-logo, recently said “we have a very good plan for the ... Read more

Thierry Henry’s MLS Retirement Sees Him Leave Behind an Unfulfilled Legacy

I remember that night like it was yesterday; in April 2012 I had the privilege of doing a post-game interview with Thierry Henry. As a Gunners fan, I was salivating at the chance to put my microphone in front of this legend. Thanks to my then-MLS Talk media pass and a visit to DC for the Red Bulls, I would be getting the chance of a lifetime. Except there was one problem. DC United took New York to the woodshed and beat them 4-1. The visitors’ only goal came from a beautiful free-kick by Henry, a classic example of the ... Read more

MLS Eastern Conference Finals Preview – New England Revolution vs. New York Red Bulls

Boston versus New York. It’s a rivalry that goes back more than a century. The Patriots, Bruins and Red Sox carry the honor of their city into battle against the Jets, Rangers and Yankees. Its now time for the Revolution and Red Bulls to throw their names into the mix. Both teams earned their way into the Eastern Conference Finals, but did so using different paths. The Revolution beat a lackadaisical Columbus Crew team in the first round of the playoffs, while the Red Bulls had to win a one off wild card game against formidable Sporting KC before moving ... Read more

MLS Quarterfinals Leg 2: Review Of Highlights And Lowlights

GOOD: Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy/Forward) – Landon Donovan completely dominated the Salt Lake defense in Carson to push his Galaxy into the MLS CUP Semifinals. His three goals and one assist turned the game on its head and buried Real, ending their hunt for the league championship. This game was just another chapter in the amazing career of Donovan, the best player in MLS and USMNT history. With his career on the line, he not only stepped up, he excelled. This is the trait that has marked his entire career. When Donovan is in the spotlight, he fine tunes his ... Read more

Cosmos And Red Bulls Both Have Opportunity to Win Silverware For New York

These days New York’s baseball, football, basketball, and hockey teams are as blah as a slice from one of Manhattan’s now-ubiquitous 99-cent pizza joints. The Yankees have missed the playoffs for the past two seasons and have a roster older than Wilford Brimley’s Cocoon crew. The Mets have been selling hope longer than President Obama and haven’t won a title since President Reagan was denying involvement in Iran-Contra. The Jets are defined by two Hall-of-Fame Youtube videos – the buttfumble and their NFL draft supercut. The Giants have delivered two miracle postseasons over the past seven seasons but in between have been as mediocre as MetLife ... Read more

MLS Quarterfinals Leg 1: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

The first legs of the MLS Cup Quarterfinals are in the books and we finally got to see what teams really have to offer with their seasons on the line. Some stepped up while others crumbled. As is usually the case, the difference between a win and a loss is one or two moments of brilliance from a single player. Lets take a look at the good, the bad and the ugly to come out of the MLS Cup Quarterfinals first legs. GOOD: Charlie Davies (New England Revolution/Forward) – Charlie Davies, along with teammates Jermaine Jones and Lee Nguyen were ... Read more

Preview Of The MLS Knockout Round Matches

Major League Soccer wrapped up its regular season with one final weekend that saw teams eliminated from playoff contention and other teams cement their spot in the postseason. Before the league’s best get to play their first game in the postseason, the MLS Knockout Round must be held to finalize the field. Four teams will battle it out for the final two spots. In the Western Conference, FC Dallas and Vancouver Whitecaps will meet in Frisco, TX on Wednesday night. Both teams are trying to return to the playoffs as neither qualified last season. FC Dallas qualified in 2011 and Vancouver ... Read more

3 Ways MLS Can Combat the Fierce Competition From Foreign Leagues

As we’ve discussed for weeks now on this site, the new MLS brand (“MLS Next”) comes at a time of incredible importance to the league. For most of the front office and media, the focus has been on the league’s future and how bright it looks. However, the league needs to take a hard look at the present if it even wants to have a future considering the American soccer landscape is more challenging than it seems. The league office decided to launch its rebrand to coincide with some major changes to the league. You can argue the last major ... Read more