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BY DAVE MARTINEZ It only took 58 minutes for the New York Red Bulls to see an element they had been missing for quite some time. Earning his first start in front of a packed crowd at Red Bull Arena, Lloyd Sam proved to be a game changer. His aggressive style and skill added an element to the Red Bulls’ attack that seemed to complete the team’s starting puzzle that Coach Hans Backe has desperately been trying to put together for the playoff run. Henry aside, Sam played perhaps the most impactful role during Saturday’s 4-1 route of Toronto FC.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2012 at Soccer By Ives
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BY DAVE MARTINEZ To understand the Columbus Crew’s Federico Higuain, you have to know where he is coming from. The dynamic forward, and the Crew's newest Designated Player, was born and raised in the bustling metropolis of Buenos Aires, and he comes from a culture where soccer is king. In fact, it permeates nearly all parts of the Argentine lifestyle – from it’s politics to the country’s culture. The government is so vested in the sport, they provide it as an entitlement program to the masses by broadcasting games in a plan simply called “Futbol Para Todo” – or “Soccer... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2012 at Soccer By Ives
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Photo by ISIPHotos.com BY DAVE MARTINEZ HARRISON, N.J.-- Having played in one third of the Red Bull’s regular season matches (9 of 27), and appearing for just five minutes of play during the course of the past eight weeks, Rafa Marquez finally feels fit enough to return to the team and contribute in a major way. “I find myself at 100% and ready to play,” Marquez said after training at Red Bull Arena on Thursday. “I have to go little by little. I expect to play 60-70 minutes at a good level because there are three games coming up and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2012 at Soccer By Ives
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By DAVE MARTINEZ The New York Red Bulls latest Designated Player, Tim Cahill, has been outspoken about his transition into Major League Soccer but what does his new partner Dax McCarty think? The 25-year-old veteran of the American top flight has found a solid form all season long while teaming with a plethora of different options in the middle. From Teemu Tainio and Joel Lindpere to enigmatic DP Rafa Marquez, McCarty has been able to excel as a box to box option for the Red Bulls no matter who his partner may be. Nevertheless, McCarty's current pairing with the Australian... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2012 at Soccer By Ives
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By DAVE MARTINEZ On a night where Tim Cahill scored his first goal as a Red Bull and the team rallied from a 2-0 deficit for a 3-2 victory, it was Bill Gaudette who stole the show. And that says a lot. “I think the real hero tonight was probably Billy,” Cahill said after the match. “He played exceptional today - and every game I’ve been to since I’ve been here, he’s a massive part of our result.” Coming off of an impressive eight-save performance against Spain with the Puerto Rican National Team, Gaudette shined in net for the Red... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2012 at Soccer By Ives
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BY DAVE MARTINEZ Friendly matches are not usually a barometer for judgment when reflecting on regular season play, but one New York Red Bulls player put an impressive exclamation point after weeks of dominant performances by stoning Tottenham in Tuesday's 2-1 defeat to the Premiership club. Bill Gaudette was stellar between the sticks, coming up big for New York through a barrage of pressure and keeping the home team competitive against a class Spurs side. A series of point blank saves and well-read denials on set piece situations made Gaudette standout during a mediocre performance by the Red Bulls. He... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2012 at Soccer By Ives
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By DAVE MARTINEZ Tim Cahill said all the right things during his introductory press conference with the New York Red Bulls, and as he gets set for his anticipated club debut against Tottenham Tuesday night at Red Bull Arena, he is all ears when it comes to working with former Premier League adversary Thierry Henry, his new teammate and captain. "I’ve achieved a hell of a lot in my career," Cahill said, "But I also feel that this is a big move for me. I know a lot of people might think otherwise, but I’m 32 years old. I respect... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2012 at Soccer By Ives
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BY DAVE MARTINEZ There is a bittersweet feeling in the air at Red Bull Arena. Though today's press conference to officially announce the signing of Tim Cahill will surely nab headlines, a disappointing loss in Montreal will undoubtedly bubble beneath the surface. The Everton legend will add a valuable option to the Red Bulls attack – there is no question about that – but this weekend’s 3-1 defeat at Stade Saputo only magnified the glaring issues the Red Bull’s have on defense. “We didn’t show up the first five minutes of the second half,” Coach Hans Backe observed after the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2012 at Soccer By Ives
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By DAVE MARTINEZ New York Red Bulls fans may be days away from seeing the team’s latest Designated Player, Tim Cahill, in action. Though he won’t be used against the Montreal Impact on Saturday, the former Everton star will likely be debuting much in the same manner like his New York DP predecessor Thierry Henry did just two years ago; in a friendly against Tottenham. “He is a guy that definitely will be playing I would guess 45 against Spurs on Tuesday,” Red Bulls coach Hans Backe said after Friday’s training. “Today, he is just trying to sort out his... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2012 at Soccer By Ives
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BY DAVE MARTINEZ From the season opener to the present day, the Red Bulls have been steadily fighting (and overcoming) injuries all year long. Saturday’s match against the Union continued that trend as comeback player Brandon Barklage fell with a hamstring injury despite New York’s victory. Nevertheless, players are finally starting to heal and it looks like the club may be a few weeks away from full strength. Coach Hans Backe touched upon a variety of health issues after Wednesday’s practice, starting with the latest victim to the team’s injury bug.. “No chance,” Backe said of Barklage’s chances to play... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2012 at Soccer By Ives
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By DAVE MARTINEZ New York Red Bulls Designated Player Rafa Marquez will once again be designated to the injured list. Red Bulls head coach Hans Backe said a scan of his calf revealed another injury, forcing the former Mexican captain out of the team’s next several games. “I think it’s around two weeks he’s out,” Backe said. “I’m not quite sure exactly what the scan said, but when I talked to the trainers they said around two weeks.” The injury is yet another setback for Marquez who will now officially miss his 13th game of the season when New York... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2012 at Soccer By Ives
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BY DAVE MARTINEZ Oppressive heat, turnover in their roster, a cornucopia of injuries; what haven’t the Red Bulls fought through during this three game homestand? Though New York clearly held the better of possession against Chicago, they struggled to find their rhythm with the conditions being what they were. The heat slowed both teams to a crawl. The trade of Dane Richards has and will continue to force New York to reestablish their midfield identity. Newcomers Sebastian Le Toux and Bill Gaudette played in only their second match with the club, trying to carve out their role with the team.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2012 at Soccer By Ives
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BY DAVE MARTINEZ It didn’t take long for Sebastian Le Toux to make an impact for the New York Red Bulls. His game tying strike, and a steady performance from goalkeeper Bill Gaudette guided New York through brutal heat en route to a 2-2 tie against the visiting Seattle Sounders. All in all, it was exactly what Red Bulls General Manager Erik Soler envisioned when he made his latest acquisitions. “Me personally, I always liked (Le Toux) as what we call in Norwegian a 'Fishing striker', ones that are always on that line waiting to break through with anything that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2012 at Soccer By Ives
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By DAVE MARTINEZ The Paul Kemsley Era New York Cosmos left a sour taste in the mouths of New York-area soccer fans hoping for a second MLS franchise to emerge in the region. Seemingly at every turn, where there was promise, failure followed. A potentially great alliance with standout youth academy program BW Gottchee was formed, only to deteriorate into a legal battle over unpaid wages. An unbelievable opportunity to showcase as the foil against Manchester United for the Paul Scholes testimonial was more of a publicity stunt than anything tangible for the club. More emphasis was put on reviving... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2012 at Soccer By Ives
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By DAVE MARTINEZ With a little more than two weeks remaining until the close of the MLS summer transfer window, the New York Red Bulls have a Designated Player in their sights. According to head coach Hans Backe, the Red Bulls have targeted and are currently in negotiations with a potential third DP to join the likes of Thierry Henry and Rafa Marquez. "Yeah, absolutely, we are looking for that, and we are in negotiations, but that will probably take time," Backe said after Wednesday’s practice. When asked whether the team was negotiating with a club or the player himself,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2012 at Soccer By Ives
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BY DAVE MARTINEZ Earlier this season, a decimated New York Red Bulls lineup managed to tie a club record for consecutive victories with five wins in a row despite heavy losses to their starting eleven. Bench players, newcomers and rookies all helped keep the Red Bulls' season afloat, securing three shutouts while outscoring opponents, 8-3. Red Bulls coach Hans Backe credited role players such as Tyler Ruthven, Connor Lade, Brandon Barklage and Dax McCarty for the impressive run, but was always quick to point out the role luck played in the team’s achievement Has luck run out? “It’s annoying (to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2012 at Soccer By Ives
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By DAVE MARTINEZ “I don’t think we ever played a game (this season) with the same team two games in a row,” Hans Backe lamented after Friday’s training session. It looks like this week won’t be any different. The New York Red Bulls will be missing up to six starters, including Designated Players Thierry Henry and Rafa Marquez and teammates Jan Gunnar Solli, Markus Holgersson, Heath Pearce and Teemu Tainio for this weekend’s match against the New England Revolution. The loss will certainly weigh heavily for the visitors, who will be trying to break a 10-year winless record at Gilette... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2012 at Soccer By Ives
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BY DAVE MARTINEZ Juan Roman Riquelme always said he would like to retire in a Boca Juniors jersey, but last night's 3-1 aggregate defeat in the Copa Libertadores final against Brazilian side Corinthians was surely not the way he wanted to go. Shortly after Boca's ouster, the 34-year-old attacking midfielder and former Argentine international informed gathered reporters of his decision to leave the club effective immediately. "This afternoon, I spoke with the club president and informed him that I would not continue," Riquelme said. "I love this club and I will always be grateful to this club. I feel empty.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2012 at Soccer By Ives
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By DAVE MARTINEZ New York Red Bulls captain Thierry Henry sympathizes with Rafa Marquez. Having had his own battles with injuries, absences and recoveries, the veteran striker knows what it is like to desperately find one’s form in game action. “It is annoying,” Henry said. “On a personal point of view, I was on a great form and then I got injured. Rafa the other day also. It’s never easy when you don’t play. You train, you start to play again and you don’t train and you play again and your always exposed to getting injured again. (For Rafa) I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2012 at Soccer By Ives
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By DAVE MARTINEZ Perhaps there was a silver lining to the plethora of setbacks the New York Red Bulls suffered earlier this season after all. An injury-plagued April and May, compounded by the suspension of Rafa Marquez and the loss of international players for the U.S. Open Cup hobbled New York. These issues forced Red Bulls head coach Hans Backe to juggle his roster and dig deep into his bench for answers. Unlike years past during which similar situations sunk the club, leaders have emerged and role players have stepped up to the challenge. The tough times hardened the team’s... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2012 at Soccer By Ives
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By DAVE MARTINEZ Two messages have stayed consistent since the Red Bulls began their quest to compete in the 2012 U.S. Open Cup. First and foremost, they are in it to win it. Second, coach Hans Backe is not happy with the tournament structure set out by U.S. Soccer. Disappointed by the U.S. Open Cup schedule release, Backe fired his latest salvo at the tournament as his team readies itself for tonight’s fourth-round match against the Harrisburg City Islanders. “If we win tomorrow, we will have to play the third game on the road, which makes me a little bit... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2012 at Soccer By Ives
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By DAVE MARTINEZ Thing are not getting any easier for Rafa Marquez. After missing more than half of the New York Red Bulls' matches this season battling injury and disciplinary problems, the Mexican veteran will now likely be out for the beginning stages of World Cup qualifying and possibly beyond with a right thigh injury stemming from a collision in practice. Mexican national team doctor José Luis Serrano told reporters that he has a muscular distal injury in his right thigh and that an MRI revealed a Grade 1 separation of fibers that will require rehabilitation. The collision happened on... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2012 at Soccer By Ives
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By DAVE MARTINEZ Anyone who witnessed the New York Red Bulls exit the pitch after last week’s 1-1 draw against Chivas USA would have surely assumed they lost. Players gestured to team management as they walked back into their locker room. The team scurried out of sight as media awaited them at the door for a lengthy period of time. Team leaders Thierry Henry and Rafa Marquez refused media requests. The entire affair brought about much speculation, but as time dragged on, it seems the answer was right there in broad daylight. "Everyone hoped to win the sixth game against... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2012 at Soccer By Ives
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By DAVE MARTINEZ When Thierry Henry fell flat on his back, clutching his hamstring against the New England Revolution, the Red Bulls’ immediate future seemed condemned to failure. Wilman Conde, Teemu Tainio, Stephen Keel, Roy Miller and a suspended Rafa Marquez already left New York scrambling for answers on their starting eleven. Losing the team captain only made matters worse. Fast forward three weeks, and the Red Bulls are riding a five game winning streak for the first time in nine years. With a little bit of ingenuity and a touch of luck, the Red Bulls have managed to collect... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2012 at Soccer By Ives
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By DAVE MARTINEZ As surprised as people were about the Red Bulls trading Juan Agudelo for Heath Pearce, perhaps nobody was as taken aback as the former Chivas USA defender himself. “If it was sudden from your perspective, it was more sudden from mine,” Pearce told reporters after his first practice with New York. “I had no idea. It was kind of out of left field, but I am excited for the opportunity. To be traded to a team like New York Red Bulls that has so much tradition here and so much demand for results and pressure to get... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2012 at Soccer By Ives
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