Red Bull New York Finally Find Their Form
April 19, 2011 1 Comment
I thought I was watching a top-flight European team as the Red Bulls exacted some measure of revenge against the San Jose Earthquakes. As you might remember, it was the EarthQuakes who knocked the Red Bulls out of the playoffs last season.
Truth be told this was an absolute drubbing. Red Bulls won 3-0, but it easily could have 6 or 7. San Jose had no answer for Red Bulls team that dominated possession as if it were a training session.
The constant motion and fluidity Red Bulls displayed in a torrential downpour was a joy to watch. Ream always had a mid-field target out of the back (while Marques, once again had Tim Ream) to link up with, the same can be said from mid-field to forwards. With Luke Rodgers making himself a central target with quick, well timed runs, it left a lot of room for Henry to be creator and orchestrator.
This performance will certainly raise awareness around the league. And With his Goal out of the way, and the emergence of a new strike partner, expect a freer and more expressive Henry the rest of the way.
Henry can only stand to benefit by Luke Rodgers emergence. Rodgers, a speedy hard-nosed player, possesses a number strengths that Henry will love; he’ll run all day long and will relish the opportunity to feed the Captain the ball. Plus his physical and mental toughness to set camp in the middle of the field and not be lured to the flanks will allow Henry to do what he does best, which his exploit the space on either side of Rodgers.
As for Agudelo, there is no shame in being third best to a world-class player in Henry and a wily veteran like Rodgers. Plus, he’ll be able to see the spaces that Henry and Rodgers like to exploit and be a better strike partner at the end of the day.
The only negative has to be watching Marques trot 50 yards up field only to float lazy corner kicks everywhere except on target. Can we have someone whip the ball into the box? Or how about more short corners and just maintain possession?
Red Bull Preview
Red Bull NY vs. DC United (Thursday, 7:30). If you’re an American football fan it doesn’t get any better than this. Charlie Davis is back and making us remember why he was first choice up front with the US Nats. when healthy. And the emergence of Tim Ream, who in my opinion, is the future Skipper for club and country provided he stays state-side makes this a must watch as they will be crossing paths often.
Add in Agudelo for a little spice at the end and you have three of the biggest reasons why the future is a bright one for the US Mens National Team.
Other Notable Games
Hardcore fans may want to take the week off!
Tuesday sees Manchester United attempting to put yet another, and maybe final nail in the Arsenal coffin in the Barclay’s Premier League title race when they face Newcastle
Also, the first Coupe de France semi-final ties Nice &. Lille is on Tuessay.
Cope Del Ray on Wednesday. Need I say more?
Also on Wednesday, Tottenham Hotspur vs. Arsenal with both playing everything. Tottenham is three points off Champions League football next season, but only four points ahead of Liverpool for the only Europa League spot.
Rounding out Wednesdays festivities is second Coupe de France semi-final, which pits Angers vs. Paris St Germain
Check out ESPN3.com for times.
Philly Stadium & Fans
Went to the Philly Union Red Bull game last week and I must say, that’s a really nice stadium with a really good atmosphere. But that was a derby and we traveled a nice army of Red Bull supporters. Which had every inebriated college aged Union feeling insecure and threatened. So they acted like Philly fans. Enough said.
Giggs & Raul
Great to see two of the all-time greatest performers shine once again on crucial European nights. Giggs was absolutely ridiculous in setting up both goals for the Red Devils as they ousted Chelsea from the Champions League.
And Raul. What can you say about his goal and assist ousting defending Champions Inter Milan. Truly the epitome of elegance for Shalke.
The old Champions League foes with square off against each other for the right to play in the final at Wembly. Not to be missed.
Messi & Ronaldo
From current legends to future legends, Messi and Ronaldo are neck and neck in a torrid scoring competition that sees Messi with 48 goals in all competitions while Ronaldo has 42. Impressive numbers, but how many patsy’s do these two teams get to play during the season? La Liga is always a two-headed race. Its Real, Barca and then all the have nots.