New York Red Bulls at Chivas USA: Running Commentary

New York Red Bulls at Chivas USA: Running Commentary

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New York Red Bulls at Chivas USA: Running Commentary

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The Red Bulls are in Home Depot Center tonight to take on Chivas USA in a key match for both teams. The Red Bulls are hoping to keep pace in the stacked Eastern Conference while the Goats are looking to exact some revenge for their loss at Giants Stadium earlier this month.

If you will be watching the match, or if you want to follow the match, you can check in here. Feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

I will be doing a running commentary so check in for that throughout the night.

Enjoy the match.

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FINAL- Red Bulls 1, Chivas USA 1. The Goldthwaite blunder was painful but the road point is about what the Red Bulls deserved today. They played hard, but not as well as last week. Jon Conway, Dane Richards and Dave Van Den Bergh played well tonight. Sinisa Ubiparipovic, Kevin Goldthwaite and Seth Stammler didn’t have the best days. That’s three straight matches without a loss for the Red Bulls, who have a busy week ahead of them.

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92nd minute– Chivas USA running out of time. Goldthwaite does well to head a ball clear of danger.

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90th minute– We’re in stoppage time. Somebody tell Goldthwaite.

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89th minute– Can the Red Bulls hold on here?

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88th minute– Nice play by Boyens to hold up Justin Braun just enough to prevent a goal.

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84th minute– Van Den Bergh with a shot on goal. That’s as close as the Red Bulls are going to get based on how their attack looks.

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82nd minute– Mike Magee with a wasted cross. He hasn’t shown much tonight either.

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80th minute– Luke Sassano for Seth Stammler. Interesting sub, although the way Stammler’s been playing with a yellow card it might be cautious.

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75th minute– Will we see Danleigh Borman tonight? I hope so.

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73rd minute– Oscar Echeverry looks terrible since coming in. I think his knee is bothering him and I wonder if he stays in the whole way.

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69th minute– Has anybody seen Seth Stammler?

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67th minute– Will the Red Bulls create any good chances? I wonder where it will come from.

Jorge FLores is on for Bornstein. THis kid is dangerous.

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66th minute– Chivas USA is picking up the pace here as the Red Bulls central midfield has disappeared.

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62nd minute– Chivas USA has taken the foot off the gas, allowing the Red Bulls to breath a bit.

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61st minute– Yep, that’s the sub. With one sub left, I think we need to see Borman come in.

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60th minute– Mike Magee looks set to come in, probably for Ubiparipovic, who did nothing today.

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55th minute– The Red Bulls midfield looks shaky right now. Stammler and Mendes have lost it a bit this half.

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54th minute– The Red Bulls bring in Echeverry for Wolyniec. Echeverry is coming off a good game in the friendly against Chivas de Guadalajara.

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52nd minute– We’re back in the second half and Conway has already made TWO great saves, including an unreal save on a redirected shot. Chivas USA has all the momentum right now.

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HALFTIME– I have to say that Goldthwaite hasn’t looked comfortable at left back tonight and that blunder was the clearest evidence. I won’t fault Jeff Parke at all for that one because there was no pressure coming on Goldthwaite so Parke just ran upfield. WOW.

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HALFTIME- On basically the last kick of the half, Goldthwaite just gifted the Goats a goal and some confidence heading into half in a game the Red Bulls had total control of. It will be interesting to see how that affects the Red Bulls, who had been playing very well up to that point.

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48th minute- GOAL CHIVAS USA. WOW. What a mistake. Unbelievable. Goldthwaite lazily sends a pass square to Jeff Parke, who wasn’t paying attention. Razov takes it and finishes it off to tie the game. WOW.

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47th minute– Red Bulls have done very well this first half of squashing the Goats’ few build-ups and controlling things.

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43rd minute– Good observation by Shep Messing. Van Den Bergh has done well to neutralize Sacha Kljestan, the most dangerous player Chivas USA has.

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41st minute– Dave Van Den Bergh has a world-class left foot and a high school right foot.

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39th minute– A lot of passes turned over by the Red Bulls but I like the ideas I’m seeing from this group.

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38th minute– Good work from the Red Bulls midfield today. Mendes and Stammler are breaking things up and Richards and Van Den Bergh are keeping the Chivas USA defense busy.

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33rd minute– SAVE by Hunter Freeman to take a ball off the line after Conway was caught off his line. WOW.

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31st minute– Navarro isn’t missing any calls here. His whistle has been going off over and over.

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30th minute– Sorry folks but I’m not buying that elbow as card-worthy. Boyens was jumping and the arm swing wasn’t that unnatural.

Will the Red Bulls be able to protect this lead? They need to take advantage of set pieces, where the Goats look vulnerable.

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25th minute- GOAL RED BULLS!!!! Dave Van Den Bergh curls a free kick past everybody, including a fooled Brad Guzan.

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21st minute– Dane Richards needs to finish that breakaway. Guzan did well to take away the near post, but Richards’s shows once again that his finish ability is suspect.

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20th minute– The Red Bulls midfield isn’t keeping the ball enough and all this knocking it around the back is risky against a team like Chivas USA.

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17th minute– Neither team has taken control yet, but Chivas USA is certainly capable of creating
something quickly.

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16th minute– I still worry about Kevin Goldthwaite sometimes. You wonder if Goldthwaite is having flashbacks of his last game against Chivas USA at Home Depot Center. For those of you who don’t remember, Goldthwaite got torched repeatedly before being injured in a Chivas USA blowout last season.

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9th minute– Wolyniec gets the start tonight and I think this game is important for Wolyniec’s future with the team. With Oscar Echeverry working his way back, Juan Pablo Angel close to returning, and Dane Richards being used as a forward lately, Wolyniec could struggle for minutes if he doesn’t show something tonight.

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7th minute– If you’re wondering why Mauricio Navarro, a Canadian, is reffing this match, some Canadian refs do MLS games as part of a ref exchange program thanks to the presence of Toronto FC in the league. Navarro is solid.

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6th minute– Dane Richards off to a good start tonight. Will be interesting to see if he can school Francisco Mendoza like he did the last time these teams met. He’s on his way.

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2nd minute– Looks like a 4-2-3-1 for the Red Bulls tonight, with John Wolyniec as the lone striker.

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1st minute– We’re under way.

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PRE-GAME– Will the Red Bulls play with the same intensity as in recent games? They’ll need to in order to win tonight.

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PRE-GAME- Not sure what the delay is here.

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PRE-GAME– John Wolyniec gets the nod tonight, with Oscar Echeverry on the bench. Kevin Goldwaite is back in the lineup.

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