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New York Red Bulls at Toronto FC: Match Night Commentary

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The New York Red Bulls are in Toronto (again) to take on Toronto FC and will be looking to finally put a halt to a winless streak that has turned the 2009 season into a complete nightmare.

TFC, riding high from its Canadian Championship victory last week, will look to make up some ground in the Eastern Conference playoff race with another win against the struggling Red Bulls.

I will be providing commentary throughout the match so please feel free to follow along here. As always, you are welcome to share your own thoughts and opinions below.

Enjoy the action.

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FINAL– Toronto FC 2, Red Bulls 0. Another loss for New York, another win for the Canadians.

A struggling Red Bulls team continues to slide while an improving Toronto FC team on the rebound looks to be heading in the opposite direction.

That's all for me. Feel free to share your thoughts on the match below.

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90th minute– This one is almost over. Red Bulls scraping for a final chance.

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87th minute– DeRosario goes off to a rousing applause. Marco Velez is in.

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84th minute– SAVE CEPERO. Stops a dangerous DeRosario shot.

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82nd minute– Khano Smith is in for Jorge Rojas. Now YOU KNOW Juan Carlos Osorio has given up on this match.

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81st minute– Hall with a decent cross in but Wolyniec's header is wide.

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80th minute– SAVE CEPERO!!! Great diving save on a Cronin shot.

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78th minute– TFC players were giving Richards crap for what they considered a late challenge on Frei. Garcia, DeRosario and Serioux all gave Richards stick. Yellow for Serioux.

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77th minute– Serioux and Richards get into a tussle. Shoving match, just handbags really.

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76th minute– Richards with a weak pass. Anybody else think it's a coincidence that he signs a new six-figure deal and then lays a complete egg of a season?

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75th minute– Fuad "The Artist Formerly Known as Abdus" Ibrahim is in for Vitti.

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72nd minute– MSG just laid it out: Red Bulls have to win 10 of 13 to have a realistic chance of of making the playoffs.

Listen folks, the playoffs aren't happening. Period. Red Bulls have only the CONCACAF Champions League to play for.

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71st minute– Red Bulls with a nice sequence in the area, but the final play is a Rojas shot well wide.

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70th minute– Color me still surprised that Toronto traded for and is starting Nick Garcia. He was awful in San Jose. Could a change of scenary be enough to turn things around for him?

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68th minute– One thing I think is a good bet is that after Saturday's Columbus game you will see a new starting goalkeeper. That player? Bouna Coundoul. That's assuming he signs. I also think it's a safe bet to see Jon Conway waived.

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67th minute– I know I've said repeatedly that this year's Red Bulls aren't as bad as the 99 MetroStars, but right now, with no Angel, Kandji, Celades, Goldthwaite or Petke, the team on the field is definitely 99 MetroStars-esque.

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65th minute– Ubiparipovic has come in for Mendes, who had an injury. Now if he's out for Columbus I'm not sure who New York will play in central defense vs. Columbus on Saturday.

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64th minute– Stammler just made a great run into the area, beating two defenders, looks to be taken down but NO call. When you have no luck, you have no luck.

Dichio in for Barrett.

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63rd minute– Dichio is coming in.

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62nd minute– Interesting to see O'Brien White in uniform. He was easily one of the best attacking players in college soccer and has come back from knee surgery. He could be an impact player for TFC late in the year.

Red Bulls come close, but no chance.

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60th minute– Stammler heads a corner at goal but it's saved easily. Toronto FC 2, Red Bulls 0. Another loss on the way for NY.

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59th minute- GOAL TORONTO FC. And it's DeRosario with the finish. Great ball in, great chip by DeRosario. Mendes is too late.

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57th minute– Hall with a decent cross in but Wolyniec's header is wide.

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56th minute– Okay, here's a drinking game. If the Red Bulls string three passes together we drink. 

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55th minute– Toronto FC is showing some flashes but not putting it together. They've been playing below their capabilities in recent weeks. I still rate them as a playoff team and a potential noise-maker in the post-season.

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52nd minute– TFC goal waived off for offside. Barrett was definitely offside. Good call.

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50th minute– Pacheco with a great cross in but nobody is there.

The Wolyniec-Richards forward line isn't what you're looking for to produce goals, but stranger things have happened.

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50th minute– Zimmerman is the only player showing anything.

Ref makes a terrible call that went in New York's favor. I know, really.

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48th minute– Dane Richards has come in for Juan Pablo Angel, who left the match with a hamstring injury. To be honest it's not a big loss because he was invisible out there. At least Richards has some speed to make some things happen.

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48th minute– Red Bulls with a free kick earned by zimmerman.

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47th minute– Whoa, Zimmerman just too a shot from distance that missed just high. Kid has loads of potential.

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46th minute– No subs for either team. We're back.

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HALFTIME– We're about to start the second half.

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HALFTIME– I'm also keeping the commentary going for AG Nigrin. Little known fact but Ag Nigrin left the very first comment on the very first post of the original SBI. Yes, an SBI original.

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HALFTIME– Okay, I'll keep the commentary going for those of you who are far from home and have no other way to follow the match (and not for the clown who called me a quitter.)

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HALFTIME– Toronto FC 1, Red Bulls 0.

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45th minute– ONe minute of stoppage time.

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45th minute- TFC shot cleared off the line. DeRosario with the shot. 

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39th minute– We need some drinking games to get through this game.

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36th minute– Toronto goal waived off because the ball had gone out of bounds.

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35th minute– Guevara nearly volleys home a goal but Cepero gets to it. TFC is knocking on the door for a second.

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32nd minute– I'm very close to pulling the plug on my commentary for this match. If you are following along please let me know.

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31st minute– This game feels like it is already over for New York, doesn't it?

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28th minute- GOAL TORONTO FC. Pablo Vitti with a header. Danny Cepero misplays a ball in, it bounces in the area, Vitti heads it over Cepero. Terrible play.

Bouna Coundoul, pick up the white courtesy phone. 

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24th minute– No Danny Dichio tonight for TFC in the starting lineup. Makes sense since he's the one forward who Boyens could hope to have a decent match-up against.

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23rd minute– Kandji is in uniform for this match and NY needs him. They look lifeless tonight. More lifeless than usual that is.

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20th minute– Interested to see how Sassano does tonight. He showed so much promise last year but this year has been a sort of lost season for him.

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16th minute– I think the touch too far away camera distance on this game is making it tough to watch as well.

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13th minute– I hate to say it but watching this is painful. Reminds me of how I felt when I covered my first high school match after the 2002 World Cup. Okay, maybe not that bad, but close.

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12th minute– Considering the LA Galaxy won at BMO Field recently I suppose a Red Bulls win wouldn't be that crazy tonight. So far we've gotten a flat game.

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10th minute– Kandji's out with a hamstring injury.

TFC with another corner.

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8th minute– Toronto is sporting some pink uniforms tonight.

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7th minute– Guevara with a left-footed shot wide.

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4th minute– No Kandji and no Celades for the Red Bulls, while TFC has all its heavy hitters. Any reason we should expect a win from New York? Not really, but this could be Miracle Day considering the USA's win vs. Spain.

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2nd minute– Toronto FC already with a shot on goal and a corner kick.

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1st minute– We're underway 

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PRE-GAME– Here is the Red Bulls lineup:

———-Angely—-Wolyniec——-

Rojas————————–Zimmerman

———-Sassano—-Stammler———-

Pacheco—-Boyens—-Mendes——Hall

——————Cepero——————-

53 comments
  • Leonardo

    forgot there was an MLS game tonight til i saw the score pop up on the ticker

    yup, i was watching the USA upset all over again!!!!

    Like

  • Chris

    I was so happy about the USA game, and had such low expectations for RBNY, I wasn’t even upset when they lost.

    I have a feeling we would do better with the players who were in Chinatown than the ones on the field.

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