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Red Bulls at Houston Dynamo: Matchday


Good evening folks. The New York Red Bulls travel to Houston tonight to take on the defending champion Houston Dynamo.

A road win won’t be easy this time around for the Red Bulls. As if missing injured captain Claudio Reyna and expectant father Dave Van Den Bergh wasn’t enough, now comes word from Houston that Juan Pablo Angel will not play because of a virus. Also, Colombian striker Oscar Echeverry was left home despite making good progress with his injured knee.

Tonight’s match is being shown exclusively on HDNet, which means unless you are lucky enough to have HDNet you will be trekking to a bar to watch the game (I’m probably heading to Mulligan’s in Hoboken).

If you are watching the game, and will be online, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play on the match in the comments section below.

So what lineup should we see tonight? Here is what it will probably look like:







It wouldn’t surprise me at all to see Chris Leitch replace Freeman, who had an awful game last week.

On the bright side, the Dynamo will be without Dwayne DeRosario, Eddie Robinson, Wade Barrett, Pat Onstad and possibly Brian Mullan. That still leaves Brian Ching, Brad Davis, Stuart Holden and Ricardo Clark as quality players to worry about, but that Dynamo defense will be susceptible to the Red Bulls attack, with Dane Richards having a chance to have a big game.

Share your thoughts on the pre-match here, and check in here throughout the evening for updates.


  1. red bulls were lookin veryy tired at the 70th min i think jozy should take some rest next game and they should start woly woly with angel up front.. as for as richards playin striker thatmakes no sense to me osrio is messin up richards is a beast in right wing i dunno why he shold put him up front.. leave him and borman on wings and the red bulls will get a lot more chances.. and as a member as the Empire Supporters Club i have got to say there is no1 who drinks like us lol Mulligans bar was goin to turn on its side with the ESC screamin.. i seen ives there (he likes my hair cut lol).. but yea man if ya from nj/ny area go to to see where we are goin to be at for next away game

  2. The midfield that JCO put out last night probably gave the worst performance in franchise (and I include Metros) history. I don’t think I saw the team put more than 4 passes together. I know we didn’t have Reyna JPA etc…but I’ve seen better passing at high school games. This team’s not going anywhere folks.

  3. Ives,

    I think you made a typo. You said “expectant father Dave Van Den Bergh”. I think you meant “expectant GRANDfather”.

  4. Holden makes a few DeRo style moves and a pass to spring Ching, but Conway gobbles it up first.

    The long counter pass to Borman gets him into a dangerous position, but the shot is way off to the left from the left edge of the 6 yard box. Didn’t see him getting it past Caig even if he did hit it on target, but more danger on the counter than I like.

  5. Cameron gets a yellow for an elbow to Goldwaithe’s head. The first time that happened this game it was incendental, but that one was worth a yellow.

  6. Kyle Brown in for Brian Mullan, who had a great game. Mullan was running on tired legs, and Brown has a bit of pace to him. Forces NY to stay honest in back.

  7. Questionable yellow on Davis for being too close to the ball on a free kick and not moving when the ref told him.

    I’d agree, but the ref never told him how far back he needed to go, just kept blowing the whistle.

  8. Altidore has exactly NO space when he gets the ball. That’s how I like it, but I’m sure NY fans disagree.

    No Angel is worse for NY than no DeRo is for Houston.

  9. I see that JCO didn’t learn his lesson from last year. Several time with the Fire when he had a 1 goal lead he tried to pack it in and go defensive. The Fire would inevitably end up tying the game. Tonight with 30 minutes left he takes off a forward and puts on another defender in a tie game. It only took 8 minutes for NY to pay the price. I’d be shocked if NY gets anything out of this game now.

  10. Ives. I can’t believe you don’t have the entire package of everything available at your home. It is called business expenses man. Tax write off your whole cable/sattellite bill, Direct Kick, Setana, MLSlive, etc. Get yourself a HD Tivo. Also tax deductable for you. It is all part of business.

  11. Ching with a diving header off a set piece, stopped point blank by NY keeper (Conway?). Ching’s been looking better this game (and from the highlights of the FC Dallas game) than he’s been looking all season.

  12. Wow… stupid play by Boswell, throws his hands up and brings the ball down after being fouled from behind.

    I mean, no card or anything because he was FOULED… but there was no reason to do that.

  13. Watch for a delayed yellow on Holden for attempting a bicycle kick while being under the Twellman-line for salary!

    Houston’s getting closer…

    but as I write this a deflection from a Freeman shot ALMOST gets past Caig. He gets to it before it goes in the corner.

  14. Ball comes in from the right wing after a nice buildup from the Dynamo, and Ching misses thanks too… Etchevery? slowing him down. That was close.

  15. I’m happy that there’s been some chatter about a new Dynamo stadium; it was looking for a while like the owners were content sharing a stadium with the University of Houston.


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