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FC Dallas vs. NY Red Bulls: Match Day Commentary

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The New York Red Bulls and FC Dallas kick off their 2012 MLS campaigns today in Frisco, Texas in a rematch of last year's Western Conference Wild Card Game (3pm, NBC Sports).

The Red Bulls will look to duplicate the success it had at the FC Dallas Stadium, but will face a tougher test against an FC Dallas side that revamped its squad in pre-season.

New York has some new faces as well, including rookie Ryan Meara, who will start in goal for the Red Bulls.

SBI will be providing live commentary on today's action so please feel free to follow along here. As always, you are welcome to share your own thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (Commentary is after the jump):

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  1. Awful, awful, awful. McCarty < worthless. No ideas on the attack, unless the ball was at Henry's feet. Three years is enough. Backe and Soler must go.

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  2. Arlo couldn’t stop chattering either (and he couldn’t pronounce Tanio to boot). And does anyone give an eff where a player went to college?

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  3. Really weak performance by the Red Bulls. Looked very average. Need better wing play and the combo of Mccarty and Tainio is pretty pathetic. And the consistent lack of effort and pouting by the players was pretty weak. For the money they have spent on the team pretty poor. They will have to spend on an Attacking MF in the summer as a DP or no shot to beat any of the good Western Conference Teams.

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  4. Red Bull need help, they need better defense and midfielders to provide decent service to the forwards. Thierry Henry spent more time passing from the center circle than around FC Dallas’s net. If they want to be a “contender” this year better midfield and defensive play is crucially needed. Hans Backe still looks like he doesn’t know what he’s doing, Metro could be in trouble this year, “again”.

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  5. So we’ve already learned from the commentators who attended the NYRB training session, that Backe didn’t work at set pieces the entire practice, despite Backe’s assurances that they are constantly working on set pieces. I hate to say it about any manager but, based on all the trouble we’ve had with set pieces and this information, Backe just plain doesn’t have his heart in this. MLS is a joke to him. How many set piece goals do we have to give up? Set pieces are pure coaching, plain and simple. If you’re giving up a lot of set piece goals, you are a bad manager. This makes me so mad. Is it too much to have a soccer team in the NY/Metro area that I’m not to root for?

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