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SBI MLS Team of the Week: New York Red Bulls


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Following a tumultuous offseason that saw the departure of the team’s two biggest stars and the firing of a beloved coach, the New York Red Bulls needed to put forth quite a display to win back the fans in the team’s home opener.

That display came in the form of a 2-0 win over rivals D.C. United, earning the Red Bulls recognition as SBI MLS Team of the Week.

From the opening whistle, the Red Bulls were the more aggressive side, as the midfield trio of Dax McCarty, Sacha Kljestan and Felipe created havoc in the midfield. Goals from Bradley Wright-Phillips and Lloyd Sam asserted the Red Bulls dominance as the hosts prevented D.C. United from every truly finding their footing through their aggression on both sides of the ball.

The Red Bulls beat out the San Jose Earthquakes and FC Dallas for this week’s honors.

What did you think of the Red Bulls’ performance? Which team stood out to you in MLS Week 3?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. NYRB were 0-1-1 at this point last season. 1-0-1 this year and that Marsh/Curtis haters are nowhere to be found. Petke who?

    • Michael,

      While the Red Bulls impressed against DCU on Sunday,…one match doth not a season make. As I noted above,…DCU was the SBI Team of the Weak and as sharp as a wet spaghetti noodle.

      In addition,…the major contributors were McCarty, BWP, Sam and Robles,…all returnees from last season. While Klestjian and Felipe didn’t play poorly,…they didnt exactly set RBA on fire either. I will say Lawrence (the recent aquisition from Joe Public) looked solid.

      I think it is appropriate to quote Mr. Wolf,…”let’s not start sucking each others d!cks just yet.” Wait until Red Bulls come up against an in form opponent.

    • Excellent performance on Sunday but I wouldn’t declare victory yet. I think the more relevant comparison is that at the end of the 2013 season RBNY hoisted the supporters shield. Let’s see if Jesse and Ali match that.

      • Feeling that if you haven’t been around long enough or if you’re a peripheral fan of this team, you think the issues and the protests some supporters have with Red Bull this year are all about the Petke firing. Others can still see the type of crap the team pulled with Petke (whom everyone respects as a club legend much more so than as a tactically gifted coach) just finally happened once too many times. There are reasons why there’s constant turnover, promises made and broken every 2 years, no club identity other than a corporate brand, a faint and only recent recognition of the team’s history, a general lack of interest from the local community, and an invisible ownership presence. If you can see that much, don’t let anyone tell you the answers. Find out for yourself.

  2. Older & Wiser? More like Older & Dumber. I never understood “fans” who come here to bash the quality of MLS. If it bothers you so much that you have to make the most obvious comment, why waste your time writing it and our time reading it? TThat is the very definition of a Toll. SlowLeftArm’s reply was the best. Perhaps the fist time I’ve agreed with him,
    lol. Respect.

    • People always say that but it’s really that they disagree with me on dual nationals. That’s fine but that doesn’t mean you disagree with me on everything.

  3. Couldn’t be happier after Sunday. NYRB are SBI Team of the Week,…and DC United are the Team of the Weak!

    Much praise for Dax McCarty, Lloyd Sam and BWP. They looked sharp!

    I wonder if McCarty changed his name to Daxhund McCarty might Klinsman give him a call-up? 😉

  4. If you turned into March Madness after watching the NBA, as I did, it became apparent how far college basketball has to go.
    /end sarcasm

    MLS won’t and doesn’t have to become Barca to be a fun league to watch and have teams that are fun to root for.

    • +1.

      I think MLS skeptics underestimate the value of how the league supports parity among the teams. Yes, I know it’s not perfect, but most European leagues have become boring. I live in Germany and before the season even begins, you know Bayern’s going to win the league. and that sucks. that’s why European leagues need relegation, because it’s the only way to keep fans interested. But it’s a race not to hit the bottom, while the small group of big-money elite clubs compete for the top. In MLS, the competition is much more open.

  5. My point was simply that it is one thing to know in your mind that there is a substantial quality gap between MLS and other leagues in the world and another to have it demonstrated so compellingly.

    I realize that the payrolls of RM and Barca alone probably exceed that of all MLS teams combined, but as the saying goes — you get what you pay for.

    • And where does this money come from exactly? The magic money fairies?

      Real Madrid has had a hand in destabalising the Euro. It’s definitely had a hand in Spain’s continuous economic funk…owing to the fact that the Spanish national bank keeps underwriting loans to Real Madrid so they can buy more players…and then forgiving those loans.

      Barcelona is…well, the pride of the Catalan region. Which does not consider itself a part of Spain. Do your history, you’ll get it.

      That ain’t soccer, that’s politics. And war. And a whole bunch of stuff people who can’t really afford it are spending just WAAAAAAY too much money on. They are literally buying all the best players in Europe and South America to finance that particular rivalry.

      You wanna measure MLS against that, fine, go ahead. But Fulham v. Aston Villa would look every bit as lacking.

    • Fortunately not every weekend is el Classico, and Champions League is midweek, so MLS can still manage to attract the fans. Reflexive compare-and-contrast between leagues is a relevant topic regarding the growth of the game in America, but ultimately frustrating – it is impossible to really test either side of that argument.

      I agree though that MLS is an inferior visual product to the top ten leagues in the world – for some very logical reasons, and also for some very fixable reasons that probably won’t ever be fixed – but we still watch it because we love our country or region. That is ultimately all this should be about, going to the match and, if you love the ball, go home and play with it as much as you can, and teach your kids to.

      People should realize that, in Europe or S. America, if their soccer is played at a higher level, it is not because people watch it on tv all day, but because everyone is out playing it. And have been doing so on every bit of park or beach for the last many decades. To watch groups form spontaneously around a ball there is similar to how kids with surfboards congregate in Venice Beach when there are waves. They don’t love high definition prime time derby matches or fantasy football as much as they love the ball itself. That’s why they play better than us still. I was recently in America (San Diego and Seattle) and it struck me how few people are playing outside with a soccer ball, actually trying to improve. On two different, large, beaches in San Diego, no one. That’s two full days and I only saw folks throwing footballs (quite well). In Seattle, several small neighborhood parks and the only time I saw kids kick a ball was to incessantly bang it against a wall, alone, and the further back the better. I scratched my head thinking they have no idea how to play this game..

      I know it is generalizing, but that’s what I saw. Just to say, we’re made to believe that TV is what’s important to the game’s growth, but that’s just sweets. Clearly, reading blogs, watching makes us all sick. MLS happens to be m&m’s to La Liga’s mousse au chocolat, and it’s cool to be a fan of both, but we should be feeding ourselves real food more often.

    • While the points being made are clearly true, it almost comes across as though there is an undertone that we shouldn’t bother with MLS because it doesn’t compare to the quality of Real Madrid and Barcelona. Okay… so?

      If we don’t support the MLS whole-heartedly then our domestic league will not continue to grow. Look how far the quality of play has come since the early days. Compare it to the predecessor, NASL… a league completely built on foreign talent that expanded so quickly that it became destabilized and collapsed. MLS is entering its 20th year, domestic players are playing professional caliber games, USL is forming as a second tier league/farm system that will continue to only grow the caliber of players and quality of soccer in this country.

      I get that so many people want to be snobbish about soccer and somehow there is this feeling that a comparison has to be made between leagues. Just because European basketball and hockey leagues aren’t as good as the American counterparts, should locals not watch them? Not support them? Just because el Classico is aired before an MLS game we should draw comparisons and say things like: “Lloyd Sam is no Ronaldo” or “That Messi/Neymar pairing is way better than BWP and Dax”?

      Support American soccer! If you want a better product watch more MLS, go to games, promote the hell out of your local team to all of your friends, coworkers and everyone you know. The more money generated by MLS, the more money owners invest in the product. The more we watch MLS, the bigger TV revenues get, the more money owners then get, the more money invested back into the product. The more support for MLS franchises (if every home game looked like a typical Portland or Sounders game) the more likely top class players want to play in the MLS, the better the soccer gets. Greater fan investment = better product on the field. So, you’re right, RBNY v DC isn’t el Classico, but the only thing preventing the growth of the game is this constant whining and lack of support for a domestic league.

      • No undertone, I agree with you entirely. Gotta try to support MLS. Been doing so, with the Metrostars / Red Bulls, since 1995. I only say “try” because, the general public can usually only manage to watch 1 match a week. In those cases when a European match is too good to miss, most will watch it instead of MLS. Sorry, I’m in that boat often too. Can’t blame us for that, it is really just much better entertainment!

        In fact it seems petty to blame the “constant whining” of a couple people on the internet when in fact the television contracts distributing so many great games to the entire world are influencing the trends of millions watching the sport (NBC, bein…). If MLS was the only show on people would watch.

  6. If you turned into the Red Bulls game after watching the latest El Classico, as I did, it became apparent how far MLS has to go.


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