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Tommy Smyth on One on One

by Amit Badlani
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Tommy Smyth, soccer analyst at ESPN, joined Alex Smith and Eric Mollo on One on One to discuss the surprising Italy team, Mario Balotelli, and his prediction for the final.

Red Bulls Report 6/30: Back in First Place

by Bobby Gubin
Flickr

 You wouldn’t expect the New York Red Bulls to have a commanding 3-2 victory over their opponents, having been scored upon 26 seconds into last Sunday’s game against the former conference leaders, D.C. United. But they did. However, before fans even had time to take a bite of their nachos, D.C. striker Chris Pontius headed the ball past a stunned Ryan Meara.  A record crowd of 25,187 “D.C. Haters” had all of sudden lost their voice.

 

Euro 2012 Semifinal Predictions

by Bobby Gubin
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Portugal vs. Spain
Winner:

Spain
Analysis: Can Cristiano Ronaldo, arguably the best player in the world, pull off the spectacular to get his team past the defending champions? That is the question keeping everyone, reporters and fans alike on the edge of their seats heading into this match. The problem for Portugal is that its performance relies so heavily on one player, and that player happens to get visibly frustrated when things are not going well.

Euro 2012 Quarterfinal Predictions

by Bobby Gubin
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Czech Republic v. Portugal
Winner: Portugal
Analysis: Portugal simply has the better players. Ronaldo dazzled in Portugal’s last match against a good Dutch team. The Czech squad will have a tough time keeping up with Portugal’s quality especially with their captain, Tomàs Rosicky banged up and questionable for the match.

Red Bulls Report: 6/2

by Bobby Gubin
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Team captain Thierry Henry finally returned last Wednesday, after a hamstring injury had him shelved for four games. However, the arrival of the Red Bulls’ leader would come to no avail. With their Henry back, and their recent defensive excellence, it’s fair to say the streaking Red Bulls side definitely anticipated a win at home.

Red Bulls Report: New York takes down Montreal, come home to face Chivas USA

by Mike Watts
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Thierry Henry’s hamstring was starting to get in playable condition this week, but the notoriously poor turf at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium kept one of the game’s most prolific strikers sidelined yet again. Despite the Impact’s home turf advantage (keeping Henry off the pitch), the Red Bulls would not be denied as they stretched their winning streak to five games with a 2-1 victory.

Not Just Rookies Getting the Job Done in NY

by Mike Watts

Give some credit to the New York Red Bulls.  They won again without Thierry Henry (hamstring), Rafa Marquez (due back from suspension by injured his ankle in training), Stephen Keel (back sprain), Teemu Tainio (right knee sprain) and Wilman Conde (left groin sprain).  Somehow they found a way to win starting rookies at three back line positions.  I hardly imagined New York picking up three points against the Houston Dynamo with a lineup featuring a 5’5” rookie left back (Connor Lade), a center back with 225 minutes of playing time in the MLS (Tyler Ruthven), a four year pro who never seemed to latch on with D.C. United (Brandon Barklage), and a rookie keeper fresh out of college (Ryan Meara).  Admit it, you didn’t expect a win either.  And even if you did think they would manage to pull out a victory, you had to know it would come in another 1-0 affair.

Injury Bug Makes its Way Through the Bulls

by Kris Venezia

A number of Red Bulls have gone down with injuries early in the 2012 campaign, and while Saturday saw the Red Army pick up three points in Harrison versus New England, the win came at an enormous cost as captain Thierry Henry left the match with a right hamstring strain. The Frenchman was an early season MVP favorite, carrying the Bulls offense with a league leading nine goals and five assists. Henry managed to notch what proved to be the game-winning effort early against the Revolution, before the strain occurred.

Red Bulls Report 4/17

by Kris Venezia

The New York Red Bulls have shown spurts of offense throughout the season, including five goals versus Montreal, four against Columbus, and another four while hosting Colorado. Overall, New York is first in the league by far in terms of goals scored with sixteen tallies on the year; after them is Real Salt Lake who sit with eleven marks. There is one issue surrounding the Bulls however, the offensive production has largely been due to the performance of only two players: Thierry Henry and Kenny Cooper.

Red Bulls Report 4/10

by Mike Watts
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Maybe the New York Red Bulls aren’t quite as good as they played the first sixty minutes on Saturday. Maybe the Crew decided to finally show up in the sixtieth minute to give New York a game after falling behind by three. It’s also possible the Red Bulls packed it in at the end of the game. Yes, the Red Bulls won the game in Columbus, but the Crew showed just how inconsistent RBNY can be.