Red Bulls coach Hans Backe came into 2011 with a plan. He wanted to play soccer “the right way.” Those are his words, and when Backe talks about “the right way” he means passing, possession, keeping the ball on the ground and using angles.
WASHINGTON – Pese al flojo inicio de campaña de Thierry Henry, Ben Olsen y el cuerpo técnico D.C. United sabían que contener al delantero era vital para el éxito contra Nueva York en la noche del jueves.
Enfrentado a los centrales Dejan Jakovic y Perry Kitchen, Henry tenía que ser contenido para obtener algo en este partido. Sin embargo, las cosas se descarrilaron temprano, y los dos goles del delantero de los Red Bulls fueron catalizadores de la humillante derrota 4-0 en casa.
WASHINGTON – Despite Thierry Henry’s slow start to his 2011 MLS season, Ben Olsen and the D.C. United coaching staff knew that containing the striker was vital to succeed against New York on Thursday evening.
Pitted against central defenders Dejan Jakovic and Perry Kitchen, Henry had to be contained in order to get something out of this game. However, things went off the rails early, and the Red Bulls striker’s two goals were the catalyst in a 4-0 humbling loss on home soil.
D.C. UNITED HEAD COACH BEN OLSEN
Overall thoughts on the match:
WASHINGTON - Dos goles y una asistencia de Thierry Henry le dieron a los New York Red Bulls una victoria 4-0 sobre los archirivales de D.C. United la noche del jueves en el RFK Stadium.
Los Red Bulls llegaron al cima de la Conferencia del Este con 11 puntos con este resultado. El United se quedó en la quinta posición con 7 puntos.
WASHINGTON – If there’s one thing D.C. United’s young team has learned already this season, it’s the need to start strong. After all, United are 2-0 in games in which they have scored first. They are 0-2-1 when their opponent strikes first.
One of those wins came last week in Toronto, where DC scored twice in the first 10 minutes en route to a 3-0 win at BMO Field. Heading into Thursday night’s match against the New York Red Bulls (8 pm ET, ESPN2/Deportes), United are looking for a similar performance.
Major League Soccer got it right with D.C. United and New York. Other rivalries have come and gone and there’s more than a little dust getting kicked up in the Rockies and in the Pacific Northwest, but there’s still no feud with more fire than the old-school throwdown between the Nation's Capital and the Big Apple in the Atlantic Cup, which resumes Thursday (8 pm, ESPN2/Deportes).
Oh, wait. The two sides can’t even agree on what to call this rivalry, let alone how to somehow keep it civil on the field and in the stands. Go figure.
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When Charlie Davies was trying to make the difficult decision about where to continue his career, he sought the advice of a man who has supported him from the very beginning: Bob Bradley.
And the US national team head coach did not mince words as to what he’d rather see his former protégé do.
"He told me, 'Charlie, the bottom line is, you need to play,'" Davies told ExtraTime Radio in February. "'Would I say to play 20 minutes every game at your club now or 90 minutes in MLS, what would be better for you? That’s an obvious answer – the 90 minutes every game.'"