Australia's Head Coach Holger Osiek has named his 22-man squad that will face Lebanon in a friendly and Jordan in a World Cup Qualifier in early September, and New York Red Bull Designated Player Tim Cahill has made the list. Australia is a member of the Asian Football Confederation and is in Group B for World Cup qualifying. The Socceroos play September 6th in Beirut, Lebanon, and again on the 11th in Amman, Jordan, and Tim Cahill's presence will be key for Australia after they tied their first two qualifiers against Japan and Oman, 1-1 and 0-0. The Red Bulls return to action after a two-week hiatus for the international FIFA dates on September 15th at home against the Columbus Crew. Barring injury, fans should expect to see Cahill back with the club and in the starting eleven for what may turn out to be a crucial Eastern Conference match up. Cahill may also be called up for one other Australia World Cup qualifier in 2012 against Iraq in mid-October, which is sandwiched between Red Bulls games against two other likely Eastern Conference playoff teams, the Chicago Fire and Sporting Kansas City. Also traveling for international duty during the early September MLS schedule break will be Joel Lindpere (Estonia), Bill Gaudette (Puerto Rico), and Roy Miller (Costa Rica).
Via Frank Glase over at the New Jersey Star Ledger on the New York Red Bulls' inability to control the ball beyond deep in their own territory: "'We were swarming them, and they couldn’t get it out of their half of the field,' said SKC coach Peter Vermes, a Jersey native and former MLS Defender of the Year. 'They couldn’t come up with a solution for building out. They just kept sending it to their last guy who would then whack it up the field.'" Why do I feel like I've seen this inability to counter a pressuring defense on the road before??
Last night's Red Bulls vs. Sporting KC Game Highlights (8/26/12)
The Great Dane is off to lovely Lancashire, England to play for Burnley. Best of luck to him.
We have high expectations of ourselves as individuals and as a team. That’s what makes us a good team. We finished the game with three points, which is the most important thing, but as individuals and as a group we didn’t live up to the standards that we set.Heath Pearce on the Red Bulls 3-2 comeback victory Sunday night against the Portland Timbers. Much has been made about Henry's post-game sulking, but the rest of the team knows the first half hour was unacceptable.
Kandji controlled the ball on his chest, step on it, look, see if someone was in the stands, take a coffee, turn, call his family, no one was answering, left a message, and then though oh, I might cross the ball. He crossed it and they scored. You can’t win a game of football when you play like that. I’m not attacking anyone, but that was the fact.Quote of the year from Thierry Henry on the team's poor marking of Macouba Kandji last week.
Robles is definitely a better goalkeeper than Jeremy Vuolo and Bill Gaudette. This move is another cog in the push for MLS Cup 2012 but I don't like this signing for Ryan Meara. Before his injury, Meara was a leading candidate for Rookie of the Year. Now he hasn't played for a month and likely won't start in front of Robles even when he's healthy. Instead of shoring up the fullback positions, the team signed a stronger goalkeeper. This could be our year..
It was a tough game. It was a tough start for us. They are tough to play here but we cannot give them an early mistake to score a goal. But we play them next week, so hopefully we can come back and get first place next week at home.Sebastien Le Toux on Saturday's loss to Houston.