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The Philly Soccer Page » Preview: Philadelphia Union at New York Red Bulls
The Union win 2-0. Seitz turns in a big game to silence the critics, helped in part by the vote of confidence he got this week from Nowak and assistant coach John Hackworth. Torres causes fits for the Red Bulls, and the back line and holding midfielders turn in a solid game to secure the upset on the road.

New York Red Bulls Vs Philadelphia Union: Head To Head Preview - Goal.com
New York: The emotional effects on this match make it one difficult to predict. I'll take the easy way out by saying that Juan Pablo Angel and Sebastien Le Toux will be the sole scorers in a 1-1 draw. Philly: 3-1 to New York. The Union's defensive problems will be magnified by the absence of Califf and the continued unsteady play of young goalkeeper Chris Seitz. New York have gotten off to an excellent start and should prove too much for a Union side still trying to find its feet in Major League Soccer.

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"He is a world class player in all ways, but his sense of when and how a goal scoring opportunity is about to occur makes him a special player," Hackworth said. "He sees the play developing and puts himself in a good spots to finish these chances."

The Philly Soccer Page » Opposition Report: New York Red Bulls

What to Look For and Who to Watch: Ibrahim maybe the target forward, but Juan Pablo Angel is the goal scorer.  Look for the NY captain making runs from behind Ibrahim and being a threat every time the ball comes forward.  Angel has established himself as one of the best hit men in the MLS and will be clinical with his finish given the chance.  The midfield is run by Joel Lindpere, a natural left winger who has been converted to play the center and done so very well in the opening weeks of the season, distributing well and even coming up with a fine finish himself against Chicago.  Dane Richards will attack down the right wing and the speedy Jamaican will give Jordan Harvey all he can handle.  Bouna Coundoul will be between the pipes, the Senegalese international has been inconsistent but is capable of a strong performance.  Tim Ream has stepped in and played well at center back straight from college.  He’s joined on what’s been a solid back line by Mike Petke, Jeremy Hall, and Roy Miller.  New York can be dangerous on the attack.  Angel is possibly the best forward in the MLS and could trouble who ever is brought in to replace Danny Califf.  Lindpere has been a revelation in the center of the park and will look to control the game with his distribution.  Philadelphia will have to be diligent in their attack to break down a decent New York defense.  Torres and Fred will have be influential and control the flow in the midfield, while Le Toux and Moreno must find more space in the final third.  It should be a great match up and the start of a strong rivalry.

Nowak's Team, Hackworth's Voice - USSoccerPlayers

"We think it makes a lot of sense to have an eye in the sky to be able to read a different point from a better tactical vantage point," Hackworth said. "When you sit a little further up, you can see things that you can't see at field level…."

WORKING FOR THE ENEMY  Ex-Bulls broadcaster Dellacamera returns with Union

Beloved and respected by Red Bull soccer fans, TV announcer JP Dellacamera comes back to Red Bull Arena today as a member of the enemy.

A Red Bull from Penn Charter to miss Union game | Philadelphia Inquirer | 04/23/2010

New York Red Bulls defender Chris Albright is happy that Philadelphia has a soccer franchise, but disappointed that he won't be able to play this weekend in the first-ever match between his current team and the one from his adopted hometown.

Nowak's Team, Hackworth's Voice - USSoccerPlayers

"We think it makes a lot of sense to have an eye in the sky to be able to read a different point from a better tactical vantage point," Hackworth said. "When you sit a little further up, you can see things that you can't see at field level…."