The New York Red Bulls need to win on Thursday. They need it really bad.
Today is very much the day. The New York Red Bulls play the evil Philadelphia Union tonight at Red Bull Arena in a match that could well decide whether we see any more Red Bulls football in 2011. As I'm writing this, Portland and the swamp denizens of DC United have just tied a crazy game 1-1, which means that the Red Bulls can win or draw tonight in order to secure a playoff spot.
You know how some say we all have a so-called body double ... a kindred spirit, if you will ... somewhere in the world? I think I know who Philadelphia Union manager Peter Nowak's might be. Alan Pardew is the manager of Newcastle, the underdog side currently sitting in fourth place in the English Premier League. In many ways (both good and bad) Pardew conducts his soccer affairs just like Nowak does.
Well, the final regular season home match at PPL has come and gone. Toronto defended while the Union stormed the beaches, and it was all for naught, well, almost naught. Our Captain returns from injury and Nowak has obviously picked the crew to make a run into the playoffs.
CHESTER, Pa. -- It’s down to one.
THE ODDS ARE really stacked in Union boss Peter Nowak's favor.
It was an interesting revelation by Union team manager Peter Nowak. After Saturday's 1-1 draw with Toronto, which clinched a Major League Soccer playoff berth for the Union, Nowak talked about how difficult it is to play for him.
"It’s a Thursday game on ESPN," said Le Toux, the Union’s leading scorer. "Our goal here is to do a good game, to play well and to show we are first and we deserve it. It’s great for us to stay focused and not just have a game to play for fun and continue to work."
Union (11-7-15, 48 points) at New York Red Bulls (9-8-16, 43 points)
Though practice typically lasts about two hours, a player's job is rarely done, said MacMath who, according to the Union, is the lone Jewish goalie in Major League Soccer.
Nassau has received interest from a serious developer to establish a soccer stadium complimented by mixed-use development, which would enhance the current raceway.
Forget about the numbers for a second.
While the Union have achieved one of their preseason goals, just making the MLS Cup Playoffs isn't quite enough for this second-year team. The team is tied in points for first in the East with Sporting Kansas City, but on the third tiebreaker (goals scored) they would currently finish in the second spot.
CHESTER, Pa. – When Saturday’s game against Toronto FC ended in a 1-1 draw, there was hardly any celebration from the Philadelphia Union players.
"We battled Toronto FC to a 3-3 tie earlier this summer in the MLS Generation adidas Cup in Dallas, and Friday night was no different as our U-18's played to another hard-fought 3-3 tie."