A milestone was attained Friday, as Red Bulls Reader reached the 1000 post plateau earlier today.  We remember our first post like it was yesterday, or more accurately almost two years ago, and it was, as we launched this blog in late February 2008.  But enough about us, as the weekend is nearly upon us, and with it two World Cup qualifiers that have New York Red Bull implications.

Andrew Boyens and New Zealand host Bahrain on Saturday in the second leg of their aggregate series.  New Zealand, the Oceanic Region Champions, drew 0-0 at Bahrain, which placed third place Asian Region, in the first leg in October, setting up this decisive match.  The winner books its ticket for South Africa.  Read previews HERE and HERE.  Boyens, who is slated to be in the 18, will try and help lead the All-Whites to their first World Cup appearance in 27 years.  The match will kick off at 2:00 AM ET Saturday.

Meanwhile, Carlos Johnson and Costa Rica will host Uruguay in the first leg of their aggregate series between the fourth place CONCACAF team and the fifth place CONMEBOL team. Read previews HERE and HERE.  The match will begin at 9:00 PM ET Saturday night, with the return match scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 7:0 PM ET in Uruguay.  With Estadio Ricardo Saprissa being such a tough place for opponents to play, Costa Rica will look to take a positive step forward.  The artificial surface of Saprissa should not take an adjustment period for Johnson after playing this season at Giants Stadium.

Red Bulls Reader wishes both players and their sides the best of luck this weekend!


3 Responses to “WORLD CUP WEEKEND: RBR POST #1001”

  1. eltigreferoz Says:

    Good luck, guys!

  2. Alle Says:

    Boyens is off to South Africa next year!

  3. Dave Martinez Says:

    1001?! Wow. I think I have been doing my blog for 3 years now and I probably havent even touched that number. Congrats guys. Keep up the good work!

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