New York secured a spot in the MLS Playoffs with its 1-0 win over Kansas City tonight at Red Bull Arena.  On top of that, the Red Bulls leapfrog Columbus into first place in the Eastern Conference by virtue of the Crew’s scoreless draw home to San Jose tonight.  The Red Bulls took the lead in the sixth minute off a left-footed curling goal from Dane Richards, and rode a 12 save virtuoso performance from Bouna Coundoul to the win.  Rafa Marquez was a late scratch from the match with a left knee contusion.  Head Coach Hans Backe and player Coundoul, Richards, Thierry Henry and Juan Pablo Angel gave their thoughts on the match afterwards.



  1. Walter Says:

    I believe Dane and Bouna stole the show, this team is amazing this season. Where was Rafa last night?

    • George Says:

      Agree w/Walters; more Bouna than Dane
      Dane (thanks for the goal) missed a couple, plus some missed crosses; we sould be more definite in our finishing if we really want to get to the great final – playing this way we will not.
      On the side…. did Henry play? JP ?? a good cross & a couple of touches… not enough.

  2. Stu Says:

    They said that Rafa injured a knee in training. He went out for the warm-ups but determined he wouldn’t make it for the game. He was replaced by Tchani at the last minute.

  3. Mark from Seeing Red! Says:

    A lot to fix, but congrats to the team on making the playoffs. An amazing turnaround from this time last season.

    Time to book a trip to Toronto?

  4. Jason Says:

    There are definitely a couple things both offense and defense didn’t do so well last night especially the latter when Condoul had to make 12 saves. Like Backe said, Condoul saved our butts tonight.

    Still, it was a great game to be at.

  5. jack Says:

    mls cup champions 2010

  6. Chief Says:

    If it were not for the one tally by Richards and an out-of-body performance by Condoul, we would be singing a different tune today. While I am glad they got multiple results last night, they did not play very well. We gave too many balls away in the Rafa-less midfield, but Ballouchy and Tchani should be able to handle that pressure. Dane, incidentally, missed a host of crosses and goal-scoring opportunities, relative to the amount of opportunities he earned/was given. So, that must concern us, as well as Mr. Backe.

  7. rbfan Says:

    bring out the reserves for the next few games I’d imagine Petke will get to play one last time in front of the home fans in our last home game.

    • emilio Says:

      Bring out the reserves? The team is trying to win the division so to get the eastern conference final game at home. Thats imperative it would give us a huge advantage, remember the eastern conference final is only one game. They will play the best lineup possible if they have a chance at that.

      • NaNo Says:

        I agree with you Emilio, i dont see the point of bringing in the reserves. The only thing we are gonna see is lack of play from the starters, and to be honest the last thing we want is our team going into the postseason without regular play time on their legs.

  8. Victor Says:

    glad NY is in the play-offs let’s hope they win the mls cup.

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