Major League Soccer tonight announced broadcast information for each conferenceâs two-game, aggregate-goal series in the Audi 2018 MLS Cup Playoffs Conference Championships. Â Leg 1 kicks off with a doubleheader on Sunday, Nov. 25, when Atlanta United host the New York Red Bulls in the Eastern Conference Championship at 5 p.m. ET (ESPN, ESPN Deportes, ESPN+, TSN, TVA Sports). Leg 1 continues with the Western Conference Championship, featuring the Portland Timbers hosting Sporting Kansas City at 7:30 p.m. ETÂ (FS1, FOX Deportes / FOX Sports Go / TSN / TVA Sports). Â The final teams advancing to MLS Cup will be determined on Thursday, Nov. 29 during a Leg 2 doubleheader, when the New York Red Bulls host Atlanta United at 7 p.m. ETÂ (FS1 / FOX Deportes/Â FOX Sports Go / TSN / TVA Sports)Â before Sporting KC host the Portland Timbers at 9:30 p.m. ETÂ (ESPN / ESPN Deportes / ESPN+ / TSN / TVA Sports). Â Sunday, November 25 Eastern Conference Championship, Leg 1 (Two-game series, aggregate-goal format) No. 2 Atlanta United vs. No. 1 New York Red Bulls (5 p.m. ET, ESPN / ESPN Deportes / ESPN+ / TSN / TVA Sports) Western Conference Championship, Leg 1 (Two-game series, aggregate-goal format) No. 5 Portland Timbers vs. No. 1 Sporting Kansas City (7:30 p.m. ET, FS1 / FOX Deportes / FOX Sports Go/ TSN / TVA Sports) Â Thursday, November 29 Eastern Conference Championship, Leg 2 No. 1 New York Red Bulls vs. No. 2 Atlanta United (7 p.m. ET, FS1 / FOX Deportes / FOX Sports Go / TSN/ TVA) Western Conference Championship, Leg 2 No. 1 Sporting Kansas City vs. No. 5 Portland Timbers (9:30 p.m. ESPN / ESPN Deportes / ESPN+ / TSN / TVA) Â Â Â Audi 2018 MLS Cup Playoffs ScheduleÂ Â *Subject to change. Canadian and international broadcast information to be announced at a later date. Â Â Knockout Round (Conference third seed vs. sixth seed, and fourth seed vs. fifth seed in a single-game elimination match) Â Eastern and Western Conference Knockout Round (4 games) Â Wednesday, Oct. 31 Eastern Conference: No. 3 New York City FCÂ 3-1Â No. 6 Philadelphia Union Western Conference: No. 4 FC DallasÂ 1-2Â No. 5 Portland Timbers Â Â Thursday, Nov. 1 Eastern Conference: No. 4 D.C. UnitedÂ 2 (2) - 2 (3)Â No. 5 Columbus Crew SC Western Conference: No. 3 Los Angeles Football ClubÂ 2-3No. 6 Real Salt Lake Â Â Conference Semifinals (Two-game series, aggregate-goal format between conference top seed vs. lowest advancing seed from Knockout Round and conference second seed vs. highest seed from Knockout Round) Â Western Conference Semifinal Series Â Western Conference Semifinal Leg 1 (2 games) Sunday, Nov. 4Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â No. 5 Portland TimbersÂ 2-1Â No. 2 Seattle Sounders FCÂ Â Â No. 6 Real Salt LakeÂ 1-1Â No. 1 Sporting Kansas CityÂ Â Western Conference Semifinal Leg 2 (2 games) Thursday, Nov. 8Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â No. 2 Seattle Sounders FCÂ 3(2)-2(4)Â Portland Timbers Sunday, Nov. 11Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â No. 1 Sporting Kansas CityÂ 4-2Â No. 6 Real Salt Lake Â Â Eastern Conference Semifinal Series Â Eastern Conference Semifinal Leg 1 (2 games) Sunday, November 4 No. 5 Columbus Crew SCÂ 1-0Â No. 1 New York Red BullsÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â No. 3 New York City FCÂ 0-1Â No. 2 Atlanta UnitedÂ Â Â Â Eastern Conference Semifinal Leg 2 (2 games) Sunday, Nov. 11Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â No. 2 Atlanta UnitedÂ 3-1Â No. 3 New York City FCÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â No. 1 New York Red BullsÂ 3-0Â No. 5 Columbus Crew SC Â Â Â Conference Championships (Two-game series, aggregate-goal format) Â Eastern Conference Championship Series Â Eastern Conference Championship Leg 1 (1 game) Sunday, November, 25 No. 2 Atlanta United vs. No. 1 New York Red Bulls (5 p.m. ET, ESPN, ESPN Deportes / ESPN+ / TSN / TVA Sports)Â Â Eastern Conference Championship Leg 2 (1 game) Thursday, November 29 No. 1 New York Red Bulls vs. No. 2 Atlanta United (7 p.m. ET, FS1 / FOX Deportes / FOX Sports Go / TSN/ TVA) Â Western Conference Championship Series Â Western Conference Championship Leg 1 (1 game) Sunday, November 25 No. 5 Portland Timbers vs. No. 1 Sporting Kansas City (7:30 p.m. ET, FS1 / FOX Deportes / FOX Sports GO / TSN / TVA Sports) Â Â Â Â Â Â Western Conference Championship Leg 2 (1 game)Â Thursday, November 29 No. 1 Sporting Kansas City vs. No. 5 Portland Timbers (9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN / ESPN Deportes / ESPN+ / TSN / TVA Sports) Â Â 2018 MLS Cup (Hosted at the home venue of the finalist with the best regular season record) Saturday, Dec. 8 Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 8 p.m. ETÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â (FOX, UniMĂĄs, TSN, TVA Sports)
actually 3 06 players were rostered & started for nycfc in this game, with only one being deserved of the nod. looks like the fat man hemmed, hawwed & certainly cried enough to get his overmatched son back playing up. I'm sure he threatened to leave the academy and go elsewhere but no doubt he'll tell everybody that the club asked him to move up. selfish and small player has no business playing with 05's, especially when there are MUCH more deserving 06's that earned a shot but as they say, the squeaky (or in this case, the fat) wheel gets the grease. can tell you this, if NYCFC starts their regular 05 starting squad like they did early in the fall for a friendly, you get a result like that 11-0 final. If you play the 06's, you get what you deserve with a very close and ugly game. Sort of reminds me of last year
so much hate in your words .
So more drama with the nycfc 2006 team. Racial texts, kids suspended yet allowed to somehow play. Parents threatening harassment law suits. 2007 dad doing 2006 coaches accounting. Lots of dirty laundry with this group
Is all these really happening at nycf mls team ?
Absolutely happening. Talk to any 06/07 parent and theyâll fill you in. Certain fathers doing major favors for coaches. Thus the reason certain kids play up (when you can see they arenât even close to ready for the jump) certain kids allowed to threaten teammates etc. no real repercussions. Not a heathy environment. Say what you will about Barca but the coaching staff would never allow this kind of behavior.
So who can explain the club v club compared to team v team? and please don't attach website, I already read that. What are the club requirements? and once you are labelled as a club I am assuming thats where you have to play. Do they follow the same path to regionals?
Club v club will have the SAME clubs across ALL age groups by gender (Club acceptance) Some clubs just one gender Team v Team EVERY team will need to apply (Team Acceptance) So Team v Team will have different teams across the age groups
Yes same pathway to regionals - some nuances below EDP Conf. Premier 1 teams automatically accepted into the EDP April 2019 College showcase - Premier 2 teamd need to apply
EDP Conf. Premier 1 automatically entered to play in the EDP NL Conference Cup Premier 2 needed to apply
Note: all age groups means age groups in EDP conferences
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So what does Nassau do with VS South next year? They are state champions and won every match they played. All of their top players are returning next year.
Do they move them up to AB-1?
No, they go to 4. The system has worked for so long you must stick with the plan. If you send them to AB-1 that would not be fair.
After reading about this for weeks, I'm finally going to weigh in. As a Suffolk parent, all I have to say is that Nassau's system is B-A-N-A-N-A-S! Most ridiculous system, ever. I've read all the excuses and "reasoning" and the fact that that's how they've been doing it for 30 years-yadda yadda, but really there is no justification for placing a State Champion team in the 4th division/conference whatever you call it. And teams getting a playoff seed just because they're in a specific conference based on their standings from a year ago??? That's just dumb.
Suffolk had been using their "tried and true" system for years as well and finally decided to change it up this year. Most teams were happy with it. All in all it was pretty fair, definitely a little luck of the draw with some scheduling here and there, but ultimately a better system for parity and competitive games.
New York Red Bulls II have announced roster decisions following the conclusion of the 2018 USL season. The club has exercised options on five players and declined the options of five.
NYRB II has exercised the options of defender Jordan Scarlett, midfielders Chris Lema and Jared Stroud, and forwards Amando Moreno and Tom Barlow.
New York declined options on goalkeeper Scott Levene, defenders Niko De Vera and Lucas Stauffer, and midfielders Jose Aguinaga and Steven Echevarria.
NYRB II has also parted ways with defender Andrew Lombard. The following players are out of contract: defender Allen Yanes and midfielder Andrew Tinari.
"For those that are moving on, we want to wish them long, successful careers," NYRB II head coach John Wolyniec said. "I've enjoyed working with each of them and am looking forward to the 2019 season."
NYRB II reached the Eastern Conference Finals for the third consecutive season after finishing the regular season with a 13-8-13 record.
Options Exercised: Jordan Scarlett, Chris Lema, Jared Stroud, Amando Moreno, Tom Barlow Options Declined: Scott Levene, Niko De Vera, Lucas Stauffer, Jose Aguinaga, Steven Echevarria Out of Contract: Andrew Lombard, Allen Yanes, Andrew Tinari
Truer words have never been spoken!! It is a mess out there and the ones responsible for making things better, can't get out of their own way. Sad, because there is a lot of children and parents that spend a ton of time with this sport and we all deserve better.
Major League Soccer today announced Atlanta United head coach Gerardo âTataâ Martino as the 2018 MLS Coach of the Year.
Martino made waves this regular season with a coaching philosophy that featured complementary star players alongside developing young talents. His strategy led Atlanta United to the leagueâs best regular season road record (10-5-2), and in the process, tied the previous all-time points record (69) and surpassed the previous post-shootout single-season wins record (20) with 21 regular-season victories. Atlanta outscored every MLS club this year, netting consecutive 70-goal seasons for the first time in MLS history.
As Atlanta United approach the Audi 2018 MLS Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference Championship, Martinoâs achievements have not been overlooked. Teams around the league took notice of his ability to attract world-class players, and his successes further showcased MLS as a desired coaching destination.
Over his two-year tenure, Martinoâs coaching style has featured star power with an eye on the future. This season, Atlantaâs two MLS Best XI player honorees were also two of the top five Landon Donovan Most Valuable Player candidates in 24-year-old Miguel AlmirĂłn, and 25-year-old Josef MartĂnez. While MartĂnez set a new single-season scoring record with 31 goals, Martino also groomed a trio of teenagers, including 19-year-old Ezequiel Barco, 16-year-old George Bello, and 18-year-old Andrew Carleton, who combined for more than 2,000 minutes, 23 starts, and 36 appearances.
Martino made MLS his league of choice on Sept. 27, 2016, when Atlanta United named him the first head coach in club history. He has since led the club to consecutive postseason appearances with a fast-paced offense that ranked top-two in goal differential over his two years at the helm. By securing the most aggregate points totals from their 2017 and 2018 campaigns, Atlanta earned a berth to the 2019 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League (CCL).
Prior to joining Atlanta, Martino garnered coaching experience at the highest levels. He led the Argentina National Team back to a No. 1 FIFA world ranking in 2015 after guiding the Paraguay National Team to their best-ever World Cup performance in 2010. On the club side, the former South American Coach of the Year also managed FC Barcelona to a second-place finish after his turnaround for Newellâs Old Boys (Argentina) led to a Torneo Final victory in 2013, the same year he won Copa Libertadores.
As a player for Newellâs Old Boys, Martino still holds the record for games played, and he led them to three Argentine Primera Division titles before transferring to CD Tenerife in Spainâs La Liga.
Martino received 32.72 percent of the average vote, compiled from three groups: active players, media and club technical staff.
Coach of the Year Player Vote Club Vote Media Vote Final %
MLS Coach of the Year Winners: 2018: Gerardo âTataâ Martino â Atlanta United 2017: Greg Vanney â Toronto FC 2016: Oscar Pareja â FC Dallas 2015: Jesse Marsch â New York Red Bulls 2014: Ben Olsen â D.C. United 2013: Caleb Porter â Portland Timbers 2012: Frank Yallop â San Jose Earthquakes 2011: Bruce Arena â LA Galaxy 2010: Schellas Hyndman â FC Dallas 2009: Bruce Arena â LA Galaxy 2008: Sigi Schmid â Columbus Crew SC 2007: Preki â Chivas USA 2006: Bob Bradley â Chivas USA 2005: Dominic Kinnear â San Jose Earthquakes 2004: Greg Andrulis â Columbus Crew SC 2003: Dave Sarachan â Chicago Fire 2002: Steve Nicol â New England Revolution 2001: Frank Yallop â San Jose Earthquakes 2000: Bob Gansler â Kansas City Wizards 1999: Sigi Schmid â LA Galaxy 1998: Bob Bradley â Chicago Fire 1997: Bruce Arena â D.C. United 1996: Thomas Rongen â Tampa Bay Mutiny
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The Red Bulls defeated Columbus Crew SC 3-1 on aggregate and advance to the Eastern Conference Championship to face Atlanta United FC, at Atlanta on Sunday, November 25 and at Red Bull Arena on Thursday, November 29.
Post-Game Quote Sheet Red Bulls 3, Columbus 0 (NY 3-1 agg) MLS Eastern Conference Semifinal Series November 11, 2018 | Red Bull Arena
New York Red Bulls head coach Chris Armas
Q. When you got to halftime with the 1-0 lead, what did you tell the guys in the locker room? And at the same time, how proud are you of the way that Daniel Royer stepped up tonight in the second half and just put the game away? CHRIS ARMAS: Well, I don't think anyone's so surprised with Danny burying a couple of good chances that he had, a couple of good looks. So he's been pushing hard, training well, coming back from an injury, so I'm really happy for Danny to come in this game of this magnitude. So again, coming in with 11 goals, he's that 1-2 punch with Brad, so great for him.
Halftime, getting the goal in the first half, it's good to relieve that pressure for the guys against a team that we knew would be organized and hard to break down. So at halftime there's a few things to talk about. We knew in transition there would be some moments we could slow down a little bit more, but there's some little things in there tactically that we were letting slip in our pressing and we had to address that a little bit. Some of it involves the back line moving up and just some little things. But there was a good energy in the locker room at halftime. A lot of belief that the second one was coming.
Q. Other than the score line, what was the biggest change between leg one and leg two for you? CHRIS ARMAS: Well, on the road it's hard in our league. And Columbus, on the year 11 wins at home, they're tough at home. So that in itself make it's tougher. That's a big difference, a starting point. But tactically we pushed Tyler higher up the field. When Wil Trapp and Artur, those guys they're not just good on the ball, they're the outlet all the time for how they break pressure, break our pressure, and we said we can't let it happen again. But how can we address up the field being aggressive and not get sliced through. So some of it was to really address how we would control spaces, and this game we did a much better job of that. But pushing Tyler higher along with Kaku and pressing the way we did, I thought was the big difference.
Q. Given the history of the team, what do you say to the naysayer who didn't think that you were able to pull this off? And what do you think about the fact that you've got to wait two weeks until the next game? Is that going to get in the way of momentum? CHRIS ARMAS: I don't think it's going to get in the way because it's the same -- it's level for Atlanta too, right. It's a break, it's a much-needed break, and gives us time to prepare. It's a little tricky because international duties here, right, so you lose some players. And just a perfect time to work on some things and you're missing a few guys. So we'll use the time wisely like we did the last international break, physically, mentally we get ready for what's ahead. As far as naysayers, I haven't heard many naysayers. I'm not reading, I don't really focus on it, but what do I say to them? I mean it's for the outside to kind of judge what they think and it's fair to think, well, maybe the read bulls don't have enough, and I don't get so caught up with that. I can say that there's a lot of belief in our room, in our locker room. There's a lot of belief. And we know that this team is different than ever. I think tonight was another example of that.
Q. Wanted to ask about Alex Muyl. He's somebody who I think a lot of fans have seen growth and development in particular, the offensive third, a goal tonight and then an assist. You keep going to him and showing confidence in him. What did you see in his growth to get to the point where he's a difference maker on a night like this? CHRIS ARMAS: I think I've said it before and we have said it around here with Alex. He is, we talk about being fearless, it helps if you put guys on the field that are fearless. Their starting points are that. So he doesn't back down from the moment and he's up for it all the time. We have seen that in him for the last few years. Alex also tactically understands how we're pressing or his specific role and how it fits into the team and it's just so important. You see him and Danny, Tyler, Kaku and Brad up the field. It's, if one guy's not on board, it falls apart and he really shows an understanding of that, so. And his confidence keeps growing and he keeps getting sharper. So I'm happy that he takes another step forward.
Q. What is distinctive about Columbus under Berhalter that makes it hard to break down? And if he winds up coaching the U.S., how do you see him doing? CHRIS ARMAS: Look, I think we see his team is different. And this year even more than ever the way they have defended, they're very organized, they're very stingy. Statistically that shows up, the amount of goals they give up, maybe 43 on the year, you know. And, yeah, and the reality of trying to break them down is not always so easy. Gregg, he's just like a student of the game. We were national team teammates. I know him well and he's just a pro. So his team carries on that way. And then of course then you can talk about with the ball, that how good they are. They can unbalance you and they can give you fits. So he's a tremendous coach. Their staff is, they're just, they make our job difficult to prepare. And if he's the next national team manager, we're behind him. We're behind him and with another tier of players it would be fun to see what he could do. But he will do great. He would do great.
Q. You already addressed this, but your wide players, Danny and Alex, did well today and also your wide defenders did well today. What do you have to say about that? CHRIS ARMAS: Yeah, I mean up the field, if you didn't talk about the -- if you first talked about Danny and Alex in the pressing it's one thing, but then with the ball, now they're producing, they were a force now in the attack. And then Kemar and Murillo on the night, it was lacking in the first game and maybe we're being a little conservative, staying home a little bit, it wasn't really the game plan, but that's the way it played out. And so you go there and doesn't feel great because, yeah, you lose the game, but we didn't give up that second goal and more. We gave up six shots on the night. There's a lot of said with the Red Bulls are six shots at Columbus Crew. No one talked about that, right, but we felt good like, okay, in our building we'll take care of it. But tonight the emphasis was to get -- attack the flanks and we did. And the crosses early in the first half with Kemar, you see Murillo getting forward, they were both dangerous. And so the wide play was great tonight.
Q. I wanted to address something you just brought up about the crosses early on in the game. There was a few before the eventual goal, Kemar sort of jumped over on one of the crosses. Did you notice anything there preparing for this week or preparing for Columbus that maybe you spotted and wanted to key in on in this game as far as the wide play and getting those crosses in? CHRIS ARMAS: Yeah, you just can see they're a team in transition that -- they give up a lot of transition moments because they're a team built in possessions. And so when you win the ball they do a good job dropping and compressing spaces and they're a team that essentially becomes hard to break down. So we knew that the spaces on the flanks, I mean, this is not really, this is in the world of football, where somebody tap-ins and wide plays, especially their team with Wil Trapp and Artur staying in front. So we like to -- and we like to attack this way and they're not giving you that, so now we know that part of us being effective this way is to also be able to have guys that are on the move and running and joining in proactive, up the field, aggressive, not late to the party. So it was a big emphasis coming in and I think the guys committed to that and I thought we saw that helped in a big way.
Q. When you scored the second goal to make it 2-0, obviously you're feeling good, you take the lead in the series, but you still know that there's -- you're an away goal from disaster. The team seemed to kind of feel that, like the blood's in the water, we can get that third. What did you think of how your team immediately after getting the second found a third? And a quick follow-up, I think on Higuain, you guys totally shut them down. What was the key to kind of limiting them so much? CHRIS ARMAS: Well, on the night we talked about being aggressive, but part of us being aggressive in pressing was sometimes going to be where we're a little more compact. So Brad is feeling the moments, are we organized, are we disorganized, do we go, are we set, or do we need to reset. So that was a part of it. But the guys are hungry, they like to attack, they like to go. It's hard to say go, go, go, Red Bulls, we play fast, you know, and then to just put the foot on the pedal is not so easy all the time.
But we also said we like the guys to play with freedom. What a thing of beauty if the guys can go out there and just play. And the way they got that second goal all of a sudden there's these little back heels, there's all this stuff going on and you sit back and you love it because now they're playing free. And you can talk about that, but then you see it, we know that it's in there, so we keep encouraging that. So we thought, yeah, I mean at some point we did drop off a little more and became a little more compact and we limited most of the chances down the stretch. But it's hard, it's good to see some guys take the ball to the corner, waste a little time. Derrick came in and did that and Rio and Kaku and these guys. As far as Higuain, you know, it was a big question before the leg one, after leg one, what do you guys, you know, he's always going to be dangerous. And Sean Davis, what an incredible job that he did on him, knowing where he is at all times, knowing it's not a one man job, but he really took his time and space away. And then other guys understood where he was at all times, because even there, some of their attacking plays come from him drifting wide and then trying to hook some balls in.
Yeah, the last thing I would say, I hope -- Jesse told me he was going to stay up late and watch this one. They were setting the alarm, Kim Marsch, his wife, and family, they were at their game today, which they win 3-0, they said we would win the same. They told me we would win the same by the same score. So Jesse I hope you stayed up and can feel proud in what this team continues to do.
New York Red Bulls Midfielder Danny Royer
Thoughts on your performance tonightâŠ Itâs a great feeling to help the team. At the end, it doesnât matter who scores. It was a great team performance and thatâs what counts, and I think we did a really good job in the 90 minutes today, and I think itâs well deserved.
Difference between Leg One and Leg TwoâŠ Today we played more aggressive. Itâs a little easier at Red Bull Arena to play the way we want to play, but on the other hand, you have to give them credit, they are a real tactical team. They know what they do, and theyâre a good team. I think they did a really good job, especially in Columbus, so it wasnât that easy for us to be aggressive and create chances. So, it wasnât the best result, but not the worst result either. We knew when we came back to Red Bull Arena and we play our style that we can still beat them.
What does it feel like to have an impact in this game after coming back from injury at the beginning of the playoffsâŠ Itâs an amazing feeling, I didnât want to miss the playoffs. It was tough coming back from getting injured just a couple weeks before the playoffs. I wanted to play against Orlando, just got a couple minutes. I had to find a way back and so far, everything went fine so I canât complain.
How much confidence are you playing with right nowâŠ I think all of us are really confident. We are definitely not naĂŻve, because we know that it will be a tough matchup against Atlanta, but as I said we feel confident. I feel confident, itâs always good to get some goals, itâs always nice to have a great team performance. Overall, I think everyone did a great job today and that was really important now before the break and to move on to Atlanta.
New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips
Words on performance tonight and next roundâŠ âGreat team performance. I think it was there to see. We knew we had a job to do and weâre good at home. Today, I think I couldnât pick out a bad player. I think everyone played well. We learned from our mistakes from last week. We looked dangerous on the attack. Defense was how it had been all season. Thereâs not a bad word to say.
Does different defensive group make going forward easier in attack? â100 percent, Iâve been saying that since early in the season. Our defenders, our backlines make it easy for us to be in games until the very end. Theyâve done it all season and I donât think Luis (Robles) had much to do tonight, maybe a save in the 85th minute. Against a team like that their very good, they got one of the top goal scorers in the league, one of the best number 10âs and they didnât have much.
Feelings after third goalâŠ âAww man life was good. At that moment. Real talk, at that moment I just remember watching the Atlanta game earlier when they had that safety goal, I was thinking I want to feel like that today because you can see on the field you just know. They were just running down the clock basically and we got to do that today. It was nice to end the game real comfortable.
How much does history matter when overcoming first leg loss with win? âIt doesnât matter, it doesnât matter. Itâs a different team, I think only the people that are really nervous, the people that are going to hate no matter what. Theyâll put negative comments like âhere we go againâ. In fact, to those people âjust chill outâ. If youâve got nothing good to say, just donât say anything and weâll do the best that we can like we always do.
Young playersâŠ âExactly, thatâs one of the strengths of our team. The youngsters. These guys are fearless, youâve got Tyler, Sean, these are in center midfield. You know how hard that is to play all season long against some veterans in the league and these guys just go out there with no fear. Evan after mistakes they just come and bounce back. Itâs unbelievable to see because old guys like me think what ifâŠor if they did score, Iâd be like here we go again but these guys donât even have that in their mind. They just go out and play and give guys like me and our team the same confidence. Itâs amazing.
New York Red Bulls midfielder Alex Muyl
On his confidenceâŠ âI think any time you get a run at games, you get more confidence. In that sense, yeah. Iâm just sticking with my process and trusting myself and, luckily, I was able to make that play at the top of the box. Tyler makes an unbelievable play as well to play that first-time to Danny and with him itâs no doubt itâs going in. So, Iâm glad to be able to play a part in that goal because it was important to get the second one.â
On whether there was a sense of relief after the first goalâŠ âI think with the first goal, not so much but the second goal and certainly the third goal.â
On the teamâs strategy and emphasis on playing wideâŠ âI think we emphasized going down the flanks because thatâs where we can get success but no more than any other game. Today, Danny was able to have an unbelievable game and I was able to contribute a little bit.â
On Head Coach Chris Armasâs confidence in himâŠ âChris is great. So was Jesse at fostering young players and giving them confidence and giving them chances. I think itâs more just in the process. Iâm getting a little bit more experience now and itâs coming together for me but I donât think anything has really changed Iâve just been able to make a few more plays and the team is so good this year that you get more opportunities to make plays.â
New York Red Bulls Goalkeeper Luis RoblesâŠ
How important was that first goal going into the halfâŠ We didnât have a plan about when we wanted to score goals, we just said from the first whistle letâs leave it all on the field, letâs empty the tank, and I think everyone in the stadium can see that. From the first whistle we were flying, and we wanted to put them under pressure and we felt that if we were able to do that, if we could be us, we were going to get opportunities and we were going to fly in goals. For us to get that first goal was huge because in a way it equalized everything. Now of course, away goals come into play, so we have to be mindful of that, but we knew if we could get a goal early on and just continue to run and be us that our chances of being successful in tonightâs game go up tenfold.
Does this feel like revenge for 2015âs lossâŠ NoâŠ that was a different group. For us this is just the next step in a special group thatâs writing their own story. Itâs interesting this week, I try not to read too much media, but I think this week got the better of me. It just seemed like everyone sort of wrote us off, which I understand, and our history hasnât been that great, but if anything itâs been a talking point that not only are we going against the Columbus Crew, but weâre going against history. And itâs going to take a special group thatâs going to have to find a way to re-write history â instead of that was us, itâs this is us. Now as we make the next step, itâs even more important that we continue to harness that same spirit because if we want this year to be the year, thereâs going to be some even bigger challenges. And as you look at our next opponent, obviously Atlanta is a very good team, a team that we found success, but I think you look at Columbus and they were probably the most difficult opponent we faced all year. I think they had our number in three games, we didnât win a single game, we think we got one point. And yet, the confidence within this locker room and this group is so high that didnât matter and so we have to look forward and not necessarily dwell too much on yeah, we beat them, we beat them twice, itâs just one game at a time and theyâre the next team up and we have to find a way to get a result in a very difficult place to play.
What do you think you guys learned from last weekâs loss that you could take into the Atlanta leg oneâŠ I donât even think we dwelled on so much of it as being a loss. I think in a way, it was seriously this thought of âokay, itâs halftime, they only got one on us.â And really, when you look at the video, they didnât even play that great. Again, thatâs one of the frustrating things is everyone talked about how poorly we played and how great they played, and yet, they had one really good play. They scored on the one good play and unfortunately thatâs the impression that everyone gets on the game and when we watch the video weâre thinking âman, weâre just so close, weâre just a littleâ - if we can find that pass going forward, if we were able to switch over instead of staying back and they wouldnât have made that play, it could have been 0-0, couldâve been 1-0, couldâve been 2-0. So, for us it wasnât necessarily âwe lost a game,â itâs just âweâre down a goal.â Weâre going to go into this game, weâre going to find goals. And so, for us, we knew that if we could correct those little things in transition going forward and prevent them from having any big opportunities, we were going to be fine, and thatâs what happened today.
New York Red Bulls Defender Aaron Long What did you think about getting the win and the way you guys went about doing itâŠ There was a cool confidence in the locker room even after the Columbus game. We watched a lot of film and I think that we learned from our mistakes. It was a good performance from us.
What was different this weekâŠ We are a little more aggressive at home, and I think that boded well for us today. Also, just seeing what they did tactically in the second half to unbalance us and we tried to counter that.
Describe the feeling after the first goalâŠ It was kind of like a weight off our shoulders, now itâs tied up and itâs game on. It just felt like âweâre at home, this is what we do, when we get leads we expand on themâ, so it felt good.
How many times did you guys practice that playâŠ We have so many set plays, we are very diligent and it pays off on those set pieces.
Was it important to score in the first fifty minutesâŠ Not necessarily, but we do emphasize good starts. Whether thatâs scoring in the first fifteen minutes or just dominating the other team and putting the ball in their end, we do emphasize good starts.
Did you feel Zardes played a little differently this weekâŠ No we had no idea, the guy is a beast and an amazing player. Honestly I didnât notice at all that he was injured.
What kind of series do you expect from AtlantaâŠ Theyâre such a good team, and they are so possession-based. Trying to limit time and space for them and their great players is going to be tough, but weâve done it before and we can do it again.
Columbus Crew SC head coach Gregg Berhalter REGG BERHALTER: They played an excellent game. We weren't at our best tonight and when you're not at your best it's very difficult to win. I thought that we hung in there. The second half picked up a little bit, but overall not enough on the night.
Q. (No microphone.) GREGG BERHALTER: I don't think we need to talk about that right now. I think this team has an identity, a way to play, we've given the players belief and making players better. And that's what we did for a long time.
Q. What is next for this team? How do they take the next step next year? GREGG BERHALTER: I think like any other off season, you get better. You identify positions you want to strengthen in and you get after it. There's already been a lot of work identifying targets, and then it's about strengthening the group. The East is tough, you got to get better every year if you want to compete in the East.
Q. When you think about what this team went through over the course of the season, how were you guys able to collectively get through that? What was the process of steeling yourselves to that way through the season? GREGG BERHALTER: It's the character of the guys. We have a strong group, we have a good group, we have guys that want to come to work every day and perform. And that's what gets you through it. People talk about the staff or the support staff, but in the end it's the players. It's the players that come to work with a good mindset every day, they want to improve, they want to play the way we play, and it helps you get through difficult times.
Q. What was the game plan tonight? You had some critical battles out there. What were you guys trying to do out there? GREGG BERHALTER: I think that Gyasi had a very bad shoulder injury on -- what day is it today? Sunday. On Wednesday in training, where he separated his shoulder pretty bad, tore all the ligaments, and we weren't sure he was even going to be able to play. And it shows. The guy had a season like he did for a reason because he battled and will give everything to help the team win. And I felt like we utilized you him too much, playing too directly through him. I felt like we never really got comfortable into our game and give Gyasi credit, he didn't stop and he kept battling on the entire game. But I wanted us to put the ball on the ground more, switch field more and try to get him some service on crosses and when you see 14 open play crosses, three in the first half, it just wasn't enough, it wasn't enough from us.
Q. You obviously had a series a few years ago against this team in this arena, you guys came in, you spoiled the party. What's different about this year's Red Bulls team compared to that team from 2015 in your eyes? GREGG BERHALTER: I don't work with them so I don't know. I know it's a good team this year and I know they played a good game on a night that they needed to play a good game. So give them a lot of credit.
Q. Can you just tell us what's next for you? GREGG BERHALTER: No.
Q. Can I ask maybe you talk about Gyasi, the shoulder injury, was there any maybe hesitation to play him tonight going into this game you had Patrick on the bench, was there any maybe second thought about that situation up top? GREGG BERHALTER: Nope.
Q. Did you feel any uncertainty over the team had any affect at all this season? GREGG BERHALTER: I think the players did an outstanding job. It's obviously there and we're obviously dealing with something, but again, to us it became about more than that and blocking out distractions and I think the important thing about this group and I can sense by your question that you want me to make an excuse for this group.
Q. No, not at all. Just wondering -- GREGG BERHALTER: And we're not going to do that.
Q. Just wondering whether it had no affect at all or it had some affect. GREGG BERHALTER: I can't measure the affect it had but what I would say is that the guys stayed focused, didn't make excuses for themselves and wanted to get better and that's all you can ask from them.
Q. Where do you see your team going forward in the next two to three years whether in Columbus or elsewhere? GREGG BERHALTER: I don't know how to answer that question. You guys are tough today. Seriously I don't even know how to answer that one.
Columbus Crew SC Midfielder Wil Trapp They pressured you guys pretty well, didnât let your team get comfortable, did you expect the way you guys handled itâŠ âThatâs what they are built for, they do that really well, we just didnât do a very good job of playing through it and being calm and being brave, holding on to the ball and being secure. Especially on the third goal we talked about it all week getting the ball from side-side, they really struggle when you can break pressure and play it side-side. We dribbled into pressure, we lose it, we are opened up and then things can happen. That third goal really put the dagger in us, because we still had the opportunity to if we score one to keep it alive, so that was difficult, that was difficult for us.â
They neutralized Higuain early, and didnât let him get the ball, how did your team handle thatâŠ âWell, I mean early in the game, we know it is just going to be a competitive battle, set the tone, so him not getting involved super early, we were prepared for that, but I think we never broke out of the mold of just hitting long balls. I mean we didnât play enough. Itâs a credit to them and how they play. How they make it difficult, but I think we just have to be a little bit more calm, more composure on the ball and start to calm the game down. You saw it right before halftime, but it wasnât enough.â
With everything you went through are you proud of this group of where you able to getâŠ âFor sure. I think there is a lot of noise all year and I think we dealt with it extremely well. We handled ourselves in a incredibly professional manner, but we are disappointed. Coming in with a lead, feeling good about the game and to not score, to not even really threaten them enough was difficult.â
Columbus Crew SC Forward Gyasi Zardes Playing with a separated shoulder, what was it like over the course of the week trying to get ready for this gameâŠ âYeah, you know I separated my shoulder, Monday or something like that, but it was just another challenge that I knew I could overcome. You know, I just tried to give it my all for this team and put it all out there.â
Is it disappointing to see it all end with that last wave of pressure thereâŠ âYeah, I mean coming into this game we knew we were 1-0 up, but man I donât know just wasnât our day today. Thatâs what happens in the game of soccer, it costs you in playoffs as opposed to the regular season. In playoffs, when you donât arrive that other team arrives, you donât match that level of physicality and all that, you see what happens.â
You guys went through a lot over the course of this season, what does it say about the groupâŠ âIt says a lot. I look up to a lot of these guys in this locker room. I feed off their energy and Iâm really thankful to be a part of this team and them welcoming me with open arms this year and we just have to learn from this. It is a vital lesson that we just have to take and make it positive. We just have to work hard this offseason and prepare for next year.â
Is there a pride you have in yourself with what you were bale to accomplish this yearâŠ âYeah, I mean it is very motivating for myself because I see the fruits of my labor paying off. This whole team in general is going make me work even harder this offseason and come back even fitter and in-shape and ready to give it my all again.â
Columbus Crew SC Goalkeeper Zack Steffen When you look back at what his team endured over the season, is it something to be proud ofâŠ âYeah, I mean the work we put in this year is amazing. The guys grinded for ten months and I love each and every one of these guys. Itâs tough, it sucks, and we left everything we could out there.â
When they make it the goal to take out Federico from the equation, how does your team adjustâŠ âYeah, it is definitely difficult, because heâs most important in our game. We just didnât step up and help each other enough tonight. They worked as a team for 90 minutes and we didnât for 90 minutes.â
This year specifically, how would you describe this groupâŠ âI mean we are warriors. We have gone through adversity, the whole Austin thing and we continue to do out business. We worked hard and worked for each other and it was a lot of fun. There is upâs and downs and Iâm proud of each and every one of these guys.â
Have you thought of what is next for you and where that could goâŠ âYeah, I donât know. I donât know what is going to happen yet. Weâll see, obviously very disappointed with tonight and it will be nice to get back and get my mind of soccer for a little bit, but Iâm not really focused on that yet.â
Columbus Crew SC Midfielder Justin Meram Is there a moment you look back and you think that was the turning point tonightâŠ âI donât know, itâs pretty difficult to think like that right when the match finishes. I donât think the score line showed how the game went, but credit to them they are a good team.â
Whatâs your process of whatâs nextâŠ âYeah, I donât know. I donât know what we have as a group and national team stuff, but right now just focus on this group, sticking together and assess whatâs next when we get back.â
They made it clear they wanted to take Higuain out of the game, how did you guys deal with thatâŠ âYeah it is tough whenever they have a guy just following Higuain everywhere on the field and you know thatâs our guy that kind of links the back line to the attacking group. We adjusted pretty well towards the end of the half. I came to the middle and we started to create some chances, and the start of the second half we were alright, then the second goal kind of just hurt us and the third one just, canât allow for it to go in.â
Team had to fight all year, got to another postseason, what does that say about the groupâŠ âYeah, you know, we have fighters, we have family in here, we all gave everything tonight and unfortunately we came up short. This is I, we look back and re-group for another preseason.â
Columbus Crew Midfielder Federico Higuain
On the Red Bulls limiting his involvement in the matchâŠ âI think when managers they try to do the best for the team. I believe it worked for them. They are very dynamic team. Those two center midfielders are very young and quick and fast and they close the space very easily, very fast. It was difficult for us. We couldnât find a way to fix that problem.â
On the Crewâs accomplishments, this seasonâŠ âWeâve been in this situation. We can say, âyeah weâre proudâ, but weâre looking for more. We would like to do the biggest step again but we couldnât. Red Bull played better than us. Congrats to them and I wish them the best.â
On the Red Bullsâ pressure in the 70th minuteâŠ âThey did that the whole game. They play like that. Theyâre good at doing that. Again, we couldnât find the way to fix it and play our game. I think at home it was a different game but tonight they did better.â
Major League Soccer today announced LA Galaxy forward Zlatan IbrahimoviÄ as the 2018 MLS Newcomer of the Year. The award recognizes the yearâs most impactful new MLS player, who has prior professional experience. IbrahimoviÄ shone the brightest among a class of 200-plus star-studded newcomers that averaged 25 years of age and hailed from more than 40 countries.
IbrahimoviÄ took the league by storm in his first year with the LA Galaxy, finishing the season with 22 goals and 10 assists in 27 matches played, becoming the third player ever to post a 20-goal, 10-assist season in MLS history. The 32 combined goals and assists by IbrahimoviÄ meanwhile tie for the sixth most in league history. IbrahimoviÄ helped the Galaxy to a 9-2-4 record in matches where he scored a goal, beating out fellow standouts for the award including English icon Wayne Rooney (D.C. United), Mexican National Team star Carlos Vela (Los Angeles Football Club) and 23-year-old âKakuâ (New York Red Bulls) of the Paraguay National Team, among many others.
This season, IbrahimoviÄ joined Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as the third active player to score 500 goals for club and country with an incredible roundhouse kick volley against Toronto FC on Sept. 15, The feat adds to an already illustrious career that includes titles with European giants, including FC Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Inter Milan, among others. The hulking forward experienced a tremendous international career with the Sweden National Team, ranking first in the nationâs history with 62 goals in his career while also starring in the 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cups.
The Newcomer of the Year Award recognizes players with previous professional experience but who are in their first year playing in MLS, which makes rookies ineligible for consideration. Similarly, players eligible for Newcomer of the Year are ineligible for Rookie of the Year.
The award was voted on by MLS club technical staff, media, and current MLS players. Below is a breakdown of the voting results:
Newcomer of the Year Player Vote % Club Vote % Media Vote % Average %
MLS Newcomer of the Year Winners: 2018: Zlatan IbrahimoviÄ â LA Galaxy 2017: Miguel AlmirĂłn â Atlanta United 2016: NicolĂĄs Lodeiro â Seattle Sounders FC 2015: Sebastian Giovinco â Toronto FC 2014: Pedro Morales â Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2013: Diego Valeri â Portland Timbers 2012: Federico HiguaĂn â Columbus Crew SC 2011: Mauro Rosales â Seattle Sounders FC 2010: Ălvaro SaborĂo â Real Salt Lake 2009: Fredy Montero â Seattle Sounders FC 2008: Darren Huckerby â San Jose Earthquakes 2007: Luciano EmĂlio â D.C. United
Red Bulls Shock Crew, 3-0, NY Moves To Eastern Conference Finals
Give credit to the New York Red Bulls and their head coach, Chris Armas. Never count them out, especially if they're playing before their hometown fans at Red Bull Arena.
Down 1-0 in aggregate goals in the MLS semi-final Eastern conference 2nd leg, New York turned up the heat tonight against the visitors from Ohio, stunning them with a dominating 3-0 result. With a 3-1 margin in aggregate goals the Crew's season is over with New York advancing.
Next up are the Eastern conference finals. The Red Bulls will face Atlanta United on November 25, with the return 2nd leg match on November 29 at Red Bull Arena.
Should the Re Bulls continue their winning ways and defeat Atlanta, New York will host the MLS Cup final at Red Bull Arena on December 8 because they earned the Supporters Shield owning the league's best regular season record.