Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Red Bulls Defense Turns From Best to Worst
Big Apple Soccer, June 18th, 2007 4:30PM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

The New York Red Bulls have quickly gone from being the league's best defense to its worst, conceding 11 goals in its last four games after starting the regular season with just four conceded in eight. Injuries have a lot to do with that, says Michael Lewis of Big Apple Soccer, as evidenced by the use of 11 defensive starters in nine different lineups and configurations in 12 total games.

The latest goal-leaking result came at the hands of the Kansas City Wizards, pretenders to New York's current place at the top of the Eastern Conference standings with two games in hand. Regular starters Jeff Parke and Carlos Mendes were on hand for Saturday's 3-3 draw at Giants Stadium, but Todd Dunivant and Hunter Freeman were still missing. So too was defensive stand-in Dema Kovalenko.

"We're bringing back injured players too early," Arena told Big Apple Soccer. "We don't have a choice." Excuses, excuses some might say, but coaches will tell you that a solid, unchanged defensive unit is often a common thread among title-winning teams. But 11 different starters on defense in 12 games? That's got inconsistency written all over it.

Read the original story...



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Report: Man United Makes World Record Bid for Bale     
Manchester United submitted a blockbuster transfer bid for Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale on Tuesday, offering ...
AWOL Ronaldinho Receives Queretaro Warning    
Queretaro on Tuesday threatened to release Ronaldinho if the former two-time World Player of the Year ...
Zlatan Fury at Swedish Ranking Snub    
Earlier this week, Zlatan Ibrahimovic reacted angrily to finishing second on a list of top Swedish ...
Rodgers: Balotelli's Style Not Suited for Liverpool     
Brendan Rodgers on Tuesday suggested that Mario Balotelli's style is not best-suited to Liverpool's game, saying ...
Mourinho: No Chance of Signing Messi     
Jose Mourinho says that Chelsea has "no chance" of signing Lionel Messi from Barcelona, despite reports ...
De Laurentiis: 'Spectacular' Supercoppa Win     
Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis believes Italian soccer came out the real winner following Monday night's ...
Mourinho Hails 'Amazing' Blues     
Jose Mourinho described Chelsea's 2-0 win at Stoke City on Monday night as an "amazing" performance ...
Aguirre to Hold Press Conference About Game-Fixing Allegations    
The Japanese soccer association (JFA) on Monday confirmed that head coach Javier Aguirre, who was recently ...
Hummels Slams BVB's 'Rubbish' Away Record     
Manchester United target Mats Hummels has described Borussia Dortmund's first half of the season as "rubbish," ...
Fergie Hails Carrick, Rooney, RVP, De Gea    
Alex Ferguson thinks Michael Carrick, Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and David De Gea have enough ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives