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
Bulls' Early Success Down to Defense
Big Apple Soccer, April 24th, 2007 3:20PM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

Three 2007 season is three weeks old and the New York Red Bulls have yet to concede a goal. After two wins in a row, Bruce Arena's Bulls have played some good stuff, but their defense has been most impressive, shutting out some of the league's top goal scorers last year: Carlos Ruiz and Kenny Cooper of FC Dallas, and Houston's Dwayne De Rosario and Brian Ching of Houston.

So what's different this year? "We're just working harder, working more as a team, talking more and demanding more out of each other," said central defender Jeff Parke. Maybe the Bulls are fed up with being labeled the league's perennial underachievers. "I think the whole team is gritting down and biting their teeth a little bit," winger Todd Dunivant said. "It's something that we stressed all preseason, that we had to get things right in the back...as a team right now we're not giving up a lot of chances, which is great."

Coach Bruce Arena, who's now had a full offseason to organize his players, credits the addition of Ronald Wattereus for settling his back line. "I think the leadership in goal has been good and our back line is maturing." Arena also singled out the performances of Todd Dunivant and newcomer Hunter Freeman for shutting down the Dynamo's flank play on Saturday. Houston, which had a man up for much of the game, failed to seriously test Wattereus the whole game.

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
Life on the road with Badgers    
What's life like on the road in the fall for a Division I soccer player? For ...
Messi Surpasses 400 for Club and Country     
Four-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi surpassed 400 goals for Barcelona and Argentina on Sunday, netting ...
Jimenez Notches First Goal for Atleti    
Raul Jimenez scored his first goal for Spanish champ Atletico Madrid in Saturday's 4-0 romp against ...
Rooney Apologizes for Sending-Off     
Wayne Rooney on Monday apologized to his Manchester United teammates for the red card he received ...
Jurgen Klopp: 'We Will Be Back'    
Borussia Dortmund fell to 12th-place in the Bundesliga table after losing the first Rivier-derby of the ...
Alonso Hailed for Cologne Master-class    
Bayern Munich midfielder Xabi Alonso on Saturday set a new Bundesliga record after taking an astonishing ...
PSG Hopes to Improve Against Barca "Masters"    
Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc on Monday said his team must get through its bad spell ...
Gunners' Injury Crisis Worsens Ahead of Blues Clash     
Arsenal is once again facing an injury crisis ahead of an important run of games as ...
Eddy returns for third time from ACL injury    
Georgia midfielder Laura Eddy has torn the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee three times ...
Parents buy in to 'Silent Soccer'     
Southwest Ohio Youth Soccer met some parent resistance when it announced a "silent soccer weekend" in ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives