It's a stalled season for the New York Red Bulls. Last year's Supporters' Shield winners are suffering the general malaise affecting the Eastern Conference, with no team really pushing through to contender status. It's a strange circumstance considering how the New York clubs and Atlanta were already pushing each other at the top of the table this time last season.
There's almost always an opportunity in MLS, and that's the situation for the Red Bulls at home against the LA Galaxy on Saturday. It's a game available nationally on ESPN, with the schedule makers likely seeing it as a strong Red Bulls team hosting a rebounding LA. Instead, it's a strong LA team expecting three points against a Red Bulls team looking for that rebound.
Whether or not that's already started depends on how much emphasis you'd like to put on New York's 1-0 home win over FC Cincinnati last week. The visitors could certainly claim that they deserved a point. It's tough to argue against that, with the Red Bulls not exactly in control of the game for long stretches. It did break a five-game winless streak, the upside for a team that would otherwise be in last place in the East. Instead, the Red Bulls are 9th, tied on points with the 10th, 11th, and 12th-placed clubs.
If there's such a thing as a statement win in early May, that would be the Red Bulls beating the Galaxy. 2nd-place in the West, the Galaxy has 22 points from 9 games. New York has 8 from 8.
Moving to the U-17 Concacaf Championship in Bradenton, the USMNT beat Canada 3-2 to open Group F play . The tournament serves as World Cup qualifiers for the region. Falling behind to goals in the 21st and 22nd minutes, Gianluca Busio scored for the USMNT in the 49th. Axel Alejandre equalized for the USA in the 63rd with Giovanni Reyna scoring the winner from a free kick in the 69th. The USMNT plays Barbados on Saturday.
Timmy Chandler was on the bench for Eintracht's 1-1 home draw with Chelsea in the Europa League semifinals. Luka Jovic scored for Eintracht in the 23rd with Chelsea equalizing in the 45th. The series concludes next Thursday at Stamford Bridge. Arsenal took a 3-1 lead over Valencia in the other semifinal.
"It was a really impressive result against a very good team," Eintracht coach Adi Hutter said. "We gave a great account of ourselves. Chelsea’s quality was plain to see, particularly towards the end of the first half and at the beginning of the second. We put in a great performance - particularly in the early stages, when our fans once again spurred us on with their fantastic tifo. It’s clear who the favourites are for the return leg - Chelsea’s fate is in their hands - but everything’s possible and we’re confident."
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Goal's Neil Jones argues for another player move at Liverpool. Inside World Football's Andrew Warshaw relays a report that PSG's ownership isn't happy. FourFourTwo's Daniel Storey on the coaching change at West Brom. The Sydney Morning Herald's Craig Foster takes issue with the academy system and calls for international reform.
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