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Michelle Ackermann

Michelle Ackermann

Born in South Africa, soccer has always been a part of my life, and was pretty much ingrained in my genes. Journalism is my second love in life, and what better way to combine my two favorite things in life than to write about the one thing I am most passionate about. I follow the New York Red Bulls religiously, but have a deep passion for La Liga. This passion is part of the reason why I have moved to Barcelona to pursue my dream of becoming a sports broadcaster.


FC Dallas Fall at The Hands of Last Placed Wildcard, New York Red Bulls.

Written by on October 27, 2011 | 15 Comments »
Posted in FC Dallas, General, MLS, New York RB

It was a night much anticipated by RBNY fans; a clash with FC Dallas at Pizza Hut Park for a spot in the semifinals, and a chance to remain on in the quest to raise the coveted MLS Cup. RBNY fans packed into the “Football Factory” at Legends in NYC at an event aptly named “Occupy Legends.” About 600 fans came out for the match, with the Red Bull street team entertaining passersby. The stage was set, but the question remained; could RBNY pull off a crucial win?

To most fans, optimism reigned supreme, and there was no doubt amongst the loyal Red Bull fans that their “boys in white” could not pull of a victory against FC Dallas. As the lineup was announced, there were no surprises to the starting eleven, but with Rodgers ruled out, Backe opted to play Richards up front with Henry, and fans were quite content with this decision following Dane’s debut as a striker last week.

The first half saw FC Dallas fight, clearly the more dominant team, for the first thirty minutes that was. After that, they just seemed tired, aimlessly flailing about. The first half was a mediocre game at best; one can say without hesitation that it certainly didn’t seem like either of the two teams were playing for a spot in the semifinals.

Halftime, still scoreless in Dallas, but as RBNY entered the field for the 2nd half, they knew that they needed to step up the intensity. Perhaps one of the most underrated RBNY players, Medhi Ballouchy would be the man that set the wheels in motion. In the 59th minute, Backe opted to take Mccarty off the field, and selected the Moroccan midfielder; it was a wise decision by Backe as merely two minutes later, Ballouchy would feed the ball to Lindpere, who found the net in the 61st minute. It would be his 2nd Career MLS Cup Playoff Goal, and one that will not be forgotten by any RBNY fan for a while to come.

Following the goal, tensions rose as FC Dallas tried to get on the scoreboard, and with a red card issued to Solli in the 79th for a tackle on Hernandez, FC Dallas had the upper hand. RBNY reduced to ten men, yet Dallas could not seem to break through the defense, and especially Tim Ream, who played one of his best games of the season, repeatedly shutting down any attempt. Chants in the Football Factory included the classic; “You got REAM-ED”; he was certainly a hot topic last night, as the Independent reported that RBNY turned down a $4 million offer from Arsenal for the young defender.

Stoppage time would be six minutes- the longest six minutes for RBNY and all the fans; but as Thierry Henry found the net in the 97th on a breakaway run, wherein he passed both Hernandez and Hartman to find the net, he shut down any last glimmer of hope that FC Dallas had. The final whistle blew, and madness ensued as the fans started chanting; “We want the Cup, got to have that Cup.”

Technically, it may not have been the best game by either side, but to fans that did not seem to matter; RBNY had clinched a spot in the semifinals, and are set to face LA Galaxy in the next round at Red Bull Arena on Sunday at 3pm.

15 responses to “FC Dallas Fall at The Hands of Last Placed Wildcard, New York Red Bulls.”

  1. Hertha Spatzen NYC says:

    Oooooooooh wie ist das schoen….

  2. Juan pena says:

    Goos job michelle let get that cup, see u on sunday

  3. Gus Keri says:

    If Columbus win tonight, we will have a similare situation to 2008 when the NYRB moved to the western conference as the last seeded team. That year, they reached the final.

    History repeating? or may be even better?

  4. I love your optimism! As for right now, I don’t want to get ahead of myself by stating that it may be even better than 2008….with the season being so inconsistent, I would rather take it one game at a time…

  5. PV2 says:

    That Independent article is pure speculation and conjecture. It also says Ream used to play for Chicago Fire, hinting at how well reported it was.

  6. @PV2- My apologies, I know that several sites had stated the Independent had broken that story, but have also heard that a from a few different places. Guess we will see how this pans out. a move to the English League for him over the summer may be good.

  7. Soccerlogical says:

    I think it is both admirable and positive for the league, should an average side who is a dark horse actually play above their means and surprisingly win the MLS Cup.

    But for a bunch of high priced, spoiled has-beens who haven’t played as a team, and displayed unprofessional behavior and mean spirit to win the MLS Cup through a wild card is detrimental to the league and its image.


  8. Gus Keri says:


    detrimental to the league and its image?

    like Bobby said; “Why so serious?”

    If NYRB wins the cup, all will be forgotten and the next morning papers will only talk about how finally a NY team won the MLS cup and how Henry won his first title outside of Europe.

    Of course, there will be a negative article from Paul Gardner and a lot of negative comments form you and people like you, but no one really would care and life will go on and people start to look forward for the next MLS season when the attendance record goes even higher than this season.

    Finally, few years later, Martin Scorsese will make a documentary about how NYRB overcame all kind of adversities to win the MLS cup.

  9. Gus Keri says:

    Colorado beat Columbus 1-0 and moved on to meet Kansas city in the next round.

    MLS on the verge of achieving another remarkable historical triviality.

    There is a possibilty of NYRB meeting Colorado in the final.
    How trivial you ask?
    The Eastern Conferencce champion (a Western conference team) meet the Western conference champion (an Eastern conference team)

    Go figure.

  10. Soccerlogical says:

    Gus – Eventually the league will decide that a Canadian based team needs to win the MLS Cup. Toronto, Vancouver or the expansion side Montreal will get a puppet head coach and throw a bunch of disillusioned DPs and proven MLS players his way until he luckily stumbles upon a formula for a pseudo-team which barely makes the playoffs and wins the MLS Cup.

    Good thing?

  11. Gus Keri says:


    MLS cup to a Canadian team?

    In their dream.

    Not before they get rid of their stupid “social medicine” and allow for the 1% to run away with most of the money.

  12. Soccerlogical says:

    Gus – If you wanna talk Socialism, look no further than “revenue sharing” NFL and MLB. 🙂

  13. John Bladen says:

    “Not before they get rid of their stupid “social medicine” and allow for the 1% to run away with most of the money.”

    Well, Gus, a dweebish idiot in Ottawa is working on that right now…

    As for RBNY, I wasn’t cheering for them and am more than a little surprised that they beat FCD. However, now that I know that it drives SL up the wall when they win, I think I will…

  14. random choice 0-2 after wild card games and so am I.

  15. Roberto Manita says:


    Mr. Hindsight was a wee bit surprised that you picked Dallas to beat NYRB considering Dallas’ form/recent results heading into the match. In your defence, Mr. Hindsight never likes to make predictions before the fact and has crystal clear vision after the fact.

    This was a very interesting thread including Canadian politics, socialism, MLS conspiracy theories wrt Canadian MLS clubs, how footy disrespects geography (yet again), etc. I’m sorry that I was late to the party 🙁

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