MLS East Notes: Red Bulls tie Lyon in friendly; Alston removed from DL; and more

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By DAN KARELL

On a night that saw the U.S. Men’s National Team playing and the MLB All-Star Game taking place in nearby Queens, the New York Red Bulls turned out to face Ligue 1 side Lyon at Red Bull Arena.

In front of more than 13,000 fans, the Red Bulls tied Lyon, 2-2, in a mid-week friendly match, one that saw the Red Bulls play 22 players and give reserves Kevin Hartman, Ian Christenson, and Matt Miazga their first minutes of the season for the first team.

Red Bulls defender Jamison Olave put Lyon on the board inside four minutes with an own goal, but teammates Dax McCarty and Andre Akpan scored two goals on either side of halftime to take a lead. Lyon midfielder Yoann Gourcuff then tied the match up in the 75th minute with a shot past Red Bulls substitute goalkeeper Ryan Meara.

The Red Bulls now hold a 2-3-1 record in international friendlies at Red Bull Arena.

Here are some more notes from around the MLS Eastern Conference:

NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION

Though the New England Revolution fell to the Colorado Rapids on Wednesday night, there was one player that was likely more than happy to just be there.

Defender Kevin Alston was on the bench for the first time since the end of March after being removed from the disabled list earlier this week. Alston had been placed on the DL in May after being diagnosed for a rare but treatable form of Luekmia.

Alston didn’t play in the loss against the Rapids, and mentioned to the Boston Globe that he wasn’t yet 100 percent, but he’s back to full training and head coach Jay Heaps has stated he plans on playing Alston in the future.

PHILADELPHIA UNION

Though he is second in Major League Soccer in scoring, Jack McInerney was left off the MLS All-Star Gameday roster.

Forwards Marco Di Vaio, Thierry Henry, Camilo, and Robbie Keane all beat out McInerney on the squad that will face AS Roma on July 31 in Kansas City. Also missing out was Sebastien Le Toux, who currently leads the league with nine assists.

With McInerney back from national team duty, he could make a bid to be an All Star replacement player with another goal or two in the last two weeks of the month.

D.C. UNITED

In a week of player signings, one of the brightest of the group is former U.S. youth international Jared Jeffrey.

The former U-17 and U-20 midfielder made the move to MLS after six years in Europe, playing at Club Brugge in Belgium and Mainz 05, failing to break into both first teams and realizing that it was time to come home and get some first team minutes in the United States.

The Texas native made his D.C. United debut in a friendly match last Friday against Chivas Guadalajara, starting and earning praise from D.C. United head coach Ben Olsen.

In other news, D.C. United’s latest homegrown player signing Collin Martin has been loaned to the Richmond Kickers in USL-Pro for the rest of the season.

TORONTO FC

In less than six days, Toronto FC have let their captain leave the club due to salary issues.

Darren O’Dea has reportedly signed a three-year contract with Ukranian side Metalurh Donetsk after being left off the team’s trip to Sporting Kansas City last Saturday. O’Dea was in line to earn more than $456,000 this season in total compensation, a number higher than some designated players and one of the highest non-designated player contracts in the league.

Despite O’Dea’s desire to remain in Toronto, the club were not willing to renew his salary at that level, so the Republic of Ireland international decided to move abroad.

SPORTING KANSAS CITY

The night before the MLS All-Star Game in Kansas City, Sporting Kansas City defender Aurelien Collin will be hard at work.

The French MLS Best XI defender will be debuting his fashion line, aptly named AC78, on July 30 at the Kansas City Power and Light District. A number of Sporting KC players are reported to be modeling the suits designed by Collin.

COLUMBUS CREW

Since April 27, the Columbus Crew have been without American-born but Uruguayan-raised midfielder Agustin Viana.

The 29-year-old has missed time due to a hamstring injury, but he could be making his first team comeback sooner rather than later. Viana played 58 minutes in a recent reserve match, and played the entire second half in the Crew’s friendly match against Wigan last Saturday.

Viana’s return could push midfielders Will Trapp and Konrad Warzycha back to the bench, though Viana may still be a couple of weeks away according to reports out of Columbus.

CHICAGO FIRE

Hoping to stem the tide after two recent defeats, the Chicago Fire have been given a massive boost ahead of this Saturday’s match against D.C. United.

Veteran midfielder Logan Pause played 60 minutes on Wednesday in a reserve match for the Fire, and could be part of the 18 when the Fire welcome D.C. United. Pause has played just once since the start of June, a 26 minute performance before having to leave due to injury.

HOUSTON DYNAMO

Though they’ve won two in a row, Houston Dynamo forward Giles Barnes is on one of the longest goal-scoring droughts of his career.

The Englishman hasn’t scored a goal since May 8, after he had scored two in three games, giving hope that his scoring run could improve. However, despite the frustrations, Barnes says that he feels that as long as he’s helping his teammates score he doesn’t mind too much.

“It’s a bit frustrating,” Barnes told MLSsoccer.com. “As a striker or attacking midfielder you want to be scoring goals. [I’m] still making chances, still working hard for the team and we’re getting goals in other places. As long as I’m helping the team I don’t need all the glory.”

MONTREAL IMPACT

In his mid-season “State of the Impact” address, Montreal Impact owner Joey Saputo came to the aid of the struggling club that hasn’t won in four matches.

In particular, Saputo defended head coach Marco Schallibaum, saying that they are working on an extension for the Swiss coach. Schallibaum signed a one-year contract this past offseason.

Earlier this week, there had been reports in South America that Juan Carlos Osorio, formerly of the New York Red Bulls and Chicago Fire, would return to MLS as the coach of the Montreal Impact.

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What do you think of these reports? Impressed with the Red Bulls result? Do you see Alston returning to the lineup soon? Do you believe McInerney should be on the MLS All-Star gameday roster?

Share your thoughts below.

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8 Responses to MLS East Notes: Red Bulls tie Lyon in friendly; Alston removed from DL; and more

  1. Dinho says:

    So, Califf retires and O’Dea leaves….that CB position is looking awfully thin for TFC.

  2. Marc says:

    “Massive boost”… Can Logan Pause defend?, can he score goals??
    Where’s the boost?

  3. PetedeLA says:

    Good to hear about Alston. Here’s to a full recovery.

  4. 20 says:

    Awesome news about Kevin Alston, that tough news to take for Revs fans, can’t wait to see him back on the field.

  5. McQ says:

    why would they play when they did? this shows a complete lack of forsight! First of all the national team was playing in Hartford – presumably because it is located halfway between New York and Boston providing access for fans from both cities (besides the fact that it is the National Team! Why is ANY MLS team playing on a day/ night when the national team is playing? then you have the ALL Star Game – OK i didnt watch a single minute but it is for better or worse the marquee event nationally. then consider that it is well known that the ONE day in America that has the LEAST amount of sporting events is the day after the baseball All Star Game! Why wouldnt you play this night? Just when you think the forces that be are starting to get it, you have a clown show like this! and people wonder why people dont tke MLS clubs seriously!

    • slowleftarm says:

      This is RBNY – why are you expecting logical decisions? You’re right of course – although I’m a RBNY season ticket holder and haven’t missed an MLS/Open Cup home game in 3 years, I skipped the Lyon match because I’m also a big Yankees fan and wanted to see Mariano Rivera pitch. If it had been the next night I would’ve gone.

  6. Marcos P says:

    These teams should be in the Emirates Cup

  7. McQ says:

    But Emirates sponsors the Cosmos! :)