Barklage vs Bruin aka Houston at NY Red Bull Wednesday

brandon-barklage-ny-redbullFor those who want their soccer a bit more personal, the Houston Dynamo visit the New York Red Bull for a match this evening. The game is only available via MLS Live (or Direct Kick) but for those who have access, here’s what to expect…

Houston Dynamo at New York Red Bulls
Wednesday, May 9, 6 p.m. CT
Red Bull Arena, Harrison, NJ

The New York Red Bulls put their two-game winning streak on the line when they return home to entertain the Houston Dynamo on Wednesday evening at Red Bull Arena. The Red Bulls are coming off back-to-back 1-0 victories, last weekend winning at the LA Galaxy. The Dynamo are concluding their season-opening seven-game road swing, their last match a 3-2 loss at D.C. United two weekends ago. This is the first of three meetings between the two teams this season.

All-time series: Red Bulls lead 3-2-7 (Red Bulls lead 3-0-3 at New York

For the Red Bull, Brandon Barklage (SLU/New Mexico/CBC) is projected to be on the bench at the start but has earned plaudits from Head Coach Hans Backe recently for his play at right back recently:

He wasn’t one of the heralded signings of the offseason but the former D.C. United midfielder has found New York to be his home – and strangely enough the position he is playing is right back. Barklage played there in bits and pieces last year for United, “two or three times” in reserve games and once in a friendly with Ajax. So while the position isn’t entirely new to him, he isn’t a savvy veteran back there.

The article notes that Barklage will face Dynamo midfielder Brad Davis, who is also known for the quality of his service from the left flank and central midfield, if he gets a third game at right back. Barklage grew up in the St. Louis area watching Davis play college soccer and he has admired the midfielder’s game.

For the Dynamo, striker Will Bruin (Indiana/DeSmet) was named to the MLS Team of the Week for Matchday 8. The second-year forward scored both of Houston’s goals in Saturday’s 3-2 loss at D.C. United. The goals were Bruin’s third and fourth of 2012, out of seven total scored by the team year-to-date. The Team of the Week honor is the second for Bruin in 2012, but his fourth overall. He was named to the MLS Team of the Week for Matchdays 4 and 7 during his rookie campaign. Brad Davis (St Louis University/Chaminade) played 18 minutes in the DC United match and should be in the starting lineup for the first time since March 23rd.

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