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"Growing Belief" a Sign of Red Bulls Progress

(photo by Matt Kremkau) New York Red Bulls head coach Bradley Carnell has had the unenviable job of trying to bridge the gap between former coach Chris Armas and the incoming coach Gerhard Struber but the results have shown that has work is paying off. Key draws against Toronto and Orlando show that the team believes in their ability to stand toe-to-toe with the top teams in the conference. "There's growing belief," said Carnell. "We've always know that guys push each other hard every day. For us, now, it's about how we can bring all the pieces of the puzzle together. It's like like putting bullets in the revolver. To have a full round of ammunition we need a couple of things to go our way." Not much has gone the way of the Red Bulls this campaign but that tide appears to be turning. Two late goals from Brian White in recent games and the emergence of Caden Clark are positive signs. Players have also shown themselves to be capable of looking dangerou

Red Bulls Steal a Point at The Death Again, Tie up Chicago Fire 2-2

For the second consecutive time, Brian White and the Red Bulls found a way to steal a point from their opponents deep into stoppage time, this time on the road against the Chicago Fire, putting a dramatic end to a tight and feisty affair at Soldier Field Saturday night. The Fire has made playing them at home a tough place to play for the Red Bulls whether it is at their former home out in Bridgeview or at Soldier Field, the Red Bulls only managed six wins against the Fire at their home grounds, a tough assignment regardless of the venue. Both teams started the match fully intended of putting the match on their terms, Chicago needing a win to leapfrog over Inter Miam for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, and New York chasing a sixth-place spot in the table with three matches remaining. Needless to say, this was a must-win for both teams involved. The Fire nearly got on the scoreboard early in the 19th minute. New York defender Jason Pendant loses the ball in the back, whe

Salzburg Drop Valuable Points in UCL Opener

Red Bull Salzburg opened up their second consecutive campaign in the UEFA Champions League with a disappointing 2-2 draw to Lokomotiv Moscow. The reigning Austrian Bundesliga champs were stunned early by the opposition's composure and couldn't remain focused as they surrendered a late lead. "I thought we were better and deserved to win," said manager Jesse Marsch. "It probably wasn't our best performance. I thought that we were good though, and we had lots of chances when we were 2-1 up. It wasn't enough though in the end." Salzburg fell behind in the 13th minute when veteran forward Eder headed an effort into the back of the net. The goal came against the run of play as Salzburg had been pressuring the Moscow defense. The attempts at net were few to that point but a goal felt as if it was approaching. It came right before halftime when Dominik Szoboszlai blasted an effort from outside the box to equalize the scoreline.  Early in the second half Salz

Leipzig Not Happy with Performance Despite 2-0 Win

RB Leipzig kicked off their 2020-21 Champions League campaign with a convincing 2-0 win over Istanbul Basakeshir. Despite the result, manager Julian Nagelsmann was not happy with his team's performance. This coming after speaking with the media and saying that the results are what will matter most. "We aren't 100 percent happy with our performance today," said Nagelsmann. "You could tell that some players were a bit tired. We did a great job in the first half but we let off a bit after scoring the second goal. We didn't really allow them any chances so, in the end, it's alright." Wing back Angelino continued to impress by scoring both goals in the first half. The Spaniard who had trouble breaking the first team in Manchester City has proven to be an essential part of Leipzig's success at the start of the season. It is already his fourth goal in all competitions and his name is becoming common place among commentators. Defensively, Leipzig has als

Recap: Brian White's stoppage time equalizer earns a draw with Orlando City, 1-1

(photo by Matt Kremkau) Fresh off of their well-earned draw against Toronto FC, the New York Red Bulls head home to face off against an Orlando City SC squad that was unbeaten in eleven straight matches. Back on October 3rd, the Lions dispatched the Red Bulls 3-1 at Exploria Stadium. Caden Clark has been providing both the team's buzz and excitement by scoring two goals in his first two appearances with the team; the 17-year old midfielder is the youngest player in league history to do so.  The Red Bulls deployed their standard high-press right from kickoff, forcing Orlando City to make mistakes on offense and defense. However, they could not capitalize on those opportunities, as Caden Clark's shot from a distance went high and over the bar in the 21st minute. By the 29th minute of the half, Orlando City began to settle down and take control of the match, as Nani's freekick was perfectly served in the box, but Mueller headed the ball wide to the left of the net. Orlando Cit

Nagelsmann: "Playing Really Well is Sometimes Less Important"

RB Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann has prioritized points over aesthetic after his team's 2-0 win over Augsburg on Saturday. The win followed a slow breakdown of a defense that had little interested in playing an attractive game. This left fans to watch slow game that relied on ugly chances to decide the outcome. "It's not easy to play against an opponent who set themselves up to play long balls and win set pieces," said Nagelsmann. "Augsburg were very, very, hardworking today. You have to be patient and work out how to win by adapting your game. It's not so easy." Augsburg sat with almost their entire team behind the ball in order to stop the Leipzig offense. Nagelsmann's men passed around the perimeter and found few chances inside the box before being brushed aside by a very compact defense. Augsburg's manager seemed to have little interest in the game moving forward except for the odd counter attack. This led to an increased amount of Leipzi

Nagelsmann: "We Still Need to Be More Clinical"

RB Leipzig are sitting atop the Bundesliga table after their first three fixtures but manager Julian Nagelsmann knows that there is a lot of work to be done in order to raise the club's first title. Now, with players returning from the international break, it is back to focusing on what can make the team better. "As a team, we still need to be more clinical with our finishing," said Nagelsmann. "It's important and it will become more crucial that we put games to bed early so that we can ease up a bit in terms of our intensity in the closing stages of the game." Nagelsmann is well aware of his team's late-game struggles last season which saw their championship chances diminish after the winter break. The team's energetic level of play has long been exploited by defensive teams that know their chances can be found if they wait out the storm. The young German coach knows that his team needs to finish their chances in order to avoid those issues moving f

Aaronson Takes Major Step Up in Competition with Salzburg

Red Bull Salzburg has taken the risk and signed American striker Brenden Aaronson from the Philadelphia Union. The surprise move gives yet another high-profile spot to an American player but this time with a proven American manager that can provide a more welcoming environment in Europe. "Despite his young age he has an incredible ability to make the right decisions on the pitch," said Sporting Director Christoph Freund. "Brenden's style of football makes him a perfect fit for us, and we are already looking forward to having him." The signing of Aaronson at such a young age is an indicator of the changing perception of American players. For years, European teams would force players from North America to ply their trade in MLS or other leagues before coming to Europe. A feeling that the talent was unproven purveyed across the continent but that has changed with the success of players like Tyler Adams and Gio Reyna in the Bundesliga. What this adds up to is more o

Angelino finds UCL Opponents Man United to be Average

RB Leipzig wing back Angelino has experience with Manchester United, the first opponent in the 2020-21 UEFA Champions League group stage and spoke about the former dominant EPL team in detail with RBLive. "What I've seen from Manchester United thus far," said Angelino. "Sometimes their world class, others they're average. We don't have to hide." Leipzig made a name for themselves last season with major wins over both Tottenham Hotspur and Atletico Madrid. Their magical run came to an end in the semi-final where they lost to Paris St. Germain. Still, their arrival on such a stage has put the world's game on notice and let the bigger powers know that there is a fearless team on the rise. Over the past five years, Leipzig has become a prime destination for young players who haven't gotten time on major teams. Angelino is just one example, having joined from Manchester City where he could barely make the bench. With the East German club he has shown

Caden Clark Strikes Again as Red Bulls and Toronto FC fight to a draw, 1-1

The New York Red Bulls make the relatively short trip north to Rentschler Field to face a red-hot Toronto FC team looking to slow them down as they improve their position on the Eastern Conference table.  Because of Canada's COVID-19 travel restrictions, East Hartford has been a home away from home for Toronto FC. Despite not playing a single game at their home ground since September 1st, they have made the best of their situation by winning five straight matches. As a result, they now sit on top of the Eastern Conference, clinching a playoff spot in the process.  Despite the contrast in styles, the match would start pretty even between the two sides. The Red Bulls did very well weathering the storm when Toronto FC would attack. On the other end of the pitch, The Red Bulls' chances would be snuffed out by a Toronto FC defense that surrendered only two goals during their five-game unbeaten streak. But it was Toronto FC that would be the first team to get on the scoreboard in the

"We Have Seven Finals" as Red Bulls Gear Up for Playoff Fight

(photo by Matt Kremkau) New York Red Bulls have had a roller coaster season that appeared to be heading towards an end of their decade long playoff qualification but the situation has taken a turn since the MLS restart. Now, despite still being under .500, New York has a chance to lock in a playoff position and potentially avoid a play-in game for the seventh or eight spot. "We have seven finals," said head coach Bradley Carnell when speaking about the importance of the remaining games. "We know what a stretch it is and we know what the schedule, how grueling it is. Every opportunity we can get, every gap we can see and take advantage of, we have to take it at all costs." Red Bulls' form has been erratic over the last five games but they have grabbed three key wins. The most recent came against Atlanta United at Mercedes Benz Stadium, a trip which has become fruitful for points in recent seasons. Still, their home record has been an issue which was highlighted b

Caden Clark's first goal lifts Red Bulls over Atlanta United, 1-0

With just two points separating them in the Eastern Conference table, the Red Bulls travel to Mercedes-Benz Stadium to search for some points on the road and much-needed distance between them their rivals sitting just above the cut-off line for MLS Cup qualification. Atlanta United, unbeaten in two matches, was looking to finally win one against their bitter rivals at home where the Red Bulls have enjoyed recent success in the regular season. The lone exception, a painful 3-0 loss in the first leg of the 2018 Eastern Conference final.  The first half wasn't to speak of, with both teams playing plodding, uninspired soccer for 45 minutes, just registering 6 shots in the half, none on goal. Atlanta nearly took advantage of some sloppy play in front of the goal, when in the 38th minute, Jake Mulraney's shot was deflected by Daniel Royer, but thankfully for him and his teammates, the ball slammed off the woodwork. The second half would begin with a historical moment when Caden Clark

Quotes: A tale of two halves for the Red Bulls

(photo by Matt Kremkau) Wednesday’s night’s 2-1 defeat at Red Bull Arena was a tale of two halves for the Red Bulls and Interim Head Coach Bradley Carnell. He expressed some disappointment in not finishing what they started and maximizing those opportunities. “A game of two different halves, a really lock down performance in the first half, outshooting the opponent 9-4, and 0 shots on target, so I mean, we just failed to put it over the line and take a real grip on the game and a real control of the game. I thought for the most part, totally against the run of play, we gave up two situations where we get a little bit exposed, and then on a set piece, we seem to be in the business of giving up world-class goals, and giving people their first goals.     So yeah, it’s another one of those bitterly disappointing nights, and I’m sitting here in shock, because, we should never, never be on the receiving end of not getting any points. Unfortunately, a little bit left speechless but yeah,

RECAP: Gonzalo Higuain's free-kick rocket sinks Red Bulls, 2-1

(photo by Matt Kremkau) With some of their best players injured or away for international duty, the New York Red Bulls and Inter Miami CF clashed at Red Bull Arena for the first time on Wednesday night. The Red Bulls were missing both their midfielders, namely Kaku and Cristian Casseres, to World Cup qualifier duty with Venezuela. Inter Miami lost their playmaker Roldofo Pizarro to Mexico, defender Leandro Gonzalez Pirez due to suspension, and goalkeeper Luis Robles due to a broken left arm suffered during a loss to NYCFC.  Bounce-back was the theme for a New York Red Bulls team that suffered a 3-1 defeat to Orlando City FC on Saturday, and with Inter Miami traveling with just 18 players, this was an opportunity for the team to pick up valuable points.  With the Red Bulls in control via their high press right from kickoff, it wouldn’t be long before they started creating scoring chances. Tom Barlow nearly put the Red Bulls on the scoreboard when Blaise Matudi cleared his header off the

Poulsen to Stay at Leipzig Thru 2024

RB Leipzig have rewarded their long-tenured striker Yussuf Poulsen with a contract extension that will see the Danish player stay with the club through the 2024 season. The 26-year-old has become the face of the Leipzig offense over the years despite the sparkling statistics of ex-teammate Timo Werner. Now, he looks to set himself apart as the team enters a pivotal seasons domestically and in the Champions League. Poulsen joined Leipzig back when he was 19-years-old and the club was in the 3.Bundesliga. He impressed with 10 goals in his first season and did even better after the team was promoted to the 2.Bundesliga the following season. His efforts were rewarded in the 2016-17 season as he took the field for the club's first Bundesliga game and has since gone on to make over 100 appearances in Germany's top flight league. This season, the cast of partners has changed. The departure of Werner leaves manager Julian Nagelsmann in need of the veteran striker. Younger players like

Report: Struber to Become Head Coach for RBNY

The search for the New York Red Bulls' next head coach may be finished according to the Yorkshire Post as they are reporting the signing of a three-year-deal with Gehrard Struber following his departure from Barnsley. The ex-Red Bull Salzburg youth-coach will join a young club that is looking for a new identity following the dismissal of Chris Armas. New York is currently battling to continue their streak of making the MLS Cup playoffs which stands at a decade. Despite the ups-and-downs of a very unique season, the team has been at a crossroads where new leadership in Kevin Thelwell is looking to place his stamp on the club. While Chris Armas was given time to develop the team, his progress reached a breaking point and his replacement with someone chosen by the new Head of Sport became necessary. Struber comes with an extensive background in Red Bull soccer. He worked with the Salzburg youth teams and saved former Premier League club Barnsley from relegation last season. That, alo

RECAP: New York Red Bulls II fall to North Carolina FC, 3-0

North Carolina kept their postseason chances alive with a three-goal first half that paved the way to a much-needed win against New York Red Bulls II, 3-0. Recently North Carolina FC and the New York Red Bulls II agreed to a hastily arranged neutral site game in place of two separately canceled fixtures against Loudoun United FC. The reason was that Loudon United had to cancel their remaining games after some of their staff members were tested positive for COVID-19. NCFC took control of the match early on as midfielder Andre Fortune was brought down in the penalty area by Jake LaCava. Fortune stepped up to the penalty spot and converted his sixth goal of the regular season in the 12 th minute. Benjamin Speas then struck in the 26 th minute as he tucked home a first-time finish from the center of the penalty center after Pecka had driven in from the right and cut back an excellent low cross for Speas to knock home. However, John Tolkin mistakenly added an own goal three minute