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New York Red Bulls add Goalkeeper Carlos Coronel on loan from Red Bull Salzburg

The New York Red Bulls have added Brazilian goalkeeper Carlos Coronel on loan from Red Bull Salzburg pending his P-1 visa and ITC, the club announced today. Coronel will be on loan through the end of 2021, with a club option to purchase. The goalkeeper will occupy an international spot on the Red Bulls roster.  “We’re pleased to have Carlos join us on loan for the season,” said Head of Sport Kevin Thelwell. “He is an outstanding goalkeeper, has experience with Gerhard’s style of play, and a familiarity with MLS. Carlos further solidifies our group of goalkeepers, and we look forward to getting him acclimated within our group.” Coronel, 24, has spent the last two seasons with RB Salzburg. Most notably, the Brazilian goalkeeper earned three appearances, including two starts, during the 2019-20 UEFA Champions League Group Stage. He tallied a 1-1-1 record with eight saves and a 1.52 goals-against average. "Carlos brings the experience of playing in the Champions League and has shown t

Europa League: Early Goal Sparks Hope but Villarreal Stops Salzburg

Red Bull Salzburg showed signs of life in Spain against Villarreal but were ultimately defeated 2-1, sending them out of the UEFA Europa League in the round of 32. The loss follows a much better effort which saw Jesse Marsch's club take an early lead but fall to a far more experienced side. "It's disappointing but we have to say strong," said Marsch after the game. "If we had two performances like today's, we would have had more of a chance. We have to learn from it and keep battling in the league and the cup." Salzburg came into the game at a disadvantage having dropped the first leg of the fixture 2-0. The loss saddled the Austrian champions with two away-goals and placed pressure on the club to make less mistakes. Early in the game, they did just that. Patson Daka pounced on a bad pass and got the ball to Mergim Berisha. The young German didn't waste his chance, scoring the game's opening goal and giving his team the motivation they desperatel

Krosche on Nagelsmann Links: "He Has Everything He Needs Here"

RB Leipzig are at a divide in their history where players and managers are being sought after by bigger clubs around Europe. That interest can lead to brain and talent drain, leaving the club in peril after early success. Leipzig is in that situation following the Bayern Munich acquisition of defender Dayot Upamecano and now, interest in manager Julian Nagelsmann from Tottenham Hotspur. "When you do a good job you arouse desire," said Leipzig's Sporting Director Markus Krosche to BILD . "Julian feels comfortable because he has everything he needs here. The team is developing great." Nagelsmann joined Leipzig ahead of the 2019-20 season from Hoffenheim. The feeling was that he could push Leipzig over-the-top and potentially bring trophies home to the club. Thus far, the team has progressed in the UEFA Champions League and is currently pushing Bayern Munich for the top of the league. That progress is enticing to teams that are looking to mimic that success but wit

Report: Red Bull Arena to open at 15% capacity for the 2021 MLS Season

(photo by Matt Kremkau) The question of whether Red Bull Arena will be open for fans this upcoming season or not has finally been answered, thanks in part to New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy. The announcement is that they will be opening all sports venues across the state starting March 1st. All indoor facilities are strictly limited to 10% of its seating capacity, and 15% for all outdoor sporting facilities. Buoyed by the announcement, New York Red Bulls General Manager Marc de Grandpre wasted no time sharing the good news to the supporters: "It is very encouraging and exciting that Governor Phil Murphy has announced the New Jersey will allow a limited number of fans to attend sporting events. "It is of utmost importance to ensure the health and safety of our fans, players, and staff at Red Bull Arena. We will continue to work closely with both local and state health officials as we establish our protocols, beginning with the start of the 2021 Major League Soccer campaign. &q

Report: Nagelsmann Linked with Move to Tottenham

RB Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann may be departing the team should Tottenham Hotspur fire current manager Jose Mourinho. The news comes from the Telegraph as they have noted the London-based team's ownership showing great interest in the young Nagelsmann. Tottenham has had a rough time under Mourinho, going from Champions League contenders to barely qualifying. All of this despite the team having one of he deeper rosters in the Premier League and funds to bring in players like Gareth Bale. Currently they sit in ninth place and could miss out on European competition completely. Nagelsmann has become a major force working with far less than most managers. While at Hoffenheim, he battled to keep them from relegation and then took the club to Europe. With Leipzig he has managed a major overhaul which saw the likes of Timo Werner depart the club but the team is still pushing for the top of the Bundesliga. It is not known whether the club will move forward or whether Nagelsmann will

Leipzig Close Gap to Bayern to Within Two

RB Leipzig dominated Hertha Berlin on Sunday afternoon, closing their gap in the standings to within two points. Bayern Munich currently sits in first place but their control over Germany has not been in such peril for nearly a decade. "We're pleased to have moved back within two points of FC Bayern," said manager Julian Nagelsmann. "Some teams behind us also picked up points, which makes this victory today even more important." Nagelsmann took a humble approach to the result but Leipzig dominated the game from the opening whistle. While Hertha did show signs of life in spurts, it was the East German club that proved to be the most opportunistic when chances appeared.  Like most of this season, the goals came from all across the field. Captain Marcel Sabitzer scored the first goal but two defenders, Willi Orban and Nordi Mukiele, put the game way. Thus far, Leipzig doesn't have a player that is competing for the golden boot in Germany, but they have managed

Report: Marcel Sabitzer Linked with Move to Tottenham

RB Leipzig captain Marcel Sabitzer may be on the move with English club Tottenham Hotspur appearing to be the destination. The report from Sport BILD states that current Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has been an admirer of the Austrian attacking midfielder and believes he can play a major role in the future of the Premier League club. Sabitzer has been with Leipzig since 2014 after joining from Rapid Vienna. He played two seasons on loan with Red Bull Salzburg before becoming an essential part of the Bundesliga club's success. Since joining the club when they were in the second division, he has scored 46 goals in 207 appearances. He has also impressed enough to be given the captaincy of the club at the start of the current campaign. "He has made a great development," said Sporting Director Markus Krosche. "It goes without saying that other clubs notice this. I don't like singling anyone out individually but Marcel Sabitzer has really developed well." Sabi

Marsch and Salzburg Have Long Climb After Fall Against Villareal

Red Bull Salzburg's UEFA Europa League campaign is in peril after a 2-0 loss to Villareal on Thursday evening. The game was tight with Salzburg playing well but showing their inexperience against a team and manager that knows how to take advantage of any and all moments in a game. "We played against opponents who were very clever and made few mistakes," said Marsch after the game. "We made a few of the kind of mistakes that young teams tend to make. We have to fly to Spain now and perform better if we can." Salzburg was lucky to escape the first half just down by a goal. A penalty was awarded midway through the first half but Cican Stankovic made the save, keeping the game level. The penalty taker, Paco Alcacer, was not to be denied as he finally scored just before the half to give his team the lead. Marsch's team did create chances in the second half but Villareal were stout enough defensively to minimize the danger. That paid off again in the 71st minute w

Salzburg: Koita and Camara Suspended for Doping

UEFA's disciplinary committee has suspended Red Bull Salzburg players Mohamed Camara and Sekou Koita after positive tests for doping. The suspensions, which carry a length of three months, were dealt despite the commission feeling that the doping itself was unintentional.  "We are pleased that there is now clarity in this matter and we know the result," said Salzburg General Manager Stephan Reiter. "This is still a real blow for us, of course. While we were not at fault in the situation in any way at all, we are not unprepared, as we have geared our squad accordingly." Koita has been an effective weapon in the attack for Salzburg. Through 15 games, the Malian striker has scored 13 goals with an additional three added in from Austrian Cup games. Camara, also a Mali international, has played in 18 total games since joining the team in 2019.  This will leave Salzburg under-staffed heading into the first leg of the Round of 32 of the UEFA Europa League against Villa

Nagelsmann on Liverpool Loss: "We Didn't Make the Most of Our Chances"

RB Leipzig suffered a stinging setback in their UEFA Champions League host, losing 2-0 to Liverpool on Tuesday night. Manager Julian Nagelsmann felt that the result didn't reflect the run of play but it still leaves them in a massive hole as they wait two weeks before traveling to England for the series second leg. "We didn't make the most of our chances," said Nagelsmann after the game. "Mistakes are part of the game and, unfortunately, they happen in the sport. Overall though, it was still a good game for us. We weren't two goals worse than Liverpool." Whether Nagelsmann feels that the team were better or worse, their position is perilous. Jurgen Klopp and his reigning English football champions know how to win in big games and they exercised that experience against a much younger team. The return leg will be a difficult ask for Leipzig, who played their home fixture in Budapest due to travel restrictions in Germany.  Mo Salah opened the scoring in the

Red Bulls Releases Statement Concerning Kaku's Contract Status

(photo by Matt Kremkau) For some time now since Argentine midfielder Alejandro "Kaku" Romero Gamarra has reportedly left the Red Bulls to Saudi Arabian club Al-Taawoun, the club officially has released the following statement regarding his status, and current situation with is ongoing contact dispute: "The issuing of the provisional ITC does not change the fact that a valid contract exists between Major League Soccer and Kaku. In response to the player’s apparent signing with Al-Taawoun, MLS and the New York Red Bulls have sought to arbitrate the dispute pursuant to Kaku’s MLS contract and will take all further necessary action to enforce their rights." What this, means since AL-Taawoun have obtained a ITC from FIFA, is that the team and the league will exercise any and all options to resolve this issue by taking this to an arbitrator. Putting yet another twist in the ongoing contractual saga between Kaku and the New York Red Bulls. More than likely Red Bulls will b

Report: Upamecano Agrees on Move to Rivals Bayern Munich

RB Leipzig will reportedly lose their top defender Dayot Upamecano to rivals Bayern Munich this summer. The news comes from David Ornstein of the Athletic and signifies a major move that could see Leipzig's chances of remaining a competitor sink in the coming seasons. Upamecano has been one of the most sought after players on Leipzig. The 22-year-old Frenchman had been linked to several English Premier League clubs such as Liverpool and Manchester United but it is Bundesliga kings Bayern who seem to have won the race. Upamecano has played 102 games for the East German club and been a major reason for their Champions League success. Now, it appears that he will continue his form with Munich who are interested in refreshing their defense. "I was always convinced we had a very good concept," said Bayern Sporting Director Hasan Salihamidzic. "We presented him with our vision of his career at FC Bayern. During the past week I spoke to everyone involved again. At the end

Red Bulls Pursuing Legal Remedies in Kaku Transfer Situation

(photo by Matt Kremkau) New York Red Bulls have been locked in a legal struggle over the transfer of Alejandro Romero (Kaku) Gamarra. According to ESPN the attacking midfielder has moved on to the Saudi Arabian club Al Taawoun FC but the MLS club is disputing that they still had another year left on his contract. "The New York Red Bulls exercised a club option in Kaku's Major League Soccer contract for the 2021 season," said the club in a statement on February 2nd. "He remains under contract with Major League Soccer and the New York Red Bulls." This is a stark contrast to what is being said by the Saudi Arabian club, which has already announced the player's signing on a free transfer and also taken a photoshoot with the player in the team's kit. On top of this, Kaku and his management have pushed that the clause was not exercised and that the MLS Players Union back this move away from the league. As with any transfer to different countries, an Internati

New York Red Bulls Add Brazilian Forward Fábio Roberto Gomes Netto on Loan

The New York Red Bulls have added Brazilian Forward Fábio Roberto Gomes Netto on loan from Oeste FC, the club announced today. Fábio, who will be added to the roster pending receipt of his P-1 visa and ITC, will be on loan through June of 2021, with a club option to purchase. The forward will occupy an international spot on the Red Bulls roster. “We’re pleased to welcome Fábio,” said Head of Sport Kevin Thelwell. “Fábio has a strong physical profile, excellent work ethic, and he’s shown that he can score and assist while playing on his own, and with another forward. We’re happy to add Fábio to our roster and look forward to integrating him into our team.” With New York not standing still in the transfer market, adding depth pieces with young talent along the way, the striker's position was a glaring omission. Not anymore it seems. The Red Bulls may have finally found that attacking option to add with Barlow, Harper and, White. Fábio, 23, most recently played with Oeste FC, a Second

Red Bulls II Re-Sign Midfielder Kyle Zajec

New York Red Bulls II have been silent for some time but now they have announced that Kyle Zajec will be returning to the club for the 2021 USL Championship season.  "We are happy to have Kyle back with our club for another year," said head coach John Wolyniec. "Before his injury, he showed the type of leader and player he can be, and we are excited to have him with us and to see him keep building those abilities." Zajec has been with the club in some capacity since their start in 2015. The academy standout made three appearances in the team's inaugural campaign but became a regular in 2019. Over that time he has made 24 appearances and scored three goals.  Unfortunately, Zajec's 2020 campaign was cut short due to a fractured foot. He is seen by the club as a potential captain and an important part in getting the team back to the playoffs in the coming season.  "I am thankful to the organization for giving me the opportunity to continue my career with t

Leipzig First Leg Against Liverpool to Not Be Played in Germany

RB Leipzig's first game in the Round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League against Liverpool will not be held at Red Bull Arena due to COVID-19 restrictions. The German government has banned flights from high-risk areas which include the United Kingdom, throwing the game into turmoil.  Leipzig did apply for an exemption that would allow the reigning English Premier League champions to travel to Germany. That application was denied and now the host team must look for an alternate venue for the game.  "The corona protection order agreed by the federal government last Friday envisions only a few exceptions and no special arrangements for professional athletes," said the German Minister of the Interior. "The federal police has told the RB Leipzig club today that the circumstances of the given cause does not meet the requirements for an exemption." Regulations during the pandemic place the responsibility of finding a venue on the host team, leaving Leipzig until Monday

Report: Red Bulls Set to Sign Celtic Forward Cameron Harper

New York Red Bulls are linked with Celtic forward Cameron Harper according to The Herald in Scotland . The American winger has found it difficult to break out of the Celtic reserves and now looks to come to New York in order to further advance his career. The move comes with a major need as the Red Bulls have suffered in the forward position. While Harper isn't necessarily an out-and-out striker, he has experience in several forward positions that could make him one of the more dangerous players for the club.  Initially it appeared as if New York was going to wait on a move after Harper signed a pre-contract. However, it appears that the team wants him sooner and both sides have agreed to a transfer fee. The amount is undisclosed but Harper's move is one that represents and invigorated side that, at times, was woefully under-manned last season in the forward position. Harper was born in Sacramento, California and joined Celtic last July. The move brings him back to the United S