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RB Leipzig Announce Summer Friendlies

RB Leipzig have announced their schedule for summer friendlies earlier in the week, including a game against Dutch competition. All of this before the team begins play in the both the DFB Pokal and Bundesliga in early to mid-August. Leipzig will have a large number of players participating in the European Championship this summer with particular players like Dani Olmo, Emil Forsberg and Christopher Nkunku expected to feature for their teams. Upon returning to Leipzig the players will be met by their new manager, American Jesse Marsch who has experience with two other Red Bull teams, including New York Red Bulls and Red Bull Salzburg. In two seasons at the helm of the Austrian side, Marsch won the domestic double twice and hopes to bring that success to the German team that has yet to win a major trophy. The only game currently scheduled for their friendlies schedule is a meeting with AZ Alkmaar on July 17th. More games will be announced but at the moment, no news on who the opponents w

Home Form Haunting Red Bulls II According to Coach Wolyniec

New York Red Bulls II have had a tough time winning points at home as they've now played four games at MSU Soccer park and still haven't won. The bad run of form has frustrated head coach John Wolyniec who knows that winning at home in the USL is one of the best ways to secure a playoff spot. "I think a young team allows some results to affect the next results," said Wolyniec about his team's current form. "We just let the fact that we haven't won at home yet get into our brain and allowed it to affect us. We have to be able to grow and move beyond that and just take the next game as it comes." The most frustrating part is that New York has had trouble scoring goals at home. It is the second time this season that they have been shut out at MSU Soccer Park, first to Miami FC and now to the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. Veteran clubs appear to take advantage of the young squad, forcing them into mistakes and not allowing them back into the game. With the str

Struber Keeps the Faith as Strikers Continue Scoring Drought

photo by Matt Kremkau New York Red Bulls have a problem but you wouldn't know it if you asked head coach Gerhard Struber. The Red Bulls have strikers that aren't scoring goals. This may not seem like much of a problem as New York just defeated Orlando City SC 2-1, a team that was one of the few remaining undefeated sides in the league. However the combination of Daniel Royer, Fabio, Brian White, Patryk Klimala and Tom Barlow have scored no goals in 2021 as we've pasted the seventh week of play. Overall the team is being kept afloat by a dominant midfield. Young Cayden Clark is leading the team in goals as he has shown a propensity for being in the right place to clean up the chaos created by the Red Bulls offense. Cristian Casseres Jr. has also been a tremendous threat from the midfield, having scored his third goal of the season on a fantastic free kick in the second half against Orlando. When speaking with head coach Struber it didn't sound as if there is any concern.

Recap: Clark and Casseres power New York past Orlando 2-1

photo from Matt Kremkau HARRISON, NJ - Caden Clark and Cristian Casseres would prove to be the difference as the New York Red Bulls ended their two-match losing stid by shutting down Orlando City SC, 2-1 at Red Bull Arena Saturday afternoon. Orlando City SC was one of the remaining teams in MLS without a loss. A large part of that was the defense's ability to produce clean sheets in consecutive matches. That would change in the 35th minute as Caden Clark, celebrating his 18th birthday, scored his fourth goal of the season. Patrik Kimala earned his first assist as he bounced a pass in front of the net, where it found an open Clark for the tap in and the 1-0 advantage. The Red Bulls would control the rest of the first half despite the lack of creativity employed by midfield at times. Things would be more of the same in the second half as the Red Bulls would give Orlando City defenders all they would handle. But Cristian Casseres' set-piece goal 60th minute gave the Red Bulls the

Recap: New York Red Bulls II Shut Down by Pittsburgh

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Alex Dixon led the way with a goal and assist as Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC took its first victory of the 2021 USL Championship season with a 3-0 win against the New York Red Bulls II on Friday night at MSU Soccer Park The Red Bulls felt good after coming from behind to get a draw on the road against the Charleston Battery, were looking for their first win at home. Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh Riverhounds came in the match looking for their first win of the season, scoring one goal during the entire campaign thus far. With severe weather in the North Jersey area more suited for ducks than soccer players at kickoff, Pittsburgh got the dream start they needed by putting the Red Bulls on their heels at kickoff. And in the 22nd minute, the pressure paid off. Albert Dikwa crossed the ball from the corner towards the center of the box, where Danny Griffin one-timed the ball right in the back of the net for a one-goal lead.  Then on the 29th minute, Alex Dixon scored his first goa

Red Bull Arena to Re-Open at Near Full Capacity

photo by Matt Kremkau New York Red Bulls have announced that they are working towards re-opening Red Bull Arena at full capacity as per the New Jersey Governor's announcement earlier in the day. The team has not announced whether the upcoming game against Orlando will be full capacity but have stated that they will communicate an update later in the week. "The New York Red Bulls are pleased with Governor Murphy's announcement today to allow events to return to full capacity," stated the team in a statement on social media . "We look forward to welcoming our Red Members, Supporters and all loyal fans back to Red Bull Arena at near full capacity in order to comply with MLS guidelines. We will continue to review and update our stadium policies and protocols as our commitment to the health and safety of our fans and staff remain our top priority." Red Bull Arena has been relatively empty since the COVID-19 pandemic seized the country in March of 2020. The team d

Struber: "Season is Not a Sprint" as Results Waver

photo by Matt Kremkau New York Red Bulls have had a shaky start to the 2021 season and have lost their last two games to fall to 2-0-4 on the season. Still, head coach Gerhard Struber is staying positive, claiming that there is progress in spite of a lack of results. "I'm happy with how they work and how they believe," said Struber following the loss to New England on Saturday. "The season is not a spring it is a marathon. The season is long and with this attitude, with this spirit, with this teamwork, we are absolutely in the right way." Struber's positive mindset has filtered down the players who also seem to be sharing in their belief as well. The effort on the field is high and the disappointment shows when the results have not followed. Thankfully, other teams in the Eastern Conference have not pulled away, leaving New York just one point from a playoff place.  One of the biggest issues for the Red Bulls has been away games where they have yet to take a

Recap: Mitchell sparks second half rally as Red Bulls II draw 2-2

Roald Mitchell and the  New York Red Bulls II overcame early mistakes and avoid the loss by sparking a second-half rally from two goals down to share the points with the Charleston Battery on Sunday afternoon. The New York Red Bulls II traveled down to Charleston to maintain momentum after getting their first victory against Loudon United last weekend. Meanwhile, the Charleston Battery was looking for their first victory of the 2021 USL Championship campaign. Just three minutes into the match, New York goalkeeper Anthony Marcucci took too long to move the ball with his feet in his own penalty area. He gave the ball away right to Charleston forward Stavros Zarokostas, who scored the early goal to put the home side in the lead. The home side then doubled things up in the 24th minute. Off a corner kick, Battery defender Erik McCue took a pass from Zeiko Lewis and buried it in the back of the net, squeezing the shot between Anthony Marcucci and the far post while he was trying to make the

Recap: Mistake-filled Finish Sees New York Red Bulls Lose 3-1

photo by Matt Kremkau New York Red Bulls lose 3-1 to the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium on Saturday night following a string of mistakes on both ends of the field. With most of their players either on injury reserve or on suspension, head coach Gerhard Struber inserted defender Andres Reyes for the injured Aaron Long who both scored and garnered a red card to lead to the team's ultimate demise. In the 7th minute, the man who was called a key player of the match made his mark. Off a corner kick, an unmarked Andres Reyes got free and promptly headed the ball in the back of the net to give the Red Bulls the lead, 1-0. It was a great start that the team needed to put the match on their terms. But then, the match would turn from bad to worse in a New York minute for the Red Bulls. In the 37th minute, Caden Clark got knocked down; he believed he was fouled but didn't get the call from referee Jair Marruffo. Meanwhile, forward Gustavo Bou immediately raced down the pitch a

Andres Reyes and Outside Options Part of the Plan for Red Bulls

New York Red Bulls have options in the defense following the injury to Aaron Long and Andres Reyes will get his chance according to head coach Gerhard Struber. The Colombian defender has not played for the first team yet but was one of the initial pieces required in the rebuild of the club following the departure of Tim Parker.  "Andres (Reyes) is ready," said Struber about his young defender. "He showed me this week, one more step in the right direction. We will give him the shot on Saturday for the first time to show us what he can." New York are on the road this Saturday against the New England Revolution, a team that has notoriously given the Red Bulls troubles, especially at Gillette Stadium. Reyes will be coming into a club that is still going through pains as they figure out their permanent squad. More than likely, he will play along side Sean Nealis, another defender who is still finding his way in the first team in 2021.  Reyes himself has seen minutes but

Loudoun United Respond to Alleged Racial Abuse of Red Bull II's Mandela Egbo

Loudoun United FC have launched an investigation into racial abuse from the team's supporters directed at New York Red Bull II defender Mandela Egbo and other players. The team was made aware of the situation after Egbo posted on social media, making the team and world aware of what happened . "One of our young strikers kept his ultimate cool when monkey chants were aimed at him by these same section of fans behind the goal," stated Egbo in his post in response to a replay of his goal by the USL Championship. "I would hope that audio from the whole second half's footage is being listened to very, very, closely by the powers that be." The incident occurred in the second half after Omar Sowe earned a penalty to win the game against Loudoun last night. Egbo converted the penalty to give the Red Bulls their first USL win of 2021. It is in this time that the incident occurred, bringing to light a continued trend of abuse towards players of color around the world.

Recap: New York Red Bulls II get their first win, down Loudoun United, 2-1

New York Red Bulls II ruined Loudon United's home opener with a hard-fought 2-1 win at Segra Field on Tuesday night. With the Red Bulls II earning only a point during their homestand at MSU Soccer Park, head coach John Wolyniec wanted his team to start things off on the right foot. And in just four minutes into the match, the New York Red Bulls II would do just that as struck first. Jeremy Rafanello found Omar Sowe at the center of the box, and he powered the ball at the top left corner of the net to give the visitors the lead, 1-0. Loudoun United would quickly try to hit back and equalize, with Kairou Amoustapha looking dangerous with each attack. Still, goalkeeper Anthony Marcucci and the New York Red Bulls II defenders were up to the task thwarting him with key saves, timely tackles, dispossessing the ball from the pacey forward.  But in the 27th minute, they would get on the scoreboard as Samson Sergei took the ball off a cross from Gaoussou Samake, juggled it in front of the n

Report: Aaron Long Suffers Major Achilles Injury

photo by Matt Kremkau New York Red Bulls defender Aaron Long has suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon according to ESPN . The injury is a major setback for the club that was hoping for the USMNT defender to be a constant force in the team's defense. The injury came in New York's 1-0 loss to the Philadelphia Union over the weekend. Long was helped off the field in extra time after a challenge that saw him land awkwardly on his feet. He took a step forward before crumbling to the pitch, requiring several teammates to help get him to the sidelines. The 28 year-old player was making noise about a potential move to Europe as well as being a major part in the upcoming Gold Cup and World Cup qualifiers for Gregg Berhalter's USMNT. Unfortunately, much of that appears to be put on hold as the recovery process begins. Long began play with New York in 2016 when he moved from the Seattle Sounders USL club to New York Red Bulls II. He solidified his status with the club when he helped to

Recap: Early Goal Sinks Red Bulls Against Philly

photo by Matt Kremkau New York Red Bulls lose their third game of the season after a 1-0 loss to the Philadelphia Union at Subaru Park on Saturday night. The game's only goal came early in the first half when Corey Burke put a soft goal past the Red Bulls keeper with New York unable to provide a decent response to equalize. Philadelphia appeared to be the fresher team despite playing midweek. They had the pace and accuracy with New York lacking in most key categories. The goal in the 9th minute exacerbated what a appeared to be a sluggish performance. The Union pushed the pace through most of the game with New York gaining corners but unable to put anything together that could prove to be a threat on goal. Substitutions in the second half saw new designated player Patrick Klimala come onto the pitch but he showed little in the way of creativity. New York had stretches where they held possession but couldn't generate any substantial goal-scoring opportunities.  Fabio also went g

MLS Pushes for Kaku Return to Red Bulls

photo by Matt Kremkau Major League Soccer has filed a petition in federal court to enforce an arbitrator's ruling that Alejandro Romero Gamarra (Kaku) is still under contract to the New York Red Bulls. The player is currently playing in Saudi Arabia for Al-Taawoun, who signed him after claims that he was on a free transfer. "Each additional game that Kaku plays for Al-Taawoun not only constitutes a continuing breach of the CBA and the Standard Player Agreement but also the Arbitrator's Award," MLS stated in their filing. Both the players union and league have not commented on the petition but both parties appear to not be close to resolving the situation. It began when Kaku signed with the Saudi Arabian club despite the Red Bulls claiming they had exercised the option for an additional year on his contract. The player's managerial team claims they were never notified and that it was a breach of contract, allowing for the player to go free. An independent arbitrato

Recap: Former Red Bulls II "Speedy" Williams Wins for Miami 1-0

New York Red Bulls II will end their three-game homestand without a win after a 1-0 loss to Miami FC on Friday night at MSU Soccer Park. The frustrating start to the season was exacerbated by a sputtering offense that has yet to hit it's stride and now faces tougher opposition on the road next week. The game's only goal came in the 15th minute when former Red Bulls II player Devon "Speedy" Williams finished a ball that bounced around the box until falling to the midfielder's feet. There was little that goalkeeper Anthony Marcucci could do about the shot as the defense once again left openings in key spots on the field.  Marcucci impressed for the rest of the game, stopping several efforts from Williams and Forbes in one-on-one opportunities. New York showed little moving forward with their best effort coming late in the game after Wikelman Carmona spun past the defense and took a shot that was wide of the net.  The schedule only gets harder for New York when they

RECAP: Amaya, Clark power Red Bulls past Toronto FC, 2-0

photo by Matt Kremkau HARRISON, NJ - Frankie Amaya and Caden Clark scored a goal in each half as the New York Red Bulls handed former head coach Chris Armas and Toronto FC a 2-0 defeat Saturday afternoon at Red Bull Arena. Toronto FC looked like the sharper side early on when Sean Nealis was a little careless in the back, not clearing the ball, and it found the feet of Aya Akinola, who thankfully pushed it wide left at the post.  Red Bulls goalkeeper Carlos Coronel had a little difficulty clearing the ball as well, nearly passing it directly to Bradley. Still, his shot was blocked, saving him from what would've been an embarrassing situation.  But all of that would change in the 32nd minute as Caden Clark dispossessed Toronto midfielder Marky Delgado in the offensive third and swung his pass to Fábio inside the box. Fábio controlled the pass with his back to the net and sent a pass to the top of the box for Amaya. Amaya lined up his shot and beat Alex Bono to the near post for his

Recap: Red Bulls grab their first point of the season, fight Charleston Battery to a draw, 1-1

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The New York Red Bulls II, in search of their first win of the 2021 season, took on the Charleston Battery at MSU Soccer Park on a cool Friday evening in the North Jersey suburbs. Early on, the New York Red Bulls II employed their usual high press attack, and it would pay off in the 10th minute as Battery center-back Jarad van Schaik was pressured to turn over the ball in the back, and Jack LaCava immediately pounced on the loose ball and powered it home for a 1-0 lead. Charleston quickly tried to get back into the match, with former New York Red Bulls II midfielder Zeiko Lewis leading the attack. However, goalkeeper Luca Lewis and the Red Bulls II defense would shut it down, nullifying the threat. Charleston would continue to threaten score, with the New York Red Bulls II midfield struggling to string passes together, creating chances in every possession. Including one sequence where a dangerous pass was delivered from Zeiko Lewis over to a wide-open Logan Gdula, but h

Recap: New York Red Bulls Win with Two Second Half Goals

photo by Matt Kremkau HARRISON, NJ - The New York Red Bulls, still searching for their first win of the Gerhard Struber era, squared off against the equally winless Chicago Fire on a sun-splashed Saturday afternoon at Red Bull Arena. Early in the first half, the fans in attendance were treated to less than entertaining soccer as neither side wanted to firmly put the match on their terms. Errant passes in midfield and rough fouls abound made for an unwatchable brand of soccer. The Fire then began to settle down and started to make headway, but couldn't get past the New York defense. In fact, just about the only two scoring chances the Red Bulls could manage was Fabio's shot went off the post. Tom Barlow also had a chance to score the match's first goal, but his shot went wide right.  But all that would change two minutes in the second half as  Fabio held the ball on the right end line, and sent it back to the middle of the box, where there was no one to meet it. Thankfully,

Recap: NYRB II Drop Home Opener to Hartford Athletic

MONTCLAIR, NJ - A pair of first-half goals paved the way for Hartford Athletic gaining a 3-2 victory over the New York Red Bulls II at MSU Soccer Park Friday night. In blustery conditions at kickoff, it would be Hartford scoring the game's first goal in the 13th minute. Gabriel Torres created space to cross and his well-placed delivery found Danny Berrera for a first-time finish at the near post to put the visitors ahead, 1-0. Meanwhile, the home side would threaten to equalize but wound up squandering scoring chances while errant turnovers allowed the Hartford defense to neutralize any attack with relative ease. The Red Bulls finally settled down and began to break through, But Jake LaCava's chance was all for naught, as his shot drifted wide to his left. And they would pay dearly for those missed chances. For on the 37th minute, Walmer Martinez found Juan Carlos Obregon wide open, and he cooly tapped home the close-range goal to put the visitors up, 2-0. The Red Bulls would p