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RBNN The Pod: Chicago Preview and a Look Around Red Bull Soccer

photo by Matt Kremkau This week's episode sees Anthony Merced and Luke Hume preview the game against Chicago and talk about other topics in the Red Bull Soccer universe: RBNN: The Podcast · RBNN The Pod: 04-29-2022 Chicago Preview and more...

Red Bulls Win Big Against Orlando 3-0 for Fourth Road Win

photo by Matt Kremkau New York Red Bulls remain undefeated on the road, grabbing their fourth straight win away from Red Bull Arena with a 3-0 win over Orlando City on Sunday afternoon. Goals from Luquinhas, Cristian Casseres Jr. and Lewis Morgan contributed to a dominant road performance that has become the norm for this club in 2022. New York opened the scoring in the 26th minute when Omir Fernandez played a ball to Luquinhas who had ample time to both set up and place a shot past the Orlando keeper. It was an example of the openness that the opposition afforded New York throughout the game, allowing them to pounce where they have been unable to at home.  Defensively, New York was stout. Aaron Long continued his strong play both as a defender and captain. Supplemented by Sean Nealis and Tom Edwards, the Red Bulls were able to keep Orlando to limited opportunities throughout the game despite ceding possession. Overall Orlando only had three total shots while New York had 17. Many of t

New York Red Bulls II Drop Late Goal for Draw with Rowdies

photo from New York Red Bulls II New York Red Bulls II had one of their best home performances of the season dashed by a late Tampa Bay Rowdies goal as they settled for a draw at MSU Soccer Park on Saturday afternoon. A first have stoppage time goal from Jeremy Rafanello gave New York the lead but they couldn't hold it as Leo Fernandez scored in the 85th minute to take a share of the points for his team.  "We're just out of luck and fortune," said head coach Gary Lewis. "We've given everything, again, I feel like that's been every single week." The frustrating results have seen a talented but inexperienced New York club start their last season in the USL Championship with a 1-5-1 record. They have just four points after seven games and are quickly seeing their chances of returning to the playoffs diminish before the midway point of the season.  The Tampa Bay Rowdies are one of the best teams in the USL Championship but New York showed more than enoug

Gotham FC Closes Out Challenge Cup Group Stage with a 1-1 Draw

photo from Gotham FC New Jersey/New York Gotham FC returned to Red Bull Arena for the final match in the group stage of the 2022 Challenge Cup. With six points and a -3 goal differential in the group stage, Gotham will have a chance to regroup before the regular season begins in May. Power from the Start Both teams roared out of the gate with advances on goal in the first five minutes of the match. An early injury for Orlando Pride's Gunnhildur Yrsa Jónsdóttir paused the game. Undeterred, Jónsdóttir scored the opening goal of the match in the 10th minute. Her glancing header from a corner kick blasted past Gotham GK Ashlyn Harris. Another corner in the 17th minute was cleared by the Gotham defense. Forwards Paige Monaghan and Ifeoma Onumonu made runs on goal, but to no avail. When Monaghan was brought down in the box in the 40th minute, an emphatic crowd demanded a call from the head referee. Calls were answered for a different takedown just before stoppage, which led to Kristie Me

Dominant First Half Sees New York Through to US Open Cup Fourth Round

photo by Matt Kremkau New York Red Bulls scored two goals in the first half and rode their defense to a 2-1 win over Hartford Athletic on Wednesday night in the third round of the US Open Cup. Goals from Lewis Morgan and Aaron Long capped a first team effort that shows just how serious the team is taking this competition, something that has been a question in previous campaigns. "I think, especially in the first half, we can see a big difference between an MLS team like us and Hartford," said head coach Gerhard Struber. "We created a lot of chances and also we created two goals. I think we dominated the first half very clearly." The game became worrisome in the second half when Hartford managed to pull a goal back in the 51st minute. From there the home team were the aggressors with New York falling into a defensive shell. Through a combination of smart play and borderline dirty fouls, Hartford was able to bend the Red Bulls defense but couldn't break them. &quo

Red Bulls, FC Dallas stumble to a 0-0 draw

photo by Matt Kremkau HARRISON, NJ - Two different teams with similar styles looked to gain three points, but thanks to missed opportunities by both teams and some last minute saves by goalkeepers Carlos Cornell and Maarten Paes, the New York Red Bulls and FC Dallas settled for a point apiece as the match ended in a draw in a rainy Saturday night at Red Bull Arena. The Red Bulls were looking to finally win a match in front of their home supporters, after suffering a 2-1 loss to CF Montréal last weekend. Head coach Gerhard Struber lamented his team's lack of clinical finishing in the final third afterward, calling for his team to step things up offensively. To that end, forward Patryk Klimala, who's name hasn't been seen on the scoresheet since his goal against San Jose in week one, was benched for Ashley Fletcher, a forward who was on loan from English Premier side Watford FC to shake things up a little. Meanwhile, FC Dallas and their head coach, Nico Estevez has everyone i

Suspension and Defeat: How Red Bulls II has Dug an Early USL Hole

photo from New York Red Bulls New York Red Bulls II are just five games into the 2022 USL Championship season but are in 13th place and already 11 points off of the top spot in the Eastern Conference. New head coach Gary Lewis knew he had a difficult task ahead of him but rash decisions from players and a congested schedule have dug a hole that the team will have to work had to dig out of after the first month. "It's not like we're just looking at player development," said Lewis during a meeting with the press. "It's alright saying you want to make the playoffs; everybody can say that. It's how the actually accumulate enough points to make the playoffs, that's what is important." So far the bulk of Red Bulls II games have been against tough, independent USL opposition. Their one win came against Atlanta United 2, a team that is also struggling. Their other MLS 2 opponents, Loudoun United, started fast but have fallen quickly over their past two g

Defensive Mistakes gives CF Montréal a 2-1 win over Red Bulls

photo by Matt Kremkau HARRISON, NJ - Red Bulls took the lead, then surrendered a pair of second-half goals in a ten-minute span due to defensive mistakes, giving CF Montreal a 2-1 victory at Red Bull Arena Saturday afternoon. The Red Bulls started the match in the usual manner, pressing the Montreal defense early and often right from kickoff, out hustling them on every second ball. For the moment, Gerhard Struber's game plan was working well.  And it would nearly pay off in the 8th minute when CF Montréal midfielder and captain Victor Wanyama clumsily fouled Omir Fernandez and received a yellow card for his actions. The free kick taken shortly afterward by Lewis Morgan sailed high and wide to his right.  But Fernandez would not be denied. After taking a brilliant pass from Luquinhas, let loose a shot just outside the box. The ball deflected off Montréal defender Ismaël Koné and settled in the back of the net, giving the hosts the lead in the 14th minute. In true Red Bulls fashion,

Late Own Goal give Red Bulls a rare win in Foxborough

photo by Matt Kremkau Thanks in part to an own goal by Matt Polster, the Red Bulls were given a rare but deserved win in Gillette Stadium, their first regular-season victory since 2014. The Red Bulls have now won three straight matches on the road to open the season, something that the franchise has never done in its history. With the FIFA International break now in the rear-view mirror for now until the 2022 World Cup in Qatar this fall, two of MLS' original teams, the New York Red Bulls and New England Revolution renew their annual regular-season hostilities for the 80th time at Gillette Stadium on Saturday evening. The reigning Supporter Shield winners are looking to right the ship after being ousted from the Socialbank CONCACAF Champions League, then dropping a 3-1 decision against MLS expansion side Charlotte FC on March 19.  Meanwhile, the Red Bulls are looking to stay among the leaders at the top of the Eastern Conference table by avoiding a loss at the hands of their rivals