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DC Hangs 'em and the Red Bulls Banged 'em

photo by Matt Kremkau When you have been hoping and begging for the first win at your home ground for almost three full months, you think this team wasn't going to hang that #1 in the left column on the standings sheet. But after going winless in six straight home matches, it took lucky number seven to finally earn the full three points at Red Bull Arena. It helps a lot when you are facing your oldest and fiercest rival in DC United as they limped up I-95 to take on the New York Red Bulls after they lost to this club in the 4th Round of the US Open Cup about a little over two weeks ago, by the final of three goals to nil. Your main concern for the home side was to get a victory, no matter how they did it. Cute, pretty, gritty, or ugly, three points were all you wanted that night. But after another opening 45 minutes where DC went for the low block inside their area, many thought this match was going to end the same way the others have gone. Either a draw or a bad home loss. After L

Red Bulls finally win one at home, crush D.C. United, 4-1

photo by Matt Kremkau HARRISON, NJ - Thanks to two highlight-film-worthy goals from Luquinhas and Lewis Morgan, the New York Red Bulls broke their home winless streak, defeating their bitter D.C. United, 3-0 at Red Bull Arena Saturday night. The last time these storied rivals met, New York defeated D.C. United, 3-0, in the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup on May 10. Forward Zach Ryan and defender John Tolkin each scored their first career Open Cup goals, and midfielder Luquinhas added a goal and an assist. Luquinhas has tallied three goals and five assists this season across all competitions. And so, for the 85th time in the regular season, two of the league's original ten teams renew their hostilities.  The first half of the match was nothing to speak of as both teams traded chances but with nothing to show for it. But with the Red Bulls playing 11 grueling games in 42 days and the International Break very close at hand, player fatigue may have been a factor, blunting their sharp

Red Bulls Advance, Crown Charlotte FC 3-1

photo by Matt Kremkau MONTCLAIR, NJ - Patryk Klimala's early goal powered the New York Red Bulls into the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open Cup by knocking off Charlotte FC, 3-1, at MSU Soccer Park Wednesday night. After swiftly dispatching their bitter rivals, D.C, United in Washington, the team was looking to reach the quarterfinals for the tenth time in their history. For Gerhard Struber and his crew, the match was yet another test to see if they are worthy of being called one of the elite squads in MLS.  The Red Bulls didn't take very long to get on the scoreboard. Just two minutes in off a set-piece, the ball bounced around free in the box, but Patryk Klimala could pounce on it, and just like that, the hosts had the lead. Just as things began to settle down and the fans started to catch their collective breath, the visitors struck back just six minutes later. Daniel Rios took a long ball pass from Andre Shinyashiki, got around the New York defense, and slotted home the equali

Red Bulls getting ready for Charlottte FC in the US Open Cup

photo from Matt Kremkau The Red Bulls are preparing to take a break from league action and move back into the US Open Cup with a big 5th round match against their next opponent whom they have never faced before until this coming Wednesday, as Charlotte FC will be visiting the NYC/NJ area and you can see it live in front of you at Montclair State Univesity's Soccer Park where Red Bulls II play their home games. After going thru Hartford Athletic in the 3rd round and running over DC United down in our Nation's capital in the 4th round, this match will be hotly contested with a side that is in its expansion season within Major League Soccer. We are aware of defender Christian Fuchs who was a part of that historic Leicester City side that shockingly won the English Premier League in the 2015-16 season. Yordy Reyna spent four seasons at the Vancouver Whitecaps and seems to like his new home in Charlotte.  The man who they really have to worry about is the club's leading goal sco

Inter Miami Cools Off Red Bulls on the road, 2-0

photo by Matt Kremkau It took goals from Ariel Lassiter and Robert Taylor to put an emphatic end to the New York Red Bulls' unbeaten streak on the road, losing to Inter Miami CF, 2-0 at DRV PNK Stadium on Sunday night. After sharing the points with Chicago Fire FC at Red Bull Arena on Wednesday, the team traveled to Florida looking to extend the good fortunes on the road against an Inter Miami CF squad that has lost two of its last five matches, two of them at home.  With a U.S. Open Cup match with Charlotte FC on the horizon in midweek, player rotation is a challenge for even the best of head coaches in the league, and Gerhard Struber was no exception. Six players were out with injuries and COVID-related protocols, and with the team's top goalkeeper Carlos Coronel adding to the list with an undisclosed illness, it was who Ryan Meara stepped up in his place. The Red Bulls nearly got on the scoreboard very early in the match when Drew Yearwood got the ball over to Cristian Casse

New York Red Bulls will face FC Barcelona in a friendly for the third time

photo by Matt Kremkau It's been a long time since these two sides faced each other when the club played at Giants Stadium., but as they say third time is the charm. The New York Red Bulls will face off in a friendly against the Catalan club who ply their trade in Spain's LaLiga and takes on FC Barcelona. This means the originally scheduled league match against the Colorado Rapids on July 30 has been moved down to Tuesday, August 2nd. The last two times these sides faced each other was at the former Giants Stadium. back in 2006 Tony Meola nearly saved a penalty off of Ronaldinho, while Youri Djorkaeff scored the only goal for the club. The next matchup in 2008 was seeing Thierry Henry and Lionel Messi tag-teaming against the Red Bulls and blowing them out of the water. scoring multiple goals against Juan Carlos Osorio's team. But now the young kids are going to truly learn what it will mean to take on a big-time club in Europe as they face one of the kings in Club football i

Red Bulls, Fire trade goals, but remain winless at home, fight to a draw, 3-3

photo by Matt Kremkau HARRISON, NJ - The Red Bulls were able to fight back twice against the Chicago Fire, but it was not enough for Gerhard Struber's young team to capture that elusive victory at home. Patryk Klimala's stoppage-time goal rescued a point, earning another draw 3-3. With the Red Bulls looking to win their first game at home in front of a small, yet boisterous crowd at Red Bull Arena on a gorgeous Wednesday evening.  Red Bulls got that opportunity in the 19th minute when Omir Fernandez was taken down hard in the box by Jhon Espinoza and was awarded a penalty kick. Lewis Morgan stepped up and cooly converted the penalty shortly thereafter to put the Red Bulls in front, 1-0. But just as the Red Bulls began to get comfortable, Chicago was able to equalize in the 38th minute as midfielder Chris Mueller gathered a long ball and played a short pass to Brian Gutierrez, who laid the ball back off for Mueller and his shot attempt found the back of the net, beating goalkeep

RBNN the Pod: Post Game (RBNY vs. PHI) with Dan Feuerstein

photo by Matt Kremkau Anthony Merced is joined by Dan Feuerstein to talk about the 1-1 draw between New York Red Bulls and Philadelphia Union on Saturday night. The two break down the continued success of the club away from Red Bull Arena. RBNN: The Podcast · RBNN: Post Game (RBNY vs. PHI) with Dan Feuerstein

Editorial: The Red Bulls are the Road Warriors

photo by Matt Kremkau What's going on here? How is this possible? Is there something in the water that they are drinking? (Maybe it's a new flavor of Red Bull), but the club since beginning the season in late February at San Jose is knocking off opponents left and right to earn the full three points when they hit the road and are looking perfect. They have been throttling their opponents away from the cathedral of football with dominating performances, and in two US Open Cup road matches at Hartford and at our Nation's Capital, it has been seven straight road victories in all competitions before drawing against the Philadelphia Union on Saturday night. But how are the balls going into the back of the net more easily on the road than at home? Well for one thing, when the Red Bulls are playing at home, the teams visiting Harrison, are playing for the draw. A low block inside their own area, is frustrating the Red Bulls to no end. Clogging up the middle of the park and inside

Red Bulls go down a man, but battle back to draw Union, 1-1

photo by Matt Kremkau Daniel Gazdag and Luquinhas traded second-half goals as the New York Red Bulls were able to escape Subaru Field with a 1-1 draw with the Philadelphia Union, extending their unbeaten streak to eight matches on the road. The Red Bulls arrived in Chester sitting a point behind the Eastern Conference leading Union, and head coach Gerhard Struber set the stage by highlighting the importance of the fixture. The match began as expected with the Red Bulls on the front foot early on, but the Union were able to keep pace and hold the visitors contained mostly in the midfield. The Union had a brief chance in the 22nd minute off a corner-kick. The ball was served in the box and New York goalkeeper Carlos Coronel tried to get a hand on it. He couldn't and it bounced around freely, but Philadelphia's Sergio Santos could not get a hold of it, and the Red Bulls escaped the initial attack by the hosts. The two sides remained locked in a stalemate as the whistle blew ending

Red Bulls remain unbeaten on the road, shut down D.C. United, 3-0

photo from Matt Kremkau One from Luquinhas and one by Zach Ryan help the Red Bulls move on to the Round of 16 by defeating their bitter and hated rivals, D.C United, 3-0. The New York Red Bulls and D.C. United have met in this competition four times. While The Red Bulls have made the finals twice in their history, D.C United have on the competition three times. But eleven minutes into the match, defender and captain Aaron Long was substituted for Lucan Monzon due to an apparent injury, and not taking any chances, coach Gerhard Sturber made the call to remove his star player as an precaution. The Red Bulls controlled things right from kickoff, the first goal of the match didn't happen until just three minutes into stoppage time when midfielder Luquinhas took a pass from Dru Yearwood, and while losing his footing and sliding on one knee, he got off a shot past United goalkeeper Rafael Romo for the lead as the half came to a close shortly thereafter. The visitors were able to double t

Rivalry Week in Open Cup with DC

photo by Matt Kremkau It's early this season, but it's never early to see the oldest rivalry in the history of MLS as the New York Red Bulls will travel to our Nation'scapitl and take on DC United in the 4th round of the U.S. Open Cup. With the club's current issues at home, it's a good feeling to see them get back on the road and make a big attempt to advance to the next round in this one-off  The first time these two sides faced off in the u.S. open Cup was in the 2003 Semi-Finals down at Yurcak Field on the campus of Rutgers University as John Wolyniec smashed a rebound strike that sizzled in the air and smashed it into the back of the net. Sadly in that final, they lost to the Chicago Fire by a goal to nil. The next time these two sides faced each other, in the Quarterfinals of the 2006 edition where an Amado Guevara goal would level the score before halftime, but a Jamil Walker brace would push DC United into the Semi-Finals that year. So this will be the third

Home Issues Continue, Red Bulls, Timbers Fight to a Draw

photo by Matt Kremkau HARRISON, NJ - In a match that featured two teams with different problems of late - the Portland Timbers in scoring goals, and the Red Bulls having issues winning at home, the match ended in particular, yet predictable fashion as Jaroslaw Niezgoda and Aaron Long traded goals in the second half, resulting to a 1-1 draw at Red Bull Arena on a damp Saturday night. Both teams bearly challenged each other in the first half, with Portland goalkeeper David Bingham making a key save when Tom Barlow drove to the net, only to be denied in the 43rd minute. On the other end of the pitch, it was the crossbar that did all the work as Santiago Moreno's chance slammed of the post to keep the Timber for opening the match Portland sensed an opportunity to grab some point on the road for their first win of the season, and was able to cash it in at the 53rd minute as forward Jaroslaw Niezgoda scored his third goal of the season, taking a cross from Santiago Moreno through the box

RBNN the Pod Post Game: Portland Draw with Garry Redman

photo by Matt Kremkau Garry Redman joins Anthony Merced to discuss the 1-1 draw between New York Red Bulls and Portland Timbers. The two also break down why the team hasn't been able to win at home this season. RBNN: The Podcast · RBNN Post Game: Portland Draws with RBNY featuring Garry Redman

Editorial: VAR Went against and For the Red Bulls

photo by Matt Kremkau Every once in a while something crazy or nutty will happen in an MLS match that can't be described on how or why that type of play, or those types of plays happen during a professional soccer match. In fact, these referee decisions make us scratch our heads as we have seen some weird moments in the 25 years of this league. But with the addition of a Video Assistant Referee, there have been more positive and decisive moments in MLS than ever before, until we saw what happened at Soldier Field this past Saturday night. For the first time we have seen an egregious use of the mechanism and it went against the Red Bulls in the first half of the match. The Chicago Fire was awarded a penalty in the 15th minute as it looked like Ashley Fletcher handled the ball inside the Red Bull area, VAR got involved and informed referee Jon Freemon to head to the monitor. We all saw the replays as Ashley Fletcher tucked his right arm close to his body in a defensive position and t

RBNN The Pod: Portland Preview with Mark Fishkin

photo by Matt Kremkau Anthony Merced is joined by Seeing Red host Mark Fishkin to preview the upcoming game against Portland Timbers and discuss the latest happenings in Major League Soccer. RBNN: The Podcast · RBNN The Pod: Portland Preview with Mark Fishkin

RBNN The Pod: Chicago Weather Delay Rant

photo by Matt Kremkau Anthony is joined by fellow writer Garry Redman to discuss frustrations in referee calls during the first half of the game against Chicago Fire. The game was delayed due to weather. Full game recaps for future games coming soon. RBNN: The Podcast · RBNN Delay Game Pod: Venting During the Storm (Chicago Review)

Red Bulls Stay Unbeaten on the Road, Douce the Fire 2-1

photo by Matt Kremkau Patryk Klimala's two goals, one being a penalty kick one minute into stoppage time gave the New York Red Bulls a wild, come-from-behind victory over the nine-man Chicago Fire FC, 2-1. They became the second-ever MLS team to start the season with five consecutive road victories. One of the ongoing issues the Fire had was putting the ball into the net. Chicago hasn't scored since forward Kacper Przyby┼éko scored against Sporting KC back on March 19, resulting in a 3-1 win for the Fire. He was not available for selection for the match. That streak ended thanks to a dubious hand ball called on Ashley Fletcher in the 15th minute, the ball slamming into the shoulder of Fletcher as the shot rocketed off Boris Sekulic, but referee Jon Freeman awarded the penalty to Chicago, of which Xherdan Shaqiri gave the hosts the early lead shortly thereafter. The Red Bulls not deterred from the decision by Freeman, responded. Off a free kick which the ball was delivered into t