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The good and bad with the Red Bulls Season

photo by Matt Kremkau The 2022 Red Bulls season has looked good at times, and it hasn't looked good at times., yet we can agree that this team has improved in many areas. But when you still look at this roster, there are still question marks that will pop up every once in a while. But what can't be said is a season that has looked better than last year with a team that is still young, hungry, and competitive than what we saw in 2021. Everything this team is trying to do is executing from the game plan of Head Coach Gerhard Struber, and it's working very well. There has been solid communication from Carlos Coronel to the backline of the Nealis Brothers and Captain Aaron Long, along with the fullbacks of Tom Edwards & John Tolkin. The midfield has looked solid since the addition of Luquinhas and Lewis Morgan in the attack. We have seen some great moments and bangers that we weren't expecting this season. Cristian Casserers Jr. & Omir Fernandez have been growing in

Big night in Harrison to celebrate an Open Cup win against NYCFC again

photo by Matt Kremkau What a night for the New York Red Bulls facing their bitter city rivals in NYCFC. What a brilliant match in the US Open Cup Quarterfinals as they eliminate the Blue team to advance into the next round again. From the opening whistle, you saw the Red Bulls attack and play strong defense. Gerhard Struber put in their strongest starting 11 as he eyes a title for the club in his second season. Struber knows his squad will be up for a big-time match like this.  Everything was going well for the Red Bulls inside the opening half. When the second half began, the moment came when Lewis Morgan converted the opening goal. Then everything started to unravel as Thiago Andrade was upset and walked toward John Tolkin to attempt some damage. His attempt to headbutt Tolkin didn't connect, but the referee was walking with Andrade and saw the action. He had no choice but to pull out a straight red card to eject him from the match. The silly situation for Thiago was that he was

Red Bulls Advance to the USOC Semifinals, Dethrone NYCFC, 3-0

photo by Matt Kremkau HARRISON, NJ - Second-half goals by Lewis Morgan, Luquinhas, and Omir Fernandez powered the New York Red Bulls over New York City FC, 3-0, to advance to the U.S. Open Cup semifinals for the first time since 2017. All throughout the tournament, head coach Gerhard Struber spoke about its importance in the view of the team and the supporters. Given the team's history, making the finals twice but never winning the trophy, the Red Bulls were looking to take another step toward achieving that elusive goal, only this time at the expense of their bitter cross-river rivals, New York City Football Club, at Red Bull Arena on a dreary Wednesday evening. The first half was a predictable physical and chippy affair filled with long balls and rough tackles leading to fouls that frustrated both sides, but neither gave a single inch as they fought their way through the first 45 minutes, ending in a scoreless deadlock. It was the second half where the match came alive, and drama

Gotham FC Crashed by San Diego Wave, 0-3

NJ/NY Gotham FC (3-4-0, 9 pts) welcomed San Diego Wave FC (5-2-3, 18 pts) for a match and their Juneteenth celebration. The visitors earned a decisive three-goal victory to put themselves into first place in the league going into the International break.  What You Came For With only twelve teams in the league, the presence of National Team players make for a solid draw for any NWSL match. Many fans arrived to Red Bull Arena in Wave FC gear, and the loudest applause went up for Alex Morgan when she was announced in the Starting XI for San Diego. The difference maker of the match, Morgan tallied a brace for herself during her seventy minutes on the pitch. In the 20th minute, Morgan received the ball from Taylor Kornieck and nutmegged Gotham 'keeper Ashlyn Harris to open the scoring. Paige Monaghan tried to answer with a goal for the home side quickly after, but the attempt sailed over the net. Morgan doubled San Diego's lead in the 43rd minute with some fast reflexes in the box. 

Red Bulls get ready for NYCFC in the US Open Cup Quarterfinals

photo by Matt Kremkau We are at the game of the season when you face your local rivals within the New York City tri-state area. The opportunity to get bragging rights to who rules the soccer talk in the world's most famous city. Yet it will be even better when you face them in a single-elimination cup competition when these two sides face each other in the US Open Cup. These two sides have played in two consecutive 4th-round matches as the Red Bulls prevailed. A one-goal victory with a Danny Royer winner in 2017 & the four-nil destruction after defeating the same team in a league match back in 2018. This time around for both teams, the stakes are a lot more complicated as these two teams will face each other in the Quarterfinals for the first time. The Red Bulls had that magical run in 2017, reaching the final as they faced three consecutive MLS sides within the same week in league play and US Open Cup play. They played NYCFC, Philadelphia Union & New England Revolution twi

Red Bulls sweep past hapless Toronto FC, 2-0

photo by Matt Kremkau HARRISON, NJ - An early goal by Lewis Morgan and a show-stopping chip by Luquinhas gave the Red Bulls and their supporters the much-needed lift they sought, downing Toronto FC, 2-0 at Red Bull Arena Saturday night.  The Red Bulls returned to Harrison, looking to distance themselves from the galling 2-0 defeat suffered at the hands of Charlotte FC last weekend. A defeat Head Coach Gerhard Struber called "a major disappointment.", hoping that his team would take advantage of an opportunity to "take the next step" in their progress as one of the teams to capture the conference. Meanwhile, Toronto FC was looking to turn their fortunes around on the road; despite not being able to post a clean sheet in 22 consecutive matches dating back to last September, including all 14 games this season, Toronto has kept just one clean sheet in their previous 44 matches. With forward Patryk Klimala out of the lineup due to a suspension handed down by the league,

New MLS Broadcast Deal has plenty of ups, but a significant down

photo by Matt Kremkau After the groundbreaking shock that I have read on Tuesday, June 14th, blockbuster news that Major League Soccer came out, there were plenty of cheers to see the league making a move into the future and the new age of Sports Broadcasting for the consumers of the world's favorite game here within our own domestic league. Yet one glaring jeer is a part of this new deal and we will get to that in just a moment. But the 10-year deal worth $250 Million dollars a season with Apple TV is the major breakthrough the MLS needed to help their fans from across the USA & Canada to give relief from certain restrictions when those who wanted to see other games outside their local ones without an issue. This deal gives you every match in MLS regular season, the Leagues Cup tournament starting next summer in June and some MLS Next & MLS Next Pro games without any issues. This deal starts in 2023 with no blackouts and no restrictions to watch any game, One app for every

Charlotte FC Redeem U.S. Open Cup Loss, Crown Red Bulls, 2-0

photo by Matt Kremkau Two stoppage-time goals in each half by Ben Bender and Derrick Jones gave Charlotte FC all they needed to exact revenge for their loss in the U.S. Open Cup, defeating the New York Red Bulls, 2-0. The Red Bulls were looking to continue their good form on the road against Charlotte FC after a well-deserved break after regular-season play. The latter was looking to move on from the Miguel Angel Ramirez era with the interim head coach, Christian Lattanzio, now at the helm.  Defender and captain Aaron Long were away on international duty, and midfielder Cristian Casseres Jr. was sidelined due to health and safety protocol; the Red Bulls were slightly shorthanded. So, they signed defender Juan Castillio on a short-term loan from New York Red Bulls II to shore up the roster in the meantime. The Red Bulls began to press the hosts immediately after kickoff, holding them at their own defensive end. However, despite multiple chances, Charlotte easily withstood the initial on

Jochen Schneider is the new Head of Sport for the Red Bulls

photo by Matt Kremkau The New York Red Bulls finally found a replacement for their director of Sport position when Kevin Thelwell left for Everton on February 25th, as they hire Jochen Schneider from Schalke FC 04 as Head of sport and Communication in Germany. This man has an impressive resume in German Football with several clubs and the German National Team. Once he receives his U.S. Work Visa the man will get down to business and chat with Sporting Director Denis Hamlett. “I am very pleased to join the New York Red Bulls as their new Head of Sport and am absolutely honored to be able to return to the Red Bull family,” said Schneider. “I look forward to working closely together with Marc de Grandpr√© along with Denis Hamlett, Gerhard Struber, and all the members of the sporting department to lead this club. I am really excited to work in MLS – the fastest growing soccer league worldwide.” His career began in 1999 at Stuttgart as an assistant to former Head of sport Rolf Russmann, then

All for Pride: Gotham FC Edges out Washington Spirit 1-0

photo from Gotham FC NY/NJ Gotham FC welcomed the Washington Spirit for their annual Pride Night. An impressive crowd, filled with the next generation of athletes, witnessed the 1-0 win for the home squad. The future is bright, indeed. Proud to work for these phenomenal women. Proud to be part of the growth of something really special. pic.twitter.com/kbCzaerAIN — Yael Averbuch West (@Yael_Averbuch) June 4, 2022 First Half Highlights Gotham got right to work with a shot by Caprice Dydasco. Another pair of chances came from WNT standout Midge Purce. Washington GK Aubrey Kingsbury kept busy in the opening fifteen minutes. Gotham only slightly edged out the Spirit in possession in the first half, but outshot the visitors 12-2 in that time.  Persistence yielded A run and cross by Ifeoma Onumonu allowed Purce to slide in with the ball to bag her first goal (21'). Kristie Mewis took a chance only a moment later, but found herself offside. Paige Monaghan attempted a shot from distance