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Red Bulls ready for Orlando City challenge in the Open Cup

photo by Matt Kremkau What a huge victory the Red Bulls had down in Austin, Texas as they throttled the Capital city side and took the full three points in the bank, but now they are getting ready for their big match in midweek action as they traveled back to Central Florida to face Orlando City at Exploria Stadium for the Semi-Finals in the US Open Cup. So far the Red Bulls have already faced this side earlier in the year in a three goals to nil victory in league play back in April at the Purple Palace on Church Street with goals from Luquinhas, Cristian Casserers & a Lewis Morgan Penalty. to take home the full three points. Now it's an elimination game where they will take on a club that has been playing very defensively this entire season. " That was kind of a complete game by us back then, I think we played very well in all facets of the game. The three goals kind of came in different aspects, with a penalty, a transition moment, and a build-up moment. They’re a good t

Red Bulls survive the Austin Roller Coaster

photo by Matt Kremkau The match before the big match of the season as the New York Red Bulls headed down to the Capital of the State of Texas in Austin. The hope was to see this young team survive not only the heat of the evening but the red hot attacking and goal-scoring of Austin FC at the Q2. But what we got was a fantastic match for an entire 90 minutes. What we also got was a Red Bulls side that showed how dangerous they can be with their pressing against a high-powered offense that honestly didn't know what to do with themselves when they tried to defend their own net. Even though the Red Bulls scored two goals that were wiped out due to the offside flag, you can see that they got Austin FC right where they wanted them & then the goal parade started to come.  Serge Ngoma with a blast that somehow Austin FC goalkeeper Andrew Tarbell misplayed or took his eye off it and he nutmegged himself. Or when Dru Yearwood stole the ball from the Austin defenders after they collected

Leipzig with Surprise Move for David Raum

It was believed that leftback David Raum was destined for Borussia Dortmund or Bayern Munich but now it is RB Leipzig that is in advanced talks with the defender according to Fabrizio Romano. The move could see the team strengthen defensively with rumors of Angelino and Nordi Mukiele potentially departing the club.  Raum joined Hoffenheim on a free transfer last summer and has proved himself to be one of the best fullbacks in Germany. The German international scored three goals and notched 13 assists last season and earned a contract extension only six months into the campaign. Now, he is looking to depart with Hoffenheim set to cash in upwards of 40 million Euros. Should he join the club, he would instantly add competition at leftback with a bit more defense than the likes of Angelino. It will instantly give manager Domenico Tedesco more options heading into the German Cup in two weeks.

Red Bulls Escape Wild 7 Goal Thriller

photo by Matt Kremkau In a match that would test both the identity and resolve of Gerhard Struber's team ahead of the U.S. Open Cup semifinal on Wednesday, Tom Barlow's goal would be the difference as the New York Red Bulls escape Q2 Stadium in a wild and entertaining match, 4-3. Austin FC's number one goalkeeper Brad Stuver was unavailable for the match due to the league's Health and Safety Protocol. As a result, Andrew Tarbell started in his place. However, he and his team had difficulty settling in defensively, thanks to the Red Bulls' attackers frantically pressing the defenders on every possession as they played the ball from the back.  Omir Fernandez nearly took advantage by getting in front of the Austin defense by taking a through ball from Sean Nealis and promptly putting the ball in the back of the net but was negated by the assistant referee, as Fernandez was caught in an offside position. Red Bulls' press was making things very difficult for Austin F

The Striker department is lacking

photo by Matt Kremkau The New York Red Bulls are having a great season so far. Currently in third place in the east and getting ready for a huge US Open Cup Semi-Final match within a week and a half, this side has looked strong & solid during this season, and so far head coach Gerhard Struber has pushed the right buttons with this young group moving forward. But sadly there is one glaring issue that continues to plague this club since the departure of club legend Bradley Wright-Phillips, and that is the strikers in the goal-scoring department. If this discussion has been discussed at nausium, then guess what folks, we are going to discuss it again, because what we are seeing from the current strikers is not good enough after a loss to your Hudson River Rivals in front of a sold-out Red Bull Arena crowd. So far this season, the top goalscorers are Scotsman Lewis Morgan & Brazilian Luquinhas. Both men have been exceptional since they were brought to the club from their previous s

New York is Red-Faced! Castellanos' lone goal lifts NYCFC, 1-0

photo by Matt Kremkau HARRISON, NJ - One defensive miscue by the hosts was it needed to separate the two sides as Valentin Castellanos' gave New York City FC beat their cross-river rivals, 1-0.  From the outset, these two sides have one thing in common, they don't like each other very much. And this match was no exception in the twentieth edition of the Hudson River Derby on a sultry overcast Sunday evening at Red Bull Arena. Straight from kickoff, NYCFC's tactical philosophy of playing out from the back had the team pinned in their defensive end of the pitch. And the Red Bulls tried to take full advantage, but like it has been the case this season, could not find the answer in the final third. In the 29th minute, NYCFC winger Talles Mangno dribbed his way through the New York defense, found an opening, and took a shot from 25 yards out, but his chance whistled wide to his right, missing the post by inches. Both teams would trade chances down the stretch, but neither would

Editorial: Looking ahead to the Open Cup Semi-Finals

photo by Matt Kremkau What I'm about to do is a cardinal sin.  But within a little more than two weeks, the most important match that's coming up will be back in the land of magic and imagination. This big event will be at the Purple Palace on Church Street, as the New York Red Bulls will be facing Orlando City in the US Open Cup Semi-Finals. This is a huge moment for Gerhard Struber and his young attacking side currently in a share of the top of the East with the Philadelphia Union as the club still has two big matches in league play to concentrate on at the time. The next weekend at home to NYCFC, then the following weekend a trip to Texas and face Austin FC for the very first time. Struber knows very well that all points need to be grabbed here in these next two league games before they get to the Open Cup Semi-Finals, but that doesn't mean we can't dream about it. The excitement that all of us are feeling has been the dynamic duo of Lewis Morgan & Luquinhas doin

Sserwadda is officially an MLS Red Bull

photo by Matt Kremkau On Saturday morning of July 9th, at the hotel in Cincinnati, Ohio, the New York Red Bulls signed another promising talent who plied his trade down in the USL Championship side in Red Bulls II, got a chance with some short-term loans, well short term no more as the MLS side has officially signed Steven Sserwadda to the main team. Sserwadda got his first taste of the pro game as he was subbed into the Quarterfinal matchup against NYCFC where he helped set up the third goal of the match that allowed Omir Fernandez to convert the chance down the near side just as the clock ticked towards second-half stoppage time. " Steven is a dynamic young player that we have seen develop during his time with New York Red Bulls II and we are excited to add him to our roster,” said Sporting Director Denis Hamlett. “In his time with the club, we have seen the promising qualities he possesses, and we are looking forward to having him on the field with us.” Sswerwadda has made all

Red Bulls Road Magic Returns, Bounce Sporting Kansas City, 1-0

photo by Matt Kremkau Aaron Long's set-piece header was all the Red Bulls needed to earn their 9th win of the season, propelling them to first place in the Eastern Conference but losing a man in the process due to a red card by beating Sporting Kansas City 1-0. Buoyed by the win over Atlanta United at Red Bull Arena on Thursday, the team traveled to the midwest to deal with an injury-decimated Sporting Kansas City side, despite losing two of their best players, one of them, the heralded Designated Player, forward Alan Pulido, they were still considered one of the toughest teams to get a result from at their home ground. Sporting Kansas City had the Red Bulls on their heels early and often in the first half; with forward Daniel Salloi and midfielder Felipe Hernandez leading the attack at will, they nearly managed to get on the scoreboard in the 13th minute, as defender Andreu Fontas got a brilliant ball from a corner kick to Salloi. Still, his shot sailed high over the box, negating

16 year old Serge Ngoma breaks out for the Red Bulls

photo by Matt Kremkau What just happened at Red Bull Arena on Thursday night? Why is the number 16 so important? How is this possible to call up a kid that has the talent to come off the bench and all of a sudden announce his presence to take a chance to score a goal and win the match, well for the third time in this club's history as either the MetroStars or the New York Red Bulls, there is magic in those football boots from the club's academy. Serge Ngoma from North Plainfield, New Jersey was brought into the match in the 69th minute for Omir Fernandez and sought his opportunity in the 89th minute as he stole the ball off the foot of Atlanta United defender Alex De John. Like a kid possessed Ngoma went towards the net catching Goalkeeper Rios Novo off his line and smashed the ball short side to earn the full three points and put the club into a three-way tie on 29 points with both Montreal & Philadelphia. What an amazing surprise and fantastic way to announce yourself to

Red Bulls Rally and Knock Out Atlanta United, 2-1

photo by Matt Kremkau HARRISON, NJ - It took a late penalty, and local product and New York Red Bulls II product Serge Ngoma scored a crucial go-ahead goal in the 89th minute as the New York Red Bulls came from behind to defeat Atlanta United SC, 2-1 The Red Bulls returned home shorthanded as they were without defenders Aaron Long, Jason Pendant, and midfielder Luquinhas were on the league's health and safety protocol list, and defender Dylan Nealis serving a suspension from yellow-card accumulation. But just before kickoff, to the relief of coach Gerhard Struber and the supporters, all three players were cleared to play, with Long making the starting XI, Pendant and Luquinhas on the bench for New York. On the other hand, Atlanta United had more than nine players unavailable due to season-ending injuries, relying on bench players and reserves from their Atlanta United 2 side. Basically, a patchwork starting IX for United head coach Gonzalo Pineda. In comparison to their performance