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Head of Sport Jochen Schneider Doubles Down on Red Bull Way

photo by Matt Kremkau Red Bull have been known for doing things their way in MLS since the company took over the Metrostars in 2006 but it has been most prominent in the last decade when the team shifted from a superstar model to one of youth and development. The one thing that has stood consistent over that time is the team's lack of success. Whether with superstars or homegrown players, New York Red Bulls have become synonymous with losing big games. "It's about momentum," said new Head of Sport Jochen Schneider when it comes to lack of playoff success. "It's about luck. Then you have to be there at the right point of time and then you have to prepare for those games. Unfortunately the track record in the last playoff games haven't been the best one." Acknowledgement in the team's shortcomings with regard to the MLS Cup Playoffs is a breath of fresh air. The team has seemingly touted it's abilities in the regular season while ignoring the f

Red Bulls, FC Cincinnati stifle each other to a draw, 1-1

photo by Matt Kremkau HARRISON, NJ - Early goals by Matt Miazga and Patryk Klimala were not enough to break the stalemate as both teams battled fruitlessly to a 1-1- draw at Red Bull Arena on Saturday night.  With newly-appointed Head of Sport Jochen Schnieder in attendance, the Red Bulls were looking to extend their good fortunes at home after a 2-1 road victory against Atlanta United on Wednesday night. FC Cincinnati got on the scoresheet first in the 14th minute thanks to Álvaro Barreal delivering a great ball into the box, and the Clifton, NJ native did the rest. Heading the ball past Carlos Coronel to put the visitors in the lead and stunned the home supporters into relative silence. The Red Bulls equalized things in the 23rd minute when Patryk Klimala converted a penalty kick. The play happened when Andres Reyes was fouled in the box earlier, with VAR confirming the infraction. For Klimala, it would be his first goal since his last tally on the road against Chicago at Red Bull Ar

Struber Touts "Massive Win" Over Atlanta

photo by Matt Kremkau New York Red Bulls head coach Gerhard Struber was elated with his team's performance, which saw the away side take all three points over Atlanta 2-1 at Mercedes Benz Stadium on Wednesday evening. It was a win that puts New York back on track as they hope to secure a home playoff game. "It was a massive win in all directions," said Struber after the game. "From the mental side, the past few weeks were not so easy, we had a little bit of a situation of not the right results." It was New York's first win in five games and reasserts the team's dominance on the road. This comes after another devastating home loss that has the team with one of the worst home records of any playoff contending team.  "I would say in all for phases today I can see we controlled the game," said Struber. "In the end I know Atlanta has outstanding quality in their roster, but I think our principles, our tactical identity, crashed them with big hi

Red Bulls Conquer Atlanta United, 2-1

photo by Matt Kremkau Early goals by Lewis Morgan and John Tolkin powered the New York Red Bulls over Atlanta United, continuing their regular-season dominance over their Eastern Conference rivals, 2-1. Saturday's loss against Orlando City has put this team in a desperate situation. Despite sitting in fourth place in the Eastern Conference and the opportunity of possibly hosting a first-round playoff match at home slipping away, Gerhard Struber and his men travel to the state capital of Georgia, where an equally desperate Atlanta United side looking to make a push for the playoffs themselves.  The starting eleven was roughly the same as the match against Orlando City with one exception, midfielder Daniel Edelman was inserted in for Frankie Amaya for a little defensive bite against an attack-minded Atlanta United lineup led by midfielder Thiago Almada looking to break the regular season hex against a team they have not beaten in regular-season play. Midfielder Lewis Morgan got thing

Struber Acknowledges "Difficult Situation" for Red Bulls

photo by Matt Kremkau New York Red Bulls have only one win in their last five games with the team and coach acknowledging just how difficult this latest run has been. The Red Bulls continue to be the worst home team in a playoff position with little answers as to what is affecting the club at Red Bull Arena. "(It is) a difficult situation for me and for my team at the moment," said head coach Gerhard Struber after the loss to Orlando on Saturday. "We have to realize the situation we are in right now is not easy and I think we need big belief to bounce back." One of the team's biggest issues is their inability to score goals. Patryk Klimala has not produced the way the team or fans had expected with just four goals in 2022. The team is beyond the half way point of the season leaving questions as to whether the team can handle a playoff run without a clinical striker. "We are sad for the fans," said midfielder Daniel Edelman. "We have to look forwar

Orlando City frustrate Red Bulls yet again, 1-0

photo by Matt Kremkau HARRISON, NJ - Facundo Torres' early goal was all that Orlando City needed to stymie the Red Bulls once again as they grabbed a much-needed 1-0 victory on the road at a stunned Red Bull Arena on Saturday night.  The two sides have met again since the U.S. Open Cup semifinal, a horrific 5-1 loss that has angered the team and supporters alike. After earning a draw on the road against hated rival D.C. United, they return home to "right the ship" for the stretch run for the playoffs with nine matches left in the regular season. Defender Kyle Duncan returns to the Red Bulls on loan from Belgian club K.V. Oostende and made a start for the team tonight.  However, 17 minutes in, the visitors struck first. Facundo Torres, on a tremendous overlapping run from a counter-attack, took the ball from Junior Urso and blasted a shot from a difficult angle that first deflected off goalkeeper Carlos Coronel but wound up in the back of the net.  Red Bulls tried to wake

New York Red Bulls II Sign English Midfielder Henry Wise

New York Red Bulls II are not done replenishing their ranks with the announcement of Henry Wise joining the club. The former Queens Park Rangers and Derby County player has only seen professional action with Watford FC in an FA Cup game but is looking to build on his training in the United States. "We think he will have an impact on our midfield group," said Sporting Director Denis Hamlett.  Wise is yet another signing, joining Yostin Salinas who was brought in earlier in the week. The 22 year-old is still pending approval from both the federation and USL so expectations are that he won't appear in tomorrow's game against Charleston. New York Red Bulls II has a history of taking younger talent and developing them into first team players. Aaron Long and Florian Valot are just two examples of talent brought in from other clubs to continue development. Wise will join a very young and talented group that is hoping to make an impact on the rest of the USL Championship seas

New York Red Bulls II Add Colombian Defender Yostin Salinas

New York Red Bulls II have added Colombian defender Yostin Salinas on loan from Sporting Football Club for the rest of the 2022 season. The 23 year-old will hope to make an impression on the coaching staff heading into MLS Next Pro in 2023.  Salinas has played in over 3,000 minutes in the Costa Rican first division and over 6,000 with his previous club, Deportivo Saprissa from 2017 to 2021. The addition adds experience to a club full of young and developing players. "Yostin has a lot of professional experience," said Sporting Director Denis Hamlett. "We are excited to add him to our group. We feel he has the tools to succeed in our system." Salinas could be available as soon as this Friday when New York Red Bulls II welcome the Charleston Battery to MSU Soccer Park in the USL Championship regular season. 

New York Red Bulls Sign Forward Tyler Pasher

photo by Eric Botle-USA TODAY Sports New York Red Bulls are in need of depth in the forward position and have followed up the loan deal for Elias Monoel with the signing of MLS veteran Tyler Pasher. The move was completed off of the waiver list as the Houston Dynamo showed no interest in keeping the player. Pasher hasn't lit the league on fire with only two goals and one assist in 17 appearances. His best seasons were recorded in 2019 and 2020 where he scored double digit goals for the Indy Eleven in the USL Championship. While his time with the Houston Dynamo hasn't been standout, the team itself also hasn't lived up to the expectations of new ownership. This move could give the Canadian international a chance to show his skills in a new system. With the departure of Ashley Fletcher, New York has been in need of depth. Especially as the schedule grows more and more dense late in the season. Pasher has played as both a striker and a winger, giving Gerhard Struber more optio

Late Goal Secures Third Win of the Season for Red Bulls II

photo from New York Red Bulls II New York Red Bulls II may be having a forgettable season but they had a dramatic win over Atlanta United 2 with a stoppage time goal from O'Vante Mullings to grab all three points on Tuesday night at MSU Soccer Park. The win was only the third of the season for New York but was the payoff of hard work from some of the younger players.  "He deserved to have a goal," said interim head coach Ibrahim Sekagya on Mullings' winner. "We have been telling him every time to go in the box and you can see what helps us. If you have the wingbacks who continue the attack and come in the box. You can see Curtis (Ofori) could have had two goals today. That's so important to have those two guys going forward. O'Vante's goal was so important to him." The night was shaping up like a typical 2022 night for New York. Despite some strong pressing efforts, the team fell behind midway through the second half. That was preceded by a red c

RBNY Transfer Window is Fruitless

photo by Matt Kremkau After the end of the Summer, International Transfer window has finally closed, the New York Red Bulls brought back a former academy player Kyle Duncan & a 20-year-old Brazilian striker from Gremio and both are on loan till the end of this 2022 MLS Season. While other clubs within the league have made some significant transfers to upgrade their squads, the front office has been staying status quo from bringing over a significant piece. There is a strong feeling among the supporters about why am I supporting a club that refuses to help themselves and get better to finish off this current season in style. To make a strong run into the MLS Cup Playoffs, or at least the chance to reach the US Open Cup final this season and win that tournament, sadly went down the drain. A beautiful stadium when full for a league match you can hear singing, cheering, and supporting their Red Bulls for a full-throated 90 minutes is now showing anger disdain, and emptiness because the

Report: Timo Werner Return to Leipzig Eminent

RB Leipzig are closing in on a return for star Bundesliga striker Timo Werner according to Fabrizio Romano . The German international has had a difficult time adjusting to football life in England with Chelsea, first under Frank Lampard and then Tomas Tuchel.  Werner was one of the best strikers in German throughout his time in the Bundesliga. His arrival from Stuttgart in 2016 ushered in four straight seasons of double digit goals, with his last being his best with 28 tallies in 2019-20. That year the team went to the semi-final of the UEFA Champions League and appeared poised to challenge Bayern Munich atop the league. Leipzig have had issues replacing his production since then, relying on a revolving door of strikers. Yussuf Poulsen, Hwang Hee-Chan, Alexander Sorloth and now Andre Silva have all stepped in but have failed to reproduce the star's glory years. How he returns to the league remains to be seen as well. While personal terms have been agreed upon, it is whether or not

Red Bulls, D.C. United slog though a scoreless draw, 0-0

photo by Matt Kremkau WASHINGTON, DC - Seeking to change their fortunes after a tough week, the Red Bulls invaded the Nation's Capital to clash with a rejuvenated D.C. United side looking to inflict further misery at the expense of their hated foes sweltering Saturday evening at Audi Field. Gerhard Stuber's side, sitting in fourth place in the tightly congested Eastern Conference, is well aware that points are sorely needed to solidify their place in the table as the push for the playoffs begins. Meanwhile, newly appointed head coach Wayne Rooney has taken charge of a team sitting in 14th place in the conference, ranked 20th in the league in goals scored (although that might improve with the acquisition of Christian Bentenke) United's genuine chance came in the 24th minute, as forward Kamari Smith squeezed past the New York defense and let off a blistering shot, but it was easily parried away by Carlos Coronel.  The Red Bulls responded with their own chance as Cristian Cass

RBNY: Second Half Fallouts

photo by Matt Kremkau The Red Bulls have started a poor trend that is starting to scare the fans and right now it's early within the process. This process however is a situation that needs to end as soon as possible since it got started in the second half of their US Open Cup Semi-Final loss to Orlando City. The tragic deflating losses that have popped up out of nowhere against teams in two competitions. When the games are underway, the RedBulls are out of the gate running and dominating, they are looking strong, dangerous and are pouring in the goals like there's no tomorrow and there is cause for joy and celebration. After halftime is over, the concern creeps in about how to maintain the lead or at least keep that positive energy going. What we saw in the second half of their US Open Cup Semi-Final match at Orlando City and the last home match against the Colorado Rapids are the two biggest examples of this early panic button moment for a young Red Bulls side that has done ve

Colorado Upset New York in 9 Goal Adventure

photo by Matt Kremkau New York Red Bulls followed up a harrowing win over Austin FC with a dismal display that saw them cough up a lead at Red Bull Arena on Tuesday night. The team led past the 75th minute only to surrender the game late and abandon much needed points. New York started fast and strong with goals from Dru Yearwood and Aaron Long before the 20th minute. Early warning signs reared their heads just after when Cristian Casseres Jr. suffered from a mental lapse that allowed Diego Rubio to bring the game to within one. Luckily New York responded quickly with Luquinhas drawing a penalty that was converted by Lewis Morgan to restore the two-goal lead. A shot from outside the box by Keegan Rosenberry gave Colorado hope just before half time with the score 3-2. It stood that way well into the second half but not without moments of doubt. Colorado pressured and exposed New York's tired legs. Substitutions did little to spark the team as the Rapids found the equalizer in the 77