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Flat start dooms the Red Bulls

photo from Matt Kremkau That start was the worst I have ever seen this Red Bulls team perform in a very long time. Especially the backline who was in a regular four-man backline that switched off as soon as the opening whistle sounded. While Aaron Long has become the whipping boy to the fans of the USMNT on Twitter, he wasn't helped by his Center back partner Sean Nealis either. Allowing Alexander Callens to camp into a spot between both center backs and allowed to stay onside and then spring into action by heading the ball with ease past a surprised and helpless Carlos Coronel was just putrid to watch. Not only did the switch off, but both were caught ball-watching and looked helpless. Then the second goal came in the 23rd minute and Santiago Rodriguez was given a lane to walk free into the area and towards the net to fake out Coronel and score, this was an embarrassing display of players who left their passion for this Derby in the locker room and assumed it was going to be a cak

Set piece setbacks doom Red Bulls, lose to NYCFC, 2-0

photo by Matt Kremkau BRONX, NY - New York City FC took full advantage of two set-piece blunders by the New York defense in the first half. And that was all they needed to sweep the season Hudson River Derby, defeating the Red Bulls, 2-0. With their 13th consecutive playoff appearance already assured, the Red Bulls made the quick trip across the Hudson River to resume their hostilities with local rival and defending MLS Cup Champion New York City FC. It didn't take very long for the hosts to get on the scoreboard. The Red Bulls surrendered a corner kick just a minute in the match. Maxi Moralez delivered a great ball over to defender Alexander Callens, who leaped over and headed the ball in the back of the net to take the early lead. Red Bulls nearly responded ten minutes later as Luquinhas looked at an open net for a split second, but it was Alexander Callens sliding across the box and blocking the shot. Cristian Casseres pounced on the rebound but skied his chance in the seats. Ne

Red Bulls rally to knock off Revolution, 2-1

photo by Matt Kremkau HARRISON, NJ - Red Bulls come from behind with two goals by Cristian Casseres Jr. and a penalty kick by Lewis Morgan to defeat the New England Revolution, 2-1 at Red Bull Arena Saturday evening. Last season, the New England Revolution led the league with 73 points, winning the Supporters Shield before getting knocked out of the playoffs by the eventual MLS Cup Champion New York City Football Club. But now find themselves in eighth place and in a fight for their playoff lives. Last week, the Red Bulls were outclassed and quickly dispatched by the Philadelphia Union, 2-0. They were looking to rebound from that loss that will leave them without the services of midfielder Dru Yearwood for the remainder of the regular season. He picked up a second yellow card after kicking a ball into the stands and went into it attempting to apologize to the fans that were struck by the errant kick. The last time these two squads met was back in April; the Red Bulls managed to squeak

Opinion: Red Bulls Ball smashing into the crowds

photo by Matt Kremkau This is not a pleasant thing to talk about when you discuss the club, but sadly this is the third time that a Red Bulls player has done the unthinkable, and sadly will pay for their moment of emotion that got the best of them. Kicking the ball into the stands with frustration that shouldn't have happened. Sadly Dru Yearwood has paid the price for his actions last weekend at Red Bull Arena. Late in the second half down two goals to nil to the Philadelphia Union, Yearwood was called for a foul and allowed his emotions and frustration to get the better of him to kick the ball hard, but sadly the direction of the ball went into the stands and struck Red Bulls fans. As soon as he saw what happened, Yearwood went over the ad signs, climbed the wall of the section where the ball struck the fan, and tried to apologize for his mistake. Once he went back on the field, the referee had no choice but to send him off for those actions. As Dru walked towards the tunnel you c

Daniel Edelman is blossoming into a brilliant player

When the Red Bulls played an international friendly against FC Barcelona, we saw the home side play solid and tough. At the same time, they didn't embarrass themselves while giving the Catalan side a game they weren't expecting. You saw the kids attack and defend with a purpose and informed Barca they are here to play and give you a workout.  Attacking along the right side of the pitch Edelman has looked strong and looks very comfortable bringing up the ball, as well as defending it when he is partnered up along with Dru Yearwood, moving Cristian Casserers Jr into a more attacking position in the midfield. His distribution of the ball to his teammates in the link-up play has been fantastic as he looks to flow fluently on the pitch. He has the speed and the guile to make big plays whenever he sees an opportunity, as he nearly converted a chance against FC Cincinnati in the home one-goal draw, but in the next home match, he earned the match winner against Inter Miami.  While up a

Red Bulls' Defense Ices CF Montreal, 1-0

photo by Matt Kremkau Lewis Morgan's lone goal was all the Red Bulls needed to stop a red-hot CF Montreal side, 1-0 at Stade Saputo Wednesday night. Newly acquired winger Eliad Manoel formerly of Brazilian side Gremio, made his debut after Patryk Klimala picked up a knock during training before the match. With Kyle Duncan and John Tolkin serving suspensions, the Red Bulls had to deal with a makeshift backline consisting of Dylan and Sean Nealis, and Andres Reyes, completing a 3-4-2-1 formation as kickoff began. Montréal nearly got on the scoreboard just two minutes in the match when Djordje Mihailovic took a great pass from Victor Wanyama, but his shot, taken from 35 yards outside the box, drifted wide to his left. Red Bulls responded three minutes later, as Lewis Morgan had an opportunity to put his team in the lead, taking a pass from Manoel, but his shot skipped wide to his left. But the Red Bulls being the better team throughout the first half, broke through the stalemate in th