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Red Bulls 2022 Announce End-of-Year Roster Decisions

photo by Matt Kremkau New York Red Bulls 2022 season is over and now the team has revealed the roster decisions on who will stay and who will be departing the club. The biggest departures are those that were staying at the club via loan, although they still may return depending on negotiations. Caden Clark, Kyle Duncan and Elias Manoel have expired loans with no word as to whether they will be returning with the team in any capacity. The team has exercised the options of goalkeeper AJ Marcucci as well as defenders Hassan Ndam, Dylan Nealis and Matt Nocita. Midfielders Wikelman Carmona, Omir Fernandez, Cristian Casseres Jr. and Steven Sserrwadda will also be returning. A surprise name to be renewed is Jake LaCava. The forward has been missing from New York in 2022, having last made an appearance for New York Red Bulls II in 2021. He was on loan with the Tampa Bay Rowdies who will play Memphis 901 FC in the next round of the USL Championship playoffs. LaCava finished the season with 12 g

Red Bull Global Soccer Owner Dietrich Mateschitz Passes at age 78

photo by Matt Kremkau On Saturday, October 22nd Red Bull Energy Drink Corporation owner Dietrich Mateschitz passed away at the age of 78 going thru a long illness. The man who began his energy drink company back in 1984 and went worldwide many years later with his funny cartoonish tv commercials of "Red Bull gives you wings" broke out in the beverage scene in the United States. He is survived by his partner Marion Feichtner and his son. "It is a sad time for all of us at Major League Soccer as we mourn the passing of Dietrich Mateschitz, the founder of Red Bull New York and a passionate supporter of MLS," MLS Commissioner Don Garber said in a statement. "Throughout the past 16 years, his vision resulted in one of the great soccer stadiums in our region and a best-in-class player development system that has elevated the sport and our league at all levels." "Dietrich’s innovative approach to marketing and branding has had lasting impact on a multitude o

Ryan Meara Returns to New York on a New Contract

photo by Matt Kremkau Long-time New York Red Bulls back-up goalkeeper Ryan Meara will be staying with the team after signing a new contract according to the team. It is a two-year deal with an option for a third in 2025, bringing him to well over a decade with the club by the conclusion of the terms. "Ryan has proved to be a great goalkeeper, great leader and a great teammate within the locker room," said Sporting Director Denis Hamlett.  Meara was part of the 2012 MLS Superdraft and ended up being a starter after injuries to other starting keepers in the 2011 season. Meara proved himself more than competent, solidifying the starting role before falling to injuries himself. From there the rise of Luis Robles left him on the sidelines, playing more with the USL New York Red Bulls II team and going out on loan with NYCFC as well.  Over the years he has played more of a behind-the-scenes role with players and coaches commending Meara's attitude and how he has been a great li

Over and out! FC Cincinnati eliminates Red Bulls 2-1

photo by Matt Kremkau HARRISON, NJ - Brandon Vasquez's late goal was all FC Cincinnati needed to oust the New York Red Bulls from Saturday afternoon's first round of the 2022 MLS Cup Playoffs. For the 13th consecutive season, the New York Red Bulls qualified for the MLS Cup Playoffs. Standing directly in their path to the next round is a deep and offensively talented FC Cincinnati team looking to break free from their wooden spoon finishes in the past to being well on their way to becoming one of the elite sides in the Eastern Conference, if not all of Major League Soccer. For Gerhard Struber and his team, the opportunity is there for them to advance to the next round, something they hadn't done since 2018, when they advanced all the way to the Eastern Conference Final, losing to the eventual MLS Cup champions, Atlanta United. Struber is looking to change his team's fortunes for the third time under his stewardship, but only this time, the stage is at Red Bull Arena aft

"Motivation Triggers" is Key for Struber and Red Bulls

photo by Matt Kremkau Head coach Gerhard Struber is leading the New York Red Bulls into the MLS Cup Playoffs for the second straight season but with the home field advantage. Despite the team being young, and expectations from pundits being low, the team managed to finished fourth and now sit as a dark horse pick for making a deep run in an effort to win their first MLS Cup in club history. "With a young group it is important to find motivation triggers," said Gerhard on the team's momentum following a win in the final week of the season. "For every single player this will be a chance to create your personal memories, create history and this is the direction will invest all that we can at this time." New York has defied the odds with one of the youngest team in the league. Along the way they have developed talent like John Tolkin into one of the more reliable wingbacks in the league. Players like him and many others will need to keep their recent consistency if

Manoel's Brace hushes Charlotte FC, 2-0

photo by Matt Kremkau HARRISON, NJ - Red Bulls needed a win in their final home match of the season, and they got it thanks to Elias Manoel scoring twice as they silenced Charlotte FC 2-0. The Red Bulls were still smarting from the 2-1 loss to the Columbus Crew last weekend as former midfielder Derrick Etienne Jr. scored twice, the winning goal in stoppage time to keep his team's playoff chances alive in the process. They looked toward the match on Saturday as the last chance to boost their confidence going into the playoffs. Meanwhile, Charlotte FC's playoff chances were extinguished by a 2-2 draw with the same Columbus Crew side back on Wednesday. With their playoff ticket already punched for the 13th straight time, the only thing left is to secure a home playoff match, their first home match since that Supporters Shield winning season in 2018. The Red Bulls were able to get the jump on the visitors in the 8th minute. Lewis Morgan unleashed a rocket of a shot that caused Char

The Final Chapter of Red Bulls on MSG Network

photo by Matt Kremkau On Sunday, October 10th the New York Red Bulls will end their long partnership with Madison Square Garden Networks as the 2023 season will begin with the brand new broadcasting partner in Apple TV+ as Major League Soccer signed that 10-year deal to broadcast League games, the new Leagues Cup along with Liga MX & several matches involving two teams in MLS Next Pro. While the League continues to try and secure National Broadcasting agreements with ESPN, Fox Sports, and Spanish Language Partner Univision, the local broadcasts will now be replaced by different broadcast crews working for Apple & MLS either in a centralized office building or sending new broadcast crews to the stadiums like what CBS & FOX does for the NFL when it's not Thursday Night, Sunday Night or Monday Night Football. As Major League Soccer began its existence to promote the sport in the United States with ten teams and originally the club was called the NY/NJ MetroStars owned by M

Red Bulls sign John Tolkin to a Brand New Deal

On Wednesday, October 5th the New York Red Bulls signed Fullback John Tolkin to a brand new four-year deal that would last till the end of the 2027 season, but have also added an option year towards 2028. The Chatham, NJ native was also recently ranked 6th in Major League Soccer's 22 under 22 list for the 2022 Season. " We are very excited to sign John to a new contract and keep him with the club,” Head of Sport Jochen Schneider said. “He had a very successful season, and we are pleased to have him on our team for years to come.” Since coming on the scene with the senior side back on May 8th, 2021 in a 2-0 victory over Toronto FC at Red Bull Arena, Tolkin has never relinquished his starting spot at the Left Fullback position and has proven to be a reliable starter attacking with the ball, defending the ball & getting involved with set pieces at the corners. He scored his first MLS goal against the Columbus Crew on August 18th as he converted the match-winner at Red Bull Ar

Derrick Etienne Jr. Haunts the Red Bulls

Anytime you face an opponent on your schedule, you know who you might be facing from the opposition and how they want to prove you wrong so badly. That was former Red Bulls Academy player Derrick Etienne Jr. who was highly touted to make the big move to the senior side along with his former USL Championship side teammates in Tyler Adams, Florian Valot, Vincent Bezecourt, and so on to do something spectacular. Even though he scored the game-winning goal to defeat Orlando City and earned the clubs their third Supporters Shield in six seasons back in 2018, the Haitian International showed some flashes here and there to become that fantastic attacking player. Unfortunately, there were times the negative side did pop up from Etienne where he would make spectacular runs and when he got to goal, he would falter at the scoring chance. Yes, there were frustrations with Etienne getting great chances to convert, but sadly he would miss those big chances. But since he joined the Columbus Crew in 2

Late goals by Etienne sink Red Bulls, 2-1

photo by Matt Kremkau Two late goals by Derrick Etienne Jr. sank his former team but may have saved his current one as the Columbus Crew downed the Red Bulls, 2-1. The Red Bulls had already clinched their spot for the 2022 MLS Cup Playoffs before the international break. The only thing left for Gerhard Struber and his team to do in the regular season is to secure a home-field game for the first round at Red Bull Arena. Standing directly in their way, however, is Caleb Porter and a very determined Columbus Crew side on the outside looking in, which is unbeaten in five matches.  While Struber was without the services of Zach Ryan, Serge Ngoma, Drew Yearwood, Cristian Casseres Jr., Aaron Long, and Cameron Harper due to various injuries and suspensions. In the case of Long, he's being rested after his stint playing a couple of friendlies with the U.S. National Team, preparing themselves for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.  Meanwhile, Porter was without defender Johnathan Mensah, still nursing