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Patryk Klimala to Hapoel Be'er Sheva Official

photo by Matt Kremkau by Daniel Feurstein As the winter window remains open for Major League Soccer the news was officially brought down this Sunday night that the New York Red Bulls have officially transferred Polish Youth International Striker Patryk Klimala to the Israeli Premier League as he will be playing for Hapoel Be'er Shiva. The Red Bulls will retain a sell-on percentage of the transfer fee if Klimala is sold to another club. "We want to thank everything Patryk has done for the club," said Head of sport Jochen Schneider, "We wish him and his family all the best in their future endeavors." Ever since Klimala transferred to the Red Bulls from Scottish side Glasgow Celtic two seasons ago, his production hasn't been what was advertised, or the number of chances he has taken has missed the net than enter it. For two seasons Klimala has accumulated a total of 13 goals and 10 assists in 3,740 minutes. His hot start last season quickly fizzled as the seaso

Report: Red Bulls Set to Break Transfer Record

photo by Matt Kremkau by Anthony J. Merced New York Red Bulls are set to break their own transfer record with the signing of Dante Vanzier, according to Tom Bogert of the Athletic. Vanzier has been linked to New York for some time but now it is nearing confirmation. Vanzier has scored 48 goals in 91 appearances for the Belgian first division side Union SG. The versatile 24 year-old is part of a revamp for the Red Bulls offense where he can play as a striker or on the wing. Along with the newly re-signed Lewis Morgan and Elias Manoel, New York is looking to be more aggressive in the attack, where they've lacked in bite since the departure of Bradley Wright-Phillips in 2020. The signing would make Vanzier the most expensive player in team history with a five million dollar transfer fee. This follows their previous efforts in the signing of Patryk Klimala in 2021 for four million. Klimala never got off the ground in New York, and the team is being rumored to looking for an exit. 

Red Bulls Leagues Cup Draw Revealed

photo by Matt Kremkau by Anthony J. Merced New York Red Bulls will be participating in the first Leagues Cup between MLS and Liga MX and the team has been drawn into the East 4 bracket against New England Revolution and Atletico San Luis of Liga MX. The competition is meant to continue the long-standing competitive rivalry between the two leagues and potentially generate more fans in the process. New York was ranked fourth in MLS and seeded accordingly. Only the MLS Cup Champion LAFC and combined points leaders of Liga MX Pachuca will receive byes to the knockout round. The teams will play in a World Cup-style round robin tournament with a knockout stage to follow.  The Red Bulls were seeded for the competition by being one of the top 15 teams in the league, having ranked fourth. All teams from both leagues will compete in the competition but the rankings allow for potentially more favorable match-ups. New York will avoid teams such as Club America, Pumas, Chivas and Monterrey.  The Le

Struber: "The Expectation is High" with Regard to 2023 Season

photo by Matt Kremkau by Anthony J. Merced New York Red Bulls head coach Gerhard Struber spoke to the media for the first time in 2023 on Tuesday, setting the table for what will be a very interesting season. Struber has been with the club for two full seasons and expectations are growing for the club to deliver their first major trophy in their history. "I can say the expectation is high," said Struber when asked about the potential of winning a trophy. "We are growing in every direction. First of all in the performance and then it's normally the consequence in the results and also in the table and all the competitions." Despite what many believed was a weakened squad over the past two campaigns, Struber has led New York to the playoffs. Last season they finished fourth and hosted a game. While results in the playoffs have continued to lag, the team is gaining much needed experience and head into 2023 with youth but not with lack of knowledge. "The goals a

Former New York Red Bull Zach Ryan Signs with Loudoun United

photo by Matt Kremkau by Anthony J. Merced Former New York Red Bulls homegrown striker Zach Ryan has signed with Loudoun United for the 2023 USL Championship season. The 24 year-old forward made 12 appearances for New York Red Bulls II and debuted in MLS against Toronto FC last campaign. "He is a very talented striker," said Loudoun head coach Ryan Martin. "Clinical in front of goal and around the box. He makes dangerous runs in behind the backline and creates numerous chances from his pressing." Ryan was a surplus for New York who now have Elias Manuel, Patryk Klimala, Tom Barlow and Cameron Harper in the forward position. While Ryan did show signs of progress, he will have far more time on the field with Loudoun than New York or New York Red Bulls II who have departed USL for MLS Next Pro. Ryan was a standout at Stanford University where he made 73 appearances, scoring 31 goals and notching 13 assists. He helped the team win the PAC-12 championship in 2018 and 202

Kyle Duncan Returns to New York on a Season-Long Loan

photo by Matt Kremkau by Anthony J. Merced New York Red Bulls defender Kyle Duncan will remain with the New York Red Bulls for the 2023 season as the club extended his loan to cover the year. Duncan is joining from K.V. Oostende in Belgium where he moved after playing with the MLS club in prior years. "Kyle has shown his qualities over the last couple of years with us and has a lot of experience in MLS," said head coach Gerhard Struber. "We are happy to have him back with us." Duncan made his first appearance with the New York Red Bulls in 2018 and became a fixture on the backline from 2019 to 2021. After the end of the season, Duncan departed for Europe but joined back up with the MLS club months later to continue his growth with his hometown club. The defender has made a total of 81 appearances for the New York Red Bulls and looks to continue his consistency in 2023. 

Red Bulls Sign Lewis Morgan to a New MLS Contract

photo by Matt Kremkau by Garry Redman As the preseason gets off to a roaring start ahead of the 2023 campaign, Lewis Morgan is here to stay in red for a bit longer. The New York Red Bulls signed Scottish winger Lewis Morgan to a new MLS contract, the club announced today. Morgan has signed a new three-year MLS contract through 2025 with an option for another year in 2026.  The dynamic midfielder has won over coaches, teammates, and, more importantly, supporters by scoring 14 regular season goals, which led the club and ranked third among MLS midfielders last season. Across all competitions, Morgan recorded 18 goals and four assists in 36 appearances. He became the first Red Bulls player to score double-digit goals in a single season since Bradley Wright-Phillips in 2018. Morgan converted six penalty kicks last season, tied for the most in a single season in franchise history with Amado Guevara (2004) and Wright-Phillips (2014,2015). His efforts have not missed the eyes of head coach Ge

Red Bulls sign Academy & Duke Product Peter Stroud

photo by Matt Kremkau by Daniel Feuerstein On Saturday Afternoon this January 14th, the New York Red Bulls signed another homegrown academy product who has just finished his college career at Duke as they bring Midfielder and Chester, New Jersey native Peter Stroud to a three-year deal with option years in 2026 & 2027. "We are very happy to sign Peter to a homegrown contract," said Sporting Director Denis Hamlett. "Peter is a talented midfielder that has demonstrated great success at both collegiate and academy levels, and we are very delighted to have him at our club." The 20-year-old made 55 appearances for the Duke Blue Devils over the last three seasons scoring six goals and earning 12 assists for the Atlantic Coast Conference University, he was also named ACC midfielder of the year twice and won that award in back-to-back seasons. He has also earned all-ACC First Team honors twice, United Soccer Coaches All-America First Team and Duke University's Most

What Does the Red Bulls Backline Look Like Without Aaron Long

photo by Matt Kremkau Written by Daniel Feuerstein As we begin a brand new Red Bulls season in Harrison, the team in red is looking to improve their roster with some signings that are needed to bolster their attack and we know about the rumors of the club trying to sign a young Belgian striker that looks to be tearing up their first division. But while that is going on, the questions are now looking toward the backline and a big omission just recently happened. After spending seven seasons with the Red Bulls, Center back Aaron Long has moved on as a free agent and signed with the defending MS Cup Champions Los Angeles FC and has returned home to the West Coast and will be a part of a solid backline. He scored a combined 12 goals in over 11,000 minutes played to be that solid defender in the middle of the park to help his keeper prevent the goals into the net. But with Long now playing for another side, that doesn't mean this Red Bulls backline has been weakened. There is a strong c