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Gerhard Struber's new formation is a breath of fresh air

photo by Matt Kremkau by Daniel Feuerstein The New York Red Bulls sadly dropped their opening season match on the road, by a penalty conversion that somehow is or wasn't a penalty, depending on who you ask. But while the result wasn't in the favor of the visiting side, something else was, and that was the brand new formation from Gerhard Struber. It was in 2014 that former Head Coach Mike Petke switched up how to attack the opposition with a 4-2-3-1, and later refined a bit better from Jesse Marsch. We all saw how it benefitted Bradley Wright-Phillips by scoring over 100 league goals and over 100 goals in all competitions. Chris Armas, Bradley Carnell, and the current man in charge.  But for the first time in a very long time, the Red Bulls began the match with two strikers and went into a 4-2-2-2 formation. For the majority of the match, the Red Bulls were successful in having their offense use this new formation to attack not just down the flanks, but down the middle of the p

Red Bulls Drop Season Opener, Lose to Orlando City, 1-0

photo by Matt Kremkau An handball leading into a penalty scored by Facundo Torres and Perdo Gallese's excellent work in front of the net was all Orlando City needed to hand the Red Bulls a loss in the season opener, 1-0.  As the curtain rises for the 28th season for the New York Red Bulls and Orlando City SC, both teams must deal with the expectations that come with it. Orlando City won its first trophy in its history last season and looking to add more to its trophy case. Meanwhile, the New York Red Bulls addressed a significant need by adding some attacking power by signing Belgian forward Dante Vanzier, who needed to be fitter to make the trip with the team. Orlando City had their chances to get on the scoreboard first. Still, every attack was thwarted with balls drifting aimlessly off target, frustrating the home supporters who responded with anguished groans. But the Red Bulls were the team that came the closest in the 22nd minute. Cristian C√°sseres Jr got a pass over to Lewis

Preview: Red Bulls Open Season Against Orlando City

photo by Matt Kremkau by Anthony J. Merced New York Red Bulls begin a new era on Apple TV this weekend in the opening match of 2023 against Orlando City SC. The game will be a rematch of the 2022 US Open Cup semi-final, where New York were ousted by the Florida-side and went on to win their first major trophy.  The game will see a mostly familiar line-up from New York. Returning players such as Lewis Morgan, newly minted captain Sean Nealis, Cristian Casseres Jr. and John Tolkin are all expected to make appearances. New forward Corey Burke may also get significant minutes with the incoming Dante Vanzeir still a few weeks away from match fitness. "We were consistent in the preseason," said Nealis about the team's preparation. "If we could translate that over to the regular season where there are three games a week sometimes, I think that'll be the biggest growth and improvement factor this year and I think we can do that." Orlando has seen several key players

Dante Vanzeir meets the media at Red Bull Arena

photo by Matt Kremkau by Daniel Feuerstein The New York Red Bulls held their Media day to officially open the 2023 season as they introduced their brand new striker Belgium youth International Dante Vanzeir to the club as the high expectations have been brought over to this young and exciting striker.  After he was introduced to the media by the club, Head Coach Gerhard Struber stood next to Vazeir and posed with him for a picture holding up the brand-new away jersey created by Sports Fashion designer Daniel Patrick and a round of applause came from the attending media. When Vanzeir finally sat down and spoke to the media, you could already tell he was confident and glowing as he was very happy to be with the New York Red Bulls and starting his new venture here in MLS his first season playing professionally in the United States. But why did he want to make this move from Belgium to MLS? "I think the New York Red Bulls and in general Red Bull had a nice plan for me." said Vanz

New York Red Bulls 2023: As The Curtain Rises, So Do The Expectations

photo by Matt Kremkau by Garry Redman HARRISON - The New York Red Bulls staged their annual Media Day for the press corps as the 28th season of Major League Soccer draws near for fans and players alike, eager to make this season  the  season that the elusive championship trophy is finally secured. The team is mostly the same young and hungry group that finished fourth in the Eastern Conference, well above the expectations of the “experts,” making MLS Cup Playoffs for the 13th consecutive time in a row.  However, like all seasons previously, the team fell well short of its lofty goals as they were immediately removed from the playoffs, this time by FC Cincinnati, 2-1. So, changes were made by the brass to improve their fortunes this time around, with forward Patryk Klimala and defender Aaron Long parting ways and MLS veteran forward Cory Burke, Designated Player, and Belgian international Dante Vanzier filling the void. Hopefully, addressing an offensive issue that was sorely needed to

Sean Nealis Named 2023 New York Red Bulls Captain

photo by Matt Kremkau by Anthony J. Merced A week away from the start of the 2023 MLS season and the New York Red Bulls have named defender Sean Nealis as captain for the upcoming campaign. The Long Island-native has been a staple of the New York backline for two seasons and will be relied upon heavily following the departure of former captain Aaron Long. "I am very excited to name Sean captain of our team for this season," said head coach Gerhard Struber. "Sean has proven to be a great leader and has the trust from the whole team and myself to lead us as captain this year." Nealis has made 76 total appearances for New York over the past four seasons. His career started with new York Red Bulls II and is yet another example of the team's pipeline from amateur to professional. Over that time he has scored two goals and logged over 6,000 minutes for the club.  Nealis' career began with New York in 2019 when he was drafted in the SuperDraft out of Hofstra Univer

Red Bulls Unveil New Away Kit in Collaboration with Designer Daniel Patrick

photo from New York Red Bulls New York Red Bulls have finally released their new away kit, in collaboration with sports fashion designer Daniel Patrick. The new look is a departure from years past where the team leaned into the usual marketing colors of red and white. This yellow and green combination will remain with the team for two seasons. Patrick launched his first line of clothing in 2012 and is based out of Los Angeles. The Australian designer is known for collaborating with high-profile NBA stars such as James Harden and Jimmy Butler. "It was great working with the New York Red Bulls," said Patrick. "I was really excited to be a part of this project, to have your name on a professional team's jersey, that they will wear on the soccer pitches across the United States, amazing." More than likely the kits will make their debut on February 25th when the team takes the field against Orlando City in Florida. The two teams have recent history with the Lions hav

One Step Away from Shovels in the Ground: New Training Center Taking Shape

Courtesy of New York Red Bulls Communications Just days after announcing their newly-signed designated player Dante Venzir, word comes that the soon-to-be-constructed new Traning Complex has reached its next hurdle by choosing Gensler as the lead architectural designer for the facility. The team announced today that Gensler, a global architecture, design, and planning firm, would serve as the lead architectural designer for its Training Complex in Morris Township, NJ. They will guide all architectural and design planning for the future state-of-the-art facility.  "Gensler will provide world-class architectural planning expertise as we partner to build the premier training complex in all of Major League Soccer," said Marc de Grandpr√©, General Manager, of New York Red Bulls. "Our shared vision for this facility is something that our entire organization, along with the Morris Township community, will be extremely proud of for many years to come."  “We are honored to pa

Dante Vanzeir Officially joins the Red Bulls

by Daniel Feuerstein The New York Red Bulls have officially acquired Belgien International Striker Dante Vanzeir from Royal Union Saint-Gilliose for an undisclosed transfer fee and will begin training with the club as soon as he gets a receipt of his P-1 Visa and ITC. He is signing as a Designated Player on a four-year contract with an option for 2027. "We are very excited to add Dante [Vanzeir] to our club," said Head of Sport Jochen Schneider. "He is a top-class professional and is highly motivated to show his skills here in the Unted States, we are excited to see him on the pitch at Red Bull Arena soon." The 24 year old made 92 appearances with his former side scoring 48 Goals and Tallying 21 assists. In his first season with the club, Vaneir scored 18 goals and won the golden boot in the Challenger Pro League, the second division in Belgium soccer. He led led Royalo Union Saint-Gilliose to win the league and earn promotion to the Juplier Pro League for the first