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Sean Nealis shows why he is the Captain of the Red Bulls

photo by Matt Kremkau by Daniel Feuerstein On Saturday, March 25th, you saw a local kid who was drafted and grew up within the academy of the New York Red Bulls show you what he is made of. He showed everyone what it means to be a Captain of the club and showed all of us how he takes that armband seriously. Not only has he grown into being a solid center-back for the club, but he also showed why his teammates and the coaching staff trust him to lead the club every 90 minutes either at Red Bull Arena or on the road. What we saw on the pitch at Charlotte FC was a testament to how he handled certain issues that went against his side when it came to fouls that should've been converted into ejections. When Omir Fernandez took a studs challenge into his right leg from Brandt Bronico, you saw Sean Nealis work the referee to ask him why there wasn't a card of any kind, while he was having a check with VAR. Then he got more animated when Cameron Harper got fouled hard into his head when

RECAP: Late Goal and Shootout Misses Sink NYRB II

photo by Matt Kremkau by Anthony J. Merced New York Red Bulls II start their new journey in MLS Next Pro with a disappointing shootout loss to Columbus Crew 2 at MSU Soccer Park on Sunday night. A late equalizer in stoppage forced a shootout which was one after several misses by both teams. New York used their typical press to push Columbus around early. The game's only goal came in the 7th minute when a turnover saw Carmona with the ball at the top of the box. He took his shot just outside the box and scoring past the Columbus keeper. From there New York continued to press but saw Columbus gain a foothold in the game. The second half was much more back-and-forth with both sides having chances at goal. New York hit the post and over-passed the ball in front of goal. Columbus ran into the physicality of the Red Bulls but were able to create mismatches at times that they couldn't capitalize on. It wasn't until stoppage time that Abdi Mohamed headed a ball past the Red Bulls k

RECAP: Sluggish Second Half Cost Red Bulls a Win

photo by Matt Kremkau by Anthony J. Merced A second half own-goal spoiled a sparkling first half performance for New York as they draw with Charlotte FC at Bank of American Stadium on Saturday night. A first half goal from Elias Manoel capped off a solid start to the game but the team fell into their sluggish habits in the second half and invited an eventual comeback from the home team. New York started the game strong, physically pushing around Charlotte and forcing questionable fouls that could have been considered red cards by the opposition. The team continued to push with solid efforts on goal and converting just before the half time whistle. A misplay by the Charlotte defense opened the door for an advancing Manoel who beat the Charlotte keeper and rewarded a Red Bulls team that seemed more than up to the occasion. Everything changed in the second half with New York coming out of the locker room sluggish. Charlotte pressed forward and forced the Red Bulls to make their own fouls,

Dante Vanzeir opens his Red bulls Account with a Game Winner

photo by Matt Kremkau by Daniel Feuerstein This was the moment we'd all been waiting for as the Red Bulls brand new youth designated player came on the pitch as a second-half substitute and found a way to not only give the home side its first full three points in this 2023 season but to earn his first goal with the club and his first in Major League Soccer. in the 86th minute after the first attacking run, was stopped by the Columbus Crew, the Red Bulls were able to get the ball back at midfield and tried it again. A quick pass along the far side found John Tolkin as he quickly received it, and made a looping pass to the near side, and out of nowhere waiting for it at the near post was Dante Vanzeir who took a half volley and smashed it past Elroy Room with authority. He ran towards the South Ward and stood right in front of them. He took his celebrations from his teammates as he scored his first goal in a Red Bulls kit and his first in Major League Soccer. The young Belgian youth

RECAP: Red Bulls rally to beat Columbus Crew, 2-1

photo by Matt Kremkau by Garry Redman HARRISON, NJ  - Dante Vanzier's late goal capped a dramatic finish as the Red Bulls defeated the Columbus Crew, 2-1, to give them their first win of the season.  With both teams needing help finding the back of the net early this season, the Red Bulls and the Crew midfielders had problems stringing consecutive passes together, making the match very hard to watch for those in attendance and watching on television.  But in the 33rd minute, the visitors wound up scoring the match's first goal due to Carlos Coronel's ghastly defensive mistake. Moving out of his box and attempting to beat Alexandru Matan to the ball, but he mistimed it. There was nothing he could do as he watched helplessly as the ball rolled into the back of the net. From there, the Red Bulls spent the rest of the half fruitlessly trying to break through the Crew's defense, frustrating the team and their supporters.  The second half saw the Red Bulls applying their stan

RECAP: Red Bulls Rally for 1-1 Draw Against Minnesota

  photo by Matt Kremkau by Anthony J. Merced A second half goal by Andres Reyes breaks the two-game scoreless streak for New York and secures a 1-1 draw against Minnesota United during a snow-covered field home opener on Saturday night. The game was played under less than optimal conditions with opportunities presenting themselves for both teams with less than accurate conversion.  Minnesota opened the score in the 18th minute with a header from Bongokuhle Hlongwane. The corner sent in by Franco Fragapane found the head of Hlongwane which was initially saved by Carlos Coronel. The rebounded effort is what gave Minnesota an early lead.  New York had multiple chances in the first half to equalize but lacked the final killer finishing ability. Lewis Morgan, who started in favor of Elias Manoel, found himself in several positions to score but either put the ball into the Minnesota keepers chest or forcing a save.  The Red Bulls possessed the ball better early in the second half and forced

Sean Davis was ready for his return to Red Bull Arena

photo by Matt Kremkau by Daniel Feuerstein No matter how much you hate to see certain players leave that was developed by the Red Bulls from the fruitful of riches that is the New York City, New Jersey area, you know very well that the cream will always rise to the top no matter who is next in line to take over a roster spot on the club. We currently have Sean Nealis, Omir Fernandez, John Tolkin, and Daniel Edelman on the roster, but the players who came before them are currently playing elsewhere in Major League Soccer or abroad. One destination in free agency has been Nashville, Tennessee where Dax McCarty led the charge and following him, there was Alex Muyl, and last season Sean Davis who became a free agent made the move to Music City himself. MLS moved the club back to the Eastern Conference this season and that meant he would finally make his return to the home he only knew before making that decision to join another club when he turned into a free agent. He informed his teammat

Nothing Doing! Red Bulls, Nashville fight to a Draw

photo by Matt Kremkau by Garry Redman HARRISON, NJ - And ninety or so minutes later, a scoreless deadlock was all the Red Bulls fans going to get. The New York Red Bulls returned Harrison with the intention of "righting the ship" at their home opener Saturday evening after dropping a 1-0 result to Orlando City last weekend. Meanwhile, Nashville SC easily dispatched New York City FC, 2-0, and looked to sweep the New York area teams in the first two weeks of the regular season. Former Red Bulls midfielder Alex Muyl looked to put the visitors in the lead in the 69th minute when he took a pass from Hany Mukhtar and managed to shoot the ball past New York goalkeeper Carlos Coronel. Still, the goal was denied when the linesman raised his flag, confirming that he was offside to the relief of the home supporters. Dante Vanzier came in for Elias Manoel in the 72nd minute and wasted no time trying to make his debut memorable. However, he repeatedly stumbled as he took passes from forwa

Red Bulls ready to open Red Bull Arena this weekend against Nashville

photo by Matt Kremkau by Daniel Feuerstein This weekend is the start of the 2023 home schedule for the New York Red Bulls and that means the crown jewel of American Soccer Stadiums in Red Bull Arena will be ready for all of us to enter and enjoy a brand new year with some big expectations to having one of the best home field advantages for this club in red. " Yeah, on Saturday, we want to bring a big power in this game. A good spirit a good energy, and every single player should leave everything on the field. I think this is so, the basement for success and this is my expectation." said Gerhard Struber, "I think maybe we can build our foundation, our typical game of football, then it's difficult sometimes, and on the same time, we expect the team to have peak power in transition moments. This means for us they will stay maybe also deep in our block. We need patience in this game. To handle moments, maybe they are not too easy in a game.  That we are caught again and