Skip to main content

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 Derrick Jones led with an elbow, that's where the Captain showed his displeasure and made sure that he told the ref he should've shown the red card and not the yellow.

Sean Nealis also showed some toughness on the pitch when he was a part of the defensive wall being set up in front of his net. When the ball was shot at him he took it right in the face. Even though he was down for a couple of minutes, he was able to get back up and went through concussion protocol to make sure he was alright. He was able to get up without an issue and finished the match.

After the one-goal draw, Sean Nealis talked to the media about the match at Charlotte FC. " Yeah, I feel good. Just got hit in the head. I feel fine." Said Sean Neails, "Yeah, I think the first half we kind of had them where we wanted them. We had a few chances there. Elias scored a good goal with this pressing the second half, we had a couple chances to kind of get that second goal. Unfortunately, couldn't get it but I think we got to learn from this and be stronger defensively all the way through. For the goal, I missed the header that could have done better there. We all could have done better stepped up and we're kind of disappointed and only getting one point here."

I believe Gerhard Struber and the players made the right choice in choosing Sean Nealis to become the new captain of the club when Aaron Long moved on to LAFC. It feels really good to see a homegrown player and a local kid from Long Island gets this big chance to lead this club into battle for 90 minutes each and every match.


Popular posts from this blog

Red Bulls Announce Fan Experience Improvements

by Garry Redman On top of the theme nights announced this season, something new has been added the next time the season ticket holders and supporters step inside The Cathedral... The state-of-the-art LED lighting system at Red Bull Arena will provide higher on-field light levels for enhanced visibility and safety and introduce new entertainment features that heighten the overall experience for spectators.   Built around Musco's Total Light Control—TLC for LED™ technology, the new system is designed to provide exceptional playability and uniformity while minimizing glare. Cleaner, whiter light will elevate the broadcast quality for fans watching around the world.  Color-changing fixtures and Show-Light® Pro entertainment technology will allow the Red Bulls to wash the stadium in different colors and synchronize light shows to music, heightening the fan experience during goal celebrations, player introductions, and other big moments. If you have no idea what this means, click here t

Rumor: Dru Yearwood to be Traded to Nashville SC

photo by Matt Kremkau by Anthony J. Merced More trade rumors are circulating as Red Bulls midfielder Dru Yearwood is linked to a move to Nashville SC according to Tom Bogert of the Athletic . What Red Bull will receive for such a trade remains to be seen. However expectations are that the move will be finalized by the end of next week. Yearwood joined New York in 2020 from Brentford in England. Along the way he has made 86 appearances for the club, including 55 starts. In 2021 and 2022 he made 18 starts, scoring three goals and three assists, his total output for the club in Major League Soccer.  In 2023 Yearwood found his position in the club to vary greatly. At times he played in a defensive midfield role next to Frankie Amaya and other times higher up the field, almost as a second forward. After the departure of Cristian Casseres Jr. earlier in the year, it appeared as if Yearwood's minutes would increase. However Daniel Edelman stepped into the role, relegating Yearwood to more

Ex-Red Bulls Coach Gerhard Struber Shares Thoughts on MLS and Salzburg

photo by Matt Kremkau by Anthony J. Merced Red Bull News Network had the chance to communicate with former New York Red Bulls head coach Gerhard Struber, now the manager of Red Bull Salzburg in the Austrian Bundesliga. Struber was with New York from the end of the 2020 campaign through to the early part of 2023. Along the way he secured two playoff berths, a seventh and fourth place finish in 2021 and 2022 respectively. While his time was ended abruptly in MLS, his memories of the American version of the game have helped him prepare for such a monumental task in Europe. You spent nearly three seasons in Major League Soccer with the New York Red Bulls, what did you learn from that experience that has made you a different coach at Red Bull Salzburg? Struber: In addition to the sporting aspects, there is a lot that I was able to gain from my work at New York Red Bulls. Any work in a foreign country not only brings you closer to the language, but also to the culture and mentality of the pe