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Inept Officiating Bites the Red Bulls Again

photo by Matt Kremkau by Daniel Feuerstein  This brand-new season is different from how the New York Red Bulls wanted to start. One win in ten games is not a good thing but besides the problems with the tactics, there is a problem with the referees and with VAR. I don't know what the Red Bulls did or said to the officials of PRO, but somehow they are ignoring the type of fouls that should've been reviewed or at first look been shown a straight red card. We have seen Omir Fernandez take a studs-up challenge to his lower leg, Cameron Harper struck in the head with a forceful elbow, and Dylan Nealis taking a two-footed challenge into his chest or stomach and either it ends up being a yellow or a noncall. These types of officiating have been infuriating and embarrassing to the profession. On March 25th down in Charlotte, North Carolina We saw two moments where the Red Bulls should've been either up a man or two if both fouls were given a straight red card. Brandt Bronico stabbe

Recap: Red Bulls Fight to Finish with Draw in Chicago

photo by Matt Kremkau by Garry Redman Cory Burke's header in stoppage time salvaged a 1-1 draw against the Chicago Fire in a match the Red Bulls needed in this two-match road trip. The Red Bulls hoped to bounce back after their recent 2-0 defeat to Club de Foot Montreal as they headed to Soldier Field for their second win of the 2023 MLS Regular Season. Although the Fire team has been facing their own struggles lately, they have remained unbeaten in seven consecutive home matches, which could pose a challenge for Struber's men. Early in the match, the Red Bulls seemed to have a chance when Fire defender Carlos Teran attempted to clear the ball from the back. However, the ball deflected straight to Tom Barlow, who quickly took a shot. Unfortunately, goalkeeper Chris Brady was able to save it, preventing Barlow from scoring his second goal of the season and giving his team an early lead. The Red Bulls missed many chances to score this season. And in the 21st minute, another mista

Stats are for the Red Bulls, scoreboard is not

photo by Matt Kremkau by Daniel Feuerstein The frustration is getting louder, and louder by the match for the Red Bulls as they once again cough up another three points and haven't won a game since March 18th, against the Columbus Crew on a comeback victory. While they are down to attacking midfielders Lewis Morgan & Luquinhas due to injury, you can plainly see in front of you that the club is working hard and creating chances. Gerhard Struber inserted Wiki Carmona into the starting 11 and he was on fire to begin the match, another relentless attacking player was Cameron Harper who moved the ball up the left side of the pitch and found ways to enter the area and cross the ball to give his striker a chance at goal. Sadly those chances are thwarted by a bad shot or the goalkeeper making the save. Even being a man up for the remaining 25 minutes or more, they couldn't muster a shot on goal, and right now everyone is scratching their heads wondering what will it take to fix the

Own Goal Hands C.F. Montreal a victory over the Red Bulls, 2-0

photo by Matt Kremkau by Garry Redman MONTREAL, QC -  In a match where both teams were looking to salvage their respective seasons with a victory, it was C.F. Montreal who earned all three points no thanks in part to an own goal by defender Andres Reyes and a late goal by Mathieu Choinière to give the Red Bulls a rough start to their two-match road trip, 2-0.  Looking to put a rough week for the club behind them, the team traveled north to face a desperate Club de Foot Montreal squad, trying to grab three points in front of the home folks at Stade Saputo Saturday evening. With seven of their outfield players on the injured reserve list, coach Gerhard Struber had little choice but to require Wiki Carmona's services from the Red Bulls II side to field a team. This was Carmona's first start for the first team this season. One of the reasons the team has had some problems collecting clean sheets this season is defensive mistakes. And in the 25th minute, it happened again when Aaron

Gerhard Struber with a target on his chest with the media

photo by Matt Kremkau by Daniel Feuerstein The local and National media came together for the New York Red Bulls Zoom media call to discuss the current situation with Dante Vanzeir and Gerhard Struber. All that transpired five to six days ago has still continued to fester within the local supporters as well with pundits discussing Major League Soccer., on this matter with Vanzeir's behavior.  When the Zoom call opened there was Gerhard Struber looked gloomy and sad as it looks like he was prepared for a firing squad asking him questions, for the aftermath of that match on Saturday, April 8th. He knew he had to take his medicine and answer all the questions the media was going to ask him. "We have some tough days behind us everyone knows. Saturday night and first of all, I will say sorry for a night like that. I think everyone knows right now, what happened but I will say a little bit more about especially the 20-25 minute break." said Gerhard Struber, "Yeah, I think

MLS suspends Dante Vanzeir for his actions against the Earthquakes

photo by Matt Kremkau by Daniel Feuerstein After five to six days of waiting for Major League Soccer to bring a decision on the verbal actions of the New York Red Bulls Belgian Striker Dante Vanzeir, they reached a decision on Thursday evening, April 13th.  Major League Soccer has suspended Red Bulls forward Dante Vanzeir for six MLS regular season games for the use of racist language during the New York Red Bulls match against the San Jose Earthquakes on April 8, 2023. Vanzeir is prohibited from participating in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, MLS NEXT Pro games, and exhibition matches until the suspension is completed. The League has also imposed an undisclosed fine and will require Vanzeir to participate in additional League-mandated training and education sessions, as well as a restorative practices program. MLS is working with both clubs and the MLSPA to provide impacted players and staff with support and resources and is committed to continuing to review and improve its in-game pro

The Unfortunate Vanzeir, Struber incident that has upset the fans, and league

photo by Matt Kremkau by Dan Feuerstein The Worst moment in New York Red Bulls/MetroStars history has finally come to a temporary conclusion. When I say a temporary conclusion, it means that Major League Soccer hasn't informed the masses of the punishment that would fit this horrible situation that graced the pitch at Red Bull Arena on Saturday night, April 8th against the San Jose Earthquakes. Here is the timeline of events that happened in that match as we try to piece together what all of us saw and how it all got started from beginning to end. In the 54th minute, another horrific challenge against the New York Red Bulls struck again as Judson delivered a two-footed mid-air challenge to the chest of Dylan Nealis and sadly all it got was a yellow card, Dylan's brother, and Captain Sean Nealis protested very loudly and earned his booking for his dissent of the referee's decision. While the arguments continued between Sean Nealis & Earthquakes representative Jeremy Ebob

RECAP: Chaos Reigns in Loaded Extra Time Draw

photo by Matt Kremkau New York Red Bulls save a chaotic night at Red Bull Arena with a 107th minute goal from Tom Barlow to finish 1-1 against the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday night A game which had a near 20-minute delay due to a refereeing attempt to calm the volatile behavior of both teams, had little to remember until after the restart in which both teams opened up scoring. The first half was much of the same for New York where they created a chaos but were unable to score. Designated Player Dante Vanzeir started the game but wasn't as effective alongside Corey Burke as expected. In fact, it was Jackson Yueill and the Earthquakes who created more opportunities. Errand passes from the Red Bulls led to counter attacking opportunities for the opposition and frustration from both the players and coaching staff. Early into the second half, a foul from Judson started the controversy. A high tackle sparked the powder keg which was a debatable red card. From there an altercation en

Coronel's mental game and Red Bulls finishing are poor in Atlanta

photo by Matt Kremkau by Daniel Feuerstein I think we all knew that one day Atlanta United was going to earn their first win in the regular season against the New York Red Bulls someday. You thought it was going to be a blowout of a match down in Atlanta at Mercedes Benz Stadium by a three or four-goal margin. Sadly that wasn't the case, because the Red Bulls stingy defense kept them in this match for the entire 90 minutes.  But in these 90 minutes, a lot went wrong. What we have seen that has gone wrong are two simple things, and one of them is goal scoring. While Corey Burke, Elias Manoel, and now Dante Vanzeir finally got more than just 20 minutes in the second half, their chances were not on frame or barely challenged the goalkeeper.  We are also seeing some pedestrian play from Luquinhas who can't seem to get himself into proper positions to create or convert chances, outside of a little luck. Yes, it's difficult to not have Lewis Morgan playing in the midfield due to

April Fooled! Red Bull Stumbles Early, Fall to Atlanta United, 1-0

photo by Matt Kremkau by Garry Redman A goalkeeping mistake was just enough for Atlanta United to finally defeat the New York Red Bulls, 1-0, as their offensive issues continue to bedevil them as they produced 15 shots but only 2 on target. The hosts didn't waste any time getting on the scoreboard, and in the 8th minute, they did just that. Former Red Bull Derrick Etienne, Jr took a pass from a long ball and blasted it to goalkeeper Carlos Coronel. While he managed to block the shot, he could not hold on to the ball to make the save. Atlanta forward Giorgos Giakoumakis picked up the loose ball and cooly slotted it in the back of the net to give his team the lead. Red Bulls spent the rest of the half trying to get back into the match. And while they had a couple of decent opportunities to equalize, Atlanta United had an answer defensively, making things difficult for them and, for the relatively small numbers of the traveling supporters, difficult to watch as the first half ended. T