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John Tolkin is Having Success in His Short Career

photo by Matt Kremkau by Daniel Feuerstein In the New York City area, we can quickly recognize who will become a rising superstar in their respective sports, and tag him as the next best player for their sports club. We all know what Derek Jeter has done for the Yankees, Pete Alonso for the Mets, Saquan Barkley for the Giants, Henrik Lundqvist for the Rangers, and the trio of Sauce Gardner, Garrett Wilson & Breece Hall for the Jets.  We've been waiting for a while to see a prospect come up through the Red Bulls to make his mark since Tyler Adams, Sean Davis, Derrick Etienne Jr., and so on grow up from Red Bulls 2, to the big club right now. That player currently doing the job at a high level is left fullback John Tolkin who is currently away on International duty at the CONCACAF Gold Cup for his first-ever tournament.  But since his call-up from Red Bulls 2 back in the 2020 season and finally getting a start in a 2-1 win against Orlando City on May 29th, 2021, he hasn't lef

Red Bulls Explodes for Four

photo by Matt Kremkau by Daniel Feuerstein That was thrilling.  To see the New York Red Bulls explode against Atlanta United at Red Bull Arena is what they should've been doing for the last couple of weeks, and for the last two and a half seasons, but now under Troy Lesesne, this team is finally coming alive. Even though there is still a foreboding feeling of feast or famine with this club trying to put goals in the back of the net, now we have a total of six goals scored in back-to-back matches.  Two in the second half against Charlotte FC, and now four in their last home match against Atlanta United. We also saw something we haven't seen since their 4-0 romp last season against DC United when Luquinhas scored a brace, now we saw it in this match against Atlanta United with Frankie Amaya in the second half.  But let's talk about that first half. Daniel Edelman who returned from the FIFA U-20 World Cup and had a successful run with the United States youth National Team, cam

RECAP: Red Bulls Capitalize on Mistakes, Punish Atlanta United, 4-0

photo by Matt Kremkau by Garry Redman HARRISON, NJ - On Saturday night, the Atlanta United defense committed four costly errors that resulted in four goals for the New York Red Bulls, leaving them winless at Red Bull Arena. Just a few days ago, the Red Bulls and Charlotte FC played to a 2-2 draw that some fans thought was a missed opportunity to gain maximum points at home. Head Coach Troy Lesesne described the team's first-half performance as "unacceptable" and needed to do much better if they wanted to catch up to the leaders of the Eastern Conference. During the 32nd minute of the game, the Red Bulls initiated the first move by taking advantage of a throw-in. Cameron Harper skillfully delivered the ball into the box, where it managed to bounce twice around the bewildered Atlanta defenders. Seizing the opportunity without any hesitation, Daniel Edelman swiftly jumped on the ball and expertly slotted it past goalkeeper Brad Guzan, successfully scoring his first goal of t

Troy Lesesne's Halftime Substitutions Saves a Point

photo by Matt Kremkau by Daniel Feuerstein After two and a half weeks of not playing a single match after a horrible loss at home to Orlando City, the Red Bulls went out to take on a Charlotte FC side who are just as bad as they are. But the opening 45 minutes were horrid, putrid, and disgusting. It wasn't just a flat start, they were like flamingos burning their heads in the sand.  Sure, the typical argument of the referee is not doing his job, correctly to say that this club is cursed, but honestly, they were doing this to themselves. Yellow cards were flying all over the place against the kids, and when the Halftime whistle blew, frustration set in at Red Bull Arena. But when the players went back inside the changing room, hellfire, and brimstone were coming out of Head Coach Troy Lesesne's mouth. He was disgusted with that start and he read the team the riot act, plus he also knew what he had to do to wake up the players once the second half was about to start, he made subs

RECAP: Red Bulls Survive First-half Disaster, Draw Charlotte FC, 2-2

photo by Matt Kremkau by Garry Redman HARRISON, NJ - The Red Bulls managed to survive a dreadful start punctuated by a brace by Ben Bender, only to fight back in the second half in a wild match that ended in a 2-2 draw Wednesday evening at Red Bull Arena.  The Red Bulls returned to regular season action looking to pick up some ground on the teams in front of them in the Eastern Conference. Separated by only three points, Head Coach Troy Lesesene viewed this homestand as necessary for the team. The team looked out of sorts right from kickoff. And in the 13th minute, they paid for it dearly as Charlotte goalkeeper Kristian Kahlina delivered a deep ball right to Ben Bender that defender Sean Nealis lost sight of and let loose a left-footed shot that skipped past a flat-footed Carlos Coronel for the match’s first goal. It would be the fourth time this season that the opponents would get on the scoreboard first. The Red Bulls would be on the losing side in those matches. It would go from ba

Reflections on the Current Season

photo by Matt Kremkau by Daniel Feuerstein It's been a very interesting first half of the season as we have been through a lot in 2023. Outside of the situation with Dante Vanzeir, this season has had some ups and downs. The one issue that continues to plague the Red Bulls is their feast-or-famine scoring situation because while they look like a strong defensive team, their problem as of right now is the goalscoring department. In 19 matches so far in all competitions, they have scored 13 times, and in two of those games, they scored multiple goals that lead to wins against Columbus & Montreal. But under Gerhard Struber five of their first eleven games, they couldn't convert a single goal. Their worst performance under Struber was in Montreal, before the change to Troy Lesesne. Since the change Lesesne has brought in confidence, and better connection on the ball. It started with the Open Cup Fourth Round win against DC United, and that victory springboarded them into a bett

RECAP: Orlando Hand Red Bulls Worst Loss of 2023, 3-0

photo by Matt Kremkau HARRISON, N.J. - New York Red Bulls suffer their biggest loss of the season, 3-0 to Orlando City, at Red Bull Arena on Saturday night sending them into a hiatus at one of the lowest points under new head coach Troy Lesense. The loss keeps New York under the playoff line as questions continue to linger on the team's ability to score goals. New York started their third game in eight days with a potent line-up that included Corey Burke, Luquinhas and the team's leading goal-scorer Tom Barlow. While they were able to produce 10 shots and four on target in the first half, it was Orlando that found the back of the net first. Ivan Angulo broke through a sleepy defense in the 18th minute, finishing past goalkeeper Carlos Coronel to open the flood gates. It took little time after the start of the second half for the situation to become dire for New York. First, defender Andres Reyes picked up his second yellow card, dropping the Red Bulls to 10 men. Shortly after,

RECAP: Red Bulls Slip and Slide Their Way to Victory Over Miami

photo by Matt Kremkau by Garry Redman FT. LAUDERDALE, FL - Tom Barlow's goal was the difference as the New York Red Bulls survived a water-logged pitch to beat Inter Miami CF, 1-0. The start of the match was delayed by a half-hour due to torrential rain and thunderstorms in the Ft. Lauderdale area. Once the storms and heavy rain cleared, the match began despite the pitch being slightly water-logged.  After the match with the Seattle Sounders on Saturday, head coach Troy Lesnen thought the team started off slow, leading to the Sounders' only goal during that 1-0 loss on Saturday. Those concerns were quickly put to rest as the team and the match started off in a blistering, wide-open pace early on, as Red Bulls midfielder Luquinhas took a great pass from John Tolkin and launched a blistering shot from six yards out. However, the ball drifted wide to his left.   In the ninth minute, Kyle Duncan was called for a foul in the box as he and Stephanelli battled for the ball as it soare