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Tolkin and Edelman Called into Olympic Camp

photo by Matt Kremkau by Anthony J. Merced New York Red Bulls homegrown players John Tolkin and Daniel Edelman have been called into the US Olympic training camp ahead of friendlies later in the month. Tolkin, 21 years-old, has been called into Gregg Berhalter's camps in the past while Edelman will be making his first trip to the national level. Tolkin, now entering his fifth year as a New York Red Bulls player, has experience with the national team going all the way back to 2018 with the US Under 17 team. In 2023, he played four games for the Under 23 team and four games for the main national team as well. While he isn't a first choice pick yet, Tolkin's consistency hasn't gone unnoticed by US Soccer scouts and another solid showing could see him inch closer to a starting position. For Edelman it will be is first selection to such a camp. His experience with the Under 20's was extensive as he helped the team win the U20 Concacaf Championship in 2022. That tournamen

Podcast: Gotham Challenge Cup Preview with Interviews

by Anthony J. Merced Flying solo for the preview of Gotham FC vs. San Diego Wave. Interviews with Juan Carlos Amoros, Crystal Dunn and Kelley O'Hara. RBNN: The Podcast · Gotham Challenge Cup Preview with Interviews

Podcast: Vas Joins to Preview RBNY's Game Against Columbus

photo by Matt Kremkau by Anthony J. Merced The Soccer View Podcast host Vas joins the the podcast to preview the game against Columbus and review the season thus far for New York Red Bulls. RBNN: The Podcast · Columbus Preview with Vas of The Soccer View

Editorial: New York Red Bulls are Fun to Watch

photo by Matt Kremkau by Daniel Feuerstein The New York Red Bulls 2024 season starts off and running. In their first three matches, they have looked different from their last five to six seasons of doom and despair when trying to attack or have a lapse in judgment on the defensive end. The two big editions for the club are undoubtedly the imports from Sweden in Centerback Noah Elle & attacking midfielder Emil Forsberg. Two players who are a part of the Swedish National Team have started off well in Major League Soccer. We all knew what we were getting right away from Forsberg. A high-energy creative and attacking midfielder who was already bought in from day one, when Director of Sport Jochen Schneider went to Leipzig and brought him over. He was already committed to making the trip to the United States to play his brand of soccer, and so far he hasn't disappointed. Even though he has come close three times off of free kicks, hitting the crossbar twice and being saved by the ke

Podcast: Recap of RBNY Win with Dan Feuerstein and Player Interviews

photo by Matt Kremkau by Anthony J. Merced New York Red Bulls win their home opener. We have Dan Feuerstein on to break down what we say on a rainy night in Harrison, New Jersey. Also post-match interviews with Sandro Schwarz, Emil Forsberg and Lewis Morgan. RBNN: The Podcast · Recap: Forsberg and Morgan Score in RBNY Win

Podcast: US Women Win Inaugural Gold Cup

by Anthony J. Merced WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS!!! US Women's national team defeats Brazil 1-0 to win the inaugural women's Gold Cup. RJ joins the pod to break it all down and what this means for the team in the long run. RBNN: The Podcast · US Women Win the Gold Cup

Red Bulls Win but Know Improvements are Needed

photo by Matt Kremkau by Anthony J. Merced New York Red Bulls finished week three with a record of two wins and one draw after winning their home opener on Saturday over FC Dallas. Despite the early season success, head coach Sandro Schwarz knows that there are improvements to be made before the team can be considered one of the top teams in the league. "We have to impove for sure, especially in the second half," said head coach Sandro Schwarz after the game. "We were too passive and didn't control the game and so many mistakes. Then you lose a little confidence. But this is the third game in the season and and there is a quality to win games, especially with this performance in the second half. I don't want to criticize too much." New York dominated the first half with a controlled pressure that is quickly becoming their new trademark. In the past, the Red Bulls were known for their chaotic press that worked hard at winning the ball back and made for uglier

RECAP: Forsberg, Morgan Shine through the rain as Red Bulls Defeat FC Dallas, 2-1

photo by Matt Kremkau by Garry Redman HARRISON, NJ - After capturing four out of six points on the road, Sandro Schwartz and his crew return to Red Bull Arena for their home opener against FC Dallas. Depste, beset with injuries to some of its key players, was looking to bounce back after a rough loss against CF MontrĂ©al last weekend.  From the opening whistle, it was evident that both sides were eager to assert their dominance on the pitch. The slick surface only added to the intensity of the contest as players battled fiercely for possession in the midfield. However, it was the New York Red Bulls who struck first blood, courtesy of a moment of brilliance from Emil Forsberg. In the 30th minute, Forsberg etched his name into the annals of New York Red Bulls history by calmly slotting home a penalty kick, sending the home crowd into raptures. The Swedish maestro's composed finish gave the Red Bulls a well-deserved lead, providing the perfect tonic for the faithful supporters braving

RBNN Podcast: Preview of Week 3 Against Dallas with Interviews

photo by Matt Kremkau by Anthony J. Merced It's the 2024 home opener and we preview it with JJ Pavlick. Plus interviews with head coach Sandro Schwarz and players Dylan Nealis, Lewis Morgan and Dennis Gjengaar. RBNN: The Podcast · Red Bulls Week 3 Preview with Schwarz, Lewis, Nealis and Gjengaar

Podcast: US Women are Going to the Final in Wet Game

  by Anthony J. Merced It was a swimming pool in San Diego during the Women's Gold Cup semi-final! However the team pulled through and won. A recap with RJ and a look forward to the final against Brazil. RBNN: The Podcast · USWNT Swim Their Way to Gold Cup Final! Recap with RJ

Schwarz Has a "Great Feeling" Ahead of Red Bulls Home Opener

by Anthony J. Merced New York Red Bulls are nearing their home opener of the 2024 MLS season on Saturday against FC Dallas and the new head coach Sandro Schwarz is anticipating the event. The German coach is undefeated in two games in 2024, helping the team pull through a goal-less draw against Nashville and coming from behind to win against Houston 2-1 last weekend. Now, with the home fans preparing to view their new team for the first time in-person, Schwarz is preparing for a unique experience. "I have a great feeling and I am looking forward to that," said Schwarz during media availability on Thursday. "Yesterday, with the supporters, was a great event at the stadium with the whole team and coaching staff also. And my feeling about that is I'm excited for Saturday. I'm excited for our home opener to get the feeling on the touchline." Last season the team started the season with a scoreless draw at home to Nashville and struggled to excite fans at Red Bul

Editorial: Lewis Morgan is back with a Banger

photo by Matt Kremkau by Daniel Feuerstein What a big win for the New York Red Bulls and the beginning of the Sandro Schwarz era with four points in two matches. We all knew that Ben Olsen Bunker Ball would always be a challenge for this club, but at the end of the night, it was the visitors who got the big three points to take home back to Red Bull Arena for their home opener against FC Dallas. But this win was very special, because of a certain Scotsman who was missing for the majority of the 2023 season, Lewis Morgan who wasn't expecting to play a chunk of minutes.  After the half-hour mark, Peter Stroud was tackled down hard and looked to have injured his left arm or shoulder. He was able to walk towards the far side touchline, the trainer tried to flex Stroud's arm and it looked like that was the end of his night, so Morgan was the first sub off the bench in the 34th minute. He looked pretty good out there in the first half as he helped his side start the play for their fi

Podcast: Week 2 RBNY Win Breakdown with Feuerstein and Pavlick

photo by Matt Kremkau by Anthony J. Merced Red Bulls get the win for the first time in 2024 with a 2-1 win over Houston Dynamo. It's head coach Sandro Schwarz first win and a goal for Lewis Morgan. We break it down with Dan Feuerstein and JJ Pavlick. RBNN: The Podcast · Morgan Scores to Lift RBNY in Houston. Guests Dan Feuerstein and JJ Pavlick

RECAP: New York Red Bulls Defeat Houston 2-1 on Morgan Goal

photo by Matt Kremkau by Anthony J. Merced New York Red Bulls win their first MLS game of the 2024 season against Houston Dynamo, 2-1 on Saturday night, on the back of a second half goal from returning winger Lewis Morgan. Red Bull fell behind in the first half but found an equalizer before the halftime whistle and took advantage of poor passing from Houston to guarantee the win. Dynamo head coach Ben Olsen is no stranger to the New York Red Bulls and his style of soccer worked well for most of the early part of the game. Long balls bypassed the Red Bull press and forced mistakes like the one that led to the game's opening goal. A long ball over the defense found Ibrahim Aliyu in the seventh minute while defensive midfielder Daniel Edelman couldn't close down his target. Aliyu dribbled the ball and shot past Carlos Coronel for the game's first goal. Red Bull did adjust midway through the first half, with star player Emil Forsberg finding the ball with more regularity. A few

Editorial: Red Bulls and MLS Send the Kids to Compete

By Daniel Feuerstein Today is a sad day for all New York Red Bulls fans. From Michael Batista who covers New York City Soccer, has informed us that the club will not be sending their first division side to the US Open Cup as their Next Pro Third Division Side will take their place. This decision by the Red Bulls is sad and disheartening, as they won't put out their top players on the pitch to start the third round of the 2024 US Open Cup. When this club started as the MetroStars, they were involved in every single season from 1997 competing against the clubs from the lower levels to MLS to attempt to win the National Championship of American Soccer. They have made runs and sadly have been beaten by the minnows in this single elimination cup competition. Many of us have informed friends who aren't soccer fans that this mirrors the NCAA Final Four tournament every year. There were seasons when this club had to go through Open Cup qualifying to reach the round to enter, but ended

Red Bulls II Enter US Open Cup for First Time Since 2015

by Anthony J. Merced New York Red Bulls have announced that their MLS Next Pro affiliate team will take their place in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup for the 2024 campaign. This announcement comes after negotiations between Major League Soccer and the US Soccer Federation on the format and how first division teams will compete in the tournament. The overall negotiations will see eight MLS clubs in the country's oldest soccer competition. From there 11 Next Pro affiliate clubs, including the New York Red Bulls II, will enter the competition as well. The inclusion of these clubs was based on the 2023 MLS Next Pro standings which saw the Red Bulls II finish in fourth place in their Group. The team eventually was eliminated in the playoffs. This is a drastic change from what has been done in the past. MLS clubs participated in the later rounds of the tournament with affiliate clubs being barred from the competition dating back to 2016. The last time they did compete, the team was eliminate