The New York Red Bulls and USL-Pro side Wilmington Hammerheads recently agreed to extend Corey Hertzog's loan for the remainder of Wilmington's season. We caught up with Corey to see how he was doing in North Carolina.
How have you been doing?
Doing well. I like it down here. I like the experience. I’ve been able to get some games and score some goals.
What do you think about your loan and its extension?
It’s a great opportunity for game experience. I can work on some stuff and play more.
How was the transition to a different team mid-season?
It’s been good; we play well as a group. We are playing good soccer and hopefully can continue doing that.
How is your relationship on and off the pitch with your teammates- do you guys have a rapport?
It’s good, we live together in the same apartment complex. It’s a good core group of guys. It’s a good group to come into.
While on loan with the Hammerheads, you've played in seven matches and registered four goals and two assists. What do you have to say about your performance thus far with the Hammerheads?
I feel that I started off well. I need to score more goals personally and help out the team more. We jell well as a team. These games have helped me show teams what I can do, show New York what I can do as a player.
Have you been following the Red Bulls in the news?
Absolutely. I followed their games against Vancouver and DC.
What do you think about Barklage's two goals on Saturday? And Solli's first goal of the season against United?
Barklage was awesome. I was standing up and cheering. Solli also had a great goal.
Has there been any individual on the Red Bulls team that has served as a role model, or someone that you admire, during your time with the team?
Definitely [Thierry] Henry. He is one of the best players in the world. He is a great person to watch play and train [with] and to try and learn everything you can.
Did you bring your glamour shot that we all saw, and secretly wanted, in the "Under One Roof" segment with you to Wilmington?
(Laughs) No, it’s still in the same spot at home.
The notorious photograph is still hanging in the house he shares with Vuolo and Lade and will be waiting for him, like all of us, when he returns to New York.
The New York Red Bulls are teaming up with the Positive Coaching Alliance for a special event Saturday, July 21, 2012. Red Bull Arena will host an educational two-hour coaching workshop in conjunction with Positive Coaching Alliance from 10:00am to 4:00pm. PCA is a non-profit organization that works with coaches and parents to develop player skills and improve performance both on and off the pitch.
In addition to the coaching workshop, a first team New York Red Bulls coach will engage in a 30-minute discussion about the team's strategy leading up to that day's match against the Philadelphia Union at 2:30pm.
Not only does a ticket to this event include admission to the Red Bulls vs. Union match, but all participants will receive a complimentary Red Bulls hat and T-shirt and receive a private VIP tour of Red Bull Arena.
Don't feel like watching the Red Bulls take on the Chicago Fire at home this Sunday? Head on out to The Zone at Upper 90 for a viewing party of the Red Bulls/Fire game this Sunday. Kickoff is slated for 5:00 PM, but be sure to come out early and enjoy some food and beverages before the match
The Red Bulls are looking to reclaim first place in the Eastern Conference and return to the pitch for an MLS match for the first time since May 23. New York is unbeaten in its last six matches and is looking to continue their positive run.
The Red Bulls' return to Chicago also marks Wilman Conde’s first time back to Toyota Park since leaving the Chicago Fire in 2010. Conde proved to be one of the best defenders in MLS during his time with the Fire, as in 2009 he was named the league’s Defensive Player of the Year and earned a spot on the MLS Best XI. Conde appeared in the Red Bulls' last two U.S. Open Cup matches and figures to be a candidate for a starting spot against his former club.
So if you want to celebrate Father's Day and the New York Red Bulls, then come to The Zone at Upper 90 this Sunday!
Upper 90 is located on 359 Atlantic Avenue (between Hoyt and Bond Streets) in Brooklyn. For more information, visit: http://www.u90soccer.com/thezone.
The New York Red Bulls’ Rafa Marquez was noticeably absent from Thursday’s international friendly between Mexico and Bosnia-Herzegovina at Chicago’s Soldier Field due to a right quadriceps injury suffered during a training session Wednesday afternoon. Marquez has already been ruled out for the friendly against Brazil in Dallas on Sunday June 3 and remains questionable for Mexico’s upcoming World Cup qualifying match against Guyana on June 8. Marquez has made over 100 appearances in international matches for Mexico.
Marquez came on as a substitute in the 77th minute of Mexico’s previous match against Wales, a 2-0 win at MetLife Stadium on Sunday May 27.
This season the Red Bulls are 4-0-2 with Marquez in the lineup, as he has contributed two assists in that span. Since signing with the Red Bulls in 2010, Marquez has both started and played in 35 games and attributed 8 assists and 1 goal during his time with the Red Bulls.