The Red Bulls rose in all Power Rankings this week as a result of Friday night's 2-0 win over the Dynamo. New York has been placed in the top four of all rankings, including three that place the Bulls third overall. The rise comes just a week after the team had fallen in all rankings, dropping as low as sixth.
The shot upwards in the rankings comes due to the effort displayed in the win over Houston, in which Tim Cahill assisted both goals during his MLS home debut.
The team will look to continue its winning ways when the Portland Timbers come into town Sunday, as New York carries its 8-0-3 home record into the match.
Let’s take a look at what everyone is saying about the club in this week’s rankings.
“Thierry Henry challenged his teammates to be more competitive, and they heeded his advice, turning the tables on Houston 2-0 after falling to the Dynamo last week. Tim Cahill looks to be settling in nicely as he assisted on both goals.”
New York saw its biggest improvement in the Sports Illustrated rankings, as the Red Bulls are back in the top-three just one week after falling out of the top-five.
“The Red Bulls flipped the script on the Houston Dynamo a week after being trounced in Texas, but even more notable was the performance of Tim Cahill, whose infectious energy was influential in helping deliver the result. Along with the Dynamo, the Red Bulls are the last remaining unbeaten team at home (though, to be fair to San Jose, its one home loss came at AT&T Park and not at Buck Shaw Stadium).”
MLSsoccer.com gives the Red Bulls their lowest ranking of the week, placing them fourth overall. Still, they see some major positives in the team including the play of Dax McCarty, who returned from his yellow-card suspension in the win.
“Is it too much to give Dax McCarty some MVP love? He deserves the same praise and acclaim that guys like Ozzie Alonso and Kyle Beckerman have gotten in recent years since he's doing the exact same job at an extraordinarily high level.”
What do you think of this week’s rankings? Feel free to fire up the conversation in the comment below.
Red Bulls forward Kenny Cooper, whose 13 goals lead the club in scoring, spoke with NewYorkRedBulls.com following the team’s practice session at Red Bull Arena Thursday afternoon to discuss the recent match against Tottenham, Friday's match against the Dynamo and the addition of MLS newcomer Tim Cahill.
What were your overall impressions from the match against Tottenham?
It’s always great to have an opportunity to go up against a club that has so much history, tradition, and success. They’re playing at a very high level with very talented players, so it’s a great opportunity to have a chance to play against them.
In the match you scored on a penalty kick, can you take us through what your routine was for the PK?
Well, for that particular one, I may have waited and I think Gomes may have gone the opposite way. So, I was lucky [laughs].
The Houston Dynamo is the only other side with an unbeaten record at home this season, how do you plan on changing that?
Houston is a strong team, they’ve had a lot of success in MLS and their coach Dominic Kinnear has done a great job. I think they are a team that has always been strong at home, so hopefully we can go in there and get a win. Obviously, things are really close in the table so to get three points would really be great.
With Houston right behind you in the standings, how big of an opportunity is it for you to gain some ground by playing them twice in one week?
It’s huge. Any time you play a team in your conference you can take points off a team, which is a huge thing. We’re very close together in the table, so to get points and keep them from getting points would be ideal.
The team is heading in the latter part of the season, what are you doing to stay fit and ready?
I’m personally a big believer in doing the little things right, whether it’s eating well or getting rest. We have great trainers that take great care of us, so we have a lot of good people looking after us. Personally, I’m just going to be focused on doing the little things right so that for each training session and game I’m ready to go.
The end of regular season isn't too far off. As the team is making its push for the postseason and the MLS Cup, what do you think you guys need to focus on as a whole as the year winds down?
Hopefully, we can all stay healthy, we’ve been unfortunate with injuries throughout the year. It’s been a good first half of the year and hopefully it will be an even better second half of the season. Hopefully guys that have unfortunately been injured will be with us and we’ll have a strong squad to finish the season off.
How do you think Tim Cahill will be able to help this squad down the stretch?
You can see his quality in the game against Tottenham. His quality is obvious and I think he did a great job. He picked up our penalty and we’re all really happy he’s here, his resume speaks for itself. He’s come in and he’s been accepted by everyone, we’re really excited that he’s here because he’s a great player.
The U14 Red Bulls began the group stage of the U-14 National Championship with a 9-2 victory over the Chicago Fire Jrs. in Chicago, IL. New York opened up play with a flurry of goals, scoring four times in the first 15 minutes against Chicago. The Fire, a club from Mississippi that won the Southern region, quickly responded with two goals of their own, bringing the score to 4-2.
The Red Bulls would respond, however, striking twice more before the end of the first half to give the New York squad a 6-2 lead heading into halftime.
Following the break it was all New York yet again, scoring three more times in the second half while shutting out the Fire to secure the 9-2 result.
The Red Bulls were led by Ethan Lochner, who scored twice and assisted on two goals. Rafeal Terci provided a spark off the bench for New York, collecting the hat trick.
The U-14 Red Bulls will return to the pitch Saturday, as they square off against Eastside Union FC before completing group play on Sunday against the Chicago Sockers.
New York Red Bulls defender Connor Lade has been seeing some time at midfield recently, including a start at the position in New York’s 3-2 win over D.C. United on Sunday. Connor spoke with NewYorkRedBulls.com following the team’s practice session at Red Bull Arena, prior to the team’s departure for its upcoming match at Toronto F.C.
In the last game against United you started at midfield, which wasn't the first time we saw you in that position. What's it like to play there?
It was good. I haven’t played there much in my past, but its kind of similar to playing outside back, except you’re just forward a bit more. But, I enjoyed it. We’ve been working hard in training to make sure I was ready for it--tactically and just physically getting ready, and mentally up for it. But I really enjoyed it, it was nice getting into the offensive third a lot more.
What do you need to focus on more as a midfielder as opposed to a defender? What are the main differences?
You know, you have to be a lot better on your attacking game, making good decisions on the ball, because if you’re losing the ball in the midfield that’s just going to lead to counter attacks against your team. So, we’ve been really stressing the passing game to just make good, simple decisions and working on my crosses to make sure I get them consistently into the box.
Without playing the position much in the past, what do you think it was that made [Coach] Hans [Backe] decide to play you there?
I don’t know. We looked at it a bit in preseason, I played there, and I thought I did pretty well there. So I think, hopefully, he trusted that he could put me there. At the end of the day it’s his decision, and I’m just going to do whatever it takes to be on the field.
I’m not sure if you pay much attention to rookie power rankings or things like that, but pretty much every time something with best rookies comes out it’s you and Ryan Meara together. Has that brought together any kind of a friendly rivalry or camaraderie?
No, I’m really happy for Ryan. Ryan’s been on top of the charts since day one and I don’t think there’s any other spot for him other than the top, he’s having a great season. There’s no rivalry there, he’s one of my closest friends on the team and I’m just really happy for him. But, maybe I’ll catch him (laughs).
I’m sure you’ve heard that Corey Hertzog’s loan has been extended to the entire USL-PRO season, what’s it like to not have him in the house?
It’s tough, it’s a little more quiet between him and Mocha [Hertzog’s dog] not being there. He’s, you know again, one of my closest friends on the team but I’m really happy for him because he’s getting a shot to get good minutes down there and he’s doing really well, getting goals. Hopefully, once we get him back in September, he’ll be ready to step on the field and do the same thing here.
Looking forward to Saturday's match against Toronto, what are you looking to accomplish up there?
We got to get three points. We had a great game the last time out so were kind of running on high after not necessarily our best performances in the past few games. We’re really confident right now and we really need to go up there and get a solid three road points.
Red Bulls midfielder Dane Richards spoke with NewYorkRedBulls.com Wednesday following the team’s training session at Montclair State University to talk about New York’s latest match against D.C. United and their upcoming fixture with Toronto F.C.
You missed the last game with your suspension [due to yellow card accumulation], what did it mean to you to have to miss out on the rivalry match with D.C. United?
Watching the game was unbelievable. The team put on a great performance to beat the D.C. rival so it was great watching from the stands.
The game was played in front of a sold out crowd, what did you think of the atmosphere that night?
It made me mad because I wasn’t playing (laughs). But no, I loved it, it was unbelievable. I sat in the stands for the first half and I thought it was unbelievable. When we went one down, they were still behind us, so we got the lead before halftime.
What can you say about Brandon Barklage’s performance in the game?
He was on fire, that’s all I can say. He was unbelievable, he got his first goal to equalize and then an unbelievable volley for the second goal. So, an unbelievable performance and I hope he can continue that into the next game.
You guys are going to Toronto this weekend, what are you expecting out of them?
Well, they were losing every game and then they tied two in a row, so I’m sure they’re looking for the victory. So, we just have to go there and be disciplined and just try to get the three points.
Is there anything in particular that you are going to try to exploit in their defense or just play your normal game?
We’re just going to play our game. Once we play our game, the team is going to get chances and just got to put them away.
With his next start, Richards will pass Carlos Mendes for second place on the all-time games played list in franchise history with 147 games.
Malcolm Dixon of the Red Bulls Academy has been named to the 20-player roster of the U.S Under-15 Boys’ National Team, as announced by head coach Tony Lepore. The U-15 squad will be taking part in the Copa Mexico de Naciones tournament in Mexico City, beginning on June 18th. The United States has been drawn into Group B of the tournament, squaring off against Spain, Colombia, and Costa Rica. Group A is made up of Mexico, Canada, Chile, and Nigeria. The top two teams from each group advance to the semifinals, with the final scheduled for June 24th.
Dixon was one of just three forwards named to the team. This is not the first time the Red Bulls Academy member has been called up for international duty, as he has been a fixture on the squad multiple times. Dixon’s most recent performance for the U-15 National Team came in the International Marveld Tournament in Holland, where the team placed fifth out of twelve teams. Dixon’s highlight of the tournament came in a 5-0 victory over Feyenoord (Netherlands), where he scored twice.
New York Red Bulls striker Corey Hertzog scored two goals in his first match while on loan to the Wilmington Hammerheads on June 2nd. Wilmington defeated the Orlando City Lions 3-1, led by the offensive efforts of the Red Bulls striker.
Hertzog scored his first goal for Wilmington in the 26th minute, knotting the game at one goal apiece. The goal was scored on a breakaway by Hertzog, as he juked the keeper to put away his first goal since being loaned to Wilmington on May 29th. He then put the game away, scoring the third and final goal of the match to secure the victory for the Hammerheads. Hertzog’s second goal came in stoppage time, when he found himself alone with the Orlando City keeper and blasted it into the back of the net.
Wilmington and Hertzog will next be in action on June 8th when they will face the Rochester Rage.
The New York Red Bulls held a meet and greet session for all Red Members at Red Bull Arena on Saturday, June 2nd. Fans in attendance had the chance to see their favorite players up close, as well as have some of their memorabilia signed by the team.
Longtime fans and new supporters showed up in droves to introduce themselves to the Red Bulls, who are currently in second place in the Eastern Conference, just a single point behind D.C United. The only members from the squad that were not present at the event were those who have been called up for international duty.
Elizan Morales, who hails from Middlesex, NJ, is a long-time fan who was on hand for Saturday's event. Morales was most excited to see striker Kenny Cooper, who leads the Red Bulls with eleven goals this season.
“To me he’s the fresh blood for this team,” said Morales, “and he is going to set the standard for this team to build up.”
Morales was not the only fan who wanted to get their items signed by Cooper, as many people lined up to meet the New York forward. Morales was also excited to see rookie Connor Lade, who scored his first professional goal in New York’s 3-0 victory over the Charleston Battery.
Of course, fans like Nico and Frederick Eiden from Essex Fells, NJ, were also thrilled to meet forward Thierry Henry.
“I’m most excited to see Henry because of how he shoots,” Nico said.
Nico’s father, Frederick, had some reasons of his own for wanting to see the international superstar.
“He is a great role model for the kids and he has the ability to save the game,” said Frederick.
Fans aren't the only ones who get to enjoy the autograph session. The players also enjoy an opportunity to meet the fans who support them throughout the season, especially newcomers like defender Heath Pearce, who was acquired May 17th in a trade that sent Juan Agudelo to Chivas USA.
“Obviously we have a great set of fans so I’m excited to meet some of them,” Pearce said. “It’s a great chance for us as a team to show our support for the supporters.”
The signing took place directly following a training session on the pitch at Red Bull Arena, but Pearce had no problem cutting his rest short in order to come out and meet the fans.
“It’s never a hassle,” Peace said. “It’s always important for us to come out here and show the fans that we appreciate everything that they do for us. We’re thankful for all the time they take to support us, so this is the least we can do.”
To learn how you can become a membership card holder, visit Red Bulls Ticket Central.