It was a no-brainer.
We're not talking about Thierry Henry's decision to go straight for goal off a corner kick on Saturday night against the Columbus Crew; only a select few players on the planet possess the wherewithal to even try that, let alone pull it off. But for Henry's stunning goal to be nominated for MLS' Goal of the Week? That was a foregone conclusion.
You can help Henry win the honor for Week 28 by voting here: http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2012/09/17/vote-now-att-goal-week-....
If you live under a rock and haven't seen Henry's beauty yet, check it out with the rest of this week's nominees:
It’s been an incredible rise for Red Bulls rookie Connor Lade this season. The New Jersey native joined the team in the offseason after coming through the Red Bulls Academy and playing collegiately at St. John’s, but coming to an MLS team rich with talent and where playing time was at a premium was a different animal. Yet in a short time Lade has done more than just show that he belongs on an MLS roster, he’s proved to be an impact player and one of the league’s bright young stars.
MLSsoccer.com is in the midst of its annual “24 Under 24”, a series that ranks the league’s top 24 players under the age of 24. On Tuesday, it was revealed that Lade came in at No. 17 on the list, which is determined by both fan voting and an expert panel of national soccer media members. The full post on Lade's selection can be found here: http://www.mlssoccer.com/24under24/news/article/2012/09/11/17-connor-lad...
Lade has become a near-automatic selection for the starting 11 by head coach Hans Backe after making his professional debut on April 14 against San Jose. Lade’s work ethic and versatility has made it almost impossible for Backe to not choose him; the 22-year-old has featured at both defense and in the midfield this year and has picked up three assists in 20 total games.
One of the top highlights of Lade’s rookie season came against the rival Philadelphia Union on July 21, when Lade assisted on both of Kenny Cooper’s goals in a 2-0 Red Bulls win. It was performances like the one vs. Philly that caught the attention of the league; recently, teammate and Red Bulls captain Thierry Henry referred to Lade as the team’s “player of the season”.
In just his first season as a Red Bull, Lade has become one of the fan favorites at Red Bull Arena. If he’s already one of the club’s top players in a so-far successful season, who knows what lies ahead for him.
To view the full list so far and to follow along as the rest of the list is unveiled, visit http://www.mlssoccer.com/24under24/2012/complete-ranking.
Major League Soccer released its player jersey sales for the 2012 season, and two of the Red Bulls’ players are among the league’s seven most popular shirts so far this year.
The jersey of Red Bulls captain and forward Thierry Henry is the second most sold in the league, trailing only that of Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham’s. Henry, one of the world’s most recognizable athletes who has won countless team and individual global awards, has 11 goals and leads the team in assists with eight so far this season.
Despite having joined the team and the league just a little more than a month ago, midfielder Tim Cahill cracked the top-10, as the Australian’s Red Bulls jersey checked in at seventh most popular. After a distinguished career in England with Millwall and most recently with Everton, Cahill joined the Red Bulls as their third Designated Player when he officially signed on July 26. Since then, Cahill has been a spark for New York, registering a goal and two assists throughout his first five matches. He recently scored his 25th all-time goal for the Australian National Team, ranking him second all-time on the country’s goal scoring list.
Here is the full Top-10 selling adidas MLS player jerseys on MLSgear.com / MLSgearCanada.ca / MLS club websites (March 10 – September 10, 2012):
1. David Beckham LA Galaxy
2. Thierry Henry New York Red Bulls
3. Landon Donovan LA Galaxy
4. Fredy Montero Seattle Sounders FC
5. Dwayne De Rosario D.C. United
6. Chris Wondolowski San Jose Earthquakes
7. Tim Cahill New York Red Bulls
8. Robbie Keane LA Galaxy
9. Mauro Rosales Seattle Sounders FC
10. Brian Ching Houston Dynamo
If you feel a bit left out, you can always grab some Red Bulls gear at the Bullshop here at Red Bull Arena or by visiting the official team store at http://www.mlsgear.com/shop-by-mls-team-new-york-red-bulls.html
While the Red Bulls are in the midst of a playoff push, the onset of fall signals the beginning of the season for the Red Bulls Academy. This weekend the Under-13 and Under-14 teams both got their seasons off on the right foot.
A week after going 3-0 in an MLS Academy preseason tournament, the Red Bulls’ Under-13 squad began their campaign with a rousing 7-0 victory over Oakwood SC. The Red Bulls were dominant from the get-go, scoring three times in the opening frame, highlighted by a brace from Kevin Doorley after Tyrrell Moore tallied the opener. The stars of the second half were Brandon Haughton and Zach Ryan, with Ryan notching three goals after the break. Haughton added a goal to go along with an earlier assist. The U-13s will hope to keep their excellent form going next weekend when they travel to Somerset, NJ for a match with PDA.
The Under-14 Red Bulls, who were also perfect in three preseason battles with fellow MLS sides last weekend, also faced off against Oakwood on Sunday. It was a tough back-and-forth contest, but the Red Bulls’ defense held firm. In the second half Markez Zella found the back of the net for the game’s only goal. The U-14s will get back at it this weekend when they visit McLean Soccer Academy in Fairfax, VA.
Watch: Australia vs. Lebanon Highlights
Despite a short break in New York's schedule, Tim Cahill is among four Red Bulls hard at work with their national teams in matches for various international competitions. For Cahill and his Australian teammates, the competition began yesterday as the Socceroos played an international friendly at Lebanon, in preparation for next Tuesday’s World Cup Qualifier at Jordan. If Cahill and Australia’s performance on Thursday is any indication, the squad is in good shape going forward.
Cahill notched his 25th international goal, opening the scoring on a signature header in the 20th minute as Australia went on to shutout Lebanon, 3-0. With the goal, his 25th all-time, Cahill now stands just four goals behind Damian Mori, who owns Australia’s all-time international scoring record with 29.
Roy Miller (Costa Rica) and Joel Lindpere (Estonia) are also trying to help their teams reach the 2014 World Cup. Today, Estonia hosts Romania and travels to take on Turkey on Tuesday. Costa Rica has a tough task ahead of them in CONCACAF, playing a home-and-home with Mexico beginning today in San Jose, Costa Rica and wrapping up in Mexico City Tuesday.
Goalkeeper Bill Gaudette is with the Puerto Rican National Team as they battle in the 2012 Caribbean Championships. Puerto Rico will play three matches in Group A in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, beginning today with a match against Bermuda. On Sept. 9, the squad will face St. Martin before finishing up against the hosts, Haiti, on Sept. 11.
Be sure to check back next week as we’ll recap this weekend’s international action and look forward to Tuesday’s matches.
This Friday, Aug. 17 in Brooklyn, Red Bulls fans will have a chance to meet three of the club's top players. Joel Lindpere, Ryan Meara and Kenny Cooper will be appearing at Upper 90 Soccer + Sport, signing autographs from 6:00-8:00 PM. For more information on the signing session, head on over to Upper 90's Facebook page or simply click on the following link to visit the event page: http://www.facebook.com/events/447083378645884/.
Cooper leads the Red Bulls with 13 goals this season, which is tied for the second best mark in MLS. For his career, Cooper has found the back of the net 61 times, which puts him in the Top 20 on MLS' all-time goals list. Lindpere is in his third season with the Red Bulls and has played in 87 matches with the club. This year, the Estonian International has three goals and five assists. In 2010, he was named the team's Most Valuable Player. Meara, the Yonkers NY native and Fordham University product, has shined in his rookie season at goalkeeper for the Red Bulls. In 18 games, he's posted a record of 9-5-4 with three shutouts.
Upper 90 is located at 359 Atlantic Avenue, just one block away from the Hoyt-Schermerhorn Street station which is on the A, C, and G subway lines.
The Red Bulls Academy Under-18 side finished up their USDA season with a 3-0 victory over local rival PDA on Saturday
The match started out with a bevy of chances from the Red Bulls, with solid play from the PDA goalkeeper keeping the game level. Finally, a minute from the interval, leading scorer Brandon Allen broke the deadlock. Allen received the ball from Scotty Thomsen at the top of the box and beat a defender before curling in a right-footed shot from distance for his 26th goal of the season.
The second half remained mostly a close affair until the Red Bulls broke the match open late. In the 78th minute, Thomsen took a nifty cross from Danny Bedoya and finished from inside the box to double the lead. Seven minutes later, Allen converted for his 27th goal of the season, with Bedoya again getting credited with the assist.
“The performance today was one of our best of the season,” U-18 captain Thomsen said. “All of the players contributed to the team effort today and we are really looking forward to the play-offs.”
The Under-16 Red Bulls also wrapped up their regular season with a 3-0 victory against PDA over the weekend. Vinny Brunetti had a hand in all three goals, scoring once and assisting on each of the Red Bulls’ other two. Derrick Etienne and and Izzy Tandir both also found the back of the net and Evan Louro earned the shutout for the U-16s, who will begin their playoffs next week in Dallas.
The Red Bulls Academy once again proved why it's one of the elite youth organizations in the country, as four of its own were chosen to represent the United States Under-17 National Team for its participation in the upcoming Copa Saprissa Internacional, which will take place from June 23-July 1 in San Jose, Costa Rica. Each facet of the sqaud will feature a Red Bulls Academy standout, as goalkeeper Evan Louro, defender Kevin Politz, midfielder Christopher Lema and forward Wesley Wade all got the call.
The Academy players, along with the rest of the U.S. U-17 team, will play up to seven matches during the tournament. Play for the United States begins on June 23 when they open up against the U-17 select team of Costa Rican club Linafa. Additionally, the U.S. will take on Honduras on June 24, Costa Rica on the 25th, Panamanian club side Chorrillo FC on the 26th and Mexico on the 27th. Additionally, the U.S. may play two friendlies against to be determined teams on June 29 and July 1 before returning home.
Earlier this week, Red Bulls Academy player Malcolm Dixon was also called up by the United States at the Under-15 level.
The Red Bulls Academy Under-14 team won its third straight Northeast Regional Playoffs this weekend, and will now take place in the U.S. Club Soccer National Championships in July. On Saturday, the U-14s defeated fourth-seeded Albertson to advance to the title game. Ethan Lochner scored twice, while Jerel Blades and Anthony Sileo rounded out the scoring, On Sunday for the title, the U-14s squared off against the top-seeded Baltimore Bays, who had handed the squad its only defeat of the season back in April. The Red Bulls got their retribution, taking the back-and-forth match 4-3. Lochner again scored twice, while Gideon Metrikin also got in on the action with a goal of his own.
The Under-18 Red Bulls also celebrated a title this weekend, winning the Liberty Division title in the East Conference of the United States Development Academy. On Saturday, the U-18s beat local rival Albertson on the road, with goalkeeper Max Brown pitching a shutout in a 2-0 win. After a scoreless first half, Brandon Allen found the back of the net twice, in the 65th and 82nd minutes to earn the victory. On Sunday, the U-18s found the offensive touch, putting in five goals en route to another shutout win, cinching the Division title. The Red Bulls got goals before halftime from Danny Bedoya, Ethan Decker and Allen, his 23rd of the season. Scotty Thomsen and Alex Muyl, who scored his first goal for the U-18s while playing up an age group, rounded out the scoring.
The Under-16 Red Bulls went unbeaten this week. On Saturday, the Red Bulls faced Albertson and found themselves down fairly late in the game, however the squad fought back and earned a penalty kick that Matt Miazga converted to earn a draw. The following day, the U-16s knocked off FC Westchester, 2-0. John Toher scored mid way through the first half and Malcolm Dixon scored mid way through the second half to help the Red Bulls to the away win. Alec Gogic and Evan Louro combined for the shutout win in goal, while Vinny Brunetti provided both assists.
Unfortunately, the U-15 and U-13 Red Bulls both fell in the playoffs this week. The Uner 15 side advanced to the title match, defeating PDA on Saturday 2-0 before falling to the New York Cosmos on Sunday, 3-1. The U-13 side also fell to the Cosmos, 3-0, on Saturday in the semifinals.
The Red Bulls Academy went an impressive 8-0-1 over the weekend highlighted by the Under-23 team winning two more matches to run its unbeaten streak to seven. The team traveled to Maine for matches on Saturday and Sunday, beginning with a 2-0 victory over the Seacoast Phantoms. The first 70 minutes of the match went by with the teams level, but Blerti Hajdari finally broke the deadlock, hammering in a rebound off a Mike Innocenzi strike. A few minutes later, Hajdari peppered in a strike from about 30 yards out to provide the insurance goal. On Sunday, the U-23’s scored twice again, beating Seacoast United 2-1 to stay atop the league table. Mark Brode’s first goal of the season, finishing off a Konrad Plewa pass. Then it was Hajdari again firing home his third goal of the weekend putting the Red Bulls in command. Seacoast United did eventually pull one back, but the Red Bulls were able to hold for the victory despite 12 minutes of added time in the second half.
Brandon Allen continued his excellent season this weekend, scoring four times to raise his season total to 21. On Saturday, the U-18’s defeated the Cosmos Academy by a 4-1 score. After Kerlins Georges opened the scoring in the 22nd minute, the Cosmos were able to level the game just moments later. That’s where Allen took over, scoring in the 32nd, 76th and 87th minutes, with Mael Corboz assisting on two of the goals. The following day, the U-18s again found the back of the net with regularity, defeating Met Oval 5-1, moving into first place in the Liberty Division. A fourth minute Met Oval own goal put the Red Bulls on top, and the squad extended the lead to 4-0 before halftime with two goals from Ethan Decker and one from Eric Lagg. Again, Corboz played facilitator, setting up both of Decker’s goals to raise his season assist total to six. For good measure in the second half, Allen converted a Danny Bedoya feed for his 21st goal of the season.
On Saturday, the Under-16 Red Bulls defeated the Cosmos Academy 2-0. Alex Muyl had a part in both goals, setting up Amando Moreno for the first goal which came after a scoreless first frame. Muyl then scored an excellent goal, picking the ball up from midfield and dribbling past three Cosmos defenders before rounding the goalkeeper and sending the ball into the back of the net. The following day, the U-16s picked up a point in a 1-1 draw with Met Oval. The Red Bulls went ahead on a goal by Vinny Brunetti, but the Cosmos leveled the game before halftime. Despite playing with 10 men throughout most of the second half, the Red Bulls were able to defend well and earn the draw.
The Red Bulls Under-13, Under-14 and Under-15 teams all advanced to the semifinals of their respective playoffs with victories this weekend. Matt Olusunde notched four goals and two assists in a one-sided win over Met Oval for the U-13s. On Sunday the U-14s defeated Matchfit Academy 4-0, led by two goals and an assist from Rafael Terci, and the Undr-15s also found the back of the net often, pouring in six in a win over Albertson on Sunday thanks to a hat trick from Harrison Steadman. All three teams will play in the semifinals this coming weekend in Lancaster, PA.