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The Red Bulls fell to FC Dallas Sunday afternoon in their first match of the 2012 regular season by the final of 2-1 (Recap). Forward Kenny Cooper scored the Red Bulls' only goal late in the match, while rookie goalkeeper Ryan Meara showed off some quality saves despite letting in two over the course of a full 90 minutes.
New York returns to action Sat., Mar. 17, when they face Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium for a 10pm ET kick. After starting the first two matches of the season on the road, the Red Bulls will return home for the highly anticipated home opener at Red Bull Arena on Sun., Mar. 25 when the Colorado Rapids come to town. Tickets are available now, with great seats starting as low as $20. Get yours at Red Bulls Ticket Central or call 877.RB.SOCCER for more info.
Here are a few pics from Sunday's match:
We’d like to send along a special thanks to everyone who came out to Saturday’s Fan Fest event at Red Bull Arena. As is the case with previous Fan Fest events, your response on Twitter and Facebook is always appreciated, so feel free to drop us a line there (or comment below this blog post) to let us know your thoughts. Fan feedback is always taken into consideration with the hopes of making each event better than the last.
If both Twitter and Facebook are any indication, it’s safe to say you guys had a great time at the event. We received a number of Tweets with photos of fans in the locker room and touring the arena. Keep 'em coming!
Thanks again for yet another great event at Red Bull Arena, and be on the look out for more coming soon!
Sunday’s season opener between the Red Bulls and FC Dallas is undoubtedly exciting in its own right. As the anticipation grows for the start of the 2012 regular season, the first Legends viewing party of the year and the club’s quest for the MLS Cup, it’s important that fans remember one more thing – this is a historic day in the history of Major League Soccer.
The 3pm ET kick off signifies not only the start of the Red Bulls’ season but also the very first broadcast of an MLS game on NBC Sports, the league’s newest broadcast partner.
While fans can expect to see the same traditional take on a soccer broadcast, NBC coordinating producer Pierre Moossa told MLSsoccer.com’s Simon Borg that a new feature will work its way into the match.
NBC will be keeping it simple save for one major change. Color analyst Kyle Martino will be situated between the benches instead of up in the booth. The goal is to combine his tactical game analysis with new information he’s gathering on field level.
The insider approach is not entirely new to NBC, as it utilizes the same function for NHL games that takes you “Inside the Glass” with reporter Pierre Mcguire.
NBC executive producer Sam Flood told Borg the idea may have seemed abstract at first, but it eventually evolved into an industry standard.
“It’s the template everyone uses in hockey,” Flood said. “What was first thought as a wacky idea from America is now the gold standard for covering hockey.”
What are your thoughts leading up to the first MLS game to air on NBC?
Following the Red Bulls' preseason trip to Arizona, the team announced it had signed four new additions ahead of the season-opening kick against FC Dallas. Georgia native and 6-foot-2 defender Tyler Ruthven, one of the four added to the roster, recently spoke with NewYorkRedBulls.com to discuss his trip to Arizona, chemistry with teammates and an alleged record-setting day on the golf course (that only he was witness to).
What was going through your mind as you entered training camp in Arizona?
I just tried to, as soon as I got in Arizona, just tried to get into the mindset of playing games right away regardless of how I may have felt physically. I was getting the opportunity and it worked out.
Would you say you were ready to jump right in when you got to Arizona?
The reserves played the second night we were there. And as soon as the game starts you just forget about everything else, it’s all instincts. The whistle blows and all of a sudden you’re back doing what you know how to do and you just go for it.
What about conditioning wise?
I felt pretty good. I look out for myself and I spent a lot of time in the winter making sure I’d be ready for the opportunity if it came and it worked out.
Have you received any feedback from the coaches so far?
They’re pleased with me defensively. There’s always things to work on. I think I’m still trying to get my timing down on the ball and that decision making. I’m a couple of weeks behind the rest of the group and I just have to try and stay patient and it will come.
What about jelling with the rest of the group? Getting to know them on and off the pitch?
Being in an environment like that in Arizona where you guys are literally on top of each other all day long, five meals a day in a hotel and everything, it just kind of comes naturally. I’ve had a chance to play with all three of the other centerbacks so it’s good to start to learn some of their tendencies in case I’m called upon to be paired with one of them.
Did you participate in the golf outing with the rest of the team?
I did, I did. I actually shot the round of my life, and I’m not going to put my score on record because no one will believe me, because I played by myself. But it was the best round of my life. I told a couple of people and I caught flack for it so I was like, “You know what? I’ll keep it to myself.” But it was a good day.
FIFA.com recently named Red Bulls forward Juan Agudelo one of the "Four stars set to shine in 2012."
The 19-year-old forward and Red Bulls Academy product played in two games for the Red Bulls in 2010 before making his jump to the parent club with 27 appearances last season. Agudelo finished the year with six goals and two assists and continues to be involved in a number of U.S. call ups for both the U.S. Men's National Team and the US U-23 squads. Just last week Agudelo scored the first goal for the U-23 team in a 2-0 win over Mexico.
According to FIFA.com:
Although he finished the campaign with just six goals in 27 appearances as the Red Bulls suffered play-off disappointment, it was Agudelo’s impact on the international scene which caused a genuine stir. After becoming the youngest player to score for USA during the modern era, when he struck as a substitute against South Africa on his debut aged 17, he then bagged an equaliser in a friendly against Argentina.
MLSsoccer.com has launched a new fantasy soccer game ahead of Saturday's league-wide first kick between Montreal and Vancouver.
The new platform asks fans to act as managers of a 15-man roster with a budget of $100 million (after all, you have to remain under the salary cap). Each week you'll have to choose your starting 11, name your captain and consider transfers in an effort to remain at the top of the leaderboard.
Compete against your friends, family and co-workers for a chance to win some great prizes. Log-in is done through Facebook, so there's no need to make another username and password. You can also participate in public leagues with other rabid soccer fans or create your own private league to generate a few more friendly (or not-so-friendly) rivalries.
The winner will win a VIP trip to the 2013 All-Star Game, while the runner up will score an MLS-themed foosball table.
For more info, check out MLSsoccer.com's Fantasy page
The Red Bulls closed out the final preseason match of the 2012 season Saturday night with a 1-0 loss to Real Salt Lake (Recap). Despite a number of strong opportunities on offense, New York was unable to capitalize as a goal from Chris Wingert in the 28th minute was all RSL would need to seal the win and claim third place in the FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup.
New York returns home to New Jersey late Sunday night and will resume practice as usual on the campus of Montclair State University Tuesday morning. Later in the week the team will jet off to Texas as they look to take on FC Dallas Sunday, March 11, in the season opener at FC Dallas Stadium. The 3pm ET kick off marks the first game that will air on Major League Soccer's newest broadcast partner, NBC.
The Red Bulls host their home opener at Red Bull Arena on Sun., Mar. 25th, when the Colorado Rapids come to town for a 4pm ET kick off. Get your tickets now by visiting the Red Bulls Ticket Center or by calling 877.RB.SOCCER.
Here are a few photos from Saturday's loss to RSL:
The Red Bulls take on Real Salt Lake tonight at 8pm ET in what officially marks the final preseason match of the 2012 season. Just like the previous matches during this trip to Arizona, the matchup against RSL will be available as a live stream on both MLSsoccer.com and NewYorkRedBulls.com, promptly starting with an 8pm ET kick off. Watch live here.
In the previous meeting between the two teams on Thurs., Feb. 22, the Red Bulls dropped a 1-0 decision after RSL's Paulo Jr. scored the lone goal in the 75th minute (Highlights | Recap). The Red Bulls followed up that tournament opener with a 2-0 loss to New England three nights later (Recap) before notching the team's first 'W' in Arizona with a win over the Galaxy in Game 3 of the FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup (Highlights | Recap).
Overall, when combined with the Mexico friendlies, the Red Bulls are 2-2-3 heading into the final match of the tournament. As reported by MLSsoccer.com's Franco Panizo, the team will do so without the likes of defender Wilman Conde (thigh) and goalkeeper Ryan Meara (broken nose).
Head Coach Hans Backe and midfielder Joel Lindpere provided some insight leading up to tonight's match in the RSL preview:
It was a trifecta of wins yesterday as the US National Team defeated Italy 1-0 (Highlights), the U-23 squad dropped Mexico 2-0 and the Red Bulls defeated the LA Galaxy 2-1. Earlier today we showed highlights from the LA match that featured goals from Kenny Cooper and Thierry Henry. Now check out Juan Agudelo's goal off a set piece that gave the US an early 1-0 lead.
Courtesy of USSoccer.com: