A number of Red Bulls were among the millions of people throughout the tri-state area affected by Hurricane Sandy. A few players recounted their personal experiences with the storm as the states continue to recover from the damage sustained in the aftermath.
Nearly every player on the team experienced a power outage, but like many people living in the areas, they did what they could to make the most of it.
Defender Heath Pearce spent time with Kenny Cooper and his family playing Monopoly, but according to Cooper, was pretty disappointed in the outcome.
“We did play some Monopoly,” Cooper said from the training facilities at Montclair State University. “My little brother won the game and I don’t think Heath was too happy about it.”
Midfielder Dax McCarty tweeted out pictures of his “survival kit” Thursday evening before experiencing the storm’s surge a few days later.
“The water came pretty close to my apartment. It was probably about 30 feet from me,” McCarty said. “But I kept the faith, stayed positive and you just kind of will the water down with your thoughts. It didn’t get very close, but it was a little nerve racking there for a time.
Connor Lade, along with his roommates Jeremy Vuolo and Corey Hertzog, played some card games and just made the most of it while waiting for the storm to end.
There's still plenty of work to do as the area continues to heal and recover from the damage done. In that respect, the Red Bulls and Major League Soccer announced Wednesday Red Cross Hurricane Sandy disaster relief efforts. To find out more, and to learn how you can help those in need, visit this link: http://bit.ly/PFvAkT
Due to inclement weather brought on my Hurricane Sandy, the offices at Red Bull Arena will remain closed until further notice. Please use Red Bulls Ticket Central for all your playoff ticket needs, as the phone lines at Red Bull Arena will not be in operation.
For all those battling the storm with us on the east coast, stay safe!
It definitely helps that we know already which five teams in the East are playoff bound. Where it may get confusing is when it comes down to potential match ups.
The scenarios are as follows:
If New York wins in Philly they’ll have 57 points, placing them in a second-place tie with D.C. United. However that would only be temporary, as D.C. United and the Chicago Fire kick off their match at 4pm. Should D.C. win, then the 1-2-3 coming out of the East would be Sporting KC, D.C and New York.
If Chicago defeats D.C. and New York defeats Philly, the Fire will leapfrog D.C. to claim second place, and New York will enter third on a tie-breaker with D.C., pending any additional tie-breaker scenarios that may surface during Saturday’s matches.
If the Red Bulls lose, coupled with a Dynamo loss, then New York will host Houston for an Oct. 31/Nov. 1 play-in game at Red Bull Arena. If New York loses AND Houston wins, then the Red Bulls will drop to fifth overall and face Houston on the road at BBVA Compass Stadium for an Oct. 31/Nov. 1 play-in match.
Confusing as it may seem, nothing would take care of business more than a three-point finish against Philly on Saturday. After that, it's all up to how the other teams perform to determine the final standings and first-round match ups.
Tickets for a potential home playoffs match at Red Bull Arena are on sale now. Get yours at the official RBNY Playoff Hub or call 877.RB.SOCCER.
Hey don't get us wrong - we're stoked that last weekend's result against Sporting KC helped punch our ticket to the postseason. But let's be honest; there's still work to be done before giving our undivided attention to the playoffs.
Join us for the Pilsener Haus Biergarten’s (in conjunction with hMAG) Red Bulls viewing party as Hans Backe and company focus on taking three points in a crucial match against Philadelphia this weekend.
Come to The Pilsener Haus Biergarten in Hoboken, located at 1422 Grand Street, to cheer on the Red Bulls Saturday when they take on the Union in the final match of the regular season. The New York Red Bulls Street Team will be there in full effect raffling off prizes and giving away playoff tickets. The party starts at 12:30pm, leading up to the 1:30pm kickoff, so come by early for a chance to win, hang out and have a few frosty adult beverages before the match.
Grab a friend and catch the PATH to the Biergarten. Let us know you're going on the Facebook event page. If you need more info, visit www.pilsenerhaus.com.
See you Saturday!
The U-14s lost their first game of the season Sunday in a 2-1 loss to the New England Revolution. New York dominated play in the first 45 and took a 1-0 lead into the half, but missed chances, combined with New England’s counter-attack, led to a 2-1 defeat on the pitch in Boston.
Kyle Zajec gave the U-15s an early 1-0 lead against Oakwood Sunday afternoon after he converted a penalty kick in the 15th minute of the match. The Red Bulls would maintain that lead heading into the half, but pressed the accelerator in the second half as Rafael Terci, Kobie Fraser and Malik Stewart found the back of the net to draw the final 4-0, shut-out win.
Despite creating a number of great chances to crack a scoreless tie, the U-16s were forced to settle for a draw against the Revolution. New York’s Gianni Carillo and Evan Louro split time in goal to combine for the clean sheet, while defenders Billy Stevens and Kevin Politz played a pivotal role on the Red Bulls’ back line.
Izzy Tandir and Alex Muyl helped lead the way for the U-18s this weekend, as the side went on to defeat New England 5-2. The Red Bulls wasted no time getting on the board when Muyl found the back of the net on a left-footed shot in the 5th minute. New York doubled up in the 29th minute when Erik Sa fired home a feed from Kyle Goodwin into the upper right corner. New England pulled within one in the 31st minute, but the Red Bulls responded quickly in the 42nd minute when Muyl chipped one in for his second of the match and fifth of the season.
New England struck first in the second half to cut New York’s lead to 3-2, before strong Red Bulls defending allowed for Tandir to counter and tally two goals in the final two minutes of the game, allowing New York to seal the victory.
Inside the 23rd minute, with both sides locked in a scoreless tie, Dax McCarty fired a hard shot on frame that forced Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Brian Nielsen off the line to make a diving stop. Unable to hang on to the ball, the rebound squirted free and found the foot of a charging Kenny Cooper. Unfortunately Coop's attempt went off the mark and out.