New York Red Bulls

08 July 8:53 pm

The New York Red Bulls struggled to find the back of the net Sunday night as they fell to the New England Revolution 2-0 at Gillette Stadium. The outcome marks only the second time this season the Red Bulls have failed to register a goal, the first coming against Real Salt Lake in the second match of the season back on March 17.

Injured starters aside, the second half brought with it a number of scoring opportunities for New York, including a header attempt by Brandon Barklage that just floated over the crossbar and a rip-roaring shot from Kenny Cooper that bounced off the woodwork (Watch: Cooper's Chance). Goalkeeper Ryan Meara had his work cut out for him on the night, as he was forced to make five saves. The loss brings the Red Bulls' overall record to 9-5-4 and keeps them placed third overall in the Eastern Conference.

The Red Bulls return home for the first match of a three-game home stand at Red Bull Arena July 15 when they host the Seattle Sounders for a 4 PM kickoff.

Chicago comes to town Wednesday, July 18 for a matinee match, before the series of home games closes out with Rivalry Day against Philadelphia on July 21. The first 5,000 fans 16 and under through the gates for the Philly match will receive a free Red Bulls flat-brimmed cap.

Get your tickets now at Red Bulls Ticket Central, or by calling 877.RB.SOCCER.

Here are a few photos from Sunday's loss to the Revolution:

08 July 7:37 pm

Kenny Cooper unleashed a rocket of a shot inside the 60th minute that would've leveled the score at one apiece, had it not been for the thump off the post:

08 July 7:06 pm

The Revolution made a run on goal inside the 40th minute and placed a shot into the box that bounced off the crossbar and out. If that weren't dangerous enough, a number of Revs were on hand to potentially bury the loose ball, but as you'll see in the following clip, the Red Bulls defense was able to lock down and wipe out New England's goal-scoring opportunity:

06 July 1:14 pm

Sunday’s match is slated to be yet another intense rivalry for the Red Bulls, as is always the case when playing against a team like the New England Revolution. One guy who knows a thing or two about the New England-New York match up is just one appearance shy from moving into second place on New York's all-time list. That guy is Dane Richards.

“That’s unbelievable,” Richards said following Friday’s training session at Montclair State University. “Hopefully I can finish off with a championship this season.”

The Jamaican midfielder will appear in his 147th match Sunday, placing him second behind only Mike Petke’s total of 169.

So far this season Richards has appeared in 16 of the Red Bulls’ 17 games, providing a goal and two assists along the way.

Richards has been with the Red Bulls since joining MLS in 2007. He’s since tallied 11 goals, 26 assists and 131 starts out of 146 total games played. Richards remains second overall in total starts as well, 27 behind Petke’s 158.

05 July 9:30 pm

Update: As of 9:30 PM Thursday night, phone service at Red Bull Arena has been restored. Thank you once again for your patience as we worked through the technical difficulties.

Fans,

If you've been trying to reach out to us this morning regarding the purchase of tickets, we apologize for the inconvenience. We're currently experiencing technical difficulties with our phones lines at Red Bull Arena. Earlier today a Verizon phone line was cut, in turn affecting a number of phone lines in and around Harrison/Newark. Thankfully our online ticketing system is not impacted by this, so you can still complete your orders online at Red Bulls Ticket Central.

Once again, we apologize for the phone troubles, but we will keep you posted throughout the day as we continue to work on the issue.

Thank you for your patience!

03 July 3:40 pm

After posting a 1-0-1 record over the past week's worth of action, including a win over D.C. United and a draw against Toronto, the Red Bulls find themselves in third place across the board in Week 17 Power Rankings.

One common theme in three of the four rankings is the placement of D.C., a team the Red Bulls pulled out a 'W' against in front of a sold-out crowd at Red Bull Arena on June 24.

Here's what MLSsoccer.com had to say about placing the Red Bulls in third place, one spot behind DC:

"The Red Bulls have made themselves into one of the league's toughest outs, and with a schedule that features 10 of the last 16 at home (where they're undefeated), look poised to make their first-ever serious run at a Supporters' Shield."

ESPN.com also went with the San Jose, DC, New York 1-2-3 combo:

"At first glance, a 1-1 tie with cellar-dwelling Toronto seems like a reason for New York to hang its head. But with injuries continuing to plague the back line, plus TFC's improved play, the Red Bulls will take the point and move on."

Soccer By Ives drops a subtle hint that New York may only be in third place because of a game in hand, which isn't all that discouraging since the Red Bulls could potentially leapfrog their rival this weekend, as D.C. will have a bye:

"Held to a 1-1 draw by Toronto, New York fell two points behind D.C. United for first place in the Eastern Conference, though the Red Bulls do have a game in hand. Getting a full 90 minutes out of Thierry Henry was an encouraging development."

I like where Sports Illustrated's Avi Creditor is going with this one, as he gives the Red Bulls a promotion from fifth overall to third and acknowledges New York's dominance over D.C. on June 24 (making him the only one to place D.C. United below the Red Bulls):

"It's hard to argue with Hans Backe's assessment that the Red Bulls' first 55 minutes against D.C. were the most complete performance that they've turned in this season. Even with Thierry Henry on the bench, New York managed to bounce back from an opening-minute lapse to overrun D.C. and respond to the 4-1 shellacking it suffered at RFK Stadium in April."

What's your take on this week's power rankings? Let us know what you think below.

30 June 8:07 pm

Despite an early of exchange of goals in the first six minutes of Saturday's match, the New York Red Bulls and Toronto FC finished locked in a 1-1 draw.

Jan Gunnar Solli picked up his second of the season in the fourth minute when he was on the receiving end of a beautifully placed cross from Brandon Barklage that allowed the Red Bulls to take an early 1-0 lead. Less than two minutes later, it was Toronto's Danny Koevermans who found the back of the net with a header that beat Red Bulls 'keeper Ryan Meara to level the score.

The score wouldn't change for the remainder of the match, but the Red Bulls did come close on a number of opportunities, including a Joel Lindpere shot that dinged off the post in the 44th minute, an Henry free kick that was just off the mark in the 49th minute and a Lindpere run into the box that was broken up just before he could get his foot on the ball in the 76th minute.

The Red Bulls are back in action Sunday, July 8, when they pay a visit to Gillette Stadium for a 7pm kickoff against the New England Revolution.

On July 15, the Red Bulls return home for the first match of a three-game home stand at Red Bull Arena. Get your tickets now for the July 15 match against Seattle, July 18 match against Chicago or the Rivalry Day match against Philadelphia on July 21. The first 5,000 fans 16 and under through the gates for the July 21 match will receive a free Red Bulls flat-brimmed cap.

Get your tickets now at Red Bulls Ticket Central, or by calling 877.RB.SOCCER.

Here are a few photos from Saturday's match:

30 June 6:54 pm

Jan Gunnar Solli kicked off the scoring in Saturday's match early on after drilling home a perfectly placed ball, courtesy of a Brandon Barklage cross. The goal is Solli's second of his MLS career, just one week after scoring his first-ever in the Red Bulls' 3-2 win over DC United.