New York Red Bulls

22 October 12:37 pm

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.

20 October 10:16 pm

Saturday's scoreless draw against Sporting Kansas City, combined with a D.C. United win over the Columbus Crew, helped the Red Bulls punch their ticket to the 2012 MLS postseason. With only one match remaining, an Oct. 27 road trip to Philadelphia, the Red Bulls will now battle for a higher seed in a field that includes Sporting Kansas City, D.C. United, Chicago Fire and last year's MLS Cup runner-up, Houston Dynamo.

Tickets for the first home match of the Red Bulls' postseason go on sale to the general public Tues., October 23, at 2pm. Stay up to date on all the latest news surrounding New York's playoff run by visiting the Red Bulls' playoff hub at http://www.newyorkredbulls.com/runwithus.

Here is a collection of photos from Saturday's match against SKC:

20 October 7:51 pm

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.

12 October 12:17 pm

The following launched on YouTube and NewYorkRedBulls.com earlier this week, but for those of you who haven't watch it yet or may have missed it, here is Thierry Henry giving his theory behind what makes a great player:

09 October 12:57 pm

Saturday's match against the Chicago Fire wasn't exactly the best match of the season, and that definitely reflects in Week 31 Power Rankings.

On the bright side, New York can still claim a spot in the postseason with a win/draw against Kansas City on Oct. 20 and/or a Columbus Crew loss. Ideally, in an effort to avoid that play-in game, the perfect scenario would have Columbus defeating DC United and New York beating Sporting KC to leapfrog DC and claim third place in the East.

But let's not get too far ahead of ourselves right now. The team has a week off to get things back on track before SKC and reset the odometers for a run into the postseason. Until then, we'll have to settle for the following spots in the power rankings:

MLSsoccer.com demotes the Red Bulls from third place to eighth:

The Power Rankings Politburo may have lost faith with the Red Bulls. With seven games left they had five at home and two winnable road games; they’ve gone 2-2-1 to start that stretch off, and never looked threatening against either Chicago or Sporting."

ESPN Soccernet also drops the Red Bulls down to eighth overall after putting them as high as fifth last week:

"The Red Bulls didn't cough up any early goals this time, but their defense looked suspect enough in conceding two second-half tallies against the Fire. Now New York is worried about having a dreaded play-in game."

Sports Illustrated's Avi Creditor followed in suit, placing the Red Bulls at No. 8.

That wraps up this installment of power rankings. Nothing much to recap other than the fact that the Red Bulls will enter their Oct. 20 match against SKC ranked 8th overall in all three of these rankings. A win would undoubtedly help improve upon that number.

For tickets to the regular season finale at Red Bull Arena, visit Red Bulls Ticket Central or call 877.RB.SOCCER.

08 October 12:00 pm

It was another stellar week for the New York Red Bulls Academy teams, as they combined yet again for a perfect record.

Three-straight victories by the U-13 Academy kicked things off for New York, as the group posted a 2-0 win over the Cosmos, defeated Albertson 6-0 and closed the weekend out with a 3-0 victory over PDA.

The U-14 Red Bulls registered two strong wins this weekend with back-to-back victories of the Baltimore Bays and Seacoast United. Not only did the Red Bulls remain unbeaten, but they handed the Bays their first loss of the season with a 2-1 win. The U-14s cruised to a big victory over Seacoast United in the second meeting of the weekend after scoring five first-half goals and shutting out the opposition.

In U-15 action, the team rolled out two wins as they opened up a three-day tournament with a convincing 5-0 win over Potomac. Five different players cracked the score sheet in the win, but it was all Jerel Blades on the second day of the tourney, as his play helped power the Red Bulls past Seacoast 2-1 in the dying moments of the match.

Thanks to a 6-2 win over Albertson, the U-16 Red Bulls remain undefeated on the season. Matt McCarthy opened up the scoring on a nice feed from Derrick Etienne before Ettiene added two goals of his own to give the Red Bulls a 3-2 lead heading into the half. When the teams came back out onto the pitch, it was Harrison Steadman who helped pad the lead with two tallies, one off a free kick and the other courtesy of another solid pass from Etienne. Alex Tejera rounded out the scoring when he sent an Anthony Viteri pass into the netting.

The U-18 squad played in a bit of a nail biter against Albertson but managed to walk away with a 1-0 win thanks to a 48th-minute goal from Izzy Tandir, his third of the year. Albertson organized a formidable attack throughout the game, but the Red Bulls’ defense and solid goalkeeping from Santiago Castano helped New York exit the pitch with the ‘W.’