New York Red Bulls
The Red Bulls Academy went 5-3-1 this past weekend, highlighted by a pair of sweeps by the Under-18 and Under-14 teams over Met Oval and the New York Cosmos.
On Saturday, the Under-18 team got standout performances from some new faces in shutting out Met Oval 4-0. Under-16 player Amando Moreno, playing up with the Under-18 squad, opened the scoring eight minutes in off a feed from Ethan Decker. In the 23rd minute, the Red Bulls doubled their lead on Kerlins Georges’ first of the season. The Red Bulls weren’t done yet, as a minute later Moreno set up Oscar Gonzalez’s first tally of the year as the Red Bulls entered the break up by three. For good measure early in the second half, Moreno notched his second assist of the game as Georges once more found the back of the net. On Sunday, the Under-18’s knocked off local rival New York Cosmos by a 3-1 score. Georges continued his hot play, heading in a fifth minute corner kick from Scotty Thomsen, who assisted on all three Red Bulls goals to raise his season total to 10. Seven minutes later, Brandon Allen converted another set piece off the foot of Thomsen for his 15th goal of the year as the Red Bulls doubled their lead. While the Cosmos were able to pull one back before halftime, Erik Sa put the match away with his fourth goal of the season in the 87th minute.
The Red Bulls Under-14 team also was perfect in its two matches this weekend. A defensive battle ensued on Saturday when the team traveled to Long Island to take on Albertson. Gideon Metrikin found the twine in the first half with the only goal of the match, as the defense held on in a shutout win. The following day, Rafael Terci shined as the Under-14 team defeated NJSA by a 5-0 final. Terci scored all five Red Bulls goals in the one-sided win.
The Under-15 Red Bulls nearly won both games this weekend, settling for a 1-0-1 mark. On Saturday at Albertson, the Red Bulls led twice but couldn’t hold on as Albertson scored just three minutes from full time to share the spoils, 2-2. Dante Perez and Harrison Steadman were the Red Bulls’ goal scorers. However, on Sunday the Red Bulls notched an early lead and continued to build on it, defeating NJSA 5-0. Jake Areman gave the Red Bulls a 2-0 lead going into halftime with a pair of strikes, while Steadman shined in the second half in notching a hat trick.
With some key players missing while at the United States Under-14 National Team camp, the Under-13 Red Bulls dropped a 1-0 decision at PDA on Sunday. The Under-16 Red Bulls fell on Saturday to Met Oval, 1-0, and lost 3-1 to the Cosmos on Sunday. Alex Muyl scored the lone goal for the Under-16s on the weekend, his 11th of the year.
FoxSoccer.com awarded double honors to the Red Bulls this week following Wednesday's 1-0 win over the Houston Dynamo and Sunday's 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Union.
Kenny Cooper, who scored his ninth goal of the season with the game-winner against the Union, was dubbed FoxSoccer.com's Player of the Week. Ives Galarcep writes:
The Red Bulls striker has picked up the slack in the absence of injured star Thierry Henry, scoring the game-winning goal in both of New York’s wins this week. The game-winner vs. Houston was a bit of a gift from the Dynamo defense, and Philly goalkeeper Zac MacMath could have done better on Cooper’s winner vs. the Union, but Cooper still gets the credit for capitalizing on defensive mistakes and scoring the goals that pushed New York into first place in the East.
Additionally, goalkeeper Ryan Meara received praise for his continued domination in goal for the Red Bulls. Althoug the Fordham product recently saw his three-game shutout streak come to an end he has, nevertheless, backstopped the club to four-straight wins. Galarcep writes:
A very strong argument can be made for Meara deserving Player of the Week, not just Rookie of the Week, honors for his outstanding play in wins vs. Houston and Philadelphia. Both times, he stepped up big with key late saves to preserve victories.
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The New York Red Bulls reserves played the Philadelphia Union reserves to a 2-2 draw in a Sunday matinee match following the completion of the first team's clash at PPL Park.
New York found itself in an early hole heading into the half after Philly's Antoine Hoppenot found the back of the net in the 11th minute on an assist from Josue Martinez. Less than one minute into the second half, Philly struck again, this time on a penalty kick from Jack McInerney. From there the Red Bulls' defense went into lockdown mode, limiting the Union's chances while also maintaining a steady flow back up the pitch to create opportunities of their own.
That first turnaround goal came in the 68th minute when guest player Walter Hines slipped one past Union 'keeper Chase Harrison to cut the deficit to one. Twenty minute later it was Corey Hertzog who sent home the equalizer to complete the Red Bulls' surge from a 2-0 hole to level the final score at a draw.
PHI - Antoine Hoppenot (Josue Martinez)11’
PHI - Jack McInerney (Penalty Kick) 46’
NY - Walter Hines (Unassisted) 68’
NY - Corey Hertzog (Unassisted) 88’
NY - Ryan Maduro (Yellow card caution) 33’
NY - Giorgi Chirgadze (Yellow card caution) 51’
PHI - Colton Storm (Yellow card caution) 63’
NY - Christian Ibidgha (Yellow card caution) 81’
Philadelphia Union Reserves: Chase Harrison; Porfirio Lopez; *Matt Baker; Christhian Hernandez (*Shane Campbell 71); Jimmy McLaughlin; Amobi Okugo (C); Zack Pfeffer; *Andy Adland (*Darius Madison 68); Josue Martinez (*Colton Storm 57); Antoine Hoppenot (Chandler Hoffman 81); Jack McInerney
Shots: 11; Shots on Goal: 7; Corners: 0; Saves: 9; Fouls: 4; Offsides: 3
New York Red Bull Reserves: Jeremy Vuolo; Jonathan Borrojo; Ousmane Sanogo; Christian Ibidgha; Connor Lade (C); Corey Hertzog; Ryan Maduro; Julian Stahler; **Giorgi Chirgadze; Jhonny Arteaga; Juan Agudelo (Walter Hines 56)
Shots: 17; Shots on Goal: 11; Corners: 5; Saves: 5; Fouls: 8; Offsides: 3
*Philadelphia Union Academy Players
**New York Guest Players
The Red Bulls earned their fourth-straight victory Sunday afternoon and another three big points on the road with a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Union. (Full Recap)
Here is a collection of photos from the win; a win that puts New York in sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference:
The Red Bulls rallied back from a 2-1 deficit with two-straight unanswered goals in the second half of play to defeat the Philadelphia Union 3-2 Sunday afternoon at PPL Park. The win marks New York's fourth-straight victory and moves them into sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference. (Recap)
Goals were spread across the board for the Red Bulls, as Joel Lindpere picked up his second of the season and the first of the match after ripping a bullet past Philly goalkeeper Zac MacMath. Later, with the Red Bulls down 2-1, Markus Holgersson sent home the first goal of his MLS career to level the score at two apiece. Ten minutes later, it was Kenny Cooper, who surpassed his 2011 goal total in the 78th minute with his game-winning, ninth goal of the season.
New York returns to action Saturday when they pay a visit to the Montreal Impact for a 7:30 ET kick on MSG. May 23 is the last Red Bulls home game before the league breaks for Euros, so be sure to get your tickets today by visiting Red Bulls Ticket Central or calling 877.RB.SOCCER.
Here are the full highlights from Sunday's win over the Union:
Minutes after Markus Holgersson leveled the score for the Red Bulls, Kenny Cooper scored his ninth goal of the season to give New York a 3-2 lead and, ultimately, the three-point win on the road in Philly.
Joel Lindpere put the Red Bulls up 1-0 with this phenomenal strike in the 17th minute of Sunday's match against the Philadelphia Union:
Juan Agudelo was the subject of a recent video that is part of the Kellogg's "Start Stories" series. In this video, you'll see some quick snippets of Agudelo playing soccer as a kid, a few snapshots of his early days and a great look into how big a role soccer has played in his life.
New York remains undefeated at home with a 4-0-1 record. The next home match at Red Bull Arena is set for May 23 when the Red Bulls host Chivas USA. You can get your tickets at Red Bulls Ticket Central or by calling 877.RB.SOCCER.
Here are a few photos from Wednesday's win:
The Red Bulls cruised to their third-straight victory and third-straight shutout Wednesday night when they defeated the Houston Dynamo 1-0 at Red Bull Arena (Recap).
Kenny Cooper notched the lone Red Bulls goal in the seventh minute as he charged in to disrupt a seemingly safe back pass toward goal. As Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall was forced to make a sprawling attempt to cover up, Cooper just got enough of his foot on it to send the ball on goal and into the mesh for his eighth of the season (Watch: Cooper's Goal).
Rookie 'keeper Ryan Meara was once again spectacular in goal, stopping all three of Houston's attempts, complete with some circus-like theatrics in the final minutes of the match (Watch: Meara's Save).
The Red Bulls return to action Sunday when they head to PPL Park in Philly for a 12:30pm ET kickoff against the Union (watch live on ESPN2).
New York's next home game is three weeks off, as they're set to face off against Chivas USA for a 7pm ET kick on May 23. Tickets are available on Red Bulls Ticket Central or by calling 877.RB.SOCCER.
Check out the full highlights from Wednesday's win: