New York Red Bulls
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?
MLSsoccer.com has launched the new MLS Matchday 2012 apps for iPhone/iPad and Android formats.
MLS MatchDay 2012 is the official app for Major League Soccer and the destination for everything MLS including live scores and play-by-play of every match. The app is the perfect tool for the fan who is on the way to the game, commuting home from work or watching from the comfort of the couch.
Once you download the app, you will be asked to select your club (this should be an easy one guys). After selecting New York Red Bulls, you can opt to receive personalized alerts for the club, individual matches and specific match event information.
Some of the new, exciting and interactive features you can expect include 230 live streaming matches with MLS LIVE, a revamped Matchcenter with starting formations and match statistics, club-by-club tweet streams, free individual highlight moments and free complete match highlights. You can customize the app by accessing the Red Bulls schedule, breaking news alerts, chants, tweets, rosters, featured video and news.
Here are some other features you can expect to enjoy with the app:
• iPhone users can stream video to AppleTV with AirPlay
• Follow CONCACAF Champions League, US Open Cup and World Football Challenge
• Featured Video Channels including AT&T Goal of the Week, The Daily and The Review Show
Each club page provides updates including breaking news, match starts, halftime updates, full-time recaps, goals, misconduct alerts and subs. You can choose which updates you want, and always add or remove more throughout the season. So, if you only want to know who’s racking up the cards during the season, go for it! If you want to soak up all the information possible, select them all! By clicking on the club crest and name at the top of the homepage, a dropdown menu appears with the following options: schedules, chants, tweets, rosters, news, and videos.
It probably goes without saying, but there's no need to keep last year's app on your device. Delete that off whatever device or devices you use before upgrading to MLS MatchDay 2012.
All national broadcast matches on NBC Sports, ESPN and Telefutura/Galavision will not be streamed live on the app. Also, local broadcasts are also blacked out in the local market in most MLS cities. For more information on Blackout Regulations visit http://www.mlssoccer.com/blackout
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:
Kenny Cooper and Thierry Henry each picked up a goal in what amounted to a 2-1 win over the LA Galaxy Wednesday night in Game 3 of the FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup. Cooper's tally is his third of the preseason after collecting two during the team's previous trip through Mexico, while Henry registered his first of the 2012 preseason since returning to the team after his loan stint with Arsenal (Full Recap).
The Red Bulls return to action Saturday at 8pm ET when they take on Real Salt Lake in the third place match of the tournament and the final match of the Red Bulls' 2012 preseason.
The regular season kicks off on Sunday, Mar. 11 at 3pm ET, when the Red Bulls pay a visit to FC Dallas. New York's home opener takes place Sunday, March 25, at 4pm ET against the Colorado Rapids. Tickets for the homer opener are going fast, so get yours now to see Thierry Henry, Rafa Marquez and the rest of the Red Bulls kick off the 2012 campaign.
Single match tickets for the remainder of the season went on sale Wednesday at 9am. Great seats start as low as $20 each. More info is available on Red Bulls Ticket Central.
Here is a collection of photos from Wednesday's win over LA: