New York Red Bulls

28 February 6:03 pm

TUCSON, AZ - The New York Red Bulls head into their third Tucson Desert Diamond Cup game tomorrow evening looking for a strong performance against defending MLS Cup Champion, the LA Galaxy.

New York is seeking its first win in the preseason tournament after falling to Real Salt Lake and the New England Revolution in the past week. However, head coach Hans Backe’s side will certainly be without Icelandic midfielder Victor Palsson, who has suffered a knee injury.

“I think hopefully it’s quite a soft injury,” Backe said. “It’s a small tear in his meniscus that will keep him out from, I would guess hopefully, maximum seven to 10 days.”

A pair of players who Backe does expect to feature tomorrow is defender Wilman Conde and midfielder Teemu Tainio. Conde has been making his return to match fitness over the past several weeks and earned his first minutes when he played the opening 35 in a 2-0 loss to New England last Saturday. Backe said that Conde will feature for the entire first half against LA and a decision will be made at halftime to see if he could play further.

As for Tainio, who was hampered with a calf injury a few weeks ago in Mexico, Backe expects the Finn to build on his 45-minute performance against Pumas in Phoenix last Thursday.

“He’s back. He was out for two weeks and you can see it. Every player missing two weeks, you’re perhaps not 100 percent sharp, but he has no pain…and that’s good and hopefully, he can do at least 60 minutes,” Backe said.

As opposed to the opening two matches where he used a younger lineup, Backe expects to field a more veteran side Wednesday night. The Red Bulls will also be missing the services of defenders Rafa Marquez (Mexico) and Roy Miller (Costa Rica), midfielder Joel Lindpere (Estonia) and forward Juan Agudelo (U.S. U-23 MNT) due to international duty.

Fans can watch the match live via www.newyorkredbulls.com or www.mlssoccer.com. Kickoff will be approximately at 10:30 PM ET.

28 February 10:34 am

We’ve reached the midway point of the FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup, as the festivities in Arizona look to wrap up this weekend. The Red Bulls will aim to improve on their 0-2-0 tournament record when they take on the LA Galaxy Wednesday at 10pm ET, the first meeting of the two teams since the 2011 Conference Semifinals. It also marks the final qualifying match before Saturday’s Cup finale.

The Red Bulls came out of the previous preseason trip to Mexico with a 1-0-2 record thanks to a win over FC Dallas and consecutive draws against Merida and Tecos. Combine that with a loss to Real Salt Lake, a draw against Pumas and a loss to the Revolution on this trip, and it brings the overall preseason record to 1-2-3.

Los Angeles sits at 1-1-0 in the quest for the FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup after the Revs dealt them a 3-2 loss in the first match. The Galaxy bounced back for a 2-0 win over RSL this past Saturday on goals from Paolo Cardozo and Mike Magee.

Similar to how the Red Bulls were without Captain Thierry Henry during the tour through Mexico – as he was, at the time, on loan to Arsenal – the Galaxy have been without the likes of forward Robbie Keane and midfielder Landon Donovan. Keane returned from his loan with Aston Villa this past weekend, while Donovan also recently returned state side from his second stint with Everton. However, Donovan remains unable to play due to a bout with bronchitis, as the illness forced the California native to withdraw from the U.S. roster ahead of Wednesday’s match against Italy.

Wednesday’s 10pm ET match between LA and New York will be available as a live stream on both MLSsoccer.com and NewYorkRedBulls.com. Depending on the outcome of the match, the Red Bulls will play their final game of the tournament Saturday at either 8pm ET or 10pm ET. No matter the time, the match will also be available as a live stream.

As usual we will also provide in-game updates throughout the remaining matches on our Twitter feed and Facebook page.

27 February 10:16 am

Saturday's 2-0 loss to the Revolution puts the Red Bulls at 0-2-0 in the FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup Tournament and 1-2-3 overall during the 2012 preseason (Watch: Recap/Reactions).

The Red Bulls' next match is two days away when they take on the LA Galaxy in Game 3 of the tournament Wednesday at 10pm ET. A live stream of the match will once again be available on both MLSsoccer.com and right here on NewYorkRedBulls.com.

We'll have more updates surrounding the team's training in Arizona later, but until then check out these photos from the weekend's training session in Tucson:

26 February 10:25 am

Although the Red Bulls fell to the Revolution by the final of 2-0 Saturday night from the pitch in Tucson, AZ, goalkeeper Jeremy Vuolo recorded a few impressive saves to add to his collection. We'll have more from the match later, including player reactions and coach commentary, but until then check out this short highlight video, courtesy of MLSsoccer.com:

25 February 1:07 pm

After playing two games in three days, the team received a much-needed day off Friday as they traveled between Phoenix and Tucson. However it's back to the grind tonight and they take on the New England Revolution in the second game of the FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup tournament. Along with MLSsoccer.com, we will be providing a live feed of that game, so be sure to check back later to watch it right here on NewYorkRedBulls.com.

In case you missed it, here is the collection of highlights and player reactions from Thursday's Reto Del Sol match against Pumas UNAM. Even though the match ended in a scoreless tie, the Red Bulls created a number of great scoring chances in the Pumas end, while goalkeeper Ryan Meara created his own highlight reel with a number of saves.

As we gear up for tonight's match, check out the latest video from MSG featuring Shep Messing and Steve Cangialosi previewing the upcoming season.

24 February 2:50 pm

After two straight days of games, and another on tap Saturday against the New England Revolution (10pm ET, Live Stream will be available), the team is enjoying a little down time today while traveling between Phoenix and Tucson.

With that said, I figured now was a good time to take a look around the Red Bulls' system a bit for those keeping tabs on players in various academy and training programs.

The following is the most recent list of the Red Bulls' U-18 college commitments:

Last Name First Name Jersey # Position Date of Birth College Commitments
Allen Brandon 10 F 10/8/1993 Georgetown
Alvarado Brandon 12 F 5/29/1993 TBA
Bartok Daniel 22 F 8/31/1993 Seton Hall
Bedoya Daniel 21 MF 2/13/1994 St. John's
Brown Max 18 GK 9/6/1994 Northeastern
Castano Santiago 1 GK 4/14/1995 HS Sophomore
Ceron Diego 2 D 10/11/1994 Holy Cross
Corboz Mael 20 MF 9/6/1994 Rutgers
Decker Ethan 9 F 10/6/1994 HS Junior
Elliot Frederick 17 MF 9/28/1994 Columbia
Gonzalez Oscar 6 MF 1/22/1993 TBA
Halvorsen Torben 5 F 6/14/1994 HS Junior
Lagg Eric 16 F 7/2/1994 Seton Hall
Robinson Gabe 13 F 8/3/1994 Cincinnati
Rossi Luke 0 GK 2/9/1994 Columbia
Sa Erik 7 MF 12/3/1994 HS Junior
Sanogo Ousmane 3 D 5/5/1994 TBA
Sheridan Sean 11 D / MF 9/19/1994 Villanova
Tetro Ross 4 D / MF 2/26/1994 Rutgers
Thomsen Scott 8 MF 12/31/1993 Virginia
Thorsheim Christopher 14 D / MF 6/30/1994 Bucknell

New Signings

Last Name First Name Class
Estama Benchy HS Sophomore
Jean Claude Stivens HS Junior
Kerlins Georges HS Sophomore
Saint Jean Evens HS Sophomore
24 February 12:18 am

Despite a number of scoring chances on both ends of the pitch, neither team could find the back of the net in Thursday's scoreless draw at Chase Field in Phoenix, AZ. Kenny Cooper, Thierry Henry and Dane Richards showed flashes on offense around the Pumas goal but were unable to send one past either of the Pumas goalkeepers to steal the win. On the other end of the field, Red Bulls 'keeper Ryan Meara made a number of sprawling saves to keep the team within striking distance over the course of 90 minutes. You can read the full recap of the match here.

We'll have a video recap and highlights of the match on the way Friday afternoon. In the mean time, check out these photos:

23 February 10:06 am

Hans Backe: Part 1

Hans Backe: Part 2

The Red Bulls finished on the wrong side of a tough 1-0 loss Wednesday night at the hands of Real Salt Lake (full recap here). Despite the outcome, we'll have a video recap up soon that highlights a number of must-see saves courtesy of Jeremy Vuolo and a few great chances created by Corey Hertzog.

Tonight's game against Pumas UNAM, "Reto Del Sol," is the first game of the calendar year that will be shown in conjunction with our broadcast partner, MSG. The match will kick off promptly at 10pm ET on MSG+ from Chase Field in Phoenix, AZ. The game is also available on ESPN Deportes and ESPN3.com.

If you aren't doing so already, be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for regular updates. We'll post the match's Starting XI leading up to kick off on both.

We will of course have more content throughout the day leading up to tonight's match. Until then, check out this two-part interview head coach Hans Backe did with MSG where he discusses the 2011 campaign, the 2012 preseason and what lies ahead for the team.

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22 February 3:57 pm

PHOENIX - A busy day here in Arizona, as the Red Bulls have two matches in two days. The players involved in tonight’s Desert Diamond Cup match against Real Salt Lake, tonight at 10:00 PM ET, traveled to Tucson this morning to rest up for the game. Meanwhile, those featuring in tomorrow night’s clash against UNAM Pumas at Chase Field as part of “Red Bull Reto del Sol” trained this morning at Grand Canyon University. The coaching staff will travel to Tucson later this afternoon for the Real Salt Lake game. Check out the match preview, where we caught up with Mike Petke and Corey Hertzog.

Regarding tonight’s match and all of the Desert Diamond Cup games, make sure you go to www.mlssoccer.com, which will be providing a live stream and commentary from Allen Hopkins, Brian Dunseth and Greg Lalas. We will also be providing periodic updates on our Twitter account and have a full recap and reaction after the match.

For “Red Bull Reto del Sol” on Thursday, Steve Cangialosi and Shep Messing will call the game starting at 10:00 PM ET live on MSG+. The match will also be shown nationally on ESPN Deportes and ESPN3.

Here are a few other notes:

  • Guest player and midfielder Andrew Welker joined the squad yesterday and could play tonight.
  • Defender Wilman Conde is making progress to earn a preseason debut within the next few days. Conde was working himself into match fitness in the first preseason trip to Mexico and did not play in a game.
  • Midfielder Teemu Tainio, who was afflicted with a calf strain during the Mexico trip, is back training fully with the team.
  • Look to start seeing more Red Bulls play 90 minutes in these preseason matches starting tonight with the season being less than three weeks away.

Check out this photo gallery from the past couple of days of training here in Arizona:

22 February 9:26 am

Real Salt Lake Preview

Tonight's 10pm ET match against Real Salt Lake marks the first of five preseason matches scheduled for the team's trip to Arizona AND the first one that will stream live. We will be passing along more info later today on where you can watch the game, so be sure to check back here on the blog or keep tabs on our Facebook and Twitter feeds.

Thursday's match against Pumas UNAM, "Reto Del Sol," is the only one of the five that is not part of the FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup. However it marks the first game of 2012 that is available on MSG+. Coverage starts at 10pm ET.

It's been a while since we first announced our participation in the Desert Diamond Cup, so here's a quick refresher of what the schedule looks like (all times ET):

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

8:00 PM New England Revolution vs. LA Galaxy

10:00 PM New York Red Bulls vs. Real Salt Lake

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

8:00 PM LA Galaxy vs. Real Salt Lake

10:00 PM New York Red Bulls vs. New England Revolution

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

8:00 PM Real Salt Lake vs. New England Revolution

10:00 PM LA Galaxy vs. New York Red Bulls

Saturday, March 3rd, 2011

8:00 PM MLS 3rd Place vs. MLS 4th Place

10:00 PM MLS 1st Place vs. MLS 2nd Place

All game dates and times are subject to change