New York Red Bulls
It was a no-brainer.
We're not talking about Thierry Henry's decision to go straight for goal off a corner kick on Saturday night against the Columbus Crew; only a select few players on the planet possess the wherewithal to even try that, let alone pull it off. But for Henry's stunning goal to be nominated for MLS' Goal of the Week? That was a foregone conclusion.
You can help Henry win the honor for Week 28 by voting here: http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2012/09/17/vote-now-att-goal-week-....
If you live under a rock and haven't seen Henry's beauty yet, check it out with the rest of this week's nominees:
Dax McCarty tapped into his inner ninja for the third time this season when he headed home the go-ahead goal in the 79th minute of Saturday's match. Crew goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum was injured on the play, but walked off under his own power minutes later. Crew goalkeeper Matt Lampson came on in his place, as New York took a 2-1 lead.
It’s been an incredible rise for Red Bulls rookie Connor Lade this season. The New Jersey native joined the team in the offseason after coming through the Red Bulls Academy and playing collegiately at St. John’s, but coming to an MLS team rich with talent and where playing time was at a premium was a different animal. Yet in a short time Lade has done more than just show that he belongs on an MLS roster, he’s proved to be an impact player and one of the league’s bright young stars.
MLSsoccer.com is in the midst of its annual “24 Under 24”, a series that ranks the league’s top 24 players under the age of 24. On Tuesday, it was revealed that Lade came in at No. 17 on the list, which is determined by both fan voting and an expert panel of national soccer media members. The full post on Lade's selection can be found here: http://www.mlssoccer.com/24under24/news/article/2012/09/11/17-connor-lad...
Lade has become a near-automatic selection for the starting 11 by head coach Hans Backe after making his professional debut on April 14 against San Jose. Lade’s work ethic and versatility has made it almost impossible for Backe to not choose him; the 22-year-old has featured at both defense and in the midfield this year and has picked up three assists in 20 total games.
One of the top highlights of Lade’s rookie season came against the rival Philadelphia Union on July 21, when Lade assisted on both of Kenny Cooper’s goals in a 2-0 Red Bulls win. It was performances like the one vs. Philly that caught the attention of the league; recently, teammate and Red Bulls captain Thierry Henry referred to Lade as the team’s “player of the season”.
In just his first season as a Red Bull, Lade has become one of the fan favorites at Red Bull Arena. If he’s already one of the club’s top players in a so-far successful season, who knows what lies ahead for him.
To view the full list so far and to follow along as the rest of the list is unveiled, visit http://www.mlssoccer.com/24under24/2012/complete-ranking.
Major League Soccer released its player jersey sales for the 2012 season, and two of the Red Bulls’ players are among the league’s seven most popular shirts so far this year.
The jersey of Red Bulls captain and forward Thierry Henry is the second most sold in the league, trailing only that of Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham’s. Henry, one of the world’s most recognizable athletes who has won countless team and individual global awards, has 11 goals and leads the team in assists with eight so far this season.
Despite having joined the team and the league just a little more than a month ago, midfielder Tim Cahill cracked the top-10, as the Australian’s Red Bulls jersey checked in at seventh most popular. After a distinguished career in England with Millwall and most recently with Everton, Cahill joined the Red Bulls as their third Designated Player when he officially signed on July 26. Since then, Cahill has been a spark for New York, registering a goal and two assists throughout his first five matches. He recently scored his 25th all-time goal for the Australian National Team, ranking him second all-time on the country’s goal scoring list.
Here is the full Top-10 selling adidas MLS player jerseys on MLSgear.com / MLSgearCanada.ca / MLS club websites (March 10 – September 10, 2012):
1. David Beckham LA Galaxy
2. Thierry Henry New York Red Bulls
3. Landon Donovan LA Galaxy
4. Fredy Montero Seattle Sounders FC
5. Dwayne De Rosario D.C. United
6. Chris Wondolowski San Jose Earthquakes
7. Tim Cahill New York Red Bulls
8. Robbie Keane LA Galaxy
9. Mauro Rosales Seattle Sounders FC
10. Brian Ching Houston Dynamo
If you feel a bit left out, you can always grab some Red Bulls gear at the Bullshop here at Red Bull Arena or by visiting the official team store at http://www.mlsgear.com/shop-by-mls-team-new-york-red-bulls.html
While the Red Bulls are in the midst of a playoff push, the onset of fall signals the beginning of the season for the Red Bulls Academy. This weekend the Under-13 and Under-14 teams both got their seasons off on the right foot.
A week after going 3-0 in an MLS Academy preseason tournament, the Red Bulls’ Under-13 squad began their campaign with a rousing 7-0 victory over Oakwood SC. The Red Bulls were dominant from the get-go, scoring three times in the opening frame, highlighted by a brace from Kevin Doorley after Tyrrell Moore tallied the opener. The stars of the second half were Brandon Haughton and Zach Ryan, with Ryan notching three goals after the break. Haughton added a goal to go along with an earlier assist. The U-13s will hope to keep their excellent form going next weekend when they travel to Somerset, NJ for a match with PDA.
The Under-14 Red Bulls, who were also perfect in three preseason battles with fellow MLS sides last weekend, also faced off against Oakwood on Sunday. It was a tough back-and-forth contest, but the Red Bulls’ defense held firm. In the second half Markez Zella found the back of the net for the game’s only goal. The U-14s will get back at it this weekend when they visit McLean Soccer Academy in Fairfax, VA.
The Red Bulls returned to training Friday afternoon after a much-needed break in the schedule; a break that allowed players to rest up and heal for the final stretch run. We caught up with Kenny Cooper after the training session to see what he had to say about the tempo in practice and the final matches of the season.
What’s the tempo like in training as you guys come back from a little break?
It feels great to get back and see the guys again and hopefully everyone enjoyed their break. I’m sure everyone was itching to get back out there today. It’s good to see everyone and get back out on the field with them.
It’s back to crunch time now and the Eastern Conference remains a really tight race. Have you looked at the standings? Does it not matter at this point?
I have looked at the table. It’s tight and with seven games left, five of them being home games, hopefully we can finish this last part of the season off strong. We’ve had a little bit of a break and hopefully everyone’s feeling good and healthy. We’ve obviously been unfortunate with some injury problems, but hopefully in that time off guys that were hurt were able to heal up and come back feeling refreshed for this part of the season.
A lot of matches coming up against some of the Eastern Conference sides too like Columbus on Sept. 15, Kansas City two times and Chicago of course in October.
Yeah, and when you’re close in the table to teams and you go against them they’re six-point games. Because there’s a possibility of not only getting points but also taking points off of the other team and hopefully we can do that in these last couple of games. Like you said, we have KC twice, we have Columbus and teams that are in our conference. It’d be great if we can get maximum points and keep them from getting points.
So overall, it sounds like the team is rested and ready to come firing out of the gate against Columbus next weekend.
Well you know, we have a week before the next game. We were back at it Friday and I’m sure the guys were taking good care of themselves whether it was needed rest or sessions in if they felt they wanted or needed it. So, hopefully everyone is feeling good and refreshed. I’m sure everyone is eager to get back out there and put the work in to prepare for our next home game.
Watch: Australia vs. Lebanon Highlights
Despite a short break in New York's schedule, Tim Cahill is among four Red Bulls hard at work with their national teams in matches for various international competitions. For Cahill and his Australian teammates, the competition began yesterday as the Socceroos played an international friendly at Lebanon, in preparation for next Tuesday’s World Cup Qualifier at Jordan. If Cahill and Australia’s performance on Thursday is any indication, the squad is in good shape going forward.
Cahill notched his 25th international goal, opening the scoring on a signature header in the 20th minute as Australia went on to shutout Lebanon, 3-0. With the goal, his 25th all-time, Cahill now stands just four goals behind Damian Mori, who owns Australia’s all-time international scoring record with 29.
Roy Miller (Costa Rica) and Joel Lindpere (Estonia) are also trying to help their teams reach the 2014 World Cup. Today, Estonia hosts Romania and travels to take on Turkey on Tuesday. Costa Rica has a tough task ahead of them in CONCACAF, playing a home-and-home with Mexico beginning today in San Jose, Costa Rica and wrapping up in Mexico City Tuesday.
Goalkeeper Bill Gaudette is with the Puerto Rican National Team as they battle in the 2012 Caribbean Championships. Puerto Rico will play three matches in Group A in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, beginning today with a match against Bermuda. On Sept. 9, the squad will face St. Martin before finishing up against the hosts, Haiti, on Sept. 11.
Be sure to check back next week as we’ll recap this weekend’s international action and look forward to Tuesday’s matches.
SoccerAmerica.com's College Soccer Reporter gave Red Bulls Academy product Brandon Allen Player of the Week honors after he buried three game-winning goals over the last three matches.
Allen, a Freshman at Georgetown, helped lead the Hoyas to 1-0 wins over Florida Gulf Coast and Cal State Northridge, along with a 2-1 win over Penn State.
In addition to SoccerAmerica.com honors, Allen was also named the BIG EAST Conference Rookie of the Week.