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
Newark's Independence Park, off Van Buren and Walnut St. across the river from Red Bull Arena, will play host to a 4v4 soccer tournament Saturday, July 14, for players between the ages of 13 and 15.
Players can come with a team of their own or join up with one on site as the tourney opens its doors at 8:30 AM. Space is limited to 16 teams, so make sure you arrive early to guarantee your place in the tournament!
There's no cost to join, and Red Bulls players will be on hand to hang out, take some pictures and sign a few autographs.
Learn more at street2street.com.
If you’ve ever been to a match at Red Bull Arena you’ve probably seen (and heard) the large group of fans behind one of the goals singing, chanting, jumping up and down, and supporting the Red Bulls for the full 90 minutes. Those passionate supporters form the "South Ward" at Red Bull Arena. On Saturday night, I experienced the mayhem of Red Bulls fanaticism up close.
When I arrived at New York City's Herald Square late Saturday afternoon the setting was a calm, typical weekend day in Manhattan. People sat on park benches, tourists strolled by carrying shopping bags and taking pictures of the various sights and of course the consistently clogged New York City traffic slowly rolled by. However, in the next hour the typical Saturday in Midtown would be turned on its head.
The first Red Bulls supporters started to slowly pour in. Before long there was a large crowd gathered wearing various Red Bull jerseys, t-shirts, scarves and any other form of Red Bulls colors. A small group of Chelsea fans made their way over to the Square as well, decked out in blue and singing songs in toast to their club’s FA Cup victory earlier that day. The various supporters groups that make up the South Ward at Red Bull Arena (Empire Supporters Club, Viking Army, and Garden State Ultras) carry various tools of their own, but it’s clear that all are united behind their support of one club.
In the shadow of the Empire State Building, the march is set to begin. Red and white flags are raised, a drum is readied, and voices are rising.
“The whole park sings with us, the whole park sings with us,” starts the familiar chant, adapted slightly for the day’s surroundings, followed as usual by a loud “Let’s Go Red Bulls” chant. Even the Chelsea fans started to join in.
As the crowd moves down 33rd Street towards the Football Factory at Legends, traffic moves by even slower than usual, as people roll down their car windows, gawking at the curious scene. Tourists, who just moments earlier were gazing at the Empire State Building, now turn their cameras to the spectacle unfolding on behalf of the Red Bulls supporters. One thing that no one can deny about Red Bull supporters: They. Are. LOUD.
I spoke with two tourists, who said they were around the corner on Fifth Avenue and could hear the supporters from there before making their way over, curious as to what was going on. While they had only a passing familiarity with MLS and the Red Bulls, they came away impressed with the support, saying the fans had “great energy”.
The chants and songs continue: “For you, for you, we’ll be singing a song. All day, all day, we’ll be singing a song. And when we win, we’ll be singing a song.”
“As long as I’m breathing, I’ll sing for the Red Bulls, when we’re winning or when we’re losing. We are your people, we’ll always follow. We’re always behind you, that you can count on.”
Those are just a couple of the staples of the South Ward song book that the supporters broke out for the march and well through the night as the viewing party commenced at the Football Factory. And of course, there were a couple of anti-L.A. songs mixed in as well to get in the proper mood for the night’s match against the Galaxy.
As the march simmered down and the supporters began filing into Legends to watch the match, the “Let’s Go Red Bulls” chant began again, this time with the prelude, “The whole street sings with us, the whole street sings with us.”
By the end of the night it’s clear: Whether a park, a street, a bar; wherever there are Red Bulls supporters, their unbridled passion and energy will transform any typical venue into the sights and sounds of Red Bull Arena.
For the full 90 minutes of the Red Bulls' 1-0 victory over the Galaxy, it felt as if Red Bull Arena had been moved to West 33rd St. in New York.
The South Ward supporters certainly left their mark on New York Saturday.
New York is our home.