The New York Red Bulls fell to the Chicago Fire Sunday night by the final of 3-1 after returning from a three-week break in the MLS schedule. Midfielder Dax McCarty scored the lone New York goal when he placed a header into the back of the net in the 55th minute, courtesy of a Mehdi Ballouchy corner kick. (Recap | Watch: McCarty's Goal). Despite a number of shots on goal and chances throughout the remainder of the match, New York was unable to surge back to salvage a point or more on the road at Toyota Park. The loss drops New York's record to 8-4-2, good enough for third place in the Eastern Conference.
The Red Bulls return to action Wednesday night when they head out west for an 11pm ET meeting with the Vancouver Whitecaps (Watch on MSG+). On Sunday, the team returns to Red Bull Arena for a highly-anticipated matchup against rival DC United. The first 5,000 fans 12 and Under will receive a Red Bulls soccer ball. For tickets, visit Red Bulls Ticket Central or call 877.RB.SOCCER.
Here are a few photos from Sunday's loss to the Chicago Fire:
Trailing 1-0 after allowing an early goal to Chicago's Patrick Nyarko inside the fourth minute of play, the Red Bulls leveled the score in the second half after Dax McCarty headed home a corner kick in the 55th minute. The goal marks his second of the season:
Jan Gunnar Solli nearly netted his first goal of the season on a nifty cross from Joel Lindpere, but a diving Sean Johnson allowed Chicago to maintain its 1-0 lead:
The Red Bulls Academy once again proved why it's one of the elite youth organizations in the country, as four of its own were chosen to represent the United States Under-17 National Team for its participation in the upcoming Copa Saprissa Internacional, which will take place from June 23-July 1 in San Jose, Costa Rica. Each facet of the sqaud will feature a Red Bulls Academy standout, as goalkeeper Evan Louro, defender Kevin Politz, midfielder Christopher Lema and forward Wesley Wade all got the call.
The Academy players, along with the rest of the U.S. U-17 team, will play up to seven matches during the tournament. Play for the United States begins on June 23 when they open up against the U-17 select team of Costa Rican club Linafa. Additionally, the U.S. will take on Honduras on June 24, Costa Rica on the 25th, Panamanian club side Chorrillo FC on the 26th and Mexico on the 27th. Additionally, the U.S. may play two friendlies against to be determined teams on June 29 and July 1 before returning home.
Earlier this week, Red Bulls Academy player Malcolm Dixon was also called up by the United States at the Under-15 level.
Don't feel like watching the Red Bulls take on the Chicago Fire at home this Sunday? Head on out to The Zone at Upper 90 for a viewing party of the Red Bulls/Fire game this Sunday. Kickoff is slated for 5:00 PM, but be sure to come out early and enjoy some food and beverages before the match
The Red Bulls are looking to reclaim first place in the Eastern Conference and return to the pitch for an MLS match for the first time since May 23. New York is unbeaten in its last six matches and is looking to continue their positive run.
The Red Bulls' return to Chicago also marks Wilman Conde’s first time back to Toyota Park since leaving the Chicago Fire in 2010. Conde proved to be one of the best defenders in MLS during his time with the Fire, as in 2009 he was named the league’s Defensive Player of the Year and earned a spot on the MLS Best XI. Conde appeared in the Red Bulls' last two U.S. Open Cup matches and figures to be a candidate for a starting spot against his former club.
So if you want to celebrate Father's Day and the New York Red Bulls, then come to The Zone at Upper 90 this Sunday!
Upper 90 is located on 359 Atlantic Avenue (between Hoyt and Bond Streets) in Brooklyn. For more information, visit: http://www.u90soccer.com/thezone.
Malcolm Dixon of the Red Bulls Academy has been named to the 20-player roster of the U.S Under-15 Boys’ National Team, as announced by head coach Tony Lepore. The U-15 squad will be taking part in the Copa Mexico de Naciones tournament in Mexico City, beginning on June 18th. The United States has been drawn into Group B of the tournament, squaring off against Spain, Colombia, and Costa Rica. Group A is made up of Mexico, Canada, Chile, and Nigeria. The top two teams from each group advance to the semifinals, with the final scheduled for June 24th.
Dixon was one of just three forwards named to the team. This is not the first time the Red Bulls Academy member has been called up for international duty, as he has been a fixture on the squad multiple times. Dixon’s most recent performance for the U-15 National Team came in the International Marveld Tournament in Holland, where the team placed fifth out of twelve teams. Dixon’s highlight of the tournament came in a 5-0 victory over Feyenoord (Netherlands), where he scored twice.
The Red Bulls Academy Under-14 team won its third straight Northeast Regional Playoffs this weekend, and will now take place in the U.S. Club Soccer National Championships in July. On Saturday, the U-14s defeated fourth-seeded Albertson to advance to the title game. Ethan Lochner scored twice, while Jerel Blades and Anthony Sileo rounded out the scoring, On Sunday for the title, the U-14s squared off against the top-seeded Baltimore Bays, who had handed the squad its only defeat of the season back in April. The Red Bulls got their retribution, taking the back-and-forth match 4-3. Lochner again scored twice, while Gideon Metrikin also got in on the action with a goal of his own.
The Under-18 Red Bulls also celebrated a title this weekend, winning the Liberty Division title in the East Conference of the United States Development Academy. On Saturday, the U-18s beat local rival Albertson on the road, with goalkeeper Max Brown pitching a shutout in a 2-0 win. After a scoreless first half, Brandon Allen found the back of the net twice, in the 65th and 82nd minutes to earn the victory. On Sunday, the U-18s found the offensive touch, putting in five goals en route to another shutout win, cinching the Division title. The Red Bulls got goals before halftime from Danny Bedoya, Ethan Decker and Allen, his 23rd of the season. Scotty Thomsen and Alex Muyl, who scored his first goal for the U-18s while playing up an age group, rounded out the scoring.
The Under-16 Red Bulls went unbeaten this week. On Saturday, the Red Bulls faced Albertson and found themselves down fairly late in the game, however the squad fought back and earned a penalty kick that Matt Miazga converted to earn a draw. The following day, the U-16s knocked off FC Westchester, 2-0. John Toher scored mid way through the first half and Malcolm Dixon scored mid way through the second half to help the Red Bulls to the away win. Alec Gogic and Evan Louro combined for the shutout win in goal, while Vinny Brunetti provided both assists.
Unfortunately, the U-15 and U-13 Red Bulls both fell in the playoffs this week. The Uner 15 side advanced to the title match, defeating PDA on Saturday 2-0 before falling to the New York Cosmos on Sunday, 3-1. The U-13 side also fell to the Cosmos, 3-0, on Saturday in the semifinals.
New York Red Bulls supporters and members of the Red Bulls front office donated proceeds from the March 24 South Ward Challenge to the Harrison Recreation Center this week.
Chupi, a member of the Viking Army Supporters (pictured), recently presented Harrison's Mayor Raymond J. McDonough with a check, to which McDonough thanked him, the three supporters groups and the Red Bulls for their contribution to the rec center.
Mayor McDonough was happy to receive the contribution on behalf of the groups and said he looks forward to working with all the parties involved once again in the future.
For more information on our supporters, and to learn how you can get involved, visit our South Ward page.
Major League Soccer announced its list of All-Stars by position Thursday afternoon. The Red Bulls have a total of six, including one goalkeeper, one defender, two midfielders and two forwards. Here's the breakdown of New York players who will appear on the MLS All-Star ballot Friday afternoon at 12 PM.
Goalkeeper: Ryan Meara (Full List of Goalkeepers)
Defender: Heath Pearce (Full List of Defenders)
Midfielders: Joel Lindpere, Dane Richards (Full List of Midfielders)
Forwards: Kenny Cooper, Thierry Henry (Full List of Forwards)