New York Red Bulls striker Corey Hertzog scored two goals in his first match while on loan to the Wilmington Hammerheads on June 2nd. Wilmington defeated the Orlando City Lions 3-1, led by the offensive efforts of the Red Bulls striker.
Hertzog scored his first goal for Wilmington in the 26th minute, knotting the game at one goal apiece. The goal was scored on a breakaway by Hertzog, as he juked the keeper to put away his first goal since being loaned to Wilmington on May 29th. He then put the game away, scoring the third and final goal of the match to secure the victory for the Hammerheads. Hertzog’s second goal came in stoppage time, when he found himself alone with the Orlando City keeper and blasted it into the back of the net.
Wilmington and Hertzog will next be in action on June 8th when they will face the Rochester Rage.
The Red Bulls Academy went an impressive 8-0-1 over the weekend highlighted by the Under-23 team winning two more matches to run its unbeaten streak to seven. The team traveled to Maine for matches on Saturday and Sunday, beginning with a 2-0 victory over the Seacoast Phantoms. The first 70 minutes of the match went by with the teams level, but Blerti Hajdari finally broke the deadlock, hammering in a rebound off a Mike Innocenzi strike. A few minutes later, Hajdari peppered in a strike from about 30 yards out to provide the insurance goal. On Sunday, the U-23’s scored twice again, beating Seacoast United 2-1 to stay atop the league table. Mark Brode’s first goal of the season, finishing off a Konrad Plewa pass. Then it was Hajdari again firing home his third goal of the weekend putting the Red Bulls in command. Seacoast United did eventually pull one back, but the Red Bulls were able to hold for the victory despite 12 minutes of added time in the second half.
Brandon Allen continued his excellent season this weekend, scoring four times to raise his season total to 21. On Saturday, the U-18’s defeated the Cosmos Academy by a 4-1 score. After Kerlins Georges opened the scoring in the 22nd minute, the Cosmos were able to level the game just moments later. That’s where Allen took over, scoring in the 32nd, 76th and 87th minutes, with Mael Corboz assisting on two of the goals. The following day, the U-18s again found the back of the net with regularity, defeating Met Oval 5-1, moving into first place in the Liberty Division. A fourth minute Met Oval own goal put the Red Bulls on top, and the squad extended the lead to 4-0 before halftime with two goals from Ethan Decker and one from Eric Lagg. Again, Corboz played facilitator, setting up both of Decker’s goals to raise his season assist total to six. For good measure in the second half, Allen converted a Danny Bedoya feed for his 21st goal of the season.
On Saturday, the Under-16 Red Bulls defeated the Cosmos Academy 2-0. Alex Muyl had a part in both goals, setting up Amando Moreno for the first goal which came after a scoreless first frame. Muyl then scored an excellent goal, picking the ball up from midfield and dribbling past three Cosmos defenders before rounding the goalkeeper and sending the ball into the back of the net. The following day, the U-16s picked up a point in a 1-1 draw with Met Oval. The Red Bulls went ahead on a goal by Vinny Brunetti, but the Cosmos leveled the game before halftime. Despite playing with 10 men throughout most of the second half, the Red Bulls were able to defend well and earn the draw.
The Red Bulls Under-13, Under-14 and Under-15 teams all advanced to the semifinals of their respective playoffs with victories this weekend. Matt Olusunde notched four goals and two assists in a one-sided win over Met Oval for the U-13s. On Sunday the U-14s defeated Matchfit Academy 4-0, led by two goals and an assist from Rafael Terci, and the Undr-15s also found the back of the net often, pouring in six in a win over Albertson on Sunday thanks to a hat trick from Harrison Steadman. All three teams will play in the semifinals this coming weekend in Lancaster, PA.
The New York Red Bulls held a meet and greet session for all Red Members at Red Bull Arena on Saturday, June 2nd. Fans in attendance had the chance to see their favorite players up close, as well as have some of their memorabilia signed by the team.
Longtime fans and new supporters showed up in droves to introduce themselves to the Red Bulls, who are currently in second place in the Eastern Conference, just a single point behind D.C United. The only members from the squad that were not present at the event were those who have been called up for international duty.
Elizan Morales, who hails from Middlesex, NJ, is a long-time fan who was on hand for Saturday's event. Morales was most excited to see striker Kenny Cooper, who leads the Red Bulls with eleven goals this season.
“To me he’s the fresh blood for this team,” said Morales, “and he is going to set the standard for this team to build up.”
Morales was not the only fan who wanted to get their items signed by Cooper, as many people lined up to meet the New York forward. Morales was also excited to see rookie Connor Lade, who scored his first professional goal in New York’s 3-0 victory over the Charleston Battery.
Of course, fans like Nico and Frederick Eiden from Essex Fells, NJ, were also thrilled to meet forward Thierry Henry.
“I’m most excited to see Henry because of how he shoots,” Nico said.
Nico’s father, Frederick, had some reasons of his own for wanting to see the international superstar.
“He is a great role model for the kids and he has the ability to save the game,” said Frederick.
Fans aren't the only ones who get to enjoy the autograph session. The players also enjoy an opportunity to meet the fans who support them throughout the season, especially newcomers like defender Heath Pearce, who was acquired May 17th in a trade that sent Juan Agudelo to Chivas USA.
“Obviously we have a great set of fans so I’m excited to meet some of them,” Pearce said. “It’s a great chance for us as a team to show our support for the supporters.”
The signing took place directly following a training session on the pitch at Red Bull Arena, but Pearce had no problem cutting his rest short in order to come out and meet the fans.
“It’s never a hassle,” Peace said. “It’s always important for us to come out here and show the fans that we appreciate everything that they do for us. We’re thankful for all the time they take to support us, so this is the least we can do.”
To learn how you can become a membership card holder, visit Red Bulls Ticket Central.
The New York Red Bulls’ Rafa Marquez was noticeably absent from Thursday’s international friendly between Mexico and Bosnia-Herzegovina at Chicago’s Soldier Field due to a right quadriceps injury suffered during a training session Wednesday afternoon. Marquez has already been ruled out for the friendly against Brazil in Dallas on Sunday June 3 and remains questionable for Mexico’s upcoming World Cup qualifying match against Guyana on June 8. Marquez has made over 100 appearances in international matches for Mexico.
Marquez came on as a substitute in the 77th minute of Mexico’s previous match against Wales, a 2-0 win at MetLife Stadium on Sunday May 27.
This season the Red Bulls are 4-0-2 with Marquez in the lineup, as he has contributed two assists in that span. Since signing with the Red Bulls in 2010, Marquez has both started and played in 35 games and attributed 8 assists and 1 goal during his time with the Red Bulls.
Newly acquired Red Bulls defender Heath Pearce spoke with NewYorkRedBulls.com briefly following Friday's training session at Montclair State University to discuss his transition to the team, the area, and his goal in the U.S. Open Cup match against the Charleston Battery.
Let’s start off by backtracking just a little bit. Where were you when you first heard of the trade?
I was actually at training. It was still pretty early. I would typically get in about two hours, an hour and a half before training started, so I was getting some treatment and stuff and one of the fitness coaches came up to me and said the head coach wanted to talk to me. That was the first time he’d ever done that. Usually when the coach wanted to talk to me he’d stop by in the training room and say, “Hey, when you get a chance stop by.” So right away something kind of rubbed me different. So I went in there and, like I’ve said in a few interviews before, it was like a ghost town in the coaches office. Normally, they had a large coaching staff, seven, eight, ten guys, and they’re always [there]. And it’s empty and I was like, “Oh, OK, this can't be good.” And then I come in, he’s in there and he calls me in and sits down and breaks the news to me. It was very professional, quick, short.
How has the transition been so far, just living in the New York area?
It’s great. It’s great. We obviously have a really cool team here and a bunch of good guys who welcomed me since the start. And to go to Montreal and get a win a man down after being here a day and getting a point against Chivas – when, OK, I thought we should have gotten three points - but to be getting points right away and jumping in the lineup with the team’s a great thing. It makes everything happen a lot quicker. I’m excited.
In the third round match of the U.S. Open Cup you had a chance to get on the score sheet with a goal as well. Must’ve felt pretty good, huh?
Yeah, it’s good. Any time you can contribute to a win as a defender, center back or outside back, a lot of times you don’t get to contribute in those ways. You contribute defensively and in other ways – that kind of behind the scenes type stuff. So any time you can get a goal like that it’s fun and to help the team get a result is always a good thing. I’m happy for us, I’m excited for us to get to the next round.
What’s this I hear about you assisting Kenny Cooper on his first goal as a member of the U.S. Men’s National Team?
Yeah, that’s right. I just remembered that. I forgot about that. Yeah, we were playing against Denmark in L.A. and I played a ball to Kenny, kind of a through ball, Kenny took a great touch kind of got on a breakaway and finished it off. I just remember that. Wow. That was a while ago. (laughs)
What’s it like playing with him again now as a member of the Red Bulls?
Yeah you know, Kenny spins off the back shoulders of the defenders a lot. He’s always drifting into good spaces and he’s obviously finishing goals right now, so you couldn’t ask for more in terms of his production in front of the net. So hopefully he’ll keep it going and get some wins for us this year.
Have you ever wanted to take your photo on the pitch at Red Bull Arena? Now's your chance!
The first 100 social media followers that purchase tickets through this special link will be invited to take a picture on the pitch immediately following the June 24 match against DC United.
This is a limited offer available to only the first 100 fans who purchase through the special code.
The photo opportunity will start 15 minutes after the match and last for 30 minutes. Fans will have the opportunity to take a picture at one of three spots on the field (north goal, south goal or the Red Bulls' bull and sun logo).
After purchasing a ticket, fans will be contacted regarding where to pick up their wristband that will gain them access to the pitch.
Any fan who posts a photo from the event to Twitter with the hashtag #redbullarena will be entered to win four tickets to the Red Bulls' next home match on Sunday, July 15 against the Seattle Sounders. The winner will be randomly selected shortly after the event and contacted via a direct message on Twitter, so make sure you follow us (otherwise we can't message you!).
Ryan Meara has stood atop the weekly Rookie Rankings over at MLSsoccer.com for the past few weeks, so it shouldn't come as any major surprise that he is also atop the League's rankings for Week 12 as well.
After posting a 4-0-1 record over the Red Bulls' five matches in May, Meara is once again looking down at the rest of his 2012 draft class.
Here's what MLSsoccer.com had to say about the 21-year-old Fordham University product:
D.C. United may sit in first in the Eastern Conference as the calendar turns to June, but with Meara at the helm of what has become one of MLS' stingiest defenses, this could be the year New York finally make a regular-season run. And to think, the 21-year-old was a questionable SuperDraft pick back in January.
It's good to see Soccer by Ives isn't the only site recognizing Meara for his efforts. Make sure you visit the link above at MLSsoccer.com to vote for Meara.
There's a healthy buzz around the Internet today following Tuesday night's U.S. Open Cup action. And why not? The Red Bulls' 3-0 shutout win over the Charleston Battery wasn't the only exciting match of the night. In fact, the full night's worth of matches resulted in a number of upsets, as seven MLS sides were eliminated from contention.
MLSsoccer.com has an individual breakdown of each match, complete with a short summary of some of the most intense matches of the night.
Obviously the level of excitement of each match is up to a fan's own interpretation, but I doubt you'll find anyone who will deny the fact that the Harrisburg City Islanders vs. New England Revolution match was anything short of dramatic.
Once the Red Bulls defeated the Battery, it would come down to the winner of that match to determine the who, when and where of New York's fourth round Open Cup meeting.
New England played a majority of the match down a man, yet still closed out the first 90 minutes in a scoreless draw against Harrisburg. But, seeing as how each match up must produce a winner, a draw was not an option. During extra time, New England jumped out to an explosive 3-0 lead. At that point it seemed like a foregone conclusion that the Red Bulls would be hosting the Revolution at Red Bull Arena. After all, a 3-0 lead is pretty much a lock in extra time, right?
Well, not exactly.
The City Islanders caught fire and scored three goals of their own to draw level in the additional 30 minutes of time. From there, Harrisburg closed out its rally with a picture-perfect finish in penalty kicks to not only advance to the next round, but also host the Red Bulls at Skyline Sports Complex in PA on June 5 (7:30 p.m. kickoff).
One of the reasons I love the U.S. Open Cup is the opportunity to discover American soccer in full depth. We can all find the top of the totem pole, the men’s and women’s national teams and MLS. But there’s a lot of soccer out there that’s not fully professional, that’s lesser adorned and not necessarily attached to network TV contracts.
One-by-one the results kept coming in Tuesday night, with each one seeming more unlikely than the last. On perhaps the wildest, most unpredictable night in U.S. Open Cup history, seven MLS teams were eliminated from the competition the third round, and the manner in which some of them were sent packing was downright shocking.
If the fourth round of U.S. Open Cup action turns out to be just as intense as the third, then fans will undoubtedly be treated to some more exciting soccer.
Mark your calendars: Red Bulls vs. City Islanders on Tuesday, June 5 at 7:30 p.m. ET
The Red Bulls hold relatively steady in Week 12 Power Rankings after the team closed out its recent match against Chivas USA with a 1-1 draw.
Tie or not, the Red Bulls salvaged a point and remain unbeaten in six straight. That alone is cause for many power rankings around the web to keep the club within the same Top 3 range.
With the next three weeks of the season occupied by U.S. Open Cup action, combined with the simultaneous break for FIFA obligations, we'll carry these rankings with us up until when we return to regular season play on June 17.
We'll start things off this week with Soccer by Ives, as they've ranked the Red Bulls the lowest of the three sites in this week's installment (and that's with the slight promotion from last week's fourth overall). Still, holding down the No. 3 spot in SBI rankings is nothing to shy away from.
"The Red Bulls' five-game winning streak is no more after being held to a draw by Chivas USA, but the club still has not lost since bottoming out in D.C. on April 22, and is just a point of United's pace in the East with two games in hand. With stars and starters returning to health, the Red Bulls are set up for a successful summer."
The next two, MLSsoccer.com and ESPN Soccernet, each ranked the Red Bulls second overall; which is to say, kept them right where they were in the Week 11 rankings.
"Even the stoniest of hearts in section 101 had to soften a little when Juan Pablo Ángel got that spectacular midweek goal. Their old captain may have helped snap New York's winning streak, but "unbeaten in six and getting healthy" is a nice tag to wear right about now."
"New York supporters paid their proper respects to former Red Bull Juan Pablo Angel, but would have preferred the Chivas forward not score in a 1-1 draw. New York's win streak was stopped at five but it remains unbeaten in six."
There ya have it. That's where the Red Bulls are ranked coming out of Week 12. What's your take on these rankings? Comment below.
Soccer by Ives named Red Bulls goalkeeper Ryan Meara its MLS Rookie of the Month for the month of May.
Meara opened up the month by building off his Apr. 28 shutout against the Revolution with two more clean sheet; one against the Galaxy, and the other against the Dynamo. His three-game shutout streak came to an end in New York's 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Union on May 13, but his perfect streak remains intact after backstopping a win over Montreal and a draw at home against Chivas USA.
"Not only did Meara help the New York Red Bulls go 4-0-1 during the month of May, he did so by making coutnless outstanding saves, and did so despite the fact New York was missing key defensive starters all month."
Meara and company face off against the Charleston Battery tonight at 7:30pm ET in the third round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Fans can watch a free, online stream of the match at USLNation.com.