The Red Bulls kick off their U.S. Open Cup run Tuesday when they head to Charleston, SC to take on the Battery in the third round of the tournament.
A live stream of the match will be available on USLNation.com, as both sides are scheduled to kick off at 7:30pm ET on Tuesday, May 29.
Charleston defeated Reading United AC 2-1 Tuesday night to punch their ticket to the U.S. Open Cup, the oldest soccer competition in the United States.
New York is 0-2 all-time against Charleston in U.S. Open Cup play, getting knocked out in the Second Round on June 26, 2001, 4-1, and in the Fourth Round on July 20, 2004, 1-0. Both games took place at Blackbaud Stadium, which also stands as the venue for the May 29 meeting.
The U.S. Open Cup, created in 1914, is a single-elimination tournament similar to the prestigious English FA Cup. It is open to all amateur and professional teams affiliated with the United States Soccer Federation (U.S.S.F).
The Thierry Henry documentary, Thierry Henry - 1:1, will feature at this year's Kicking and Screening Festival from Wednesday, June 27, through Saturday, June 30.
Produced by Red Bull Media House, the Henry feature takes you along for the ride with the Red Bulls' captain, Arsenal legend and international superstar. It includes a number of clips from his success on the pitch, along with additional off-the-field moments with New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and various other teammates and opponents, both present and past, that have played with or against Henry throughout his career.
Kicking and Screening is an annual series that unites soccer fans and film enthusiasts. More information on the event can be found at KickingAndScreening.com.
The New York Red Bulls salvaged a point at home Wednesday night after finishing in a 1-1 draw against Chivas USA. New York remains undefeated at home this season, as they currently hold a 4-0-2 record at Red Bull Arena. The one-point finish puts the Red Bulls' total at 26 on the season, as they hold down first place in the Eastern Conference and enter into a tie with Real Salt Lake for best record in MLS. DC United, currently two points behind New York, hosts New England Saturday afternoon. A DC win would leapfrog New York and place them first in the East heading into the FIFA break.
Kenny Cooper scored the Red Bulls' lone goal in the 56th minute after receiving a perfectly placed ball from midfielder Dane Richards. The tally was Coop's 11th of the season, placing him in a first place tie with San Jose's Chris Wondolowski in the Golden Boot Race.
New York returns to action Tuesday, May 29, against the Charleston Battery in the third round of the U.S. Cup. More information, along with broadcast/live streaming details, will be available soon.
The next match at Red Bull Arena is slated for June 24 against I-95 rival DC United. The first 5,000 fans 12 and Under will receive free Red Bulls soccer balls. Get your tickets now at Red Bulls Ticket Central or by calling 877.RB.SOCCER.
Here are highlights from Wednesday's 1-1 draw against Chivas:
When you see Dane Richards flying down the wing, you can't help but think something big is about to happen.
That was exactly the case in the 56th minute of Wednesday's match, when a streaking Richards crossed one into the box that was met by Kenny Cooper. It didn't take much for Coop to bury his 11th of the season to level the score against Chivas USA.
Watch the goal again here:
Chivas USA transitioned up field around the 25th minute of play and created a solid chance on goal in an effort to crack the scoreless tie. Juan Pablo Angel let one go but had all post on this shot:
Follow the Red Bulls now on Instagram for the latest collection of photos surrounding the team and Red Bull Arena. Simply search for "NewYorkRedBulls" (all one word).
Take the attached photo for example, an Instagram photo of the bull statue that awaits both teams as they line up to head out through the player tunnel.
Many more are already stored up on our Instagram account, so feel free to browse through the collection as it continues to grow.
Red Bulls goalkeeper Ryan Meara remains the top dog in this week's MLSsoccer.com Rookie Rankings.
Meara earned his eighth victory in 12 starts this past weekend in New York's 2-1 win over the Montreal Impact, the team's fifth-straight win. This is the third consecutive week in which Meara has landed No. 1 overall in Rookie Rankings.
The Red Bulls went from one of the league's leakiest sides to a team that's played largely lock-down defense over the past five matchdays. Meara's ability to come off his line and snuff out attacks before they become dangerous has played a big part in that, and RBNY are atop the Eastern Conference as a result.
Not only will Meara look to backstop the Red Bulls to their sixth-straight win, but he'll also aim to keep New York's perfect record at Red Bull Arena intact. The club remains 4-0-1 at "the fortress" this season.
Watch tonight's action live on MSG+ starting at 7pm ET.
Joel Lindpere was named to MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week after he put on an industrious effort against the Montreal Impact Saturday night.
Lindpere may not have lit up the scoreboard, but he did make his presence known with his signature hustle that helped create the Red Bulls' game-winning goal, courtesy of Dane Richards.
Down a man, the Red Bulls had to grind one out against Montreal over the weekend and did just that, in large part thanks to Lindpere’s effort in the center of the pitch, where he helped set up Dane Richards’ winner and got a call to the Estonian national team for his troubles.
Forward Kenny Cooper, who scored his 10th goal of the season on a penalty kick in Montreal, was added as an honorable mention.
Lindpere was also included in ProSoccerTalk.com's Team of the Week, alongside Red Bulls defender Markus Holgersson.
The Red Bulls will look to extend their win streak to six straight tonight when they host Chivas USA on the pitch at Red Bull Arena. New York remains a perfect 4-0-1 at home this season.
Watch all the action live on MSG+ started at 7pm ET.
The New York Red Bulls remain in the top four of this week’s MLS power rankings, although the exact placement in that top four varies a bit across the web.
We’ll start things off with the MLSsoccer.com rankings.
The staff at the League site gave the Red Bulls a nice jump from No. 4 to No. 2 following this past week’s road win over the Montreal Impact. Both San Jose and Seattle were demoted below the Red Bulls, as Real Salt Lake remains the top dog this week.
MLSsoccer.com provides this back-handed compliment:
What do you call a team that keeps beating inferior opponents by a single goal? Winners. Whatever else happens this season, New York will know that they can go back to playing lock-down soccer if they need to. That's invaluable.
Let’s flip things over to ESPN now, who provided a similar promotion for the Red Bulls in the jump from No. 4 to No. 2.
The last time New York won five straight, Clint Mathis was scoring at will for the MetroStars in '03. After a 2-1 comeback win over Montreal, with 10 men for 32 minutes when Palsson got ejected, the Red Bulls are close to franchise history.
Now it gets a little interesting as we head toward the Soccer by Ives and Sports Illustrated rankings. Five wins in a row, coupled with the team’s ability to win shorthanded against Montreal, didn’t impact (get it? Impact?) the rankings from these respective sites one bit, as the team remains a lock at the No. 4 spot.
The acquisition of Heath Pearce immediately shores up New York's iffy back line, and losing Juan Agudelo in the deal won't be much of a blow if Kenny Cooper keeps on scoring goals. On a five-game winning streak, these Red Bulls are finally living up to the hype.
Hmmm. That doesn’t explain much in terms of the team staying level in their power rankings. Let’s see what Sports Illustrated has to say:
Facing more adversity than perhaps any other team in the league, the Red Bulls ran off their fifth win in a row, to mark their longest winning streak in nine years. Heath Pearce's transition to the back line went rather seamless, and Dane Richards' first goal of the season couldn't have come at a better time. Somehow this team continues to produce results with odds not in its favor.
So this week the Red Bulls land at No. 2 overall on MLSsoccer.com and ESPN, while Soccer by Ives and Sports Illustrated have the team holding steady at No. 4.
I’ll just smile and nod at those last two.
What’s your take on this week’s power rankings?