Is this coming as a surprise to anyone else? No? Didn't think so...
Red Bulls forward Thierry Henry and defender Wilman Conde have been named to MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week for the second straight week.
Henry etched his name into this week's Starting XI after his three-goal, one-assist performance helped power the Red Bulls past the Montreal Impact 5-2. Not only did his play act as an integral part in New York's second straight win at home, but it also earned Henry his second consecutive Player of the Week nod as well.
On the back line, Conde once again made his presence known with his patented physical play and leadership qualities on the pitch. He may not have registered on the score sheet this week (he did have an assist in his first game as a Red Bull), but that's hardly a knock against a defender. Conde limped off the field at the conclusion of the match and has since had his status for this weekend's meeting in Columbus labeled as "unclear" by MLSsoccer.com's Franco Panizo. Hans Backe suggested the team is going to monitor Conde's injury closely in an effort to avoid any other complications.
The Red Bulls will look to stretch their current win streak to three straight when they take on the Crew Saturday at 3pm ET. Watch all of the action live on MSG.
New York returns home Apr. 14 to take on the San Jose Earthquakes for a 7pm ET kickoff on MSG. The first 10,000 fans through the gate will receive free Thierry Henry posters (10 of which will be signed by Henry himself). Great seats start as low as $20! Get your tickets now at Red Bulls Ticket Central or by calling 877.RB.SOCCER.
Three Red Bulls from the U-17 squad have been selected to the US U-17 Men’s National Team.
Goalkeeper Evan Louro (South River, N.J.), defender Kevin Politz (Morganville, N.J.) and forward Wesley Wade (South Orange, N.J.) will join 15 others players on the team’s trip to Montaigu, France to participate in the 40th Mondial Minimes Tournament.
Read the full release at USsoccer.com.
For more info on the Red Bulls Academy, visit http://www.redbullsacademy.com.
The Red Bulls continue to move up the ladder in league power rankings across the country. In the week 4 addition of MLSsoccer.com's power rankings, New York sits in the top half of the table. Here's what they had to say:
"Thierry Henry is in filthy form. More important is that Ryan Meara let in two fairly soft goals, but bounced back immediately for a strong second half. A rookie 'keeper with that mindset can take a team places, even if the defense struggles."
There's little surprise in Kansas City retaining the top seed, becoming the only team in the league with a perfect record after they edged out Chivas USA at the Home Depot Center Sunday evening. Kansas City has conceded just one goal in their first four matches. Having lost two home matches, LA surprisingly sits in the sixth slot. In 2011, the Galaxy had an undefeated home campaign, and after playing three matches this season, they've dropped two at the Home Depot Center. The Red Bulls have won their first two home matches in convincing fashion, putting in nine goals, yet LA sits two spots above New York, and even more places on other sites. This is the head-scratcher of the week.
Check out how others rate the team's recent success:
Jeff Carlisle at ESPN Soccernet put two-and-two together. He has New York sitting above LA.
ESPN Soccernet: 7 (9)
"That's nine goals in two games for the Red Bulls following their 5-2 win over Montreal, with Thierry Henry netting a hat trick Saturday. But for all the good feelings emanating from Red Bull Arena, New York's defense still looks unconvincing."
Note: Sports Illustrated included Thierry Henry in their MLS Team of the Week for consecutive weeks.
Sports Illustrated: 9 (12)
"Thierry Henry and Kenny Cooper have spearheaded an offensive juggernaut over the last two matches, combining for eight goals in that time, but the club can't afford to have them slow down. Not with Luke Rodgers' visa being denied and Juan Agudelo on the shelf with a torn meniscus. There's reason for optimism at Red Bull Arena, but it should be tempered, especially with integral center back Wilman Conde limping off following the 5-2 thrashing of Montreal."
Soccer By Ives: 6 (11)
"For a while Saturday, it looked as if the Red Bulls were returning to their lackluster ways. But Thierry Henry's hat trick more than made up for some early defensive lapses, including a particularly glaring error by Markus Holgersson. The groin injury that took Rafa Marquez out at halftime will be worth keeping an eye on."
Now that you've seen how the Red Bulls are ranking in the media's eyes, let us know what you think in the comments below.
In honor of Thierry Henry’s three-goal, one-assist performance against the Montreal Impact, combined with his two-goal, one-assist outing against Colorado, the New York Red Bulls are offering a special promotion leading up to kickoff during the Apr. 14 match against the San Jose Earthquakes.
The first 10,000 fans to come through the gates for the 7pm ET kick off against San Jose will receive limited-edition posters of Henry. What’s more, 10 of those posters will be personally autographed by Henry himself.
Henry was a two-time Player of the Week winner during the month of March. The legendary striker has played a part in eight of New York’s 10 goals so far this season, scoring five and assisting three.
To get your tickets for the match against San Jose, visit Red Bulls Ticket Central or call 877.RB.SOCCER.
Watch: Ballouchy's Goal
It didn’t take Mehdi Ballouchy long to find the back of the net in Saturday’s match against the Montreal Impact.
Ballouchy first took to the pitch when Head Coach Hans Backe subbed him on in the 69th minute in place of midfielder Joel Lindpere. Three minutes later, Ballouchy buried a beautifully placed flick from Captain Thierry Henry to extend the Red Bulls’ lead to 4-2.
“I saw Titi kind of make a run near post and I knew he was going to just flick it,” Ballouchy said, “and by the time he flicked it I read the play and got into that space and was able to finish.”
Ballouchy’s goal stood as the proverbial “nail in the coffin,” allowing the Red Bulls to pull away with the lead before Henry capped off the day with his third goal of the match to secure the 5-2 win.
Since returning home to face the Colorado Rapids on Mar. 25, the Red Bulls have stressed the notion of turning Red Bull Arena into a “fortress.” Ballouchy’s goal undoubtedly hammered that point home, while his goal celebration carried a message of its own.
“It’s for the fans,” Ballouchy said with a laugh. “It’s their chant they do, so I was just doing my version of what they do.”
Ballouchy’s first notch of the season was also named a nominee in MLSsoccer.com’s Goal of the Week voting. Reporters have their say in Player of the Week voting, but Goal of the Week voting is the fans’ turn. Vote for Ballouchy and help the Red Bulls secure two consecutive weeks of Goal of the Week honors.
The Red Bulls return home to Red Bull Arena Apr. 14 when they host the San Jose Earthquakes for a 7pm ET kickoff. The first 10,000 fans through the gate will receive a Thierry Henry poster. Out of those 10,000, ten random posters will be signed by Henry. Great seats start as low as $20. Get your tickets now at Red Bulls Ticket Central or by calling 877.RB.SOCCER.
The Red Bulls Academy teams went 6-1 this weekend and are now 12-2 over the past two weekends combined. Despite dropping their first game of the weekend to Empire United on Saturday, the Red Bulls Under-18 squad rebounded with an emphatic 5-0 victory over Seacoast on Sunday. The Red Bulls scored three times within a 13-minute span in the first half, starting with Erik Sa’s third goal of the season in the 18th minute, followed up by Sean Sheridan and Danny Bedoya finding the back of the net as well. Danny Bartok and Scotty Thomsen also scored after the restart, while Max Brown went the distance between the posts for the shutout.
The Under-16 Red Bulls went 2-0 this weekend, beginning on Saturday when they defeated Empire United by a 3-0 score. Malcolm Dixon had a standout performance, scoring once and setting up goals for Alex Muyl and Vinny Brunetti. Joe Ohaus earned the shutout in net.
On Sunday, the Under-16’s earned a hard-fought victory over Seacoast. The Red Bulls went up 2-0 on goals by Amando Moreno and Izzy Tandir, and seemed to be in control of the match. However Seacoast battled back with two quick goals to even the affair. But the Red Bulls were able to break through twice more courtesy of Muyl and Brunetti, and came away with a 4-2 win.
On Sunday, the Under-15 Red Bulls faced off against MatchFit. The Red Bulls entered halftime with a lead, as Donte Perez converted early on. Tyler Pinho doubled the Red Bulls’ advantage in the second half, and Perez added another insurance goal as the Red Bulls cruised to a smooth 3-0 win.
The Under-14 Red Bulls also earned a shutout over MatchFit, winning 2-0 on Sunday. Ethan Lochner opened the scoring early in the second half, converting a penalty kick after he was fouled in the box. Ten minutes later, Marcello Borges supplied an insurance goal, as Tom Lapinas and Max Lurie split time in net, pitching a shutout.
Also on Sunday, the Red Bulls Under-13 Pre-Academy team won its matchup with MatchFit, 2-0. Dontae Greer and Chris Schuermann provided the scoring, notching goals on either side of halftime.
MSG Networks, the official broadcast partner of the New York Red Bulls, took home a cool 16 Emmy Awards across a number of categories, as announced by The New York Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Monday afternoon.
Red Bulls announcer Steve Cangialosi secured two awards on his own for On-Camera Talent: Sports Play-by-Play category and the On-Camera Talent: Anchor – Sports category.
Cangialosi is currently in his fifth season as the team’s play-by-play announcer and 11th season covering the Red Bulls. He is joined by Shep Messing, in his 12th season as an expert analyst, along with host and sideline reporter Tina Cervasio, also in her fifth season covering the Red Bulls.
For a full list of Red Bulls matches appearing on MSG broadcasts this season, visit the schedule page.
The Football Factory at Legends officially unveiled its highly-anticipated soccer museum on Tues., Mar. 27.
As mentioned in an earlier post here on NewYorkRedBulls.com, the first piece of memorabilia added to the museum was a signed Thierry Henry jersey. From there, the collection has grown exponentially to include various other tokens from the soccer world including World Cup jerseys, various photos and an entire floor dedicated to US Soccer. Check it out for yourself with a visit to the Football Factory at Legends, 6 W 33rd St. between 6th and 5th avenues in New York City.
Nothing beats browsing through the collection in person, but for those who can't make it to the Football Factory anytime soon, or want just a small glimpse of what the museum has to offer, check out this photo gallery:
Red Bulls rookie goalkeeper and New York native Ryan Meara was on hand for the New York Rangers' 4-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens Friday night. Fresh off his first career MLS win, and one day prior to the Red Bulls' win over the Montreal Impact, Meara chatted with MSG's John Giannone during a break in play to discuss his start in New York and what he'd be doing if he wasn't playing soccer.
The Red Bulls picked up their second win of the season, and second-straight victory at home, in a high-scoring, 5-2 victory over the Montreal Impact Saturday evening (Recap | Highlights). Similar to the previous week's 4-1 win over Colorado, Red Bulls captain Thierry Henry put on yet another strong performance, this time scoring three goals and adding one assist in an outing that saw him earn his first career MLS hat trick (Watch: Henry's Hat Trick) and AT&T Man of the Match honors.
Forward Kenny Cooper also added to his goal total, currently standing at four tallies, with a penalty-kick finish that beat Montreal's Donovan Ricketts to send both teams into the half tied at two. Mehdi Ballouchy rounded out the scoring after his 69th minute sub led to a 72nd minute goal courtesy of a highlight-reel worthy flick pass from the foot of Henry.
New York returns to action Saturday at 3pm ET when they head to Ohio for a meeting with the Crew (Watch on MSG). The Red Bulls will look to extend their undefeated record at home when the San Jose Earthquakes come to town Apr. 14 for a 7pm ET kickoff. Get your tickets now on Red Bulls Ticket Central or call 877.RB.SOCCER. Great seats starting as low as $20! The first 10,000 fans through the gate for the Apr. 14 match will receive a Thierry Henry poster.
Here are a few photos from Saturday's win over Montreal: