Thierry Henry's two-goal, one-assist performance justifiably earned him MLS Player of the Week honors, as voted on by a panel of journalists from NASR, but now his Goal of the Week nomination is up to you!
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The Red Bulls earned their first victory of the season on home turf at Red Bull Arena Sunday evening with a monstrous 4-1 win over the Colorado Rapids (Recap | Highlights). Kenny Cooper and Thierry Henry each earned a brace on the day (Watch: Henry's Brace), while rookie goalkeeper Ryan Meara picked up his first-career MLS victory and was named the AT&T Man of the Match.
Check out photos from Sunday's action:
Does it get any better than this? Thierry Henry opens his 2012 MLS campaign in style. His goal came within the first three minutes of the Red Bulls' home opener against the Colorado Rapids. The Red Bulls' high pressure was rewarded, and Henry's left-footed shot from the center of the box slipped by Colorado keeper Matt Pickens. He later added his second of the match in the 53rd minute to give the Red Bulls a 3-0 lead. Watch both of his goals below.
The New York Red Bulls had two players named to the United States U-18 men’s national team roster announced today by the U.S. Soccer Federation.
New York Red Bulls Academy members’ goalkeeper Santiago Castano and midfielder Adam Najem were both named to the squad for a training camp that will take place from March 25 – April 1 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA.
Castano joined the Red Bulls at age 13 and has previously been called up to the U.S. U-14, U-15, U-17 and U-18 national teams. The Union City, N.J. native recently posted a shutout for the New York Red Bulls U-17/18 team in a 2-0 win against D.C. United.
Najem was most recently called up to the U.S. U-18 national team for a January camp. Najem has featured in eight games and scored seven goals for the New York Red Bulls U-15/16 team so far this season.
The Red Bulls Supporters groups and New York Red Bulls front office will compete for the South Ward Challenge Cup Saturday, Mar. 24, at the Harrison Soccer Courts (15 Frank E. Rodgers Blvd.). The event kicks off at 10am and pins The Viking Army, Garden State Ultras, Empire Supporters and Red Bulls front office against one another for the highly coveted South Ward Challenge Cup.
Teams are guaranteed to face off against one another at least once in 30-minute, 7v7 matches. The Green Room, located at 203 Frank E Rodgers Boulevard South in Harrison, will be offering those in attendance a chance to relax and hang out during the tournament.
The South Ward is the supporters section at Red Bull Arena, consisting of sections 101 (Empire Supporters Club), 133 (Garden State Ultras) and 102 (Viking Army SC). The Supporters in the South Ward fill Red Bull Arena with flags, drums, banners and, most of all, their voices, for the full 90 minutes of every match.
Come hang out for the day and cheer on all four teams as they compete for the South Ward Challenge Cup!
Check out more information on each of the Supporters Groups:
Red Bull Arena opened its doors Thursday afternoon for Media Day. While a number of players were asked questions about the regular season and the upcoming home opener, a few interesting ones worked their way into the mix as well. Here are just a few random comments from some of the newest additions to the Red Bulls:
Tyler Ruthven on emulating his father’s facial hair: “My ability to grow a beard is extremely limited. At some point this year I’ll give my best effort, but I don’t think it will be the same level.”
Jeremy Vuolo on his fluency in Finnish and chatting with Teemu Tainio: “We’ll say ‘hello’ to each other in Finnish or when he curses in Finnish and doesn’t think anyone knows it, I know what it means.”
Brandon Barklage, when asked to describe Billiken: “I couldn’t tell you to be honest. I was there for two years, and I still haven’t figured it out. I know it’s a like a lucky charm doll type deal.”
Victor Palsson on why he wears No. 44: “44 I got here because that was my first team number at Liverpool. 91 because 44 was not available at Hibs. Then I just thought I’m born in ’91, so why not? Season after that, my manager didn’t want anyone to have a high number, so I was 19 by the time, so I changed it to 19. I came here 19 wasn’t available, 91 wasn’t available, so I went with 44.”
Ryan Maduro, after finding out Stephen Keel has similar work experience in construction/flipping houses: “We have a little one-two punch there and maybe we can go into business on the side and become corporate millionaires.”
Newly acquired defender Wilman Conde, who suffered a thigh injury in the early stages of the third match against Los Angeles in the Desert Diamond Cup, is improving his chances of returning to the pitch sooner rather than later. As the Red Bulls head into Sunday's home opener against the Colorado Rapids (4pm ET, ESPN/ESPN Deportes), they may be doing so with the option of including the six-foot-two Colombian.
“He will probably be available,” Head Coach Hans Backe said Tuesday following the team's training session at Montclair State University. “Let’s see how he responds. He trained this weekend with eight, ten guys. Now we have a lot of sessions before the Sunday game.”
The Red Bulls Academy continued its winning ways this weekend with a combined 9-0 record.
The Under-18 Red Bulls kicked off their weekend with an impressive 4-2 victory over Potomac. Brandon Allen continued his excellent start to the season, scoring two goals while adding an assist. Danny Bedoya’s first two goals of the season rounded out the Red Bulls’ scoring, with Ross Tetro providing two assists. On Saturday, the Under-18’s faced off against fellow MLS side D.C. United, and goalkeeper Santiago Castano shined in earning the shutout in a 2-0 win. Allen once again was a catalyst for the Red Bulls’ attack, scoring the game’s opening goal right after halftime, his eighth of the season. Then, Allen set up Bedoya for a goal in the 85th minute to effectively put the game away.
The Under-16 Red Bulls scored a combined eight goals in their two-victory weekend. On Saturday, the U-16’s knocked off Potomac, 3-0, behind a solid defensive effort and performance from goalkeeper Joe Ohaus. Amando Moreno notched a goal and an assist, with Izzy Tandir and Malcolm Dixon rounding out the scoring. D.C. United provided a tougher test on Sunday, but the U-16’s still came away victorious by a 5-2 score. Moreno, Tandir and Dixon once again all found the back of the net, while Adam Najem tallied a brace.
Harrison Steadman enjoyed a banner weekend for the Under-15 Red Bulls, who also swept their weekend matches over Potomac and D.C. United. On Saturday, the Red Bulls knocked off Potomac 5-0, with Steadman leading the way with a hat trick. Tarik Gazko and Nick Montgomery also scored in the match. On Sunday the team traveled to take on D.C. United, and again it was Steadman who led the way. Once again he knocked in three goals, two before halftime and one after. The Red Bulls’ defense held firm throughout, and the team held on for a 3-0 shutout win.
The Under-14 Red Bulls found their scoring ways as well in comfortable wins over Potomac and D.C. United. Four first half goals against Potomac paved the way on Saturday, with Jerel Blades scoring twice before the interval. Newcomer Jose Huerta scored twice in the second half as the Red Bulls rolled to an easy victory. On Sunday, the U-14’s matched up with D.C. United, and again they were quick to strike. Gideon Metrikin, Kyle Zajec and Henry Martin paced the Red Bulls to a 3-0 halftime advantage, while Jonas Halvorsen found the back of the net twice in the second half. D.C. United was able to pull one back, but it wasn’t nearly enough as the Red Bulls took the game 5-1.
On Saturday, the Under-13 Red Bulls played an exciting back and forth match against Met Oval and came away with a dramatic victory. Trailing 1-0 entering the second half, the Red Bulls went ahead on two goals by Markez Zalla. A long-range strike by Met Oval late in the match made the game seem headed for a draw. However, with under a minute remaining in the game, Dantae Greer set up Danny Laranetto for the late-game winner.
The RBNY Academy would like to welcome two clubs to its family of Training Program partners: Cedar Grove Soccer Club and Farmingdale Soccer Club.
Cedar Grove Soccer Club is an organization located in Essex County and serves over 400 players per year. The Red Bulls partnership will be focus on grass roots development of grades k thru 8th. To learn more about the organization, visit their website.
Farmingdale Soccer Club is an organization located in Nassau County and serves over 1000 players per year. The Red Bulls partnership will be focused on their developmental Mini Kick Program. To learn more about the organization visit their website.
To learn more about Red Bull Training opportunities visit RedBullsAcademy.com.