It’s been an incredible rise for Red Bulls rookie Connor Lade this season. The New Jersey native joined the team in the offseason after coming through the Red Bulls Academy and playing collegiately at St. John’s, but coming to an MLS team rich with talent and where playing time was at a premium was a different animal. Yet in a short time Lade has done more than just show that he belongs on an MLS roster, he’s proved to be an impact player and one of the league’s bright young stars.
MLSsoccer.com is in the midst of its annual “24 Under 24”, a series that ranks the league’s top 24 players under the age of 24. On Tuesday, it was revealed that Lade came in at No. 17 on the list, which is determined by both fan voting and an expert panel of national soccer media members. The full post on Lade's selection can be found here: http://www.mlssoccer.com/24under24/news/article/2012/09/11/17-connor-lad...
Lade has become a near-automatic selection for the starting 11 by head coach Hans Backe after making his professional debut on April 14 against San Jose. Lade’s work ethic and versatility has made it almost impossible for Backe to not choose him; the 22-year-old has featured at both defense and in the midfield this year and has picked up three assists in 20 total games.
One of the top highlights of Lade’s rookie season came against the rival Philadelphia Union on July 21, when Lade assisted on both of Kenny Cooper’s goals in a 2-0 Red Bulls win. It was performances like the one vs. Philly that caught the attention of the league; recently, teammate and Red Bulls captain Thierry Henry referred to Lade as the team’s “player of the season”.
In just his first season as a Red Bull, Lade has become one of the fan favorites at Red Bull Arena. If he’s already one of the club’s top players in a so-far successful season, who knows what lies ahead for him.
To view the full list so far and to follow along as the rest of the list is unveiled, visit http://www.mlssoccer.com/24under24/2012/complete-ranking.
Major League Soccer released its player jersey sales for the 2012 season, and two of the Red Bulls’ players are among the league’s seven most popular shirts so far this year.
The jersey of Red Bulls captain and forward Thierry Henry is the second most sold in the league, trailing only that of Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham’s. Henry, one of the world’s most recognizable athletes who has won countless team and individual global awards, has 11 goals and leads the team in assists with eight so far this season.
Despite having joined the team and the league just a little more than a month ago, midfielder Tim Cahill cracked the top-10, as the Australian’s Red Bulls jersey checked in at seventh most popular. After a distinguished career in England with Millwall and most recently with Everton, Cahill joined the Red Bulls as their third Designated Player when he officially signed on July 26. Since then, Cahill has been a spark for New York, registering a goal and two assists throughout his first five matches. He recently scored his 25th all-time goal for the Australian National Team, ranking him second all-time on the country’s goal scoring list.
Here is the full Top-10 selling adidas MLS player jerseys on MLSgear.com / MLSgearCanada.ca / MLS club websites (March 10 – September 10, 2012):
1. David Beckham LA Galaxy
2. Thierry Henry New York Red Bulls
3. Landon Donovan LA Galaxy
4. Fredy Montero Seattle Sounders FC
5. Dwayne De Rosario D.C. United
6. Chris Wondolowski San Jose Earthquakes
7. Tim Cahill New York Red Bulls
8. Robbie Keane LA Galaxy
9. Mauro Rosales Seattle Sounders FC
10. Brian Ching Houston Dynamo
If you feel a bit left out, you can always grab some Red Bulls gear at the Bullshop here at Red Bull Arena or by visiting the official team store at http://www.mlsgear.com/shop-by-mls-team-new-york-red-bulls.html
While the Red Bulls are in the midst of a playoff push, the onset of fall signals the beginning of the season for the Red Bulls Academy. This weekend the Under-13 and Under-14 teams both got their seasons off on the right foot.
A week after going 3-0 in an MLS Academy preseason tournament, the Red Bulls’ Under-13 squad began their campaign with a rousing 7-0 victory over Oakwood SC. The Red Bulls were dominant from the get-go, scoring three times in the opening frame, highlighted by a brace from Kevin Doorley after Tyrrell Moore tallied the opener. The stars of the second half were Brandon Haughton and Zach Ryan, with Ryan notching three goals after the break. Haughton added a goal to go along with an earlier assist. The U-13s will hope to keep their excellent form going next weekend when they travel to Somerset, NJ for a match with PDA.
The Under-14 Red Bulls, who were also perfect in three preseason battles with fellow MLS sides last weekend, also faced off against Oakwood on Sunday. It was a tough back-and-forth contest, but the Red Bulls’ defense held firm. In the second half Markez Zella found the back of the net for the game’s only goal. The U-14s will get back at it this weekend when they visit McLean Soccer Academy in Fairfax, VA.
The Red Bulls returned to training Friday afternoon after a much-needed break in the schedule; a break that allowed players to rest up and heal for the final stretch run. We caught up with Kenny Cooper after the training session to see what he had to say about the tempo in practice and the final matches of the season.
What’s the tempo like in training as you guys come back from a little break?
It feels great to get back and see the guys again and hopefully everyone enjoyed their break. I’m sure everyone was itching to get back out there today. It’s good to see everyone and get back out on the field with them.
It’s back to crunch time now and the Eastern Conference remains a really tight race. Have you looked at the standings? Does it not matter at this point?
I have looked at the table. It’s tight and with seven games left, five of them being home games, hopefully we can finish this last part of the season off strong. We’ve had a little bit of a break and hopefully everyone’s feeling good and healthy. We’ve obviously been unfortunate with some injury problems, but hopefully in that time off guys that were hurt were able to heal up and come back feeling refreshed for this part of the season.
A lot of matches coming up against some of the Eastern Conference sides too like Columbus on Sept. 15, Kansas City two times and Chicago of course in October.
Yeah, and when you’re close in the table to teams and you go against them they’re six-point games. Because there’s a possibility of not only getting points but also taking points off of the other team and hopefully we can do that in these last couple of games. Like you said, we have KC twice, we have Columbus and teams that are in our conference. It’d be great if we can get maximum points and keep them from getting points.
So overall, it sounds like the team is rested and ready to come firing out of the gate against Columbus next weekend.
Well you know, we have a week before the next game. We were back at it Friday and I’m sure the guys were taking good care of themselves whether it was needed rest or sessions in if they felt they wanted or needed it. So, hopefully everyone is feeling good and refreshed. I’m sure everyone is eager to get back out there and put the work in to prepare for our next home game.
Watch: Australia vs. Lebanon Highlights
Despite a short break in New York's schedule, Tim Cahill is among four Red Bulls hard at work with their national teams in matches for various international competitions. For Cahill and his Australian teammates, the competition began yesterday as the Socceroos played an international friendly at Lebanon, in preparation for next Tuesday’s World Cup Qualifier at Jordan. If Cahill and Australia’s performance on Thursday is any indication, the squad is in good shape going forward.
Cahill notched his 25th international goal, opening the scoring on a signature header in the 20th minute as Australia went on to shutout Lebanon, 3-0. With the goal, his 25th all-time, Cahill now stands just four goals behind Damian Mori, who owns Australia’s all-time international scoring record with 29.
Roy Miller (Costa Rica) and Joel Lindpere (Estonia) are also trying to help their teams reach the 2014 World Cup. Today, Estonia hosts Romania and travels to take on Turkey on Tuesday. Costa Rica has a tough task ahead of them in CONCACAF, playing a home-and-home with Mexico beginning today in San Jose, Costa Rica and wrapping up in Mexico City Tuesday.
Goalkeeper Bill Gaudette is with the Puerto Rican National Team as they battle in the 2012 Caribbean Championships. Puerto Rico will play three matches in Group A in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, beginning today with a match against Bermuda. On Sept. 9, the squad will face St. Martin before finishing up against the hosts, Haiti, on Sept. 11.
Be sure to check back next week as we’ll recap this weekend’s international action and look forward to Tuesday’s matches.
SoccerAmerica.com's College Soccer Reporter gave Red Bulls Academy product Brandon Allen Player of the Week honors after he buried three game-winning goals over the last three matches.
Allen, a Freshman at Georgetown, helped lead the Hoyas to 1-0 wins over Florida Gulf Coast and Cal State Northridge, along with a 2-1 win over Penn State.
In addition to SoccerAmerica.com honors, Allen was also named the BIG EAST Conference Rookie of the Week.
EA Sports is giving MLS fans a chance to vote from a field of 19 players to appear on a downloadable cover of FIFA 13 as we edge ever closer to the highly-anticipated release.
MLSsoccer.com has compiled a list of the players, one from each club, available for the special downloadable cover of the game. Red Bulls midfielder Tim Cahill is among the players available for selection, joined by the likes of San Jose's Chris Wondolowski, FC Dallas' Brek Shea and more.
Fans can vote for up to three players. The winning trio will then be joined by MLSsoccer.com's #1 ranked "24 Under 24" player to complete the four-player, downloadable cover.
Visit MLSsoccer.com now to cast your vote, and keep an eye out for the upcoming downloadable cover of FIFA 13.
Red Bulls forward Kenny Cooper and midfielder/defender Rafa Marquez have been named MLS W.O.R.K.S. Humanitarians of the Month for September.
All season long, Cooper and Marquez have been active in the community with various charities and non-profit organizations . Recently the duo teamed up with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to raise attention and funds for pediatric cancer research.
Both Red Bulls were joined by fellow MLS players Dan Kennedy (Chivas USA), Logan Pause (Chicago Fire) and San Jose's Mehdi Ballouchy, Shea Salinas and Jason Hernandez as Humanitarians of the Month.
Congrats to Cooper, Marquez and the rest of the nominated MLS players on a job well done!
To learn more about MLS W.O.R.K.S. and the Soccer Kicks Cancer Initiative, visit MLSsoccer.com.
Up until his 88th minute, match-tying goal against DC United last week, Red Bulls defender Wilman Conde was already having a strong game at left back. That Goal of the Week nominee (Reminder: Vote now!) only strengthened his position on the pitch, as the Red Bulls snagged a point on the road at RFK Stadium.
The staff at MLSsoccer.com took notice and added the Colombian defender to their Team of the Week roster. Here's what they had to say about Conde:
"The defender excelled in New York’s lone game of the week, a 2-2 midweek draw with D.C. United. Took to an unfamiliar role at left back with ease and provided a late equalizer with a top-drawer finish from outside the area."
Also worth noting, midfielder Dax McCarty is listed as an honorable mention, as his shutdown play in the midfield continues to receive heaps of praise.
Not much movement for the Red Bulls in Week 26 Power Rankings as they remain locked in the Top 4 across the board.
Let's kick things off with MLSsoccer.com, as they keep the Red Bulls at fourth place after last week's 2-2 draw against DC United:
"The Red Bulls got their second straight crucial draw on the road, and even though they weren't particuarly pleased with how they played (are they ever?), you can't ignore a team that keeps getting results. Now they have five of their last seven at home, where they're unbeaten."
ESPN Soccernet also has the Red Bulls as fourth overall, dropping them one spot from last week's third-place ranking:
"Wilman Conde's late equalizer allowed the Red Bulls to snag a road draw against D.C. United, helping New York overcome some very suspect goalkeeping from Bill Gaudette. The Red Bulls have two more weeks off until their next outing against Columbus."
There isn't much shuffling going on in the SI rankings either. The order of the Top 4 teams in last week's installment remains the same this time around, with the Red Bulls holding down third overall:
"On short rest, the Red Bulls managed a point at rival D.C. thanks to Wilman Conde's unexpected late blast. It is Conde's play at left back that his most unexpected contribution though. Hans Backe's faith in Conde to stand tall against fleet-of-foot wingers has been vindicated despite growing mounds of critics and detractors."
You would think a week off shouldn't impact much between now and next week, but we've been surprised before. A lot is bound to change, hopefully for the better, when the Red Bulls play three matches between Sept. 15 and Sept. 22.