Red Bulls Update: April 12

New York starts two-game homestand against FC Dallas

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After playing two consecutive West Coast games, the New York
Red Bulls start a two-game homestand this Saturday, when they take on FC Dallas
at the brand-new Red Bull Arena at 7:30 PM ET (TV: MSG; Radio: WADO 1280 AM).
For tickets, call the Red Bulls at 1.877.RBSOCCER or log onto

New York is coming off its first
loss of the season after dropping a 2-0 decision at the hands of Chivas USA at The Home
Depot Center Saturday afternoon. Despite the defeat, the Red Bulls remain in
first place in the Eastern Conference with a 2-1-0 record and six points, tied
with the Kansas City Wizards and the New England Revolution.

Red Bulls look to get back to their winning ways against FC Dallas, which has
started the season 0-0-2. It looked as if the Hoops would lose their first game
of the season when they were down, 2-1, against the Columbus Crew at Pizza Hut
Park last Saturday, but a
93rd minute equalizer by Eric Avila secured a point for the hosts. Jeff
Cunningham, the 2009 MLS Golden Boot winner with 17 goals, opened the scoring
for FC Dallas in the 29th minute before the Crew’s Adam Moffat and Guillermo
Barros Schelotto gave Columbus
the lead in the second half. FC Dallas opened the season with a 1-1 tie against
the Houston Dynamo on March 27. Saturday’s match will be the Hoops’ first road
game of 2010.

New York is 16-16-2 all-time
against FC Dallas and went 1-1-0 against its Western Conference rival last
season. On July 4 at Pizza
Hut Park,
FC Dallas got two goals from Cunningham within the space of three minutes in
the first half to earn the three points. Red Bulls forward Juan Pablo Angel
scored later in the interval for the visitors. Angel and the Red Bulls were
able to extract revenge on Aug. 23 at Giants Stadium, defeating FC Dallas, 3-2,
behind an Angel brace and Dane Richards strike. Angel, who scored the
match-winner in the 88th minute, broke Giovanni
Savarese’s club record for regular season goals scored (41). New York is 9-8-1 at home against FC Dallas and won the
last three encounters in New Jersey.

RED BULLS DROP ONE TO CHIVAS: The New York Red Bulls lost their
first game of the 2010 MLS season, falling to Chivas USA, 2-0, Saturday afternoon at The
Home Depot Center. After a scoreless first half, Chivas USA went ahead for good on an own goal by New York goalkeeper Bouna
Coundoul. Jesus Padilla also tallied a goal in second half stoppage time to
give Chivas the three points.

Chivas earned the first
scoring opportunity of the match when Jonathan Bornstein won the ball on the
left wing 10 minutes in and whipped in a cross that Chukwudi Chijindu volleyed
over the bar. Eight minutes later, Macoumba Kandji got a weak header goal bound
off a Joel Lindpere corner, but the Chivas defense was able to clear. Bornstein
nearly got a goal for himself, nodding Sacha Kljestan’s free kick delivery

Kandji had another good
opportunity to put New York
- which had a 5-2 advantage in corner kicks during the first half - in front in
the 32nd minute, again getting a Lindpere feed and putting it over
the bar. Moments before the break, Bornstein rifled a left-footed attempt high,
before Chijindu arguably had the best chance of the interval soon after, when
he got free on the left side of the penalty box and curled a shot just past the
right post.

Chivas took the lead on
two minutes into the second half. Padilla had space at the top of the box and
hit a shot that bounced off the inside of the right post. Coundoul tried to get
his hands on the rebound, but he deflected it into his own net. It was the
first goal in three regular season games that the Red Bulls conceded.

The Red Bulls looked to
tie the game in the 64th minute, as Jeremy Hall found Juan Pablo
Angel in the box and the forward headed high. With 16 minutes left, Kandji
crossed it to Salou Ibrahim, who made his MLS debut after signing with the club
Friday, but the forward couldn’t get a strong shot off and it went wide. Later,
substitute Tony Tchani headed down a Tim Ream free kick. Angel slid in, but
Chivas goalkeeper Zach Thornton was first to the ball and punched it out of

sealed the result for the hosts, latching onto a Thornton long ball and raced towards goal,
before blasting a shot past Coundoul and into the net.

Red Bulls will host MLS expansion side, Philadelphia Union, on Tuesday, April
27 at 8:00 PM at Red Bull Arena in a preliminary round match of the Lamar Hunt
U.S. Open Cup tournament. For more information or to purchase tickets, which
are priced at $15 each and located in the Arena's 100 Level, please call
1.877.RBSOCCER or log onto

New York won a coin toss
to earn the right to host this match-up. Should the Red Bulls advance, they
will host the New England Revolution at Red Bull Arena in the next round on May
12 at 8:00 PM ET. Ticket information will be released for that match at a later
date should the Red Bulls advance.

Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is an annual national competition that is open to all
amateur and professional soccer teams that are affiliated with U.S. Soccer. It
is the oldest tournament in the U.S.,
beginning in 1914 when Brooklyn Field Club took home the very first title. MLS
teams were first included in the tournament in the inaugural 1996 season.

The team’s best finish in the competition came in 2003 with New York losing, 1-0, to
the Chicago Fire on Oct. 15 at Giants Stadium. 
New York
dispatched three league opponents on its way to the final with a combined score
of nine goals after posting a 4-0 shutout over the Mid Michigan Bucks of the

New York has fared slightly better against
non-league opponents, with a record of 7-6 compared to 7-7 against other Major
League Soccer teams.  In competition
openers, New York
has gone 1-1 against MLS sides, beating the San Jose Earthquakes last year in
the Red Bulls’ 2-1 victory on April 29. 
The Red Bulls were eliminated from the tournament when they lost to D.C.
United, 5-3, on May 20 at RFK Stadium. New
York has reached the quarterfinals six of the seven
times it has progressed past its opening match.

RED BULLS SIGN IBRAHIM: Red Bull New York announced on
April 9 that it signed forward Salou Ibrahim. Per club and League policy, terms
of the deal were not disclosed. Ibrahim made his MLS debut on April 10, coming
on in the 54th minute for Seth Stammler in the team’s 2-0 loss to
Chivas USA.

“Salou is an athletic and physical forward who will immediately
improve our team,” said Red Bull New York General Manager and Sporting Director
Erik Soler. “He was impressive during his time training with the team and we
are excited to bring him on board.”

The Red Bulls also waived Ernst Oesbter.

Soler added, “We spoke with Ernst and we mutually decided that it
was in both his and the club’s interest to part ways. We want to thank Ernst
for his effort during his time here.”

Ibrahim, who started and played 67 minutes in the Red Bulls’ 3-1
exhibition win over Santos FC at Red Bull Arena on March 20, began his career
playing for German club TuS Wandsbek 81 in 1998. In 2000, he signed for FC
Turnhout in Belgium,
where he stayed for four seasons, making 50 appearances and scoring 29 goals.
During the 2003-04 season, Ibrahim scored 16 goals in 26 appearances for FC
Turnhout before signing with KV Kortrijk of the Belgian Second Division in

One season later, Ibrahim moved on to S.V. Zulte-Waregem in the
Belgian First Division, scoring nine goals in 29 league appearances (14 goals
in all competitions) and helping the club to the 2006 Belgian Cup. He then was
signed by fellow Belgian First Division side, Club Brugge in 2006. In two
seasons with the club, Ibrahim appeared in 46 Belgian First Division matches,
scoring five goals. He also helped the club capture the 2007 Belgian Cup.  In 2008, he moved to MSV Duisburg of the
German Second Division and later played for Vejle Boldklub of the Danish
Superliga, before joining the Red Bulls.

joined the Red Bulls on July 16, 2009. He played in three games, starting in

starting the first two games without conceding a goal, the Red Bulls finally
let one in 227 minutes into the season after goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul’s own
goal against Chivas USA on April 10 in a 2-0 loss. It is the best shutout run
to start the season since 2007, when the Red Bulls had a MLS-record 421-minute

The Red
Bulls, who went 7-0-3 in preseason, conceded just four goals in those 10
matches. The last time New York opened the
season with two consecutive clean sheets was in 2007 – a 0-0 tie at Columbus and a 3-0 win
over FC Dallas. It was in 2004 when New
York last started the year with two-straight wins
(the club also accomplished this in 1999).

RED BULLS, CONTINENTAL PARTNER UP: Red Bull New York announced April 9 that Continental Airlines will
be an Official Sponsor of Red Bull New York
and Red Bull Arena – the team’s new 25,000-seat stadium in Harrison, NJ.
Continental Airlines will also be the team’s exclusive airline sponsor.

“We are excited to
announce our new partnership with Continental Airlines,” said Red Bull New York
Managing Director Erik Stover. “Continental Airlines is one of the world’s
elite airlines and we expect that this will be the beginning of a long-lasting
relationship between Red Bull New
York and Continental."

 “We are very pleased to be able to partner
with the Red Bulls,” said Mark Bergsrud, Senior Vice President of Marketing
Programs for Continental Airlines. “The sponsorship will enable us to build
upon our existing platforms within the community.  Their impressive new facility offers a great
environment to talk more directly to our core customers about our product and
extensive service out of the New York

In addition to traditional sponsorship elements, the agreement
includes joint marketing fan promotions and access to a variety of exclusive
Red Bull experiences made available to Continental’s OnePass® members on the
OnePass Auction Website.

New York Red Bulls Academy is now accepting applications
for the 2010 tryouts which will be held in May/June.

The Red Bulls Academy will be looking for the top players in the Tri State
area in the following birth years:

·           1997

·           1996

·           1995/1994

·           1993/1992

The New
York Red Bulls are the only club in the Tri-State area affiliated with an MLS
team. Throughout the year select players will also be invited to train with the
professional team. Juan Agudelo and Giorgi Chirgadze have recently graduated
straight from the Red
Bulls Academy
and signed professional contracts with the Red Bulls first team.

The Academy
is a no cost program. Each player is fully funded by the Red Bulls. This

·           All coaching fees

·           Practice and game day gear

·           Travel (air fares, buses, etc.)

·           Accommodations

·           Food

·           International Trips

·           Season Ticket at Red Bull Arena

The Red Bull Academy currently has three players in the
prestigious US U-17 MNT Residency Program in Bradenton,
FL. Goalkeeper Keith Cardona and Agudelo recently graduated Residency after the
2009 U-17 FIFA World Cup in Nigeria.
In addition, 14 other members of the Academy have made up the U.S. U-14, U-15
and U-18 National Teams during 2009/2010.

To register
for a tryout or for more information on the Red Bulls Academy visit

announcers Ernesto Motta and Robert Sierra host their weekly call-in radio
show, Solo Futbol, on Sunday night from 8-11 PM on WADO 1280 AM. Motta, Sierra
and their panel of experts and guests analyze the Beautiful Game and the New
York Red Bulls, as they start for their upcoming MLS season.