Red Bull Weekly Update: May 10

New York has busy week as side looks to rebound from disappointing loss

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RED BULLS HOST REVOLUTION IN OPEN CUP: The New York Red Bulls will look to advance in the 2010 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup when they host the New England Revolution in a Preliminary Round Match on Wednesday, May 12 at 8:00 PM. Tickets are available for $15 apiece in the stadium’s 100-Level by calling 1.877.RBSOCCER or logging onto www.newyorkredbulls.com.

In their opening match of the 2010 competition, the Red Bulls defeated the Philadelphia Union 2-1 at Red Bull Arena on April 27. Rookie Conor Chinn scored both goals for New York. Chinn tallied in the 16th minute and added his second in the 41st minute, and the Red Bulls withstood Sebastien Le Toux’s second half goal to hold on for the victory.

This will be the first match of the 2010 tournament for the New England Revolution. The Revolution ahs won the competition once, taking home the title in 2007. In last season’s campaign, the Revolution were ousted, 2-1, in the Third Round by the Harrisburg City Islanders of the USL Second Division. In Major League Soccer regular season play thus far in 2010, the Revolution is fifth in the Eastern Conference on 7 points with a record of 2-5-1. In their last match, New England was defeated, 3-2, by the Columbus Crew on a late goal by Robbie Rogers.

Should the Red Bulls advance, they will host the Colorado Rapids on Wednesday, May 26 at 8:00 PM at Red Bull Arena. The winner of that match would advance to the Open Cup’s main tournament field.

The 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 United States, beginning in 1914 when the Brooklyn Field Club took home the very first title. MLS teams were first included in the tournament in the league’s inaugural 1996 season. The Red Bulls’ very best finish in the competition came in 2003 with New York falling, 1-0, to the Chicago Fire in the Final. New York dispatched three league opponents on its way to the finals.

After its win over Philadelphia on April 27, the Red Bulls improved their record against league opponents in the tournament to 8-7. All-time in the competition, New York has posted a record of 15-13. The Red Bulls last won two matches in one Open Cup season in 2003, when they reached the Final.

RED BULLS FALL TO EARTHQUAKES: Last Saturday, the Red Bulls had a three-game winning streak snapped, falling to the San Jose Earthquakes by a 4-0 score at Buck Shaw Stadium in San Jose. New York was reduced to 10 men when fullback Luke Sassano was sent off in the 13th minute for a reckless challenge on Earthquakes midfielder Bobby Convey. The Earthquakes opened the scoring just before halftime. Convey sent a cross from the left side into the box that San Jose forward Ryan Johnson was able to get on the end of. Johnson beat New York goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul on his first touch, slotting the ball underneath the keeper into the net.

In the 54th minute, midfielder Joey Gjertsen doubled the San Jose lead with a low drive that found its way under the arms of Coundoul. Earthquakes leading scorer Chris Wondolowksi added his fourth goal of the season in the 77th minute, finishing off a cross from Ramiro Corrales. The ‘Quakes added one for good measure through Bobby Burling, who headed home a Convey corner kick in the 85th minute.

NEW YORK TAKES ON SOUNDERS SATURDAY: The Red Bulls will look to remain perfect at Red Bull Arena when they host Seattle Sounders FC in MLS regular season action on Saturday at 7:30 PM (TV: MSG; Radio: WADO 1280 AM).

This will be the second meeting of the teams in 2010, and Seattle’s first ever visit to Red Bull Arena. Currently, the Sounders sit in 8th place in the Western Conference on 9 points, posting a record of 2-3-3. In their last match on Saturday May 8, the Sounders were defeated 4-0 by the league-leading Los Angeles Galaxy at Qwest Field in Seattle. Galaxy captain Landon Donovan set up three of the Galaxy’s goals and scored the other, handing the Sounders their worst home loss of their brief history. Second year forward Steve Zakuani leads the Sounders with three goals in 2010. Forward Fredy Montero has also added two goals and leads the team with three assists.

The Red Bulls are 1-1-1 all-time against the Sounders. On April 3, the Red Bulls defeated the Sounders 1-0 at Qwest Field. Macoumba Kandji scored the only goal of the game in the first half off a Joel Lindpere corner kick. Last season, the Red Bulls fell to the Sounders in the 2009 season opener 3-0 at Qwest Field. In the return match, Montero erased a Juan Pablo Angel goal as the teams drew 1-1 at Giants Stadium.

LAST WEEK:
Red Bulls 0, San Jose Earthquakes 4 on May 8 at Buck Shaw Stadium

THIS WEEK:
Red Bulls vs. New England Revolution on May 12 at Red Bull Arena at 8:00 PM (NO TV) – Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Play-In game
Red Bulls vs. Seattle Sounders FC on May 15 at Red Bull Arena at 7:30 PM (TV: MSG; Radio: WADO 1280 AM)

NEXT WEEK:
Red Bulls vs. Columbus Crew on May 20 at Red Bull Arena at 8:00 PM (TV: ESPN2; Radio: WQBU 92.7 FM)
Red Bulls vs. Juventus (Italy) – Friendly on May 23 at Red Bull Arena at 1:00 PM.

2010 MLS STANDINGS
INCLUDES GAMES OF SUNDAY, MAY 9, 2010

RED BULLS TO RAISE FUNDS FOR VIDE: The Red Bulls will host fundraising efforts for former Red Bulls midfielder Joe Vide, who was recently diagnosed with Stage 3 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, at their match on May 15 against Seattle Sounders FC at Red Bull Arena. The team will auction off a signed, game worn jersey of Juan Pablo Angel, and will raffle off signed, game worn jerseys of the match’s entire Starting 11 after the match, with the proceeds all going to Vide’s foundation. There will also be collection buckets stationed around the Arena as another way for fans to donate. Donations can be made at anytime by visiting www.thefriendsofjoevide.org.

BOYENS HEADING TO WORLD CUP: New York Red Bulls defender Andrew Boyens was named to the New Zealand World Cup squad for the upcoming 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

“We are excited for Andy, as he will be able to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Red Bull New York Sporting Director Erik Soler. “He is a top professional and we wish him the best of luck in South Africa.”

“It’s a great honor to represent my country in South Africa,” Boyens said. “I am thrilled to qualify for the final squad and confident that we can perform well in the World Cup.”

Boyens, 26, will leave the Red Bulls starting May 17, as the New Zealand squad assembles in Auckland, New Zealand on May 19. The defender will miss at least four MLS regular season matches; the Red Bulls’ match against the Columbus Crew on May 20 at Red Bull Arena, the Red Bulls’ match at New England on May 29, and the Red Bulls’ matches against the Houston Dynamo and Chivas USA on June 2 and 5 at Red Bull Arena.

The All-Whites will travel to Melbourne, Australia for a match against Australia on May 22. Following the match, the team will travel to Austria for a pre-World Cup camp and will play matches against Serbia and Slovenia. They will arrive in South Africa on June 6 and will participate in Group F with defending champion Italy, Paraguay, and Slovakia. New Zealand’s first match of the tournament is on June 15 against Slovakia, and it faces Paraguay on June 20, before their final group stage match against Italy on June 24. The tournament runs through July 11. Boyens has 12 caps for the New Zealand national team, and competed in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, starting against Italy and Spain.

Boyens has been among the 18-man matchday roster for each of the first seven regular season matches in the 2010 season for coach Hans Backe, but has yet to appear. Boyens started and played 90 minutes in the Red Bulls’ 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on April 27.

PETKE NEARING 300 APPEARANCES: With his start last Saturday against the San Jose Earthquakes, Red Bulls defender Mike Petke made his 298th appearance in Major League Soccer. The Bohemia, NY native is first on the Red Bulls’ franchise all-time games played list, having made 158 appearances.

TCHANI MAKES FIRST START: Red Bulls midfielder Tony Tchani made his first career MLS start last Saturday against the San Jose Earthquakes. The second overall pick in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft played 75 minutes in the match. The midfielder made his first professional start on April 27 against the Philadelphia Union in the US Open Cup.

ALBRIGHT ONE AWAY FROM 200: Red Bulls defender Chris Albright is one appearance away from making his 200th career MLS appearance. Albright, who has yet to play this season due to knee surgery and was subsequently put on the disabled list, will be available for selection on May 15 in the team’s match against Seattle Sounders FC.

HOME SWEET HOME: Since opening Red Bull Arena in March, the New York Red Bulls have enjoyed the comforts of their new home in Harrison, NJ and the results have shown on the pitch. New York is 4-0-0 in all competitions at Red Bull Arena.

BULLS TO TAKE ON JUVENTUS MAY 23 AT RBA: Red Bull New York announced that the New York Red Bulls will face renowned Italian club, Juventus FC, on Sunday, May 23 at 1:00 PM ET at Red Bull Arena in an exhibition match. Fans can purchase tickets, which start at $30 apiece, by calling 1.877.RBSOCCER or logging onto www.newyorkredbulls.com.

“Since opening Red Bull Arena, we have been committed to bringing in elite clubs from around the world to play in what we consider to be the best soccer-specific stadium in North America,” said Red Bull New York Managing Director Erik Stover. “With its storied history and multiple championships, Juventus certainly fits in with this vision. They are a prestigious club with a tremendous following around the world and we are excited to host them at our brand new home.”

Juventus, based in Turin, Italy, is one of Europe’s most successful clubs. Known for their trademark black and white striped jersey and massive supporter following, Juventus has competed in seven UEFA Champions League finals (winning two), taken home three UEFA Cups, and captured the Italian Serie A title a record 27 times. Currently, Juventus boasts the likes of several Italian standouts including forwards Alessandro Del Piero and Amauri and midfielder Sebastian Giovinco, French striker David Trezeguet and Brazilian midfielder Diego. Juventus also has defender and 2006 FIFA World Player of the Year Fabio Cannavaro, goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and Italian forward Vicenzo Iaquinta in their ranks. Juventus is coached by long-time Serie A veteran Alberto Zaccheroni.

RBNY TO HOST MAN CITY, SPURS IN WSF: Red Bull New York and the World Series of Football announced that English Premiership giants Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur will participate with the New York Red Bulls in the 2010 New York Football Challenge that will take place from July 22-25 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ. Portugal’s Sporting Lisbon is tentatively slated as the tournament’s fourth team. Ticket, credential and scheduling information will be announced at a later date.

About the World Series of Football: The Directors of The World Series of Football (WFS), along with a dedicated group of marketers, have combined to establish the company as one of the leading independent sports event management companies in the world. During the last 10 years, WSF has organized 25 international football tournaments where 41 of the world’s leading club sides from 17 countries have competed. WSF events have an unparalleled reputation for high-quality competition, efficiency of organization and ambience of presentation. WSF maintains a close working relationship with international TV companies and sports media, which helps promote the global coverage of its events.

AGUDELO CALLED UP TO U-20S: New York Red Bulls forward Juan Agudelo has been called up by the United States Under-20 Men’s National Team for a series of friendlies, as well as a tournament in the Netherlands, beginning May 14.

Agudelo will miss as many as three matches; the Red Bulls’ MLS matches with Seattle Sounders FC and the Columbus Crew on May 15 and May 20 at Red Bull Arena, respectively, as well as the friendly match with Juventus FC on May 23, also at Red Bull Arena, pending final travel plans.

The Under-20 MNT will travel to the Netherlands on May 14 will play friendly matches with Senegal on May 18 and Korea Republic on May 20 before participating in the Internationaal Cor Groenewegen Toernooi from May 22-24. The squad returns May 25.

Agudelo, signed with the Red Bulls as a Home Grown Player on March 26, 2010, has been among the 18-man matchday roster in two games for head coach Hans Backe in the 2010 MLS season, but has yet to appear. He started and played 64 minutes in New York’s, 2-1, Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup win over Philadelphia Union on April 27, and has scored three goals in reserve matches.

The Barnegat, NJ native is a graduate of the United States U-17 Men’s National Team Residency Program at IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL, and has represented his country at prestigious competitions at the Under-17 level at the CONCACAF Under-17 Championships and the FIFA Under-17 World Cup and at the Under-20 level at Copa Chivas.

RED BULLS TEAM UP WITH NYPD FOR PERU TRIP: In the framework of the 'Soccer for children - Breaking Borders' program implemented by the New York Red Bulls in collaboration with the Police Department of New York City, a delegation from both entities will travel to Lima, Peru in the coming days in order to perform an annual soccer clinic and lead to economically disadvantaged children from different schools. The delegation will provide 150 soccer balls and sports clothing for over 1500 children. This grant will attempt to send, through the delegation of goodwill, a positive message to reflect that by way of sport, one can get a better life and that nothing is impossible with the joint efforts of both countries.

New York Red Bulls Senior Director of Communications and Hispanic Affairs Ernesto Motta, who will represent the Red Bulls in the delegation, said: "I am very excited about this project which began some time ago together with other leaders of football in the city of New York. This program has had great success in the past as we have travelled to countries like Ecuador and Colombia, which we visited last year. Our goal is to visit countries in South and Central America, conduct soccer clinics for needy children and hope that our modest donation may bring a positive message and is something very positive in their lives.”

Avianca's participation has been essential for the transport of the donations that have been made not only in Colombia, but in Peru this year. In selflessness and with great spirit of collaboration, its executives have always answered the call and have become mainstays of this campaign, which is expected to repeat year after year with the same success.

"After hearing about the program, created by the New York Red Bulls with the collaboration of the New York Police Department, Avianca joined this program, supporting their visit to Colombia, more specifically the ‘coffee belt’. We now continue with the journey that this group takes in Peru, and in conjunction with the organizers, we are finalizing details for the visit to the city of Cartagena, Colombia in 2011. Worthy campaigns are ones that should be supported unreservedly and that's why we joined in, providing Avianca luggage transport and logistics group connections when required,” said Jaime Londoño, Airport Director Avianca Bogota.

This trip will take place from May 18 through May 26, visiting the Peruvian capital of Lima and its surroundings. The delegation will have the opportunity to visit schools and orphanages in poor to implement the grants.

This major event also has the support of the Embassy of the United States of America in Lima, Peru, which has designated the locations most in need.

The soccer team of the Police of the City of New York will play several friendly matches to promote closer ties with their counterparts in Peru, and have received the idea with great enthusiasm, working hard to ensure that this campaign is successful.

"Once again we are excited to be part of this delegation and sharing with the Red Bulls this new experience to deliver a major donation. With great pride on behalf of our Police Department of the City of New York, we will do everything in our power to ensure that the children of Peru fully enjoy the clinics and the moments we are able to spend with them. It's nice to play in other countries representing our department, but more so giving them soccer balls and sports clothing for those in need, which makes our hearts full," said NYPD Lt. Ronald Mejia.

For more information, please contact the New York Red Bulls Spanish Communications Department at 201.583.7028.

RED BULL ACADEMY HOLDING TRYOUTS: The 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 includes:
· 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 www.redbullsacademy.com/academy.

SOLO FUTBOL AIRS SUNDAY: Red Bulls WADO 1280 AM and 92.7 FM 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.