WEEKLY NOTES: Red Bulls head home riding four-match unbeaten streak
Following a 2-2 draw in Houston last Friday night, the New York Red Bulls return home to host the Columbus Crew at Red Bull Arena this Saturday, July 12. Saturday’s match marks the second of three meetings between the two clubs this season. The match will be televised on MSG+ with kickoff set for 7:00 PM.
The Red Bulls enter Saturday’s match against Columbus riding a four-game unbeaten streak that has seen the club go 1-0-3 during the current stretch. New York and Columbus are tied for fifth place in the Eastern Conference with identical 4-5-8 records and 20 points.
New York holds a 25-24-9 advantage in the all-time regular season series, including a 1-1-2 record at Red Bull Arena. Bradley Wright-Phillips scored in the 66th minute to level the score in a 1-1 draw when the teams first met at Crew Stadium on April 26. The Red Bulls have lost just once in their last eight against Columbus.
Red Bulls vs. Columbus Crew at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ, July 12 at 7:00 PM (TV – MSG+) (BUY TICKETS)
Red Bulls at Philadelphia Union at PPL Park on Wednesday, July 16 at 7:00 PM (TV – ESPN2)
Red Bulls vs. San Jose Earthquakes at Red Bull Arena on Saturday, July 19 at 7:00 PM (TV – MSG) (BUY TICKETS)
WRIGHT PHILLIPS’ BRACE EXTENDS LEAD IN MLS GOLDEN BOOT RACE
New York Red Bulls’ forward Bradley Wright-Phillips scored twice against Houston last Friday to extend his lead in the MLS Golden Boot race. Now with 14 on the season, Wright-Phillips leads Chivas USA’s Erick Torres (12) and Sporting Kansas City’s Dom Dwyer (12) by two goals.
After New York fell behind in the first minute courtesy of a Giles Barnes’ header last Friday, the Englishman leveled the score in the 13th minute. Eric Alexander found Wright-Phillips with a through ball over the top of the Houston back line. Wright-Phillips ran onto the pass and hit a left-footed shot past Houston goalkeeper Tally Hall.
In the second half, Wright-Phillips would strike again to give New York the lead. After getting by Andrew Driver in the corner, Ambroise Oyongo sent a cross into the box that Wright-Phillips headed home past Tall in the 72nd minute.
Wright-Phillips has now scored three goals in his past two games and five goals in his last five matches overall dating back to May 24.
OYONGO RECORDS ASSIST IN SECOND CONSECUTIVE GAME
After recording his first career MLS assist against Toronto on June 27, defender Ambroise Oyongo wasted no time in adding his second, setting up Bradley Wright-Phillips against Houston last Friday night.
The rookie left back made an overlapping run down the left flank for Thierry Henry to play a pass to the corner. After losing Houston defender Andrew Driver with two cutback moves, Oyongo whipped in a left-footed cross that Wright-Phillips headed home to put New York in front 2-1 in the 72nd minute.
Oyongo recorded his first career MLS assist in similar fashion against Toronto. Henry played Oyongo, who made his MLS debut that evening, down the left flank for the defender to cut the ball back, this time on his right foot, and pick out Peguy Luyindula in the box.
Oyongo, in his first season with the Red Bulls and MLS, signed with the club in early March 2014. He earned the start in the Red Bulls’ U.S. Open Cup game against the New York Cosmos on June 14.
CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GROUP STAGE SCHEDULE RELEASED
The Red Bulls were drawn into Group 3 of the CONCACAF Champions League against El Salvador’s league champions, CD Futbolistas Asociados Santanecos (CD FAS), and the Montreal Impact, who won the Amway Canadian Championship for the second year in a row. Last Friday, the schedule for the group stage matches was released.
New York will play both teams home and away in a round robin format and the club with the most points from the group will advance to the tournament’s knockout round. The winner of the CONCACAF Champions League will represent CONCACAF in the FIFA Club World Cup. The Red Bulls, who qualified for this year’s 24-team regional tournament after winning the 2013 MLS Supporters’ Shield, will be participating in the competition for the first time since the 2009-2010 iteration. Link: CCL Schedule
New York Red Bulls CONCACAF Champions League Group Schedule (All times are in EST)
- Tuesday, August 26, 8:00 PM – New York Red Bulls (USA) vs. CD FAS (El Salvador) – Red Bull Arena (Harrison, NJ)
- Wednesday, September 17, 8:00 PM – New York Red Bulls at Montreal Impact – Stade Saputo (Montreal, Canada)
- Wednesday, September 24, 10:00 PM – New York Red Bulls at CD FAS – Estadio Cuscatlan (San Salvador, El Salvador)
- Wednesday, October 22, 8:00 PM – New York Red Bulls vs. Montreal Impact – Red Bull Arena (Harrison, NJ)
COSTA RICA, ROY MILLER SEE INCREDIBLE WORLD CUP RUN END
After advancing to the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time in their nation’s history, Costa Rica was eliminated from the 2014 installment by the Netherlands last Saturday. Los Ticos fell 5-3 on penalty kicks after 120 scoreless minutes.
Miller and Costa Rica surprised pundits around the world by advancing out of a group that included Italy, England and Uruguay. Los Ticos opened their World Cup play with wins over Uruguay and Italy and respectively.
Red Bulls’ defender Roy Miller made his World Cup debut in the third and final group stage game against England. Miller played the full 90 minutes in a 0-0 draw. Unfortunately, Miller was unavailable for last Saturday’s game against the Netherlands after an injury in training ended his World Cup. Miller is expected to rejoin the Red Bulls this week.
RED BULLS PLAYERS SET TO PARTICIPATE IN CAMP SHRIVER WITH SPECIAL OLYMPICS THIS WEEK
New York Red Bulls’ players and Red Bulls Training Programs coaches will participate in soccer week at Camp Shriver with the Special Olympics New Jersey this week in Lawrenceville, NJ. The coaches will run the sessions while first team players will act as special guest instructors.
Players expected to attend include; Kosuke Kimura, Eric Stevenson, Ibrahim Sekagya, Chris Duvall, Andre Akpan, Eric Alexander, Ruben Bover and Luis Robles.
The goal of Camp Shriver is to offer a fun, sports camp-like experience for individuals with intellectual disabilities, while enhancing their proficiency and skills in specific sports. In addition to sports specific instruction, campers will be provided with appropriate educational information on nutrition, health, wellness and fitness.