Category: New York Red Bulls

Are New York Red Bulls the most intriguing MLS club in 2015?

The 2015 season was meant to be one of rebuilding for the New York Red Bulls. Gone were Thierry Henry and Tim Cahill, two players that were expected to bring silverware to the franchise.  That silverware never really materialized, at least not the trophy, the MLS Cup, that matters most. The Red Bulls did win the 2013 Supporters’ Shield, but fans of MLS may be forgiven if they had forgotten that feat.  Along with losing two of their highest profile players, the Red Bulls had a shake up at the management level as Andy Roxburgh retired and Ali Curtis took ... Read more

The strangest night in MLS All-Star history when Guardiola ignored Porter’s handshake

It had to have been one of the strangest questions Mauricio Pochettino has ever fielded, but it was a question that everyone in MLS knew was coming – yes, Pochettino will shake Pablo Mastroeni’s hand at the conclusion of the MLS All-Star game on Wednesday night. No matter what. It should go without saying. Not shaking the opposing manager’s hand after a match is the cardinal sin of soccer etiquette – a deed so distasteful that it, according to The Damned United, once ignited the most famous feud in the sport – Don Revie against Brian Clough. It’s simple. No ... Read more

Red Bulls’ signing of Shaun Wright Philips is a clever piece of business

Following the success of his younger brother Bradley, former Manchester City, Chelsea and Queens Park Rangers’ winger Shaun Wright-Phillips has officially put pen to paper – sealing a move to the New York Red Bulls.  Now with New York’s premier Major League Soccer team, Shaun Wright-Phillips will attempt to do the same thing his brother Bradley did, revive his flailing career in the US and Canada’s top-flight.  Unlike Bradley, however, Shaun will not occupy a designated player roster spot, leaving the team open to make a big-money deal in the coming weeks.  Shaun Wright-Phillips, who spent numerous years with three ... Read more

Benfica vs. New York Red Bulls: Adventures on the road with the International Champions Cup

Harrison, New Jersey played host to yet another International Champions Cup match last night, as New York Red Bulls took on SL Benfica at Red Bull Arena.  I’d seen Red Bulls defeat Chelsea 4-2 in the most recent match there, and watched Benfica lose to ACF Fiorentina on penalty kicks in East Hartford Friday night.  East Hartford’s Rentschler Field was packed to capacity with Benfica fans of all ages, but I was completely unprepared for the support displayed Sunday. Immediately upon entering Newark Ironbound, a section of the city partitioned from the Greater Newark area by train rails, I was ... Read more

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 21

Here are the 10 things we learned from the 21st week of the MLS season. 1. Pirlo! Andrea Pirlo is royalty. There is no other way to explain why opposing players refuse to tackle him, refuse to harass him, refuse, really, to even look threateningly at him. Pirlo played just a shade over 30 minutes in his NYCFC debut on Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium, and he was absolutely magnificent. He looked the part and played the part of the international icon he is, starting two-goal sequences with brilliant passes, and lifting his entire team with his mere presence on the ... Read more

Shaun Wright-Phillips signs with New York Red Bulls

Shaun Wright-Phillips has left the Premier League for New York Red Bulls, according to the team’s official website. After 16 years in England, Wright-Phillips and his brother Bradley have joined the Red Bulls and will be available for selection on Saturday when New York faces Philadelphia Union at PPL Park. First debuting for Manchester City in 1999, Wright-Phillips won two FA Cups, one Premier League championship, one League Cup and one Community Shield with four different teams including Chelsea and Queens Park Rangers. Over the course of his Premier League career he earned 299 appearances and scored 31 goals. Red ... Read more

Adventures on the road with the International Champions Cup in New York/New Jersey

As any soccer fan will tell you, while watching your favorite club on television is pretty great, seeing their favorite club live, in the flesh, is a luxury. As I watched the thousands of eager fans stream into Red Bull Arena for the 2015 International Champions Cup (ICC) matches earlier this week, I was once again reminded of how amazing of an opportunity this tournament is for the overseas fan. No disrespect to the Major League Soccer’s LA Galaxy, San Jose Earthquakes and New York Red Bulls, who play host to several European clubs during the tournament, but most fans ... Read more

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 20

Here are the 10 things we learned from week 20 of the MLS season. 1. The Galaxy Raise The Stakes A fair number in MLS would tell you that the 2014 LA Galaxy was the league’s best attacking team ever. The front six – Juninho, Marcelo Sarvas, Stefan Ishizaki, Landon Donovan, Gyasi Zardes, and Robbie Keane – combined for 68 goals in the regular season, and added nine more in the postseason en route to the team’s fifth MLS Cup. It wasn’t just the numbers. The 2014 Galaxy had style too, dominating possession in most matches and carving out goals ... Read more