New York Red Bulls

The Six Degrees of Danny Cepero

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Why have the Philadelphia Union added a scrimmage against Florida Gulf Coast University, of all places, to their preseason warm-up tour? With approximately 12,000 students including post-grads and a "noteable alumni" list that consists of a professional monster trucker and Don Carman (retired Philadelphia Phillies pitcher from the 80's), what put the FGCU Eagles on the radar?

Match Fit Reserve: Playoff Time: or, What Wondo Wants, Wondo Gets

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This is the face of greatness

Before I dive headfirst into the concrete-bottomed shallow end of the bracket, I'd like to take a moment to say something about an issue that's been bugging me. I don't follow the second division that closely, because it's not on TV, and there's even less money in writing about USL and NASL than there is in writing about MLS, but the move of the Austin Aztex to Florida is disappointing, if only for Austin soccer fans.

Hesmer scores the equalizer in Crew's 2-2 draw with TFC

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Just when you thought that things couldn't get any worse for Toronto FC.Â

TFC drew 2-2 against their Trillium Cup rivals the Columbus Crew in a match that saw Columbus goalkeeper Will Hesmer score the equalizer in the 92nd minute off a corner kick.

Back To Work . . .

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August marked three years of my involvement here on TheOffside, reporting not only your New York Red Bulls, but also MLS, American soccer, Argie Primera, video games, EPL, La Liga . . . hell, you name it, I've done it. In my time, I have covered a ton of events, from Red Bull players challenging each other to a cook-off to kicking a footy around with Carlos Puyol and the rest of the Barcelona squad.

Streaking Islanders

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The unlucky bounces, close calls, and heartbreakers have eased up on the Islanders for the time-being the Islanders have enjoyed a few weeks in the sun. After posting 1 win in their first 11 season games, the Islanders have won their last 3 USL-2 contests over Charlotte once and Real Maryland twice.

Baby Bulls Ousted From US Open Cup, Lead To Slaughter By Islanders 1-0

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Apparently, Pennsylvania has it's own Island somewhere, devoid of internet access or human contact. It is in this community known as "Harrisburg" that the City Islanders, lead by New York castaway Danny Cepero, downed the Red Bulls 1-0, sending the side out of the US Open Cup as quickly as they came in.

Late Extra Time Goal And Cepero’s Revenge Puts Harrisburg Into The Quarterfinals Of The US Open Cup

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It was a fun night in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania at the Skyline Sports Complex as the New York Red Bulls traveled from Kansas City to play in their first proper match after three qualifiers. But once the match got started there were two problems the Red Bulls had to face. A tough third division club that was hungry to knock off an MLS side and the Red Bulls former keeper Danny Cepero who was looking for some satisfaction.

Back from Harrisburg

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I'm back from my road-trip to Harrisburg, PA. By now, you've all heard the news: the Red Bulls have been eliminated from U.S. Open Cup competition by Danny Cepero and the USL-2 Harrisburg City Islanders. In the absence of the Big Viper, YSC, whoshotsam, and the regular Viper's Nest crowd, my wife and I took up the mantle to provide video comments of the day.

US Open Cup: Cepero's Revenge

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The Red Bulls US Open Cup run is over, as the Harriburg City Islanders (USL2) won the first round Cup tie 1-0. The heartbreaking Harrisburg goal, scored by forward Dominic Oppong, came deep into the second half of overtime (117th minute). By all accounts, former Red Bulls keeper Danny Cepero was Man of The Match.

Familiar Faces As Red Bulls Open US Cup Play In Harrisburg Tonight

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With the play-in stage of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup Tournament finally behind them, the "Baby Bulls" look forward to the meat and potatos of this nation wide clash. First up on the list? The Harrisburg City Islanders, who will be sporting not one, but two familiar faces in their lineup.

Everyone is well aware of Danny Cepero's presence between the pipes.

Matchday @Harrisburg: City Islanders vs Red Bulls

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Good Afternoon! The Red Bulls are back in US Open Cup action today (7:00pm) against Danny Cepero's current team, the Harrisburg City Islanders of the USL 2nd Division. The Red Bulls line-up will, undoubtedly, be a mostly reserve team, as we've seen in the three US Open Cup play-in matches @Red Bull Arena.

Potential US Open Cup Quarter-Final Draws Announced

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US Soccer has released the potential Quarter-Final matchup times and locations. If the Red Bulls win away at Harrisburg on Tuesday evening (take a nice roadtrip and get your $10 tickets here!), they will face the winner of the match between D.C. United and the Richmond Kickers.

Unfortunately, we are slated to play away for the quarter-final matchup, regardless of our opponent.

SBI MLS Team Previews: New York Red Bulls

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The New York Red Bulls have a lot of pressure heading into the 2010 season.

They have the pressure of playing well enough to fill their beautiful new stadium, as well as the pressure of erasing the bad memories of an awful 2009 season. A new coach and a new crop of players has enjoyed a good pre-season, giving the club some reason for optimism.

Red Bulls Cut Ties With Four, Including Cepero

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The New York Red Bulls announced on Friday that the club has waived goalkeeper Danny Cepero (pictured at right) as well as defenders Carlos Johnson and Walter Garcia. They also decided against picking up the option on midfielder Matthew Mbuta's contract for the upcoming season.

"Unfortunately, the four players were not part of our plans moving forward," said Red Bulls sporting director Erik Soler.

Red Bulls jettison four players

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It took a little while but the New York Red Bulls new head coach has begun to flash the paring knife. Hans Backe took a major stride toward ridding himself from some of the baggage of the previous regime today, showing the door to four players, one of whom played a major role in the team's surprising run to the MLS Cup final in 2008.

A Look At The Red Bulls “Plus/Minus” Scale For 2009

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Once again, the stat freaks at Climbing the Ladder have given us a nice little bit of fodder to chase our tails with. If you watched the MLS Cup, you would have noticed that, included in their analysis was the usage of an old hockey statistic the plus/minus rating. It is a fairly basic stat which measures the goals scored for during your minutes, contrasts them with your goals against, and gives you a score.

A Look At The Red Bulls Protected List And More

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The Red Bulls have released their protected list ahead of this Wednesday's expansion draft. The following will not be calling the City of Brotherly Love home:

Juan Pablo Angel
Danleigh Borman
Bouna Coundoul
Kevin Goldthwaite
Jeremy Hall
Carlos Johnson
Macoumba Kandji
Carlos Mendes
Ernst Obster
Dane Richards
Seth Stammler

I look at the list and wonder; does this have Jeff Agoos and Richie Williams finger prints all over it?

Expansion Draft List: New York Red Bulls

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Juan Pablo Angel will definitely be protected, but who will join him? (Getty Images)

Moving forward yet again on our quest to preview all 15 MLS clubs before the 2009 expansion draft next week. Today we turn our focus to the New York Red Bulls.

Protected Available Exempt Juan Pablo Angel Danleigh Borman Jeremy Hall Danny Cepero Andrew Boyens Kevin Goldthwaite Bouna Coundoul Macoumba Kandji Walter Garcia Ernst Oebster Carlos Johnson Mike Petke Leo Krupnik Dane Richards Carlos Mendes Luke Sassano Matthew Mbuta Seth Stammler Jorge Rojas Sinisa Ubiparipovic John Wolyniec Nick Zimmerman

Hall should graduate from the GA program, the key word is should.

The Metro Reverse Curse Claims Zach Thornton

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The Metro Reverse Curse lives.

What is the Reverse Curse? It is a temporary suspension of all footballing ability while wearing a Metro Bull kit that is magically cured once a player switches kits to another club. There are so many examples of this, but sticking to recent memory (and not in any order of importance at all); Hunter Freeman leaves Red Bull and has become a regular starter in Norway, Gabriel Cichero leaves Red Bull and becomes a valuable piece of their National teams youth movement, Mike Magee has proven to be a key offensive cog in the Galaxy's overall make up leading the team in assists, Diego Jimenez continues to excel in Mexico, and notched two goals upon arriving back to his country after his RB departure.

One year ago in American Soccer News

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Danny Cepero, making his first Major League Soccer start, became the first goalkeeper in league history to score from the run of play. Cepero incredibly got the third goal in the New York Red Bulls' 3-1 victory over the Columbus Crew at Giants Stadium on the penultimate regular season matchday (ASN, Oct.

Football Americana Week 31: The clock is ticking

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It's been a fantastic season in the US in 2009. Major League Soccer has done itself proud, providing some superb entertainment and more than enough controversy. And now there's just one game to go and the competition for the final playoff spots is at fever pitch. Here's your roundup from Week 31.

Outside shot Real Salt Lake got off to a great start to the week, defeating New York Red Bulls on Wednesday.

Updated Red Bulls Salary List

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Updated salaries have been posted, reflecting teams pay as of September 15, 2009. In the clandestine world of MLS, a look at the finances are a rare peak into the inner workings of the individual teams, and the league as a whole. When they give you the info, be thankful!

Definitely a few pleasant surprises here this time around, especially when you consider the fact that the list no longer includes albatross salaries of Juan Pietravallo and Khano Smith.

Red Bulls and Dick’s Team Up For Second Annual “Shop With A Red Bull” Event

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25 Underprivileged Kids from Harrison Recreation to Take Part in $3,000 Shopping Day at Dick's Sporting Goods September 10. 2009 in Hanover, NJ.

Here are the details:

WHAT: The New York Red Bulls and Dick's Sporting Goods will host their second annual "Shop with a Red Bull" event, Wednesday September 10th, at Dick's Sporting Goods at the East Hanover, New Jersey location on Route 10 West.

A Winning Streak? Believe It! : RBNY 1 - Columbus 0

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Like an episode of Law and Order, Richie Williams is building a case for head coach, 2010. And if he keeps this up, he won't have to press too much to get it done.

In a scrappy back and forth effort, the Red Bulls downed defending champions Columbus 1-0 on an absolutely beautiful 70 yard run by Dane Richards (yes, that Dane Richards!

CONCACAF Champions League: Red Bulls vs. W Connection (Match Night Commentary)

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What is left of the New York Red Bulls dismal season will either survive or perish tonight when the Red Bulls take on W Connection in the second leg of their CONCACAF Champions League series.

The task is simple. If the Red Bulls win or tie by a goal or less, they advance to the group stage of the Champions League.

Landon Donovan

America’s Finest GOALie

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See what I did there?

Today, an American scored for Everton. And it wasn't Landon Donovan, despite his having played well in the first match of his loan across the pond. It was veteran keeper Tim Howard who notched the goal, sending a surprise lob past an unprepared Bolton side. Check it out here:

Of course, we all remember in 2008 when Danny Cepero became MLS's first keeper to put one in, having made a similarly sinister lob against Columbus.

Thursday Morning Notes

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* Everton has officially confirmed the club's interest in acquiring 2009 MLS MVP Landon Donovan on loan. Statement from chief executive Robert Elstone: "Landon is a player David Moyes has identified as someone he would like to bring to the club. We are working to make that happen and hope we can reach agreement soon with all the appropriate parties.

JT Noone

Islanders draw 1-1 with Pittsburgh, Open Cup Tuesday

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The City Islanders managed a late equalizer friday night against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds in the 85th minute, courtesy of Nick Zimmerman. Zimmerman cleaned up a rebound and tied the score as the Islanders had moved to an aggressive formation after several substitutions in the waning minutes. This is Zimmerman's second goal for the Islanders this season and his second that earned the club points.

Islanders draw against Charlotte, despite dominance

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The City Islanders played to a scorless draw with the Charlotte Eagles saturday night in front of about 1,400 at Skyline Sports Complex. Despite dominating possesion and testing Eagles keeper Eric Lefebure throughout the game, the Islanders failed to find the back of the net. The Islanders outshot the Eagles 12 to 7, nipping the crossbar on a scorching header from Sheannon Williams and catching the post on two other occassions.

Giants Stadium

Tally Hall is the New Danny Cepero

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Remember when Danny Cepero scored his "manifest destiny" goal from one side of Giants Stadium to the other? Everyone was like "whoa". With a little help from Brian Ching running interference, Houston's N°2 keeper Tally Hall pulled the same trick in CONCACAF Champions League play last night.

Time To Say Goodbye To Giants Stadium

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So long, farewell &Â good bye. This coming Saturday, October 24th will officially be the very last time that this club (MetroStars & Red Bull NY) in the NYC metropolitan area & US Soccer will call home. This famed stadium named after the NFL team that plays their pointy ball seasons also shares it with the other football league in the American first division.

The Rest

Introducing Jesus Padilla

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Chivas USA unveiled their new signing, forward Jesus Padilla who has come to SoCal from the Mexican mothership. Sounds good but a look at his numbers in Guadalajara show that he's only got one goal in 24 appearances; is that really the kind of performance that's worthy of a press conference?