When Red BullHead of Global Football Gerard Houllier announced yesterday that he believed that New York Red Bulls forward Thierry Henry was leaning towards retirement, many were left surprised by the news.
Count Henry himself, who has stated he is undecided on retirement throughout thisseason, among those that were caught off guard by Houllier's declaration.
So here we are - 14 games into the Red Bulls' 2014 MLS season. If the playoffs started today - and yes, I know they don't - RBNY would be on the outside looking in. They currently sit a disappointing sixth place in the East, but due to MLS' kooky schedule several teams behind them - notably Chicago and Toronto - have played far fewer matches.
Perhaps a new combination of defenders behind Red will have to slow down the RBNY attack (photo: mlssoccer.com)
OTF'sJon Denham stops shaking his head long enough to get you ready for Saturday, and Seeing Red's Mark Fishkin is back to tell a turnaround story...
Last weekend, the Fire conceded twice after the 89 minute mark against Real Salt Lake to snatch a loss from the hands of victory after the first shutout of the season came off the board with 20 minutes to play.
The hot topic surrounding MLS for much of the past week was how its clubs were struggling in the CONCACAF Champions League, and New York Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke had his turn to touch on the subject on Tuesday.
With Major League Soccer and the rest of American soccer kicking off in just over a week we've curated an impressive list of players, personalities, broadcasters, front office folk, and fans to have them tell us (and you) about their upcoming 2014 season.
And, of course, pair their hopes and dreams for this season with a tasty local brew.
What's there to say about this one? The Red Bulls should have put it away early but didn't. Nevertheless, the boys in white appeared to have done enough to earn a 1-Nil victory, on a Thierry Henry diving header golazo (and another memorable celebration). But then the scab ref got into the act, with a phantom penalty call against us (full highlights below).
There were fireworks at Red Bull Arena Saturday but they were, for the most part, limited to the pre-game celebration of the Supporters Shield and the five minutes of added time at the very end of the game.
The New York Red Bulls began the game attacking toward their supporters' end and gave the appearance of controlling the game even though the statistics tell a different story.
Ok, so the 2014 Major League Soccer season is underway! That would be the only good thing about Saturday's events, if you're a NY Red Bulls fan. Our beloved Bulls traveled to Vancouver, to face a rejuvenated Whitecaps team (now managed by former RBNY midfielder Carl Robinson), just totally started off the season on the wrong foot.
B&RU's Eastern Conference previews continue with a look at the Red Bulls, who are coming off their first trophy-winning season ever. However, after an offseason that saw them lose several starters, Mike Petke's attempts to repeat will be difficult.
What happened in 2013: Ugh! Basically, it was just gross.
The New York Red Bulls enter the 2014 season fresh off of a Supporter's Shield winning campaign. However, there is a major elephant in the room for the franchise entering the regular season, as star forward Thierry Henry begins the final year of his contract.
With every offseason comes unfounded rumors about the New York Red Bulls being on the verge of signing big-name players.
This one has apparently been no different.
New York Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke spoke to a handful of reporters via a conference call on Thursday to discuss the club's two selections in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft, but he also took some time to address recent reports linking the Red Bulls with signing either Barcelona midfielder Xavi or Galatasaray striker Didier Drogba as their third Designated Player for the 2014 season.
This Guy Has Nothing on the Viper's Nest Brain Trust
Since the Red Bulls exited the playoffs courtesy of Houston, many players have said goodbye to Harrison--at least as members of the home squad. Espindola, Carney, Barklage and, perhaps most surprising, Markus Holgersson were all shown the door.
The New York Red Bulls have had plenty of high-pressure games this season, including the season-finale which saw them lift the Supporters Shield, but they face their biggest game of the season without arguably their best defender.
Jamison Olave was shown a straight red card for a reckless challenge midway through the second half of the Red Bulls 2-2 draw with the Dynamo last Sunday.
HANOVER, N.J. You can add Mike Petke to the list of people unhappy with the current MLS playoff format.
Speaking to reporters on Thursday ahead of the first leg of his New York Red Bulls' Eastern Conference semifinals series, Petke made it clear he was not the biggest fan of the condensed postseason schedule that his and other teams are facing this year.
On this week's episode: Dave returns from his adventures in Germany and France. He shares with us his experience consuming the beautiful game abroad. The New York Red Bulls have broken the curse, and its importance to MLS. Closing out with random thoughts on the EPL.
photo courtesy of Jeff Zelevansky/New York Red Bulls
By FRANCO PANIZO
From Mike Petke and Thierry Henry's heated exchange in practice to the dramatic come-from-behind win over Real Salt Lake, many moments have been discussed as the turning point in theNew York Red Bulls' Supporters' Shield-winning season.
I am hearing rumblings of an MLS announcement about David Beckham and a Miami franchise. My sources indicate it will be announced either in December at MLS Cup or in January at the Superdraft/NSCAA Convention. Either way, Orlando City will have been announced as moving from USL PRO to MLS by that time creating an instant Florida derby in the American top flight.
OTF's Stephen Mangat can't believe that this is the end, my only friend the end...
So a season that went from great expectations to hopelessness to hopefulness to frustration and uncertainty to cautious optimism comes down to the final game. Third place is in reach as is sixth, and only a fool would claim to know what kind of performance to expect from the Chicago Fire.
Carlos Valdes on his current status. Union will return to preseason Disney Classic. Several players with local connections invited to MLS Combine. Paul Riley wants former Independence players in Portland. More news.
Firing managers is commonplace in soccer. The quickest fix to a sinking ship or ship floating adrift at sea is relieving the head coach of his command. Maybe its my usual nature to be one of the last to join any coach firing fan contingent, but I feel Hackworth earned at least one more offseason in charge.
One of the basic rules in sports writing, aside from blizzards or monsoons, the weather never leads the story. But as I sat less than 10 miles from Red Bull Arena, in my house, watching the pregame to the New York Red Bulls Chicago Fire match with every window in the living room open, I could not be happier I sold my tickets a few days earlier.
If a deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix then it's time to be on high alert: It's another game against the New York Red Bulls. In fact, Fire fans wouldn't be wrong to have their hands on the switch of the EMP bomb, because another week without a win might mean it's time to blow up this season and start looking at it as a rebuilding project.