Armchair Analyst: Deluge of goals continues vs. MNUFC & more from Week 4 Thanks to the international date Week 4 was an abbreviated, limited week. There was still, however, enough happening for us to divine a few truths from 270 minutes of MLS action.
Once again, New York Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch has been linked with Europe, but this time it's just for a coaching course.
Marsch will miss the team's training sessions on Wednesday and Thursday this week as he begins a UEFA coaching course, the team announced. Though Marsch is expected back for this weekend's match against Real Salt Lake at Red Bull Arena, assistant coach Chris Armas will run the training sessions he is expected to miss.
Last night's Seattle Sounders vs New York Red Bulls match was a fun and fitting return home for the defending champions. This game had (almost) everything: tifo, stars, a really big cup, goals, yellow cards, flame throwers, penalties, flare-ups, etc. And even — to my delight — a dive by Red Bulls forward Fredrik Gulbrandsen.
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Over the past several seasons, the trend of fielding a second-tier reserve squad has taken off among MLS clubs. Teams like the New York Red Bulls, LA Galaxy and Portland Timbers, to name a few, have all established successful USL teams to provide roster flexibility at the senior level.
Brian Schmetzer wants his players to soak in the home opener excitement—until the whistle blows
The Seattle Sounders are set for a historic home opener on Sunday at CenturyLink Field against the New York Red Bulls. The match is not only important because they get to unfurl their MLS Cup championship banner at home, but also because it mirrors their first ever MLS home opener exactly eight years later.
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Minnesota United will have their franchise opener on Sunday against fellow expansion side Atlanta United. Both expansion teams lost their opening game, Atlanta lost at home 2-1 to the New York Red Bulls while Minnesota lost at Portland 5-1.
The mess in the Chicago Fire midfield got worse on Wednesday, as the club announced central midfielder John Goossens will undergo surgery on Friday for a defect of a deltoid ligament sprain in his right ankle. He is expected to miss five to six months because of the surgery.
"John's injury is cruel, particularly given the effort he was making on the play in added time,"said Fire general manager Nelson Rodríguez.
Anonymous survey of MLS players suggests it's at least a reasonably common perception.
There might not be a player in Seattle Sounders history more universally loved by the fan base, teammates, and front office than Osvaldo Alonso. It's not hard to understand why. Alonso's rare combination of hard tackling and slick passing have made him one of the top defensive midfielders throughout his MLS career.
A dream start for Atlanta United seemed to be in the cards on Sunday night at Bobby Dodd Stadium, but a tactical switch by Jesse Marsch and an equalizer soon after ruined the expansion side's MLS debut.
A Daniel Royer header, and an own goal from Anton Walkes, in the final 15 minutes handed the New York Red Bulls a 2-1 victory on Sunday night.
The New York Red Bulls appointed assistant head coach Denis Hamlett as their newest sporting director on Tuesday, filling the role that was curiously made vacant on Feb. 16 when the club parted ways with Ali Curtis for unknown reasons.
Simon Borg seems to think there's a chance he'll be suspended.
One of the more confusing moments in Sunday's 3-1 win over the New York Red Bulls was the yellow card given to Clint Dempsey. What most fans saw — even those who were watching on TV -- was a cross being played in, the whistle blowing and then play being stopped.
The midfielder brings yet another dynamic, creative presence to an already explosive attack
It took a couple matches for him to get there, but after Harry Shipp's performance in the Sounders' 3-1 win over the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, the young midfielder is starting to look like the final piece to Seattle's attacking puzzle.
"It was kind of a trap game in the sense of, ‘Are you going to get carried away thinking about last year?' The referee blows the whistle and all of a sudden you have to switch gears and say, ‘OK, we're 0-1-1.'" -Brian Schmetzer
Now it feels like the Seattle Sounders are getting into the higher gears.
It cannot be stressed enough. The Red Bull way rules in Harrison.
It all returns Sunday (4 PM, FS1). There will be festivities and wonderment at the raising of an MLS Cup banner. We will again stand with our friends. The Seattle Sounders season returns in full with a home game against the New York Red Bulls, who are still searching for their Cup.
With World Cup qualifiers looming, Tim Howard made his return for the Colorado Rapids, but the U.S. Men's National Team goalkeeper's star performance wasn't enough to lift his side to a result on Saturday.
The New York Red Bulls recorded their second win of the season, beating the Rapids, 1-0, on Saturday at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.
Theoffseason acquisition everyone has been talking about and the youngster ready to captivate a league powered the Vancouver Whitecaps into the semifinals of the CONCACAF Champions League on Thursday night, with a 2-0 (3-1 aggregate) win over the New York Red Bulls at BC Place.
Sixteen-year-old phenom Alphonso Davies, who looked like a player with years of experience under his belt out on the field, handed the home side an early lead in the fifth minute on a shot from close range.
The New York Red Bulls may have had the edge on the Vancouver Whitecaps in possession, and shots, and good scoring chances, but by the end of Wednesday's CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal first leg, but it was the Whitecaps who left Red Bull Arena with control of the series after grabbing a 1-1 draw.
It is one of the significant tactical changes the Seattle Sounders are undertaking this year.
Beating the New York Red Bulls' press is not easy. They want teams to clear the ball, or, even better for them, making a bad short to medium pass and turn it over. But the Seattle Sounders did not have those problems.
Get there early. There will be the largest opening day crowd in Sounders history.
Finally, we get to see the Seattle Sounders play at home for the first time this season after they opened up with two games on the road. Prior to the game on Sunday at 4:00 p.m. against the New York Red Bulls, there will be tons of different things you can do to get ready.
MLS Soccer Sunday made its return to ESPN and FS1 last week with both seeing big improvements over the first Soccer Sunday of 2016. Viewership on ESPN was up nearly 14% for Orlando-NYCFC when compared to last season’s Portland-Columbus rematch. FS1’s decision to air Atlanta’s opening match against the New York Red Bulls in primetime proved fruitful as the network saw viewership rise 40% from 267,000 in 2016 to 375,000 in 2017.
Former Syracuse star inks a USL deal, becoming the fifth 2017 SuperDraft pick to sign with the organization
While the Philadelphia Union didn't have a first round pick in January's SuperDraft, Earnie Stewart and company still managed to put together a decent draft class while also acquiring one of the top college prospects via a trade with New York Red Bulls.
Upheaval in New Jersey may add up to some regression for the Red Bulls
The New York Red Bulls, unfortunately, have been good for a few years now. Really good. They've gotten at least 50 points in each of the last five seasons, and in four of those five they topped 55 points. They ran into a problem last season in MVP voting because they had two players splitting ballots.