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New York Red Bulls

Inconsistency proves theme of Red Bulls season

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The New York Red Bulls 2017 season could only be defined by inconsistency.

Whether it was the health of crucial players, the results, or offensive supremacy, the Red Bulls longed for a solution to their continued ineptitude in the biggest moments for the club. While that is nothing new for fans, the Red Bulls are victims of their own regular season success in recent years and fan expectations are impossibly high for the perennially suffering team.

TFC in precarious position following halftime brawl

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One week ago, Jozy Altidore was in the headlines for off the field incidents with New York Red Bull fans, calling them "classless" following leg 1 of the Eastern Confernce semi-finals. A week later, Altidore is in the headlines again.

During the second leg of the playoff series between the Red Bulls and TFC, Altidore played a part in two incidents, earning a red card during the halftime break.

Toronto, Columbus to meet in MLS East showdown

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New York (AFP) – Toronto FC advanced to Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference finals despite a 1-0 home loss Sunday to the New York Red Bulls in a playoff matchup marred by a half-time scuffle.

The heated encounter saw Toronto’s Jozy Altidore and New York’s Sacha Kljestan given red cards as tempers boiled over into shoving between the US national team members as players departed the field at half-time.

Sacha Kljestan: Red Bulls must 'figure it out on their own'

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Greg Vanney spoke about Sebastian Giovinco after Toronto FC's road victory over the New York Red Bulls in leg 1 of the Eastern conference semifinals, and his words juxtapose perfectly with something Jesse Marsch said during his postgame press conference.

"He's amazing," Vanney said of his star.

Sebastian Giovinco free kick powers TFC over Red Bulls

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Toronto FC came into their playoff match against the New York Red Bulls with a mountain of pressure and expectations. TFC needed big performances from the biggest players, and they got them.

Sebastian Giovinco, Jozy Altidore, Victor Vazquez, and Michael Bradley all outperformed the Red Bulls like-for-like players, and the final 2-1 result was a validation of TFC's historic year.

Sacha Kljestan holds the key to the Red Bulls' MLS cup dreams

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Sacha Kljestan's legacy with the New York Red Bulls will be forged in the 2017 playoffs.

Despite leading the league in assists over the last two seasons, and becoming the all-time assist leader for the Red Bulls, he has failed to make an impact in the most important moments for the team in his three seasons in New York.

Red Bulls crush Fire in playoff opener

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The New York Red Bulls put in a terrific team effort, defeating the Chicago Fire in the opening match of the MLS Cup Playoffs behind Sacha Kljestan and Bradley Wright Phillips.

The sixth-seeded Red Bulls proved to be too much for the Fire, winning 4-0 over a side that limped into the playoffs with a number of key players injured and recovering from their Decision Day defeat at the hands of the Houston Dynamo.

Frustration continues to define Gonzalo Veron's Red Bulls tenure

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Gonzalo Veron's tenure with the New York Red Bulls could be summarized with a single word for both the player and fans alike: frustrating.

The frustration lies in performance, appearances, finishing, passing, and lack of a clear path for the player. That frustration seems manifest in Veron's performances of late, as the team of bad luck seems to be channeled through Veron in a way few players have experienced for the Red Bulls.

Controversial red card for Kaka causes VAR debate

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By the time the fourth official had indicated that there would be four minutes of stoppage time, the crowd at Red Bull Arena had already been entertained. They had already seen four goals, one of which was a curler from distance by Sean Davis, and with the New York Red Bulls up 3-1 on Orlando City, the match seemed to be just about over.

Formation shift paying dividends for the Red Bulls

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Nearly one month ago, the reporters gathered in the press room as Jesse Marsch fumed about the New York Red Bull's execution in their system, or lack thereof, but proclaimed that they were "not changing it." The Red Bulls had just suffered a home loss to New York City FC for the first time in the rivalry's young history.

MLS Midweek Rewind: Week 19

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Wednesday represented the much-awaited return of MLS after the short Gold Cup break, but a few teams found themselves returning to a nightmare on the field.

After a rain delay, the Montreal Impact got a winner from Blerim Dzemaili in a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union.

Match Preview: Philadelphia Union vs. New York Red Bulls

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The Union are looking to take another three points from the Red Bulls. After Sapong's hat trick helped secure a 3-0 win in the last meeting, PSP gets you primed for what to expect on Sunday. Nick Fishman with the match preview.

Player ratings: Union 3-0 Red Bulls

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The Union picked up their first victory since the Battle of Appomattox Court House. It isn't, however, "10's" across the board. This week's player ratings highlights the heroes and acknowledges those with room to improve.

Jones, Kljestan released to clubs after USMNT tie with Serbia

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Two U.S. Men's National Team midfielders will return to their clubs ahead of the upcoming friendly against Jamaica.

New Los Angeles Galaxy signing Jermaine Jones and Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan will return to their clubs after playing in Sunday's0-0 draw with Serbia, United States coach Bruce Arena announced at the postgame press conference.

Kljestan dealing with broken nose heading into USMNT's clash with Mexico

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Sacha Kljestan is battling an injury that could prove much more limiting than it appears on the surface.

The New York Red Bulls midfielder suffered a broken nose in his team's loss to the Montreal Impact over the weekend. Kljestan is dealing with"cleanlittle breaks" in his nose, and will wearheadgear in training leading up to Friday's clash between the U.

Player ratings & analysis: NYRB 3-2 Union

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The Union didn't dominate the opening 15 minutes, NY just had the wrong approach. Philly was in control for a bit after going ahead, but Josh Yaro's injury gave the home side a chance to regroup and dominate.

Altidore brace secures late draw with Red Bulls, playoff spot for TFC

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A former New York Red Bull led a second-half comeback as Toronto FC came back from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 with the Red Bulls on Sunday at BMO Field.

Jozy Altidore completed a brace to secure the drawand a playoff spot for TFC (13-8-8), whoextended its lead atop the Eastern Conference with 47 points.

After years away, Kljestan cements USMNT spot with standout performances

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It was an iconic pose. Stood several feet above his teammates, arms raised into the Jacksonville sky, Sacha Kljestan's finally had his moment. It was a split-second reaction to a goalseveral years in the making, one which Kljestan believed would never come.

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10 things we learned from the 2017 MLS Conference Semifinals

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Here are the ten things we learned from the 2017 MLS Conference Semifinals.

1. Toronto Loses Its Cool

Jozy Altidore is great player, but his conduct in the first half of Toronto’s game on Sunday against the Red Bulls was phenomenally stupid.

10 things we learned from the 2017 MLS Conference Semifinals

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Here are the ten things we learned from the 2017 MLS Conference Semifinals.

1. Toronto Loses Its Cool

Jozy Altidore is great player, but his conduct in the first half of Toronto’s game on Sunday against the Red Bulls was phenomenally stupid.

Red Bulls douse Fire, Whitecaps roll in MLS playoffs

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Chicago (AFP) – A seventh-minute New York Red Bulls goal for English striker Bradley Wright-Phillips and Uruguayan midfielder Nicolas Mezquida’s brace for Vancouver sparked historic shutouts Wednesday in the Major League Soccer playoffs.

Sixth-seeded Red Bulls stunned third-seeded host Chicago 4-0 with the most lopsided rout in MLS knockout-round playoff history, a record only until Vancouver followed with a 5-0 romp over the San Jose Earthquakes.

Red Bulls douse Fire, Whitecaps roll in MLS playoffs

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Chicago (AFP) – A seventh-minute New York Red Bulls goal for English striker Bradley Wright-Phillips and Uruguayan midfielder Nicolas Mezquida’s brace for Vancouver sparked historic shutouts Wednesday in the Major League Soccer playoffs.

Sixth-seeded Red Bulls stunned third-seeded host Chicago 4-0 with the most lopsided rout in MLS knockout-round playoff history, a record only until Vancouver followed with a 5-0 romp over the San Jose Earthquakes.

MLS Scores: Big return for the Red Bulls

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The MLS schedule resumed after taking the Gold Cup group stage off with a midweek start for week 20. Some teams scheduled international friendlies. Others took the break and the time to regroup. The Red Bulls restarted their MLS season strong, beating San Jose 5-1 at home. Sean Davis put New York up in the 38th with Sacha Kljestan doubling the lead in the 73rd.

Impact’s DP partnership blooms in win over Red Bulls

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Before Montreal Impact fans could even celebrate their 1-0 win over the New York Red Bulls Saturday night, they all had Patrice Bernier's health on their minds.

In a play with Sacha Kljestan, the Impact captain ended up pushed off the field and fell heavily inside his team's dugout.

Match Preview: Union vs. Red Bulls

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The Union will try to win while the other team will probably stop them from doing that.

Match: Philadelphia Union vs New York Red Bulls

Time: 7:00 PM ET

Venue: Talen Energy Stadium

Television: The Comcast Network, MSG+ 2

Streaming: MLS Live (Subscription Only)

Referees: REF: Silviu Pretrescu AR1: Cameron Blanchard AR2: Jonathan Johnson 4TH: Ted Unkel

How the Red Bulls will look

New York had their three-game winning streak snapped in Kansas City on Wednesday, which is understandable considering how many starters were rested.

CCL Rewind: Red Bulls win late, Whitecaps advance and more

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FourMLS teams took the field in CONCACAF Champions League play this week, but only two emerged victorious.

While the Vancouver Whitecaps toppled MLS rivals Sporting Kansas City, the New York Red Bulls took down Alianza FC on a late winner from Sacha Kljestan.

Philadelphia Union

Brotherly Game Daily Links 11/6/17

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Prepare for the new week with some links.

Philadelphia Union News

Don't buy Stewart's claims that the Union improved
Earnie Stewart thinks the Philadelphia Union improved this past season. He's wrong.

MLS News

Columbus holds on eliminates NYCFC Toronto wins feisty match vs.

Match preview: Philadelphia Union vs. Houston Dynamo

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It's a Union home game but the Dynamo brought their own weather for tonight's matchup.

Player of the week: Christian Pulisic

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With a Champions League goal, Hershey's second most famous export is PSP's player of the week.

Notes from Curtin’s presser and other Union news, BSFC open tryout, more news

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Curtin on finding a spark, injuries and resting players. Other Union news. Bethlehem Steel announces open tryout. Mini pitch opens in North Philly. More news.

Bedoya withdraws from USMNT camp, perspective, more news

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Bedoya withdraws from USMNT roster ahead of Cuba friendly. Power rankings and perspective. More news.

United States Men's National Team

Kljestan, Besler added to USMNT roster, Wood out with injury

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A few days after losing Fabian Johnson to an injury for the upcoming CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers against Honduras and Panama, the U.S. Men's National Team was forced to drop another German-based start from its roster.

U.S. Soccer announced on Sunday that Bobby Wood was removed from the roster due to a back injury.

Video: Bradley, Kljestan review USMNT's 2009 win over Mexico

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USMNT 1, New Zealand 1: The SBI Breakdown

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Once again, the U.S. Men's National Team looked far from their best on Tuesday night and, with Mexico looming, the team faces several questions as the Hexagonal phase begins.

The U.S. sputtered to a 1-1 draw with New Zealand on Tuesday in what was another lackluster effort.

Jurgen Klinsmann

International Match Thread: Could We See Darlington Nagbe in USA vs. Serbia?

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It has been a while since we last saw Darlington Nagbe in the uniform of the United States Men's National Team, but that could change today as the US takes on Serbia in an international friendly.

Today's match will be the USMNT's first under returning boss Bruce Arena and will be vital for a number of players looking to make an impression under the former Galaxy head coach.

How To Watch United States-Mexico: Preview, Lineups, Game Thread

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The Hex begins again, from the fortress known as Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.

The United States Men's National Team has enjoyed a bit of a renaissance after an up-and-down/borderline disappointing Copa America campaign this summer.

Sacha Kljestan has become the new defacto playmaker in the midfield for the USMNT, Christian Pulisic has seemingly entrenched himself in the starting lineup as a teenager and other young players like DeAndre Yedlin, John Brooks and Bobby Wood have all had solid performances for club and country.

Union bits, more news

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Pontius on having a healthy season. Fan vote open for Union Player of the Year.

USMNT vs. Cuba International Friendly: Time, TV schedule and live stream

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Jordan Morris and the US men's national team heads to Cuba for a historic international friendly. This is your Sounder at Heart preview, gamethread and how to watch.

The last time the USMNT played in Cuba was 2008. Newly appointed Swansea City manager Bob Bradley was the coach and Clint Dempsey scored the only goal in a 1-0 win in World Cup Qualifying.

The Rest

Fantasy Focus: Running of the Bull

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Getting fat off the weak

This round's leader was DC Buzzards,with a whopping score of 173 points, 20 more than the next closest team. Captain David Villa (NYC, $11.9) tallied two goals and an assist on the way to 46 points, easily leading the team. Behind him were Red Bulls teammates Sacha Kljestan ($11.

United States vs Trinidad & Tobago World Cup Qualifying recap: Jozy Altidore continues to dominate CONCACAF

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USA wins 4-nil and wins their Group. Their next match is in the Hex on Friday November 11th.

Starting wunderkind Cristian Pulisic (youngest ever American with a World Cup Qualifying start) the United States completely dominated Trinidad & Tobago. Jozy Altidore earned a brace taking over the American record for most goals in World Cup Qualifying.