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New York Red Bulls Are My Jam

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Official NY Red Bulls Reporter

By Sylvana Budesheim // @WhiteZinWench

Saturday, June 9th: 1-1 Draw

It was too perfect.

The New York Red Bulls are the Boys in Red. Yellow is Columbus Crew‘s signature color.

It didn’t take long for the dream I didn’t know I had to be realized:

SECRET FAMILY RECIPE: This is the first Red Bull/ Crew matchup since Mike Grella was traded to Columbus. A healthy Grella is a dangerous Grella, and he was looking quite stong against his former team. This is also the first game back from injury for RB goalkeeper Luis Robles. He took a cleat to the chest in the first half, which did not look pretty. But the Ironman played on, with five saves on the day.

HOT SAUCE: Apparently mid-day in June is pretty flipping hot in Columbus. Eighty-seven degrees, but felt like ninety-one.  A hydration break was imposed in the 32nd minute. Players were dripping with sweat and dousing themselves with their water bottles. The sky in the second half grew overcast and the wind increased as a summer storm brewed and threatened the end of the game.

SAUERKRAUT: Ugh. The Crew’s Gyasi Zardes scored in the 26th minute. It was the result of a strong effort from Harrison Afful and Federico Higuain. Combined with a momentary lapse from the Red Bulls defense, “Mustard United” pulled ahead.  Bradley Wright-Phillips was called offside on his goal in the 39th minute. So while the first half wasn’t terrible, it isn’t something I’d want regularly.

RELISH: In just his second start of the season, homegrown midfielder Alex Muyl scored a header off a Sean Davis free kick. This was also his second goal of the season. But rather than cup his ears to hear the fans, this time he plugged his ears and closed his eyes. He doesn’t want to hear the noise. Critics have been saying plenty, smug when he is not in the Starting XI, flippant when his chances yield no results. But when he came through, after 57 minutes of putting the pressure on, he took a moment for himself.

A quick trip home to host the Seattle Sounders, then a jaunt down I-95 for the next round of the Open Cup against the Philadelphia Union. I’ve gotta get the hot dogs and burgers ready.

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Some Kind of Chemistry

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Official NY Red Bulls Reporter

By Sylvana Budesheim // @WhiteZinWench

Saturday, March 24th: 3-0 Win

So I hobbled my way back to Red Bull Arena to watch the New York Red Bulls face sophomore club Minnesota United. The concern for the team coming off a loss is that the slide would continue. This combined with the absence of several starters can compound locker room trepidation and set a vicious cycle in motion. But thankfully, that was not the case. And the team earned pizza and beer for their efforts (well… at least the ones who are old enough to drink).

FOR CLUB AND COUNTRY: Kemar Lawrence (Jamaica), Fidel Escobar and Michael Amir Murillo (Panama), and Tyler Adams (USA) are away on International duty. They were missed, of course, but it allowed for appearances for Kyle Duncan, Florian Valot, and Alex Muyl in the Starting XI.

SCIENCE-Y TRASH TALK: Points for originality, I’ll give them that:

SHOW RACISM THE RED CARD: In the 11th minute, the members of the South Ward did something quite out of the ordinary– they stopped singing for 1 minute, holding up red cards as a public display against racism. It’s important for supporter groups to make this effort to create a culture that is welcoming and supportive for all.

WICKED GAME: Well… Hello, Alex Muyl. Look at you, with a goal (15′) and an assist (78′) on the night. Your vision, your determination on the ball. After all this time when I was being critical (and I wasn’t alone), you have yourself a game. It’s what everyone wants to talk about. Hopefully, you’re listening.

“So he’s an important guy here, and he has to remain patient at times because we’ve used different guys at different times and we’ll use him at different moments but he’s very important around here and really happy for him.” –Coach Jesse Marsch

And a Brace for BWP: It’s easy to look at Bradley Wright-Phillips‘ record and grow complacent. Two goals (42′, 78’) might be just another day at the office for him:

“He should be underrated. He should be the most underrated player in league history. That should be his moniker because he proves every night how good he is.” –Jesse Marsch

But don’t tell him that:

“It definitely comes down to teammates, the team you’re in and the system you play. But I’ve worked hard. I want to score goals and I want to be important for my team. When I came here I tried to do that and now it seems like it’s paying off like I said[…] Right now I’m enjoying my football and it’s good to be a part of Red Bull.”
— Bradley Wright-Phillips

Next week, RBNY heads to Florida to battle friend and former teammate Sacha Kljestan and Orlando City SC. Could be quite a clash, and that’s just the uniform colors!

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To Kill a DETHLOON

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Official New York Red Bulls Reporter

By Sylvana Budesheim // @WhiteZinWench

Saturday, July 22: 0-3 Win

The New York Red Bulls (10-8-2, 32 points) had a second outing this week, just days after a stunning 5-1 win at home against the San Jose Earthquakes. They faced expansion team Minnesota United (5-12-4, 19 points) for the first time ever. When I first saw the MNUFC crest, with its silhouette of a loon with a red eye, I latched on to the nickname DETHLOON. I love calling them that, and I want them to be just as badass as that nickname. They’ve had a rough go of things, but they’ve started to right the ship… kinda. Injuries and international duty kneecapped the Loons.

HOT IN HERRRE: MNUFC is playing home games at the University of Minnesota.  Because it’s totally acceptable for college gridiron football, the field is artificial turf. Turf doesn’t absorb heat– it bounces the heat right back into the air just above the ground. If you’ve never felt it, let me be the one to tell you: it’s awful.

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Like this… but green and field-sized

A camera at field level showed the heat rippling up from the ground. Alex Muyl was seen hosing down his cleats early on. Defender Aurelien Collin, listed as questionable prior to the game, was not in the 18 at all, presumably to protect his still-healing hamstring injury. Head referee Hilario Grajeda called for hydration breaks during both halves. Sideline showers, FTW.

THREE STRIKES, THREE POINTS: Attacking midfielder Daniel Royer scored a beautiful goal from outside the box early on (16′). He’s been on fire of late, this being his 8th goal of the season. And he went unmarked, so why not go for it? The second goal, courtesy of striker Bradley Wright-Phillips, had to wait until the 67th minute. But the capper from Alex Muyl in the 90th was a pleasant surprise. In my previous article, I had voiced a touch of displeasure at how Muyl scrambled and seemed inefficient. I’m not saying the team is reading and taking my advice, but…

PLAY UGLY: YOU try to run a solid 90 minutes in heat and humidity and make some pretty soccer!

(MNUFC on left, RBNY on right.)

RBNY’s signature High Press was in full effect. There could have been many more goals on the day.

MNUFC GK Bobby Shuttleworth apparently was able to create a forcefield around the goal during portions of the match. Impressive.

There was also a total of 28 fouls and 3 yellow cards between the two sides, and those were just the offenses that were called! Imagine when Video Assisted Refereeing arrives in a couple of weeks! Yaaaaaay…

CONGRATULATIONS ARE IN ORDER: Welcome back to Panamanian international Michael Amir Murillo following an entertaining run in the Gold Cup. Also a warm welcome to Hassan Ndam on his MLS debut, coming in for defender Sal Zizzo. Captain Sacha Kljestan now has the club record for assists, surpassing legend Thierry Henry. And super sub Gonzalo Verón got some quality minutes for the 2nd game in a row.

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Home again, home again: this time against former teammate Chris Duvall and the Montreal Impact. Keep the momentum going, guys!

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So Much for the “A Game”

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By Sylvana Budesheim // @WhiteZinWench

Saturday, May 6: 3-0 Loss

MLS is unpredictable. People who want to be more assured of a game ending a particular way will look to English, German, or Mexican soccer. They can be much more confident where their Liverpools, Bayern Munichs, or Pumas will rise and fall, and where they will end up at the end of the season.

It’s just not so with MLS teams. A team like the New York Red Bulls (5-5-1, 16 points) should have sailed into Talen Energy Stadium and taken down Bottom-of-the-table Philadelphia Union (1-4-4, 7 points). Sure, they just came off a loss against Sporting Kansas City. But that was with all sorts of tweaks to their system. Maybe they just underestimated Union’s hunger to win.

It wasn’t for a lack of trying, though. The familiar faces were back in the starting XI, and the bench included a recuperated Mike Grella. The first half was largely uneventful, with solid saves from goalkeepers Luis Robles and Andre Blake. Defender Damien Perrinelle was in the action all over the defending third, and winger Alex Muyl was on the attack. However, striker Bradley Wright-Phillips seemed to give up the ball in an effort to create chances for other Red Bulls. The Union defensive line figured out BWP quickly and shut him down at every turn.

The second half became the CJ Sapong show. He scored 2 goals in the run of play (74′ & 81′) followed by a Penalty Kick (85′) for a handball in the box by Perrinelle. Despite using all three available substitutions, including Mike Grella, manager Jesse Marsch could not right the ship and the game ended in a shut out of the Red Bulls on the road.

Remember when I said MLS is unpredictable? Well, the one thing the MLS fan can count on is how difficult it is to win away from home. No team has won more than 2 away games so far this season. So perhaps it was inevitable that Philly would win. They have a town hall meeting for season ticket holders this week, and had to have been feeling the heat.

The Red Bulls have another 3-game home stand coming up, beginning with Western conference underdog LA Galaxy. They might not be hungry for their first win, but they could pull out all the stops for a solid road win. The Red Bulls have to snap their slump before it gets out of hand. This promises to be a more important game than originally expected, for both sides.

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East or West, Home is Best

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By Sylvana Budesheim @WhiteZinWench

Saturday, April 22: 2-0 Win

I live by the notion that it costs me nothing to be nice, and indeed it makes my life infinitely better. Thanks to a particularly generous season ticket holder, I was able to take my 9-year-old son to the New York Red Bulls (4-3-1, 13 points) game against the Columbus Crew (4-3-1, 13 points) and sit in a none-too-shabby location (lower level, above the corner flag to the right of the goal). I’ve been to Red Bull Arena a few times before, enough that I didn’t need my GPS to get there or to find the arena from my rather distant parking spot.

With the increasing popularity of soccer broadcasting, it’s easy to watch a game at home or in a bar. But nothing beats being in Red Bull Arena. We sat near the Supporter’s Section, full of shirtless screamers and flags and smoke. We yelled out “RED!” during the bridge of the National Anthem, the only color mentioned in the song. We sat with our fuzzy throw blankets and cheered the team on. And my son looked at that field and said, “Someday, I’ll play out there.”

Unfortunately, there was a false start of sorts when midfielder Artur went down in the first minute. (It was later confirmed that he suffered a broken wrist.) But the Red Bulls were riding the wave that comes with a very comfortable 18-game undefeated streak at home.

In fact, it only took 11 minutes for Alex Muyl (pronounced “M-wheel” — reporters and analysts are pronouncing his name incorrectly; that should be changing very soon) to find the back of the net following a cross by Kemar Lawrence. This was Muyl’s 2nd goal in as many games.  Goalkeeper Luis Robles was able to keep a clean sheet once again, most notably against Crew striker Justin Meram—any Red Bulls fan can tell you it’s not fun to see that Audi Player Index commercial where Meram gets past Robles, no matter how long ago it was.

Then in the 38th minute, RBNY striker Bradley Wright-Phillips was brought down in the box by Crew defender Alex Crognale, who was injured in the incident. Another Crew injury, another forced substitution. Austrian winger Daniel Royer converted the Penalty Kick and doubled the lead. Both teams were held scoreless in the second half, even though some great chances came to subs Frederik Gulbrandsen and Derrick Etienne Jr.

Gulbrandsen, on loan from Red Bull Salzburg, actually did find the back of the net but was ruled offside. When the final whistle blew, the home team was victorious and the sizeable crowd made their way back to their cars or the train station. My son promptly fell asleep in the backseat on the ride home, happy to have been in the arena for another Red Bulls win.

Same time next week, guys? I’ll be sure to let you know.

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