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Red Bulls Continue to Slide

The New York Red Bulls continued their slide this past Saturday at home falling to Sporting Kansas City 0-2.  The Red Bulls sit one spot above last place in the Eastern Conference with only one win and four losses.  With so many empty seats in the stands I decided to shoot from the mezzanine, and with a lack of shots on goal played around with a slower shutter speed to blur motion.  Hope you like!

Eastern Conference Finals

Though the New York Red Bulls maintained the best record in the MLS through this past Sunday, they couldn't hold off the Columbus Crew through two legs of the MLS Eastern Conference Finals.  The Red Bulls lost on the road in Columbus 0-2 Thanksgiving week which meant they'd need to win by a greater margin at home this past Sunday at home at Red Bull Arena.  In the end their 1-0 home victory wouldn't be enough for a finals bid and they find themselves in the same position as last year missing out on the finals.  From the sidelines, we were all hoping they could put together better passing combinations and bring possession into Columbus's half more.  We would have all loved a New York City MLS final, but give thanks to another great season and look forward to next year!  On another note, I put a nice burn mark from a flare someone lit on my foot, but enjoyed my first experience marching to the stadium with the supporters.  Pictures above..hope you like! 

Red Bulls in Fine Form

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The New York Red Bulls go into the weekend tied for first place in the league with FC Dallas having beaten the Philadelphia Union at home 4-1 last week, their final regular season home game for the year.  Both the Red Bulls and Dallas have the chance to take home the Supporter's Shield this weekend, the trophy for the most regular season wins in the MLS.  To make things more interesting, the league changed the start times of both teams' games so they coincide.  Either way, the Red Bulls have sealed their own fate into the playoffs and will host the Conference Semi-Finals Sunday, November 8th at Red Bull Arena.  Photos above are from this weekend's win over Philadelphia; enjoy!

Red Bulls Remain Undefeated Through Six Games

I'm sure they would have rather walked away with the win, but the New York Red Bulls kept their undefeated streak alive through six games tying the LA Galaxy 1-1 at home at Red Bull Arena yesterday.  The up and coming 18 year old Galaxy forward Bradford Jamieson IV slotted his first ever MLS goal early in the first half, but the Red Bulls were able to counter with an almost fluke ricochet header off Felipe Martins.  The Red Bulls have quick turn-around facing the Colorado Rapids Wednesday of this week. 

Red Bulls Win Home Opener Against Rivals DC

The New York Red Bulls are off to a raucous start to the 20th MLS regular season.  Last week Dax McCarty connected a long ball to last year's league scoring leader Bradley Wright-Phillips who was able to drive it into the net against long-time rival DC United.  Lloyd Sam was able to secure the 2-0 win with a second half scorcher past 2014 MLS goalkeeper of the year, DC's Bill Hamid.  The Red Bulls remain undefeated through three games and find themselves on top of the Eastern Conference table. 

Heartbreak in Harrison

While the New York Red Bulls are not out of the Western Conference Finals of the MLS Cup Playoffs, they've created an uphill battle for themselves.  Both teams came out fierce, as evidenced by the ten, yes ten yellow cards.  The New England Revolution with 2-1 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.

Luyindula Scores

More to come soon, but the New York Red Bulls won the first of two games against MLS league powerhouse DC United.  Peguy Luyindula made an exceptional run past the DC defense, met with an equally exceptional service from Thierry Henry to put the Red Bulls up 2-0. 

Cahill tallys a late goal

Tim Cahill breaks his MLS scoring dry spell (although he's had some amazing finishes in the international arena) this Saturday against the Seattle Sounders.  The Red Bulls pick up an important three points with only three home games left in the regular season.

Red Bulls beat Arsenal

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While we all know the win wasn't against Arsenal's first team, we can still be happy about a great summer of soccer in the United States and wonderful friendly between the UK giant and our own New York Red Bulls.  Fans on both sides cheered the man of the match..Arsenal's leading goal scorer, and as of late all time Red Bulls assist leader, the great Thierry Henry. 

Red Bulls Tie San Jose 1 - 1

The controversial handball in the box resulting in the Bradley Wright-Phillips penalty kick

The controversial handball in the box resulting in the Bradley Wright-Phillips penalty kick

Bradley Wright-Phillips scoring on the resulting penalty kick

Bradley Wright-Phillips scoring on the resulting penalty kick

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Chris Wondolowski back from the World Cup

Chris Wondolowski back from the World Cup

The New York Red Bulls went up 1-0 in the first half after a controversial handball in the box resulting in a Bradley Wright-Phillips penalty kick.  The Red Bulls couldn't hold off the lead in the end allowing a goal with only minutes to spare left in the game.

Red Bulls Pick up a Win

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After a string of ties the New York Red Bulls pick up a solid win against the Columbus Crew 4-1 this past Saturday.  Bradley Wright-Phillips continued his scoring tirade, and the veteran Thierry Henry even picked up a seemingly effortless goal.  The Red Bulls take on the Philadelphia Union this coming Wednesday before returning home to play the San Jose Earthquakes 7/19.

Red Bulls into the Playoffs

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The New York Red Bulls clinched a spot in the playoffs Saturday with a 2-2 nail-biter against the New England Revolution.  Fabian Espindola scored an early goal to a raucous hometown crowd.  The Red Bulls carried that through the 85th minute until Lee Nguyen tied things up to a controversial penalty kick.  The Revolution went up by one goal minutes later changing the whole tone of the game.  Everything came down to one last Red Bulls free kick from near the corner; even goalie Luis Robles left his line to jump in the mix.  Midfielder Tim Cahill was able to get a head on the ball after a bit of bouncing around to put in the back of the next in the 97th minute.

I've never seen a more electric crowd, especially for the size; I literally had goosebumps.