New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan is getting the recognition he deserves.
Klejestan has been added to the U.S. Men’s National Team roster ahead of a pair of World Cup Qualifiers in the Semifinal Round. He will join the team for training in Jacksonville ahead of the first match against St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Friday, September 2 at 3:30 p.m. ET. Four days later, the team closes out Group C action against Trinidad & Tobago on September 6 at 8 p.m.
Bradley Wright-Phillips scored yet again on Sunday afternoon to increase his Red Bulls scoring record and it was the difference as they beat the New England Revolution, 1-0, at Red Bull Arena.
Wright-Phillips set the record in the Red Bulls’ prior home game, on August 13 vs. Montreal, and fans were greeted by a new sign commemorating the achievement. (pictured above)
It is like a scoreboard that will tally how many goals BWP racks up, and it took 55 minutes into this one for it to change from “60” to “61.”
Wright-Phillips was in perfect position on the right side to corral a rebound from New England goalkeeper Brad Knighton and drill it to give the Red Bulls the 1-0 edge. It was his team-leading 16th goal of the season.
Jason Kreis thought he got a raw deal when he was fired after just one season as coach of New York City Football Club.
Kreis got his revenge on Sunday night, as his new club, Orlando City SC beat NYCFC, 2-1.
Kreis took the focus off of himself after the game, as he said, “The importance of the win has nothing to do with the opponent. It wasn’t about me, it’s about the performance of the team and what the guys are willing to do. So I’m really pleased for the players, they are the ones who deserve the credit.”
Orlando City got two goals from their star Kaka, while NYCFC’s European stars, David Villa, Frank Lampard, and Andrea Pirlo, were largely kept in check.
The St. John’s Red Storm announced their men’s basketball out-of-conference schedule on Thursday.
The Red Storm has a 13-game docket lined up against non-league opponents in 2016-17, and it includes marquee contests in the Battle 4 Atlantis, Gavitt Tipoff Games, and a road game with longtime rival Syracuse.
The first couple months of the season features seven local dates and appearances in three of New York City’s boroughs.
(Alex Muyl of the Red Bulls trying to gain position with the tough field conditions – @NewYorkRedBulls)
The Red Bulls earned a 2-2 draw with DC United in the nation’s capital on Sunday afternoon to extend their MLS unbeaten streak to eight games.
The match started on time, but a lightning delay was called for in the 10th minute. It would be approximately 73 minutes before play resumed.
Red Bulls Head Coach Jesse Marsch used the time in the delay wisely, and he spoke of what he told his team in the locker room, “The main thing I said is that I didn’t think we were up for the competitive challenge. D.C. started the game winning so many of the little battles and I reminded them that this is what the game was going to be, especially on a wet day. I had to remind them that last time we came down here we had a terrible match and that I can cheerlead all I want, but we need them to understand internally how to handle that.”
(NYCFC’s David Villa battles LA’s Nigel de Jong – USA Today Sports)
In the battle of the European stars, New York City Football Club beat the LA Galaxy 1-0 on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.
These are arguably the two highest-profile teams in the MLS, as NYCFC boasts Frank Lampard, Andrea Pirlo, and David Villa, while Los Angeles has Steven Gerrard, Robbie Keane, and Ashley Cole.
This was the first time the number 8’s, English national teammates Lampard and Gerrard, faced each other in the MLS. For years, they battled in the English Premier League when Lampard’s Chelsea and Gerrard’s Liverpool vied for titles.
“It’s normal, we’re used to it. It was Lampard versus Gerrard in the England team, it was Chelsea-Liverpool for many a year. I love it,” Lampard said of his rivalry with Gerrard ahead of the match. “I think we’re more relaxed about it and we can enjoy it more these days.”
NYCFC came out strong, especially Lampard, who was looking to make something happen when he was taken down by a Galaxy defender in the box in the fifth minute. To his dismay, there was no call.
A minute later, NYCFC crashed the net, as Ronald Matarrita got off a shot, which deflected off Galaxy goaltender Clement Diop, and Villa slipped by two defenders to score.
The New York Islanders had a successful inaugural season in Brooklyn, as they won a playoff series for the first time in 23 years.
The home opener of their second season at Barclays Center is set for Sunday, Oct. 16 against the Anaheim Ducks, followed by six of nine games in October at home. There will be 18 weekend home games throughout the season, with four Friday games, five Saturday games and nine Sunday games at Barclays Center.
(St. John’s Head Coach Chris Mullin – @StJohnsBball)
St. John’s will continue their historic rivalry with Syracuse this season, as they will meet on December 21 at the Carrier Dome.
This will be the 91st meeting in a storied rivalry that dates back more than 100-years.
When Syracuse left the Big East in 2013, there was concern as to what would happen with this historic rivalry. It wasn’t long before the schools entered into a home-and-home series, where they would meet once each season.
David Villa scored twice in the final 10 minutes, but it was not enough to get New York City Football Club a win against the Columbus Crew SC, and they settled for a wild 3-3 draw at MAPFRE Stadium Saturday night.
Frank Lampard got the scoring started in the 41st minute with his ninth goal in the last 10 games. Columbus goalkeeper Steve Clark parried Andrea Pirlo’s 26-yard free kick off the post and Lampard pounced, tapping in from the edge of the six-yard box to give NYCFC the lead at the break.
Lampard had another chance three minutes earlier after Pirlo cut inside and outside of his defender to chip a ball into the box, but Clark pushed Lampard’s header over the bar for an NYCFC corner kick.