Red Bulls Sign 11 Players From Special Olympics New Jersey

(Red Bull Arena – Photo by Jason Schott)

The New York Red Bulls have signed 11 athletes from Special Olympics New Jersey to two-game contracts, the club announced on Thursday.

The New York Red Bulls Unified Team will take the field for two matches, starting with a home game against Special Olympics Florida this Saturday at Red Bull Arena before the New York Red Bulls – Orlando City SC match.

On Wednesday, the players met with Red Bulls sporting director Denis Hamlett before signing their contracts, and then warmed up with the Red Bulls first team before holding a training session at Red Bulls Training Facility.

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Red Bulls Sign Pair of Midfielders

(Vincent Bezecourt – @NewYorkRedBulls)

The Red Bulls signed a pair of midfielders, Vincent Bezecourt and Dilly Duka, ahead of Saturday night’s game against Orlando City SC.

Bezecourt joins the first team from New York Red Bulls II, the club’s USL affiliate.

“Vince has impressed us in games and in training over the last 18 months,” said Red Bulls Sporting Director Denis Hamlett. “We are pleased to add him to our MLS roster and proud that another player has moved through the developmental system to the first team.”

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Reaction: NYCFC Wins Latest Hudson River Derby

(NYCFC’s David Villa edges out Sal Zizzo of the Red Bulls for a loose ball – USA Today Sports) 

New York City Football Club won the lasted installment of the Hudson River Derby, 3-2, on Sunday night at Yankee Stadium.

David Villa led the way for NYCFC with a hat trick, giving him 17 goals on the season. It was his first MLS hat trick.

Bradley Wright-Phillips scored both Red Bulls goals, and he now has 12 goals this season.

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NYCFC, Villa Outlast BWP, Red Bulls

(Pregame festivities on Sunday at Yankee Stadium – Photo by Jason Schott)

New York City Football Club beat the Red Bulls 3-2 in the latest installment of the Hudson River Derby on Sunday night at Yankee Stadium.

The stars came to play in this one, as NYCFC’s David Villa had a hat trick to give him 17 goals on the season, and the Red Bulls’ Bradley Wright-Phillips notched two goals to give him 12 for the year.

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Red Bulls Rolling As They Enter Hudson River Derby

(The celebration was on after Bradley Wright-Phillips’ second-half goal – Photo by Jason Schott)

The Red Bulls won their fourth straight on Saturday night with a 4-0 romp over the Montreal Impact.

Daniel Royer led the way with two goals for the Red Bulls, giving him 10 on the season, just one behind Bradley Wright-Phillips for the team lead. Wright-Phillips got his 11th in this one too.

The Red Bulls have won these four by a combined score of 15-3. It is the first time in franchise history that they have scored three or more goals in four straight games.

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NYCFC Set For Big Tests In Toronto & Hudson River Derby

(Andrea Pirlo (left) and David Villa (second from right) were on hand at the adidas Store in Midtown for an autograph session on Tuesday – Photo by Jason Schott)

New York City Football Club is entering perhaps the biggest back-to-back of their season, as they take on Toronto FC on the road this Sunday, and then host the Red Bulls in the latest installment of the Hudson River Derby on Sunday, August 6.

NYCFC is coming off a huge 2-1 win on Saturday against the Chicago Fire, overcoming that they had to play down a man for the final 80 minutes of the game.  NYCFC (11-4-6, 37 points) is now just one point behind Chicago, who are in second place with 38 points (11-5-4).

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NYCFC Puts Out the Fire

(David Villa surrounded by the red of the Chicago Fire – USA Today Sports)

New York City Football Club gutted out a crucial 2-1 win over the Chicago Fire on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

After a scoreless first half, one marked by NYCFC having a player sent off in the 12th minute leaving the a man down for the rest of the game, they wasted no time getting on the board in the second half.

In the 47th minute, Jonathan Lewis fired a pass from the right corner to David Villa at the top of the key. Villa got the ball in midair and sent a rocket into the net to make it 1-0.

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NYCFC Autograph Session Tuesday 7/25

(NYCFC Head Coach Patrick Vieira and David Villa – provided by NYCFC)

NYCFC and adidas Soccer will host a full team appearance at the brand’s Fifth Avenue Flagship Store on Tuesday, July 25 at 6:00 pm.

The event will include an autograph signing, meet-and-greet, mural signing and photo booth activation for fans.

NYCFC Head Coach Patrick Vieira will be on hand with his entire team, including star David Villa, for this event.

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NYCFC, Toronto Tie In Battle of East’s Elites

(NYCFC’s Maxi Moralez battles for position – USA Today Sports)

New York City Football Club and Toronto FC played to a 2-2 draw on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium as each team fights for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.

With the point, Toronto improved to 11-6-3, with 39 points, and surpassed the Chicago Fire, who have 38. NYCFC, who are in third, are now 10-4-6, with 34 points.

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