Red Bull Roundup: Garber talks NYCFC rivalry, RBNY offices in Manhattan? Fourth round USOC opponents and more


Don Garber

It’s natural to think about the future of the Red Bulls now that New York City F.C. is in existence.

The New York Yankee, Manchester City project has taken the local soccer scene by storm leaving many Red Bull fans to wonder just where exactly they fall into the entire equation.

MLS Commissioner Don Garber believes the entire Tri-State area soccer scene will benefit from this endeavour – the Red Bulls included.

“We believe, the league feels very strongly that rivalries drive passion in sports generally but really drives it in soccer,” Garber told local media during the league’s press conference Wednesday. “The biggest events that happen every year in the Pacific Northwest – those aren’t our biggest markets. We have a game coming up in a couple of weeks where we will have 60,000 people in CenturyLink Stadium because it’s a rivalry between clubs that are centrally located.

“We believe that can exist here in New York City,” he said. We believe the Red Bulls are a very focused, committed team.

“We are going to have a good thing going on. we are going to have two teams trying to be the Kings of the New York region. That is a good thing for soccer. Everybody will work harder, there will be challenges but we have challenges everyday. This will be a challenge that turns into an opportunity.”

Whether that materializes is yet to be seen.

While NYCFC continues to envelop the headlines, the New York Red Bulls have quietly gone about readying themselves for Sunday’s clash against Columbus. Here is a Roundup of Red Bulls news:



While touting the importance of a rivalry for the New York City area, Garber also praised Jerome de Bontin as someone who “gets it.” In fact, part of the Red Bulls initiative, he claims, is to land their offices in the New York City limits.

This isn’t the first time we have heard this claim. A similar assertion was made earlier this year and quickly shot down by the organization.



The New York Red Bulls host Reading United AC of the PDL this week at Red Bull Arena.

If they advance, their opponents are now known.

The winner of Reading United AC (PDL) and the Red Bulls (MLS) will play on the road against the winner of New England Revolution (MLS) and the Rochester Rhinos (USL Pro)

If New England wins, the site will be Harvard University. A Rhino victory will mean a trip to Rochester’s Sahlen Stadium.



The New York City community outreach has begun.

Randall’s Island Park Alliance (RIPA), West Side Soccer League (WSSL) and the New York Red Bulls have joined together to offer a free scholarship soccer camp to young male and female athletes from local communities surrounding Randall’s Island Park.

“We are delighted to provide such a high-quality youth soccer camp, free of charge. Partnering with the New York Red Bulls and Randall’s Island is the perfect way to extend West Side Soccer’s commitment to the game of soccer, to the children of New York City and to the parks that make playing soccer possible,” says West Side Soccer’s Commissioner, Dana DiPrima.

“The Red Bulls are pleased to enter in a partnership with West Side Soccer League and Randall’s Island Park Alliance,” said New York Red Bulls General Manager Jérôme de Bontin. “We are committed to developing soccer on the grassroots level across New York City and the tri-state and today’s announcement of our agreement furthers our mission. This is a relationship that will continue to grow in the years to come.

The Red Bulls will be offering their player development expertise in nurturing children to engage in physical activity while using “soccer as a vehicle to teach life skills, encourage the values of team work and promote discipline, confidence and self-esteem.”

“We are excited to offer a free first-rate soccer camp to local community children of all ability levels at Randall’s Island Park. It is wonderful to work with partners, such as the New York Red Bulls and West Side Soccer League, who share our commitment to providing city children with an outlet to be outside and active,” says Randall’s Island Park Alliance’s Executive Director, Aimee Boden.



(Image, New York Red Bulls)

(Image, New York Red Bulls)

Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke made a statement as only he could.

Talking to Soccer by Ives, the rookie coach minced no words about his thoughts on Major League Soccer’s newest franchise.

“It’s good to have a true derby, a true rivalry,” Petke said. “I think it’s good for the league to grow and all that.

“In the flip-side of that, we have a history here,” Petke added. “They’re the new guys coming in and I’m looking forward to smashing them in 2015 to be honest with you.”

The coach goes on in a great read over on SBI. Click the link for more.



While admitting that he is “never completely satisfied” with the results on the pitch, Petke is delighted at the team’s strong start.

“Trust me, I enjoy lots of it. I am very proud of the guys for many things, but most importantly, like I said the fact that over the last month or so, we have really tidied up our team defending. That is the quality of players that we have that have been doing it on the field but also it is the mentality that has changed a lot.

“We realize with the ability that we will get goals and with the ability that we will be explosive going forward, that first and foremost with the makeup that we have in this young season, with the changeover of me being the new coach and really trying to put pieces together they have really latched onto that concept of defending first, team defending first, and when I say defending I don’t mean the back four, I mean the entire team. They have done phenomenal with that and I’ve really enjoyed watching their commitment to that from the sidelines.”

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