Monday, June 20, 2011

News and Notes

A few brief items for Red Bulls fans this evening. First, GM Erik Soler sounded off on the horrible officiating in last night's match. In a press release issued this afternoon, he said, "We have carefully reviewed the film of our match against Portland last night and I can safely say that the level of refereeing was absolutely below the standards of what is required for a MLS match and completely unacceptable." He also confirmed that the Red Bulls plan to appeal Thierry Henry's automatic one-game suspension for the questionable red card he received in the waning minutes of the match.

Also, tickets went on sale today for the Red Bulls' U.S. Open Cup 3rd Round match. The game is next Tuesday, June 28, at 8PM. All tickets are $15. If you are a Red Bulls Member, you can use your loyalty points to purchase your first two tickets. (If you wish to redeem loyalty points, you must order the tickets by phone, 1-877-RBSOCCER.)

These matches are not highly attended, and it's a great chance to get prime seats. Last season, with attendance so low, they opened the Club and Corner Pub to everyone in attendance. I enjoyed these matches a lot last season and highly recommend going if you have the evening free. Our opponent for the match will be determined tomorrow evening as FC New York of the USL-Pro League face off against the New York Pancyprian Freedoms of the USASA tomorrow evening. That match kicks off at 7:30PM at Belson Stadium in Queens, NY, on the Queens campus of St. John's University. The field serves as the home stadium for both teams during their regular seasons.

Dane Richards will be rejoining the team in time for the Seattle match following Jamaica's quarter-final loss to the United States in the Gold Cup yesterday afternoon.

Finally, the management of the local WCBS/WFAN website has begun including Red Bulls coverage on their sports blog. I encourage you all to check out the first entry, and more importantly, leave an encouraging post in the comments section. Local mainstream press will only cover the team if they think there are readers and viewers to translate into ad dollars.
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