New York Red Bulls 2012 Season Preview: Roster, Schedule

Head coach Hans Backe of the New York Red Bulls. (Photo by Andy Marlin/Getty Images)

The revamped New York Red Bulls open the 2012 MLS season on the road Sunday against FC Dallas (3 p.m. ET, NBCSN). Head coach Hans Backe will still have star strikers Thierry Henry and Luke Rodgers on his front line, but there have been many roster changes since the Red Bulls concluded a disappointing 2011 season.

Among the biggest moves moves made by the Red Bulls was the acquisition of striker Kenny Cooper from the Portland Timbers. The team also added Swedish defender Markus Holgersson. In goal for New York at the start of the season will be rookie Ryan Meara, selected out of Fordham in the MLS SuperDraft.

The Red Bulls will rely on Henry and Rodgers up front, and will hope that Cooper regains the the form that made him one of the the league's premier players only a couple of seasons ago. In the nmi midfield New York will hope for a better, more typical, season from Rafa Marquez.

Defensively, the Red Bulls brought in Holgersson and Wilman Conde to join Stephen Keel. Defensive breakdowns were an issue for the 2011 Red Bulls.

The 2012 season-opening Red Bulls' roster is as follows:

Goalkeepers

Ryan Meara
Jeremy Vuolo

Defenders

Jonathan Borrajo
Wilman Conde
Markus Holgersson
Stephen Keel
Connor Lade
Roy Miller
Tyler Ruthven
Jan Gunnar Solli

Midfielders

Mehdi Ballouchy
Brandon Barklage
Joel Lindpere
Rafa Marquez
Dax McCarty
Victor Palsson
Dane Richards
Teemu Tainio

Forwards

Juan Agudelo
Jose Angulo
Jhonny Arteaga
Kenny Cooper
Thierry Henry
Corey Hertzog
Luke Rodgers

The complete Red Bulls 2012 schedule is below.

    Game
    DATE
    OPPONENT
    VENUE
HOME/AWAY
    TIME (ET)
    1
    Sunday, Mar 11 (NBCSN)
    Dallas
    Dallas
    Away
    3 p.m.
    2
    Saturday, Mar 17
    Real Salt Lake
    Away
    9 p.m.
    3
    Sunday, Mar 25 (ESPN)
    Colorado
    New York
    Home
    4 p.m.
    4
    Saturday, Mar 31
    Montreal
    New York
    Home
    4 p.m.
    5
    Saturday, Apr 7 (Galavision)
    Columbus
    Columbus
    Away
    3 p.m.
    6
    Saturday, Apr 14
    San Jose
    New York
    Home
    7 p.m.
    7
    Sunday, Apr 22 (ESPN2)
    DC
    DC
    Away
    6 p.m.
    8
    Saturday, Apr 28 (NBCSN)
    New England
    New York
    Home
    3:30 p.m.
    9
    Saturday, May 5 (ESPN)
    Los Angeles
    Away
    8 p.m.
    10
    Wednesday, May 9
    Houston
    New York
    Home
    7:00
    11
    Sunday, May 13 (ESPN2)
    Philadelphia
    Philadelphia
    Away
    1:30 p.m.
    12
    Saturday, May 19
    Montreal
    Montreal
    Away
    2 p.m.
    13
    Wednesday, May 23 (Galavision)
    Chivas
    New York
    Home
    TBA
    14
    Sunday, Jun 17 (NBCSN)
    Chicago
    Chicago
    Away
    5 p.m.
    15
    Wednesday, Jun 20
    Vancouver
    Vancouver
    Away
    11 p.m.
    16
    Sunday, Jun 24 (NBC, NBCSN)
    DC
    New York
    Home
    7 p.m.
    17
    Saturday, Jun 30 (Galavision)
    Toronto
    Toronto
    Away
    7 p.m.
    18
    Sunday, Jul 8 (Galavision)
    New England
    New England
    Away
    7 p.m.
    19
    Sunday, Jul 15 (ESPN)
    Seattle
    New York
    Home
    4 p.m.
    20
    Wednesday, Jul 18
    Chicago
    New York
    Home
    1 p.m.
    21
    Saturday, Jul 21 (ESPN)
    Philadelphia
    New York
    Home
    2 p.m.
    22
    Saturday, Jul 28
    Montreal
    Montreal
    Away
    7 p.m.
    23
    Friday, Aug 3 (NBCSN)
    Houston
    Houston
    Away
    8 p.m.
    24
    Friday, Aug 10 (NBCSN)
    Houston
    New York
    Home
    8 p.m.
    25
    Sunday, Aug 19 (Galavision)
    Portland
    New York
    Home
    7 p.m.
    26
    Sunday, Aug 26 (ESPN2)
    Kansas City
    Kansas City
    Away
    9 p.m.
    27
    Wednesday, Aug 29 (Galavision)
    DC
    DC
    Away
    8 p.m.
    28
    Saturday, Sep 15
    Columbus
    New York
    Home
    7 p.m.
    29
    Wednesday, Sep 19
    Kansas City
    New York
    Home
    7 p.m.
    30
    Saturday, Sep 22
    New England
    New England
    Away
    7:30 p.m.
    31
    Saturday, Sep 29
    Toronto
    New York
    Home
    7 p.m.
    32
    Saturday, Oct 6 (NBC)
    Chicago
    New York
    Home
    3:30 p.m.
    33
    Saturday, Oct 20
    Kansas City
    New York
    Home
    7 p.m.
    34
    Saturday, Oct 27 (NBC)
    Philadelphia
    Philadelphia
    Away
    1:30 p.m.

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