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Red Bulls Vs. Portland Timbers Preview: Match Time, TV, Streaming, Injury Updates

The New York Red Bulls will try to improve keep their unblemished home record intact Sunday as they host the Portland Timbers (7 p.m. ET on MSG). The Red Bulls (12-7-5) are 8-0-3 at home this season and have a good chance of extending that mark as the Timbers (5-12-6) are 0-8-3 on the road.

Currently, New York has lost three of its last four games, but it did earn a 2-0 victory over the Houston Dynamo nine days ago.

Unfortunately, the Red Bulls will be without newly signed English midfielder Lloyd Sam who did not receive his international visa in time to make the match. Rafa Marquez will also not be a part of New York's lineup, as he aggravated a left calf injury earlier in the week.

Luckily, New York will still have Kenny Cooper, who will be facing his old team (Portland) for the first time since being shipped to the Red Bulls during a draft-day trade in January. Cooper currently leads the Red Bulls in scoring with 13 goals.


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Lloyd Sam Signing: Red Bulls Midfielder Unavailable Vs. Portland Timbers

The newest member of the New York Red Bulls, English midfielder Lloyd Sam, will not be available for the Red Bulls' match on Sunday against the Portland Timbers.

Sam, who was signed on Thursday, has not yet received his international visa. The former Leeds and Notts County winger is not completely fit but is ready to begin his Red Bulls career. New York's coach, Hans Backe, is hoping to see Sam in action against Sporting Kansas City on Aug. 26.

Sam, 27, began his career with Charlton Athletic as an 18-year-old and scored six times in 119 appearances with the club. He scored five goals in 10 matches (including a hat trick against Yeovil Town on April 9) with League One side Notts County on loan from Leeds last season.

In addition to Sam, the Red Bulls will not have Designated Player Rafael Marquez against the Timbers. Marquez has re-injured his left calf. He has been limited to just nine matches this season.

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Mehdi Ballouchy Trade: Dealt To Earthquakes For International Spot, 2013 Draft Pick

The New York Red Bulls announced Monday that they have traded midfielder Mehdi Ballouchy to the San Jose Earthquakes in exchange for an international roster spot and a 2013 conditional draft pick. Ballouchy made 10 starts among his 16 appearances this season, scoring one goal with two assists.

"We want to thank Mehdi for his service to the Red Bulls," New York Red Bulls General Manager and Sporting Director Erik Soler said. "It was a difficult decision to let Mehdi go. However, trading him provides us additional roster and financial flexibility moving forward."

Each team is allowed eight international spots on the roster each season. However, spots can be traded and potentially spent on an international player who may rather play stateside than toil in the Europe's sub leagues.

Ballouchy was in the midst of his second full season with the Red Bulls. He was acquired from the Colorado Rapids on Sept. 14, 2010 in exchange for forward Macoumba Kandji. This season, Ballouchy made 16 appearances and 10 starts, recording one goal and two assists. He made 51 total appearances during his time in New York.

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Tim Cahill Signing: Cahill On Joining Red Bulls: 'This Is A Massive Move For Me'

New York Red Bulls Designated Player and midfielder Tim Cahill was introduced to the media in a press conference on Monday.

The Australian international said he was never interested in moving from the English Premier League to Australia's A-League.

"It's simple. This is a massive move for me. Moving to the A League, in all fairness, would have been a step backwards. And that's no disrespect. It's basically, I want to still play at a high level. There's still another World Cup for me to play in and qualify for the Australian team, and this is a massive opportunity," Cahill said. "I didn't speak to any A League clubs and it was never in my plans. The one thing I do in Australia is create pathways for kids to follow their dreams with my soccer clinics, and I make sure that they know that if a kid like me can make it then they have opportunities. I think I'm more interested in the grassroots level of football in Australia and not playing there."

About joining the Red Bulls, Cahill said:

"I think throughout my whole career, I've been very loyal to the football clubs I've played for. I started off at Millwall and left and went to Everton for a fantastic 8 years, probably one of the most emotional moves I've ever made. When I had the phone call that I had the opportunity to play for the Red Bulls, I knew in my heart that if I ever left Everton I would never play for another Premier League team out of respect for the fans, the chairman and the manager. I've achieved a hell of a lot in my career, but I also feel that this is a big move for me. I know a lot of people might think otherwise, but I'm 32 years old. I respect MLS, I'm coming here at a good age, I'm fit and I'm ready for a new challenge. Something that's very special for not only me but also for my family. I'm going to be playing with one of the biggest superstars on the planet, and that's Thierry Henry. I think for me I have to say the vision, as well as the people from the MLS and the Red Bulls, to try and make this a good club on and off the park and create pathways and opportunities for kids who strive to be footballers. For myself, very simple beginnings, nothing special. I work hard, I give everything and one thing I'm going to do for the Red Bulls is put my heart and soul into it."

Cahill said that he is in match form and he is expected to make his New York debut at Red Bull Arena at 7 p.m. on Tuesday against EPL side Tottenham Hotspur in the Barclays New York Cup.

To see Cahill's press conference, click here.

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Tim Cahill Trade: Thierry Henry Says Cahill Will Be 'Great Asset'

Everton has admitted it is transferring Tim Cahill to the New York Red Bulls. The Red Bulls, however, have not yet admitted they are acquiring Cahill as their third designated player.

New York Red Bulls start Thierry Henry, however, isn't playing coy. He said that Cahill will be a "great asset" to the Red Bulls once the midfielder passes his physical.

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"Talking about Tim Cahill, he’s going to be great," Henry said ahead of the MLS All-Star Game on Wednesday. "We’re going to have to wait for him to go through the medical. He’s going to be a great asset for us and also for the league.

"If you saw the guy play the way he plays, I love the commitment and I always loved his commitment," he added. "He’s great in the box, his headers are unbelievable. He fights back to the net and his football IQ is great also. Hopefully that can be a plus for us."

Cahill, 32, has played for Everton in the Premier League since the 2004-05 season. He had 56 goals and 29 assists for Everton and has 107 goals and 66 assists in a professional career that began in 1997-98.

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Tim Cahill Transfer: New York Red Bulls Reportedly Buy Cahill From Everton

The New York Red Bulls have acquired Everton forward/attacking midfielder Tim Cahill for a "nominal" transfer fee on Monday, Everton announced on its website. New York has not commented on the story.

Cahill, 32, made 278 appearances and scored 68 goals for the Toffees since arriving from Milwall in 2004. The Australian international has scored 24 goals for his country in 55 appearances. Cahill had two years remaining on his contract with Everton.

The deal for Cahill will be complete once he agrees to terms on a contract and passes a physical. Cahill is set to become the team's third Designated Player, Thierry Henry and Rafael Marquez are the others.

The Red Bulls released a statement in which they did not confirm the transaction. It read:

"We are aware of Everton’s statement regarding midfielder Tim Cahill and our club. However, we have no comment at this time regarding him or any other non-New York player."

The Red Bulls have made two other recent moves recently, trading for LA Galaxy goalkeeper Bill Gaudette and Vancouver Whitecaps striker Sebastien Le Toux. Both players have paid immediate dividends for New York. Le Toux has one goal and one assist in three matches while Gaudette has recorded two clean sheets and is 2-0-1 in three matches.

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Sebastien Le Toux Trade: Red Bulls Acquire Le Toux For Dane Richards, Allocation Cash

The New York Red Bulls have acquired striker Sebastien Le Toux from the Vancouver Whitecaps for midfielder Dane Richards and allocation money, the team announced today.

Due to the timing of the trade, Le Toux will be at training for the Red Bulls on Saturday and available to play in Sunday's match against the Seattle Sounders.

"Sebastien is one of the premier attacking players in the League and someone who we have admired for a long time. He will be able to play a number of different positions and will be an important piece for us as we challenge for the MLS Cup this year," said Red Bulls General Manager and Sporting Director Erik Soler. "We also want to wish Dane the best of luck in Vancouver. He has been a great player for our club and it was a difficult decision to trade someone of his quality."

Le Toux has scored four goals and an assist for the Whitecaps this season in 19 matches (18 starts). The former Philadelphia Union captain has scored 30 goals and has 24 assists in his 109 MLS match career. Richards has been underperforming for New York this season. He has just one goal and two assists in 17 matches. Richards has only scored on 5.9 percent of his shots in 2012 (his career average is 12.1 percent). Le Toux has scored on 19 percent of his shots this season and 13.7 percent of his career.

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Bill Gaudette Acquired By New York Red Bulls

The New York Red Bulls announced today that they have acquired goalkeeper Bill Gaudette from the L.A. Galaxy in exchange for New York’s natural 2014 second round MLS Supplemental Draft pick. Gaudette, 30, joined the team for the 2012 season. He appeared in three matches for the Galaxy, posting a record of 0-2-1 and a 1.33 goals against average. Gaudette came to Los Angeles after a one-year stint with the Montreal Impact of the North American Soccer League in 2011. He made nine appearances for the Canadian club.

"Bill is an experienced goalkeeper in American soccer and MLS," said Red Bulls General Manager and Sporting Director Erik Soler. "He will provide quality competition and guidance for our two young goalkeepers and we are excited to bring him to New York."

Rookie Ryan Meara, from Fordham, has played every minute in goal for the Red Bulls this season. Meara is fourth in the MLS with 59 saves and many consider him to be a candidate for MLS Rookie Of The Year. Meara is surrendering 1.50 goals per game with a save percentage of 66 percent.

It is unknown at this point if Gaudette will take any of Meara's playing time. It could mean reserve goalkeeper Jeremy Vuolo is in jeopardy of losing his roster spot.

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2012 MLS All-Star Game: Thierry Henry, Heath Pearce Selected For MLS All-Star First XI

The New York Red Bulls landed two players in the 2012 MLS All-Star First XI. During halftime of the ESPN MLS Game of the Week between the LA Galaxy and the Chicago Fire on Sunday, the results of the fan vote for the MLS All-Star starters were revealed.

Red Bulls striker Thierry Henry and defender Heath Pearce were selected to the First XI to play against English Premier League power Chelsea in the 2012 MLS All-Star Game on July 25 at PPL Park. This will be Henry's second All-Star appearance after previously making the squad last season. Pearce will be making his third All-Star appearance.

Here's the complete MLS First-XI:

Goalkeeper: Jimmy Nielsen (Sporting Kansas City)

Defenders: Steven Beitashour (San Jose Earthquakes), Aurélien Collin (Sporting Kansas City), Jay DeMerit (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Heath Pearce (New York Red Bulls)

Midfielders: David Beckham (LA Galaxy), Dwayne De Rosario (D.C. United), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

Forwards: Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

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2012 MLS All-Star Game: Six Red Bulls To Vote For

Six members of the New York Red Bulls are on the ballot for the 2012 MLS All-Star Game. The MLS All-Stars will take on UEFA Champions League winner Chelsea FC on July 25 at PPL Park, home of the Philadelphia Union.

The Red Bulls who are on the ballot are goalkeeper Ryan Meara, defender Heath Pearce, forwards Kenny Cooper and Thierry Henry and midfielders Joel Lindpere and Dane Richards. The All-Star First 11 is chosen by fan voting, and the final roster will be rounded out by Union head coach Peter Nowak, who will lead the team against Chelsea.

Vote at http://www.mlssoccer.com/all-star/2012/vote

Cooper is tied with Chris Wondolowski of the San Jose Earthquakes for the MLS lead with 11 goals. Henry has nine despite playing in only nine matches thus far this season.

Meara, a rookie from Fordham University, is third in the league with 48 saves. He is tied for fifth in the league among regular goalkeepers with a 72 percent save percentage.

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New York Red Bulls 2012 Salaries: Thierry Henry Is Now MLS' Highest Paid Player

The MLS Players Union released the data on MLS player salaries on Friday and we found out that New York Red Bulls striker Thierry Henry is now the highest paid player in MLS. Henry surpassed David Beckham of the LA Galaxy, who apparently took a $2.5 million pay cut to stay with the Galaxy. Henry, who is making $5.6 million, technically took a pay cut as well (of four cents). Rafa Marquez at $4.6 million also passed Beckham, who will make $4 million in 2012.

Here's what the Red Bulls team is making in 2012 in base and guaranteed salary:

Player Name Base Salary ($) Guaranteed Compensation ($)
Jose Angulo 33,750.00 33,750.00
Johnny Arteaga 44,000.00 44,000.00
Mehdi Ballouchy 138,188.00 138,188.00
Brandon Barklage 44,000.00 45,566.67
Jonathan Borrajo 44,000.00 44,000.00
Wilman Conde 125,000.00 141,666.67
Kenny Cooper 275,000.00 292,500.00
Thierry Henry 5,000,000.00 5,600,000.00
Corey Hertzog 75,000.00 103,500.00
Markus Holgersson 190,000.00 190,000.00
Stephen Keel 65,000.00 65,000.00
Connor Lade 33,750.00 33,750.00
Joel Lindpere 175,000.00 195,000.00
Ryan Maduro 44,000.04 44,000.04
Rafael Marquez 4,600,000.00 4,600,000.00
Dax McCarty 174,375.00 194,375.00
Ryan Meara 33,750.00 33,750.00
Roy Miller 112,495.50 112,495.50
Victor Palsson 80,000.00 95,000.00
Heath Pearce 292,499.00 301,999.00
Dane Richards 170,000.00 181,500.00
Tyler Ruthven 33,750.00 33,750.00
Jan Gunnar Solli 185,000.00 185,000.00
Teemu Tainio 200,000.00 205,000.00
Jeremy Vuolo 44,000.00 44,000.00

For the way Ryan Meara has played in net this season, he's an insane bargain for the Red Bulls and costs less than his backup Jeremy Vuolo. The same could be said for forward Kenny Cooper who is tied for the MLS goal lead with 11 tallies. If you are wondering how much former Red Bull Juan Agudelo is set to make this season, it's only $100,000.

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Thierry Henry Injury Update: New York Red Bulls Striker Out 3-4 Weeks With Big' Injury

New York Red Bulls star Thierry Henry may miss a month of the MLS season after suffering a hamstring injury Saturday during the team’s 1-0 victory over the New England Revolution.

“It’s quite a big hamstring [injury], huge one,” Red Bulls head coach Hans Backe told reporters during his postgame press conference. “Normally you say three to four weeks.

“The way he has started as a goalscorer and [with] assists, it’s a huge loss for us,” said Backe, “both on and off the pitch.”

Henry scored the only goal in Saturday’s victory over New England. Moments later he went down while sprinting up the pitch and had to be helped off dragging his injured leg.

The Red Bulls are 4-3-1, 13 points, third in the Eastern Conference. Henry has been involved in 14 of New York’s 18 goals this season. He leads MLS with nine goals, and has added five assists.

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Thierry Henry Named MLS Player Of The Week Again, Sets League Record

New York Red Bulls forward Thierry Henry was named the MLS Player of the Week on Monday, becoming the first player ever to earn the award in three consecutive weeks.

Henry, who won the MLS Player of the Month Award for March, scored two goals and added an assist as the Red Bulls beat the Columbus Crew 4-1 at Crew Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The 34-year old set up a Kenny Cooper score in the third minute, then added goals of his own in the 40th and 90th minutes. Henry's latter goal gave the Red Bulls their third straight win by at least three goals, making them the first team in MLS history to accomplish that feat.

Henry has netted a league-leading seven goals through five games and is also second in the MLS in assists with four. He has accounted for 11 of New York's league-leading 14 goals during the team's 3-2-0 start.

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Thierry Henry Wins MLS Player Of The Week Award For Performance In Red Bulls' Win Over Impact

Thierry Henry has won the MLS Player of the Week award for the second week running. There was no surprise this week when MLS announced that Henry had won the award. Henry not only played better than other players during the week, he outdid his performance from last week with his first career MLS hat trick.

Henry also had an assist in New York's 5-2 comeback win over the expansion Montreal Impact. Henry struck first in the match in the 28th minute with a headed goal between two defenders in the penalty area. He also scored in the 56th (a quick turn and fire goal near the top of the area) and 89th minutes (a tap in on a rebound). His wonderful flicked assist on Mehdi Ballouchy's goal was in the 72nd minute.

See full match highlights below:


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Luke Rodgers Denied Visa, Released By New York Red Bulls

Ongoing visa issues have forced the New York Red Bulls to terminate the contract of forward Luke Rodgers, the team announced on Friday.

"After going through the entire immigration and appeals process, Luke's P-1 Visa application has unfortunately been denied by the U.S. government for now. We have spoken with Luke about potential options and have mutually decided that it would be in all parties' best interests to terminate his current MLS contract so he could play elsewhere. However, we will also continue to track his progress this year while working with immigration officials with the goal that he could join the Red Bulls sometime in the future."

Rodgers scored 10 goals in 25 games for New York in 2011.

The visa issues apparently stemmed from Rodgers' criminal record. Rodgers has always been a fairly controversial figure, and the controversy that seems to surround him means the Red Bulls will now have to move on without him.

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Juan Agudelo Injury Update: Knee Surgery Will Sideline Red Bulls' Young Forward

The New York Red Bulls received news today regarding forward Juan Agudelo that they had been fearing. Agudelo will undergo surgery today to repair a torn medial meniscus in his left knee, an injury he suffered recently while with the United States Under-23 Men’s National Team participating in the 2012 CONCACAF Men’s Qualifying Tournament.

Agudelo, 19, was hurt during a 6-0 United States victory over Cuba.

Agudelo played one game for the Red Bulls this season, starting and playing the full 90 minutes in a season-opening loss to FC Dallas. He then departed for internatonal duty.

The surgery was to be performed by Dr. Riley Williams at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. Agudelo could be sidelined for up to six weeks.

Agudelo played in 27 games for the Red Bulls in 2011, with 12 starts. He finished the season with six goals and two assists.

The Red Bulls return to action on Saturday, March 31 when they host the expansion Montreal Impact at 4 p.m. ET (TV: MSG).

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MLS SuperDraft 2012: Red Bulls Select Fordham University Goalkeeper Ryan Meara

The New York Red Bulls selected goalkeeper and Fordham University product Ryan Meara in the second round of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft with the 31st overall pick today at the Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City, MO.

Earlier in the day, the Red Bulls acquired 2008 MLS Best XI forward Kenny Cooper from the Portland Timbers for a 2013 MLS SuperDraft First Round pick and allocation money.

The 6-foot-4 goalkeeper played four years of college at Fordham University, registering 31 shutouts in 74 appearances. Meara collected a number of accolades in his final season as he was named the 2011 Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year and added to the All-Atlantic 10 Conference First Team. He also finished 11th overall in NCAA Division I play in goals against average (0.65).

“We think he’s the best goalkeeper in the college system. He’s big, he’s strong, we need a goalie, and he’s from New York,” said Red Bulls Sporting Director Erik Soler. “Every factor that we looked at was there, and he was the player we wanted most from the draft simply because we needed a goalkeeper.”

Born in Yonkers and raised in Crestwood, the New York native played his high school days at Fordham Prep. In 2010 he was named Premier Development League Goalkeeper of the Year while playing for Ironbound Express.

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New York Red Bulls Add Swedish Defender Markus Holgersson

The New York Red Bulls added some leadership and stability to their back line Thursday, signing Swedish defender Markus Holgersson. The 26-year-old will join the team as soon as he receives P-1 via approval and passes a physical and the MLS gains receipt of his International Transfer Certificate, says the Red Bulls official press release.

"Over the offseason, one of our priorities was to add more physical players," said Red Bulls General Manager and Sporting Director Erik Soler," and Markus certainly fits that bill. We are excited that he has decided to join New York."

Since 2009, Holgersson made 80 appearances with Swedish Allsvenskan side where he tallied five goals and last year helped the team become the first Swedish club to win the League, Super Cup and Swedish Cup titles in the same year.

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Tim Ream Transfer Rumor: Bolton Reportedly Put Offer In For Red Bulls Defender

Tim Ream reportedly has an offer from EPL side Bolton.

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