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New York Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles defends against a shot at goal during the first half against Los Angeles Galaxy at Red Bull Arena. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles defends against a shot at goal during the first half against Los Angeles Galaxy at Red Bull Arena. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

Romain Alessandrini scored two early goals a minute apart and the Los Angeles Galaxy beat New York 3-1 on Sunday night, ending the Red Bulls' 19-game home unbeaten streak.

Los Angeles (3-5-2), which had scored the first goal just once this season and had only scored three times in the first half, led 2-0 before the game was 10 minutes old.

Alessandrini drew a foul from Daniel Royer out of box right and put the free kick inside the far post in the eighth minute when goalkeeper Luis Robles was caught leaning the wrong way as Jelle Van Damme raced cross his vision for a possible redirect.

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A general view of Red Bulls Arena during the game between the New York Red Bulls and the D.C. United. (Vincent Carchietta)
A general view of Red Bulls Arena during the game between the New York Red Bulls and the D.C. United. (Vincent Carchietta)

The New York Red Bulls announced the list of players they are protecting in advance of the MLS Expansion Draft. 

The 11 players are Luis RoblesRyan MearaKemar LawrenceDax McCartySacha KljestanFelipeMike GrellaDaniel RoyerGonzalo VeronAurelien Collin and Bradley Wright-Phillips. The club's six Homegrown players are automatically protected.

New MLS sides Atlanta United and Minnesota United will each select five players on Tuesday, December 13th. Only one player can be selected from each team.

Tags: Bradley Wright Phillips, Dax McCarty, Felipe, Gonzalo Veron, Kemar Lawrence, Luis Robles, Mike Grella, Ryan Meara, Sacha Kljestan, Brendan Joseph
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New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan (16) leaves the field with a bloody nose after a loss against the Montreal Impact at Red Bull Arena. (Bill Streicher)
New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan (16) leaves the field with a bloody nose after a loss against the Montreal Impact at Red Bull Arena. (Bill Streicher)

The Red Bulls were beaten in the 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs before they stepped on the field.

There is no way the front office could have known, neither could have Jesse Marsch. The players certainly didn't know, but that doesn't make it any less true. The Montreal Impact knew how they were going to beat the Red Bulls, and they were built this season to execute it. 

"We knew they're a weak team in the playoffs," Ignacio Piatti, a striker for the Impact told reporters after the match. "They showed that last year, this year."

The New York Red Bulls are built on a pressing system. It is controlled chaos that works to exploit teams by catching them off guard when they turn the ball over, especially close to the opponent's goal. The Red Bulls have employed this system for two years, presenting plenty of opportunities for teams to learn how to neutralize it.

Tags: Bradley Wright Phillips, Connor Lade, Damien Perrinelle, Dax McCarty, Gonzalo Veron, Kemar Lawrence, Lloyd Sam, Matt Miazga, Mike Grella, Sacha Kljestan, Sean Davis
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(Eric Bolte)

The New York Red Bulls opened the 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs with a 1-0 loss to the Montreal Impact at Stade Saputo on Sunday. They had several chances to score, but were unable to convert any of their opportunities. The Red Bulls now need at least two goals in the home leg on Sunday to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.Despite the loss, the team is staying optimistic about their performance."It was basically one play that cost us even though we had what I thought was a good control of the match," manager Jesse Marsch said. "Even though we had some really good advantages, we couldn't convert any of them."

Tags: Bradley Wright Phillips, Felipe, Luis Robles, Mike Grella, Sacha Kljestan, Brendan Joseph
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Oct 23, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Red Bulls celebrate after midfielder Alex Muyl (19) scored during the second half against the Philadelphia Union at Talen Energy Stadium. The Red Bulls won 2-0. Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 23, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Red Bulls celebrate after midfielder Alex Muyl (19) scored during the second half against the Philadelphia Union at Talen Energy Stadium. The Red Bulls won 2-0. Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Red Bulls begin the 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs with a two-leg series against the Montreal Impact. Montreal won its play-in game against D.C. United, 4-2, at RFK Stadium. The Red Bulls earned a bye to the conference semifinals by finishing in first place in the Eastern Conference during the regular season.This is the fourth meeting between the two sides this season. Montreal won the first match in March, 3-0. The Red Bulls won at home in August and September, by 3-1 and 1-0 score lines.Here are three key storylines heading into Sunday's match…

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Mike Grella was voted MLS Player of the Week for the 15th week of the 2016 MLS Season.

The New York Red Bulls midfielder earned the distinction after a 2-0 shutout effort over the Seattle Sounders where Grella scored both goals.


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New York Red Bulls midfielder Felipe Martins (8) in action during the 1st half against the Toronto FC at Red Bull Arena. New York won, 3-0. (Vincent Carchietta)
New York Red Bulls midfielder Felipe Martins (8) in action during the 1st half against the Toronto FC at Red Bull Arena. New York won, 3-0. (Vincent Carchietta)

New York Red Bulls midfielder Felipe and forward Mike Grella were named to the MLS Team of the Week for Week 15, the MLS announced on Monday.

Felipe had a 83% passing accuracy last week, in addition to two interceptions. In 14 games this season, Felipe has three goals, three assists, and 11 shots on goal.

Grella scored two goals on three shots this past week, while also creating three chances for the Red Bulls. On the season, Grella has six goals, three assists, and 12 shots on goal.

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Mike Grella's career was considered over in 2014. He had been released by the Carolina RailHawks of the second division North American Soccer League, and was pursuing a career outside of soccer. If continued along that path, Grella would have become a cautionary tale about the uncertainty of talented American players pursuing a career in Europe.

All of that changed when Grella went on trial with the New York Red Bulls before the 2015 season. After a strong preseason, he signed with the team and had a career year, putting up nine goals and seven assists. It was unclear what Grella's role would be with the team, but he quickly thrived in the Red Bulls' gegenpress system and became an essential part of the starting lineup en route to winning the 2015 Supporters' Shield.

This season, Grella was expected to lose his spot in the starting lineup to Designated Player Gonzalo Veron. He would become a tertiary scoring option off the bench as the team relied on the striker pairing of Veron and Bradley Wright-Phillips.

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New York Red Bulls forward Mike Grella celebrates after scoring his second goal of the game against the Seattle Sounders during the second half at Red Bull Arena. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Red Bulls forward Mike Grella celebrates after scoring his second goal of the game against the Seattle Sounders during the second half at Red Bull Arena. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

Mike Grella scored two goals as the New York Red Bulls defeated the Seattle Sounders, 2-0, at Red Bull Arena on Sunday.

Grella scored the match's opening goal in the 18th minute. Sacha Kljestan's shot rebounded off the post and into the path of Grella, who slotted the ball into an empty net.

The Red Bulls doubled the lead in the 59th minute when Grella latched onto a loose ball and chipped it over Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei's head.

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The New York Red Bulls cheer with their fans after a goal against the Orlando City FC during the second half at Red Bull Arena. (Bill Streicher/USA Today Sports Images)
The New York Red Bulls cheer with their fans after a goal against the Orlando City FC during the second half at Red Bull Arena. (Bill Streicher/USA Today Sports Images)

SNY.tv's Red Bulls writers Aaron Bauer and Brendan Joseph discuss why last year's two best regular season teams are in different places in 2016.

Aaron Bauer: So the Red Bulls play FC Dallas this Friday. This is a funny game because of how similar these teams were in 2015. They were both at the top of the league at the end of last year's regular season, tied on points, and showed a commitment to playing young players from their respective academies. They were both expected to compete for MLS Cup regularly for the next few years. Now, only Dallas has held up its end of the bargain, and the Red Bulls are trying to get on solid footing this year. What the heck happened?

Brendan Joseph: First, as must be stated with everything related to the Red Bulls right now, they were and continue to be devastated by injuries. Losing Gideon Baah and Gonzalo Veron, two players who were acquired with relatively large transfer fees and were expected to be starters, created gaps in the squad. The team trained for most of the preseason expecting to make the jump from the 4-2-3-1 to the 4-2-2-2 using Veron as a striker and Baah as a center back. Combine the injury issues and early-season rust with opposing teams parking the bus, and they are a team with two wins in eight matches.

Tags: Bradley Wright Phillips, Damien Perrinelle, FC Dallas, Karl Ouimette, Lloyd Sam, Matt Miazga, Mike Grella, Ronald Zubar, Sean Davis, Aaron Bauer , Brendan Joseph
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San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Fatai Alashe (27) celebrates with forward Tommy Thompson (22) after a goal against the New York Red Bulls during the first half at Avaya Stadium. (Kelley L Cox)
San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Fatai Alashe (27) celebrates with forward Tommy Thompson (22) after a goal against the New York Red Bulls during the first half at Avaya Stadium. (Kelley L Cox)

SNY.tv's Red Bulls writers Aaron Bauer and Brendan Joseph take a step back to debate what is going wrong with the Red Bulls season so far...

Aaron Bauer: The Red bulls are not playing well. They are 1-5-0 this season, and have been shut out in the five losses they have. Nothing seems to be working for the team, although there are some signs for encouragement. No team, no matter how good, can perform consistently for 34 games in an unpredictable league like MLS, and we can't keep getting shut out forever.

One area that is much different from last year is the Red Bulls aren't scoring early. Last year they disrupted opponent's right out of the opening kickoff using the press, scored early, then forced team's to attack at them, so the press could get deadlier. Now, teams are willing to cede possession to us and counter to score against us with relative ease. Injuries to our defensive line have disrupted our team and allowed opponents to score early against us, compounding our situation. What, do you think Brendan?

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New York Red Bulls midfielder Shaun Wright-Phillips (98) advances the ball during second half of MLS Playoffs game at Red Bull Arena. (Noah K. Murray)
New York Red Bulls midfielder Shaun Wright-Phillips (98) advances the ball during second half of MLS Playoffs game at Red Bull Arena. (Noah K. Murray)

The New York Red Bulls have signed midfielder Shaun Wright-Phillips to an MLS contract.

They also agreed to new multi-year contracts for midfielders Mike Grella, Sal Zizzo and goalkeeper Luis Robles, the team announced.

"We are happy to bring Shaun back and to sign three of our key core players to new multi-year contracts," Sporting Director Ali Curtis said in a statement.

From the Red Bulls:

Wright-Phillips re-signs with New York after not having his option picked up at the end of last season. Shaun is the brother of Red Bulls' striker Bradley Wright-Phillips. The two reunited with the Red Bulls for the first time since playing together for Manchester City in 2004. A native of London, England, Shaun Wright-Phillips appeared in 12 games for New York in 2015 after signing in July, scoring one goal and one assist. He previously spent time with Queens Park Rangers (2011-15), Manchester City (1999-05, 2008-11) and Chelsea (2005-08) in the Premier League.
He totaled 36 caps and six goals with England's national team from 2004-10 and was on England's final 23-man roster in the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. He appeared in England's first two games in the 2010 FIFA World Cup against the United States and Algeria.

Robles was named MLS Goalkeeper of the Year after setting new club marks for single-season wins, career wins and career shutouts. Robles recorded all 18 of New York's league wins in 2016, more than any other goalkeeper in 2016, and extended his iron man streak to 106 consecutive league starts and full 90 minutes played for the Red Bulls, the second-longest such streak in league history.
Robles was also named the goalkeeper for the MLS Best XI. He became the club's all-time shutouts leader in August with back-to-back shutout wins over New York City FC and Toronto FC. He became the franchise's all-time wins leader on October 18, earning his 49th career win for New York in a 4-1 win over Philadelphia. Robles finished the year with 50 career regular season wins and 28 shutouts for New York.

Grella, a Long Island native, signed with the Red Bulls ahead of 2015 after a preseason trial. Grella appeared in 33 of the 34 regular season games, recording nine goals, third most on the club, and seven assists, fourth most among all Red Bulls.
Grella signed with Leeds United in 2009 and spent time with several European clubs before returning to the U.S. and signing with the Carolina RailHawks of the NASL in 2014.

Zizzo was acquired by New York prior to the 2015 season from New York City FC, in a deal that sent goalkeeper Ryan Meara to NYC FC on season-long loan. Zizzo appeared in 22 games for the Red Bulls, starting 10 and adding two assists. He began the season as a winger and transitioned to right back after starter Chris Duvall was lost to injury.
Zizzo, drafted by Chivas USA in 2010, spent time with Portland and Sporting Kansas City before landing in New York.
Tags: Luis Robles, Mike Grella, Sal Zizzo, Shaun Wright Phillips