New York Red Bulls midfielder Sean Davis and midfielder Daniel Royer defend a shot from Atlanta United forward Josef Martinez in the first half at Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field. (Brett Davis/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Red Bulls midfielder Sean Davis and midfielder Daniel Royer defend a shot from Atlanta United forward Josef Martinez in the first half at Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field. (Brett Davis/USA TODAY Sports)

New York scored two second-half goals in a span of about 6 minutes and the Red Bulls rallied for a 2-1 victory over Atlanta United on Sunday night.

New York's comeback spoiled the inaugural Major League Soccer match for Atlanta United, the expansion team that had the support of a sellout crowd of 55,000.

Yamil Asad scored the first goal in Atlanta United history late in the first half for a 1-0 lead.

The Red Bulls finally pulled even in the second half. Shortly after Atlanta goalkeeper Alec Kann blocked a shot by New York's Felipe, the Red Bulls scored on a header by Daniel Royer in the 76th minute.

Officials ruled Atlanta's Anton Walkes kicked the ball into the Atlanta United net for the Red Bulls' go-ahead goal. New York's Bradley Wright-Phillips appeared to score the goal on a pass from Kemar Lawrence in the 83rd minute, but the decisive contact on the ball was ruled to have come from Walkes. >> Read more

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Red Bulls goalie Luis Robles punches the ball away during Saturday's match. (Adam Hunger)
Red Bulls goalie Luis Robles punches the ball away during Saturday's match. (Adam Hunger)

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Luis Robles made four saves to help the New York Red Bulls preserve a 0-0 MLS tie with Real Salt Lake Saturday in Harrison, N.J.

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(Steven Bisig/USA TODAY Sports)

Jordan Morris drew a penalty to set up the first goal, scored on a header in the 66th minute to give Seattle the lead, and the Sounders celebrated last year's MLS Cup title with a 3-1 win over the New York Red Bulls on Sunday.

More than 45,000 turned out for Seattle's home opener and were rewarded by goals from Clint Dempsey on a penalty kick, Morris' finish off a beautiful buildup and Harry Shipp's redirected goal off Joevin Jones' shot in the 79th minute.

Morris drew the penalty that led to Dempsey's second goal of the season when he was tripped in the box in the 27th minute by Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis RoblesBradley Wright-Phillips pulled New York even in the 57th minute with a header off the inside of the far post, but Morris' first goal of the year proved to be the game-winner.

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New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan advances the ball against Colorado Rapids midfielder Dillon Serna during second half at Red Bull Arena. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan advances the ball against Colorado Rapids midfielder Dillon Serna during second half at Red Bull Arena. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

The Seattle Sounders will raise their first MLS Cup flag before Sunday's home opener with the New York Red Bulls at CenturyLink Field. The Sounders claimed the title with a win over Toronto FC in the 2016 championship game.

The Sounders (0-1-1) finished the 2016 season by winning nine of their last 11 MLS home games. They kept six clean sheets on that run.

Will Bruin's late equalizer last week against Montreal snapped a streak of 17 straight regular season appearances without a goal. Bruin has 51 MLS regular-season goals in 180 regular season appearances.

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New York Red Bulls fans cheer after a goal against the Colorado Rapids during the first half at Red Bull Arena. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Red Bulls fans cheer after a goal against the Colorado Rapids during the first half at Red Bull Arena. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

Fredrik Gulbrandsen landed in New York, and less than 24 hours later he made his New York Red Bulls debut.

The Norweigan striker, who is joining the team on loan from Red Bull Salzburg, told reporters after the Red Bulls' 1-0 win over Colorado he felt he was familiar with the team's system. Like their New York counterparts, Salzburg plays a high pressing system, as part of the Red Bull global soccer system.

For Gulbrandsen, that allowed for a easy transition with his new club, allowing him to play close to 10 minutes less than a day after landing.

"I think we play very similar to the way Salzburg does so I think it will be easier for me to develop here and to get into the team," Gulbrandsen said. "I'm looking forward to getting to know all the guys and the club and looking forward to playing more."

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Mar 11, 2017; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York Red Bulls celebrate after a goal during first half at Red Bull Arena. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 11, 2017; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York Red Bulls celebrate after a goal during first half at Red Bull Arena. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Luis Robles had a shutout in his MLS record-setting 143rd consecutive start and an own goal was the only score in the New York Red Bulls' 1-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids on Saturday.

The Rapids (1-1) allowed the fewest goals last season - 32- and blanked the New England Revolution last week. But a cross deflected off Colorado's Eric Miller past goalkeeper Tim Howard shortly before the end of the first half for the own goal

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(William Hauser (USA Today))

Red Bulls defender Gideon Baah has been placed on the season-ending injury list, the team confirmed.

"After evaluating Gideon's progress, we have made the decision that we think is best," said Red Bulls Sporting Director Denis Hamlett. "This lets him focus on rehab with our medical staff. Our primary goal is making sure he has the time and resources to return to 100 percent health."

It was initially expected that Baah's recovery time would be five months.

Baah, who joined the Red Bulls last February from Finnish club HJK, suffered a broken tibia in July, which ended his season...

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Mar 2, 2017; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; New York Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch signals from the sideline against the Vancouver Whitecaps during the first half at BC Place Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 2, 2017; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; New York Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch signals from the sideline against the Vancouver Whitecaps during the first half at BC Place Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Red Bulls open the MLS regular season on the road against the expansion Atlanta United at Georgia Tech's Bobby Dodd Stadium on Sunday, March 5. The club has gone through some changes during the offseason, trading captain Dax McCarty to the Chicago Fire and replacing Sporting Director Ali Curtis with assistant coach Denis Hamlett.   

The Red Bulls got an early start to the 2017 season, falling 3-1 on aggregate to the Vancouver Whitecaps in the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Champions League. It was an ugly home-and-away series featuring poor defending and several blown opportunities in front of goal. The home opener provides an immediate opportunity for the Red Bulls to turn things around instead of falling into another early season rut.

Atlanta is led by former Barcelona and Argentina manager Tata Martino and boasts a high flying roster of young Designated Players and strong veterans. While most expansion teams experience difficult first seasons, some pundits are predicting that that this squad could be strong enough to reach the playoffs.

Here are three storylines to keep an eye on heading into the match.

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(DARRYL DYCK)

The New York Red Bulls were eliminated in the quarterfinal round of the CONCACAF Champions League following a 2-0 loss to the Vancouver Whitecaps on Thursday night.

The Red Bulls and Whitecaps played to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of the quarterfinals on Feb. 22, allowing Vancouver to clinch the semifinal berth by winning the aggregate, 3-1. This was the first Champions League competition for the Red BUlls.

New York allowed a goal to 16-year-old Alphonso Davies just five minutes into the match. Fredy Montero extended the lead for Vancouver with a score in the 76th minute.

The Red Bulls begin their MLS schedule Monday in Atlanta for the inaugural match for the league's new expansion team, Atlanta FC.

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To advance in the CONCACAF Champions League the Red Bulls must score on the road.

The Red Bulls tied 1-1 at home against the Vancouver Whitecaps in the first leg of the team's maiden voyage in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals.

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Nov 6, 2016; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York Red Bulls defender Damien Perrinelle (55) shoots against the Montreal Impact during the second half at Red Bull Arena. Montreal Impact won 2-1. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)
Nov 6, 2016; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York Red Bulls defender Damien Perrinelle (55) shoots against the Montreal Impact during the second half at Red Bull Arena. Montreal Impact won 2-1. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)

The Red Bulls have re-signed center back Damien Perrinelle for the 2017 season, the team announced Wednesday.

Perrinelle returns to the Red Bulls after playing with the club for the last three seasons.

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A general view of a soccer ball in the second half at Red Bull Arena. (William Hauser)
A general view of a soccer ball in the second half at Red Bull Arena. (William Hauser)

The Red Bulls have signed goalie Rafael Diaz, the team announced Tuesday morning.

Diaz has played in 11 games over two seasons for a total of 819 minutes. Last season, Diaz allowed only two goals in five appearances.

"Rafi has done well to learn and improve over the last two seasons," Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch said. "He has proven to be a good professional and we look forward to him continuing his development with the club this season."

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New York Red Bulls midfielder Derrick Etienne prior to action against the Philadelphia Union at Talen Energy Stadium. (Bill Streicher/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Red Bulls midfielder Derrick Etienne prior to action against the Philadelphia Union at Talen Energy Stadium. (Bill Streicher/USA Today Sports Images)

CONCACAF announced changes to its Champions League format on Monday, increasing the tournament from 24 teams to 31. The four qualified teams from the United States will join the tournament in "phase two," skipping the group stage and directly entering the knockout rounds.

The New York Red Bulls are currently competing in the 2016-17 Champions League and face the Vancouver Whitecaps in the quarterfinal next month. The club has also qualified for the next edition of the tournament by virtue of finishing first in the Eastern Conference last season. The format change will both positively and negatively affect the Red Bulls.

From a competitive standpoint, the club stands to benefit greatly. It will no longer have to slog through a difficult group stage and its midweek road matches in an attempt to navigate the simultaneous challenges of league and cup play. In past competitions, the Red Bulls' roster was pushed to its breaking point as the club was forced to dip into its reserve squad and use players in unfamiliar positions.

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General view of Red Bull Arena prior to the match between the New York Red Bulls and the Orlando City FC. (Vincent Carchietta)
General view of Red Bull Arena prior to the match between the New York Red Bulls and the Orlando City FC. (Vincent Carchietta)

The Red Bulls have signed midfielder Dan Metzger, the team announced Monday.

Metzger is a product of the Red Bulls academy and also played two seasons for Red Bulls II of the USL.

"Dan has shown well over the last two years with our USL team," Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch sad in a statement. "Between those games and opportunities in first team training, he has earned a spot on the MLS roster. We look forward to him continuing his professional development this year."

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New York Red Bulls midfielder Dax McCarty (11) during the second half against the Philadelphia Union at Talen Energy Stadium. (Derik Hamilton)
New York Red Bulls midfielder Dax McCarty (11) during the second half against the Philadelphia Union at Talen Energy Stadium. (Derik Hamilton)

HARRISON, N.J. (AP) The New York Red Bulls have traded midfielder and team captain Dax McCarty to the Chicago Fire for $400,000 in general allocation money.

The Red Bulls announced that they will be paid $200,000 this year and the next for their franchise's all-time leader in regular season starts and minutes played.

Red Bulls coach Jesse Marsch says "at this point in time, we felt that this was the right move to put our team in the best position to succeed both now and for years to come."

McCarty joined New York in 2011 in a trade with D.C. United. In 5 1/2 seasons, he made 163 regular-season starts and played 14,381 minutes, both club records. He made 169 regular-season appearances, tied for the most in club history, and recorded 14 goals and 27 assists. He also had 17 playoff appearances.

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New York Red Bulls midfielder Dax McCarty (11) is greeted by midfielder Sacha Kljestan (16) during the 2nd half against the Toronto FC at Red Bull Arena. (Vincent Carchietta)
New York Red Bulls midfielder Dax McCarty (11) is greeted by midfielder Sacha Kljestan (16) during the 2nd half against the Toronto FC at Red Bull Arena. (Vincent Carchietta)

The New York Red Bulls made two selections in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft, held in Los Angeles, California. 

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New York Red Bulls defender Gideon Baah warms up prior to a U.S. Open Cup game against the Rochester Rhinos at Rhinos Stadium. (Mark Konezny/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Red Bulls defender Gideon Baah warms up prior to a U.S. Open Cup game against the Rochester Rhinos at Rhinos Stadium. (Mark Konezny/USA Today Sports Images)

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Getting himself back to full strength for the 2017 season is not the only thing Gideon Baah is doing this offseason.

Baah has been in his home country of Ghana setting up his own charitable foundation to grow the next generation of the "Black Stars." The Gideon Baah YACHAL Foundation works with youth footballers in the country providing equipment and guidance. "Yachal," means hope in Hebrew, the mantra in which the foundation runs.

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(Vincent Carchietta)

The Haitian national team won two matches in the Caribbean Cup fifth place playoff, earning a spot in the CONCACAF Gold Cup CFU-UNCAF playoff. New York Red Bulls midfielder Derrick Etienne was an influential presence in both fixtures.

In the first match, Haiti defeated Suriname, 4-2. Etienne was in the starting lineup and played 77 minutes for Les Grenadiers.

"I felt that we were clinical in front of goal," Etienne told Once a Metro. "A couple of things we need to work on… but these are things that will come, [things] that come along with a new team with younger guys."

In the second match, Haiti defeated Trinidad and Tobago, 4-3, in extra time. Etienne scored his first international goal in the 20th minute, receiving a free kick at the top of the box and curling his shot into the corner of the net.

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New York Red Bulls midfielder Dax McCarty (11) is greeted by midfielder Sacha Kljestan (16) during the 2nd half against the Toronto FC at Red Bull Arena. (Vincent Carchietta)
New York Red Bulls midfielder Dax McCarty (11) is greeted by midfielder Sacha Kljestan (16) during the 2nd half against the Toronto FC at Red Bull Arena. (Vincent Carchietta)

Sacha KljestanDax McCarty, and Luis Robles have been named to the U.S. Men's National Team January Camp by head coach Bruce Arena.

Players will report to the National Training Center on January 10.

Kljestan, McCarty, and Robles are among 32 players, representing 15 different Major League Soccer clubs, invited to the January Camp.

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New York Red Bulls defender Aurelien Collin (78) prior to action against the Philadelphia Union at Talen Energy Stadium. (Bill Streicher)
New York Red Bulls defender Aurelien Collin (78) prior to action against the Philadelphia Union at Talen Energy Stadium. (Bill Streicher)

Aurelien Collin will be back in Red Bull Arena next year.

Collin was acquired in a trade with Orlando City last year, during an injury crisis plaguing the Red Bulls' back line. The veteran central defender stepped in as a stabilizing presence, making 23 appearances down the stretch for the regular season.

After the season the Red Bulls said that Collin was out of a contract, but the club was working to resign him. Terms of the deal were not released by the club.

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Bruce Arena (Ron Chenoy/USA Today Sports Images)

The United States' World Cup qualifiers in June have been moved up slightly because of Mexico's participation in the Confederations Cup.

The U.S. Soccer Federation said Tuesday that the Americans' home game against Trinidad and Tobago will be played June 8, a day earlier than first scheduled. The Americans' match at Mexico will be played June 11, two days ahead of the original date.

Mexico plays its Confederations Cup opener against Portugal on June 18 in Kazan, Russia.

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USA forward Terrence Boyd (25) brings the ball down the field during the second half against Germany at RFK Stadium. (Paul Frederiksen-USA TODAY Sports)
USA forward Terrence Boyd (25) brings the ball down the field during the second half against Germany at RFK Stadium. (Paul Frederiksen-USA TODAY Sports)

Despite scoring 61 goals last season (second-most in MLS), the New York Red Bulls are looking to upgrade their attack.

According to ESPN's Taylor Twellman, the club is attempting to bring in RB Leipzig striker Terrence Boyd on loan. He reportedly toured the team's facility last week.

Boyd would be a high risk, high reward acquisition. The 25-year old U.S. national team player has struggled with injuries since joining Leipzig in 2014, only making seven league appearances.

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(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 goalkeeper Ryan Meara (18) warms up before the start of their match against the Toronto FC at BMO Field. (Tom Szczerbowski)
New York Red Bulls goalkeeper Ryan Meara (18) warms up before the start of their match against the Toronto FC at BMO Field. (Tom Szczerbowski)

The New York Red Bulls announced the re-signing of goalkeeper Ryan Meara to a multi-year contract. His contract expired at the end of the 2016 season.

The Red Bulls also announced that the contracts of Damien PerrinelleShaun Wright-PhillipsKyle Reynish, and Aurelien Collin have expired. 

Meara spent the majority of last season on loan with the club's reserve team, NYRB II, in the USL. He played 21 matches and allowed 16 goals, while leading the squad to the regular season and playoff championship. He also made two senior team appearances, playing in the US Open Cup and the CONCACAF Champions League.

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New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips (99) is congratulated by midfielder Sacha Kljestan (16) after scoring a goal past New York City FC goalkeeper Josh Saunders (12) during the second half at Red Bull Arena. ( Adam Hunger)
New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips (99) is congratulated by midfielder Sacha Kljestan (16) after scoring a goal past New York City FC goalkeeper Josh Saunders (12) during the second half at Red Bull Arena. ( Adam Hunger)

Major League Soccer announced New York City FC striker David Villa as the league's Most Valuable Player. The former Spanish international earned 25.9% of the vote. The winner was selected by a combination of club management, media, and current players.

New York Red Bulls Bradley Wright-Phillips and Sacha Kljestan finished in second and third place, respectively. Both players were named to the league's 2016 Best XI squad.

Wright-Phillips earned 18.42% of the player vote, 22.43% of the media vote, and 17.11% of the club vote for an average of 19.32%. The English striker scored 24 goals (one more than Villa) and won the league's Golden Boot.

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New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips (99) is congratulated by midfielder Sacha Kljestan (16) after scoring a goal against the New York City FC during the second half at Red Bull Arena. ( Adam Hunger)
New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips (99) is congratulated by midfielder Sacha Kljestan (16) after scoring a goal against the New York City FC during the second half at Red Bull Arena. ( Adam Hunger)

New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan and striker Bradley Wright-Phillips were named to Major League Soccer's Best XI for 2016. The team was selected by a combination of players, club executives, and media members.

Both players were previously named to the Best XI, Kljestan in 2008 and Wright-Phillips in 2014. The Red Bulls are one of three teams with multiple players on the squad, along with FC Dallas and the LA Galaxy.

Kljestan had 20 assists this season, the second highest single season total in league history. He also scored six goals, while leading the Red Bulls to a first place finish in the Eastern Conference. In addition to serving as the focal point of the attack, he's active on defense as the advanced destroyer in the high press. Kljestan's success at the club level earned him a return to the U.S. national team after not being called up for two years

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Nov 6, 2016; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York Red Bulls midfielder Gonzalo Veron (30) and New York Red Bulls midfielder Dax McCarty (11) celebrate after being awarded a penalty kick during the first half \A| at Red Bull Arena. Montreal won, 3-1. (Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports)
Nov 6, 2016; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York Red Bulls midfielder Gonzalo Veron (30) and New York Red Bulls midfielder Dax McCarty (11) celebrate after being awarded a penalty kick during the first half \A| at Red Bull Arena. Montreal won, 3-1. (Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports)

In this edition of Penalty Shots, Once a Metro managing editor Austin Fido joins us for a discussion about the upcoming MLS offseason, RBNY's goals for 2017, and the Gonzalo Veron question.

Aaron Bauer: There are only two MLS Games left in 2016. Immediately after that, we enter the wacky, totally ridiculous part of MLS -- the offseason. There are three drafts this year, two of which could see the Red Bulls lose players. Of those two, the most important is obviously the expansion draft. MLS is seeing Atlanta and Minnesota United join this year, and each team will have the opportunity to pick 5 players from various MLS franchises. Teams will be able to protect all homegrown players and 11 players under contract. In theory there should be some MLS starters available for each team to stock up on. Now, the question begs: will the Red Bulls protect designated player Gonzalo Veron?

Veron joined the team midway through the 2015 season and has seen his ups and downs. When he is on the field he has shown his talent, but rarely does he get that opportunity. The "should Veron start," question has been debated at length, but is there a real risk that he could be taken by Atlanta or Minnesota? Both teams have open Designated Player spots, and Atlanta has an Argentinian manager in Tata Martino. Austin, should the Red Bulls protect Veron at the expense of other players?

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New York Red Bulls midfielder Dax McCarty (11) is greeted by midfielder Sacha Kljestan (16) during the 2nd half against the Toronto FC at Red Bull Arena. (Vincent Carchietta)
New York Red Bulls midfielder Dax McCarty (11) is greeted by midfielder Sacha Kljestan (16) during the 2nd half against the Toronto FC at Red Bull Arena. (Vincent Carchietta)

Last week, Jurgen Klinsmann was fired as the head coach and technical director of the United States men's national team. While he expanded the national team pool, there have been criticisms made of his inability to call up certain players, especially those in MLS who could potentially help.

Bruce Arena was hired to replace Klinsmann. The 65-year old American is returning to the position he held from 1998 through 2006, a tenure that includes a trip to the 2002 World Cup quarterfinals. Arena has not shied away from his appreciation of the domestic player pool, and several Red Bulls players could benefit.

1) Sacha Kljestan

Sacha Kljestan worked his way into the national team picture at the end of Klinsmann's tenure. After being banished for two years, he received a fortuitous call up in September and thrived in friendlies. Despite playing very limited minutes in November's World Cup Qualifiers, he will most likely continue to be a key piece for the USMNT going forward.

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Germany player Sami Khedira (left) battles for the ball with Brazil player Luiz Gustavo during the semifinal match in the 2014 World Cup at Mineirao Stadium. (Tim Groothuis)
Germany player Sami Khedira (left) battles for the ball with Brazil player Luiz Gustavo during the semifinal match in the 2014 World Cup at Mineirao Stadium. (Tim Groothuis)

Last week, a report surfaced that three MLS teams were attempting to sign German international Sami Khedira from Juventus. Football Italia claimed that the LA Galaxy, New York City FC, and the New York Red Bulls are chasing the 29-year old midfielder. 

Big name players are frequently attached with moves to MLS, and Khedira is reportedly being offered a high paying contract that is "very, very tempting." 

According to FOX Sports 1 anchor/reporter Julie Stewart-Binks, the Red Bulls are not interested in signing him

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New York Red Bulls midfielder Gonzalo Veron (30) celebrates with midfielder Sean Davis (27) and defender Chris Duvall (25) after scoring a goal during the first half against the D.C. United at Red Bull Arena. (Vincent Carchietta)
New York Red Bulls midfielder Gonzalo Veron (30) celebrates with midfielder Sean Davis (27) and defender Chris Duvall (25) after scoring a goal during the first half against the D.C. United at Red Bull Arena. (Vincent Carchietta)

The New York Red Bulls announced several roster moves heading into the 2017 season.

Sean DavisChris Duvall, and Justin Bilyeu had their contract options picked up. MLS leading scorer Bradley Wright-Phillips also had his contract option exercised.

Defenders Karl Ouimette and Ronald Zubar did not have their options picked up. According to Sporting Director Ali Curtis, the team is in negotiations to bring back Zubar next season.

Tags: Bradley Wright Phillips, Chris Duvall, Dax McCarty, Karl Ouimette, Ronald Zubar, Sean Davis, Brendan Joseph
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Sami Khedira, left, played for Germany in the 2014 World Cup. (Tim Groothuis)
Sami Khedira, left, played for Germany in the 2014 World Cup. (Tim Groothuis)

An Italian report has linked German midfielder Sami Khedira to a possible move to Major League Soccer.

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Nov 6, 2016; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York Red Bulls defender Aurelien Collin (78) heads the ball against the Montreal Impact during the first half at Red Bull Arena. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)
Nov 6, 2016; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York Red Bulls defender Aurelien Collin (78) heads the ball against the Montreal Impact during the first half at Red Bull Arena. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)

The route to running a successful high press, the desired system of the New York Red Bulls, is through the center back position.

Traditionally, center backs are left on an island as the whole team pushes up the field. That means their role comprises of putting out fires and dealing with inevitable fast breaks every match. The desired strongest pairing is two strong, mistake-limiting center backs that are equally comfortable in physical battles for headers and quick enough to shut down attackers coming in from the wing with perfectly timed tackles. Admittedly, this is a lot to ask from the position.

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(Joseph Maiorana)

Jurgen Klinsmann is out as coach of the U.S. soccer team.

U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati announced Monday that Klinsmann has been "relieved of his duties" as coach and technical director for U.S. Soccer. Gulati will conduct a media teleconference call Tuesday.

Klinsmann replaced Bob Bradley in July 2011 and led the team to the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup title and the second round of the 2014 World Cup, where the Americans lost to Belgium in extra time.

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General view of soccer balls prior to a game between the Philadelphia Union and the New York Red Bulls at Talen Energy Stadium. (Derik Hamilton)
General view of soccer balls prior to a game between the Philadelphia Union and the New York Red Bulls at Talen Energy Stadium. (Derik Hamilton)

The Edinburgh Evening News reports that former New York Red Bulls Academy goalkeeper Wojciech Gajda is joining Scottish Premier League club Heart of Midlothian. 

Hearts is currently in fourth place in the SPL. They've recently developed an interest in American players, signing midfielder Perry Kitchen and striker Bjorn Johnsen.

Gajda, 18, will play with the Under-20 squad on an amateur contract and sign a professional deal in January when the transfer window opens. He was originally committed to attend Stony Brook University, after spending time with New York Red Bulls II in USL.

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New York Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles (31) looks on during the second half against the Philadelphia Union at Talen Energy Stadium. (Derik Hamilton)
New York Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles (31) looks on during the second half against the Philadelphia Union at Talen Energy Stadium. (Derik Hamilton)

Major League Soccer announced that Andre Blake of the Philadelphia Union won the 2016 Allstate Goalkeeper of the Year award. New York Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles finished second in the voting.

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Nov 6, 2016; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan (16) jogs to retrieve the ball after being stopped on a penalty kick during the first half against the Montreal Impact at Red Bull Arena. Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 6, 2016; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan (16) jogs to retrieve the ball after being stopped on a penalty kick during the first half against the Montreal Impact at Red Bull Arena. Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The United States men's national team lost to Costa Rica, 4-0, in a World Cup qualifying match at the Estadio Nacional. New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan made an appearance, entering the match in the 71st minute as a substitute for Jermaine Jones.

Kljestan struggled to generate any significant momentum in the attack, although he can hardly be blamed for his team's struggles. The U.S. was thoroughly outplayed by Costa Rica, and failed to put a single shot on goal. By the time Kljestan entered the match, a win was out of reach and his team had essentially given up.

Jurgen Klinsmann's squad is now 0-2 and at the bottom of the six-team qualifying group after also losing to Mexico on Friday. The U.S. still has eight matches to play, but there are some rumblings that U.S. Soccer could be making some changes.

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New York Red Bulls midfielder Derrick Etienne (7) prior to action against the Philadelphia Union at Talen Energy Stadium. The game ended in a 2-2 draw. (Bill Streicher)
New York Red Bulls midfielder Derrick Etienne (7) prior to action against the Philadelphia Union at Talen Energy Stadium. The game ended in a 2-2 draw. (Bill Streicher)

Haiti defeated Saint Kitts and Nevis, 2-0, in the Caribbean Cup qualifying at the Warner Park Sporting Complex in Basseterre. Duckens Nazon scored two goals in extra time to secure the victory for Les Grenadiers.

New York Red Bulls midfielder Derrick Etienne was in the starting lineup for Haiti, playing at central midfielder and winger. According to Caribbean football expert Austin Fido, the 19-year old was "never quite allowed to showcase the speed of thought or foot that has made him a rising star" and spent much of the game isolated. 

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New York Red Bulls defender Kemar Lawrence (92) works out prior to the game against the Orlando City SC at Camping World Stadium. (Kim Klement)
New York Red Bulls defender Kemar Lawrence (92) works out prior to the game against the Orlando City SC at Camping World Stadium. (Kim Klement)

Jamaica will be without Red Bulls fullback Kemar Lawrence when it hosts Suriname in a crucial Caribbean Cup qualifying match in Kingston Sunday

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Unlike seven years ago, United States midfielder Sacha Kljestan did not get to play against Mexico in Ohio in a World Cup qualifier. (Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE)
Unlike seven years ago, United States midfielder Sacha Kljestan did not get to play against Mexico in Ohio in a World Cup qualifier. (Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE)

New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan was on the roster but did not play for the United States in its 2-1 loss to rival Mexico Friday in a World Cup qualifying match in Columbus, Ohio.  

Tags: Sacha Kljestan, Brendan Joseph
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Apr 24, 2016; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York Red Bulls defender Karl Ouimette (22) kicks the ball against the Orlando City FC during the first half at Red Bull Arena. Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 24, 2016; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York Red Bulls defender Karl Ouimette (22) kicks the ball against the Orlando City FC during the first half at Red Bull Arena. Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

New York Red Bulls defender Karl Ouimette started for the Canadian national team in a 2-0 friendly loss to South Korea. The 24-year old played 62 minutes at right back before being replaced by Carl Haworth.

Ouimette has 17 career appearances with Canada, which is a nation that is still in transition. They were eliminated from 2018 World Cup qualifying in September after finishing in third place in their group behind Mexico and Honduras. Now their focus turns to the 2017 Gold Cup and preparing players for 2022 World Cup qualification. Ouimette is still young and should be a factor with his national team for years to come.

Ouimette spoke to MLSSoccer.com about his tumultuous season prior to the match.

Tags: Karl Ouimette, Brendan Joseph
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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

The New York Red Bulls announced that striker Omer Damari would be returning to his club. The 27-year-old Israeli international joined New York in August on a short-term loan from RB Leipzig. He was expected to be a secondary scoring option, a player who could aid Bradley Wright-Phillips and contribute during the playoffs.

"Unfortunately he got injured and then he never really got himself going in such a way where this guy is firing on all cylinders and really helping the club as a Designated Player," Sporting Director Ali Curtis told MLSSoccer.com. "His loan was just until the end of the year, and so he'll return back to his club."

Damari's brief Red Bulls' tenure -- which was overshadowed by persistent injury issues - had two notable moments. The first was a key goal in a 1-1 draw against Alianza F.C. in the CONCACAF Champions League that helped New York qualify for the knockout rounds. The other was a rash red card seven minutes after being subbed into the first leg of the Conference Semifinals series against the Montreal Impact.

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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 United States national team takes on Mexico on Friday in an important World Cup qualifying match. New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan is on Jurgen Klinsmann's squad despite suffering an injury on Sunday.

The 31-year old revealed to MLSSoccer.com that he broke his nose when he collided with Montreal's Marco Donadel

"It's broken in a couple of places," Kljestan said. "It was a pretty bad hit, but I think they're going to build me a mask and I'll be okay. It will be interesting, but I'll get used to it quickly and I'll be ready to go."

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 (Vincent Carchietta)
(Vincent Carchietta)

New York Red Bulls midfielder Derrick Etienne made his debut appearance for the Haitian national team in the third round of Caribbean Cup qualifying. The 19-year-old entered the match as a substitute, replacing Duckens Nazon.

Playing at home at Stade Sylvio Cator in Port-au-Prince, Haiti jumped out to a quick two-goal lead. However, French Guiana responded with five consecutive goals to clinch a spot in the 2017 Caribbean Cup.

With the loss, Haiti cannot win its qualification group and reach the final round of the Caribbean Cup. Their road to the 2017 Gold Cup has also become much more difficult. They need a multi-goal win against Saint Kitts & Nevis on Sunday to qualify for the "fifth place playoff," which would place them in a three-team group with Trinidad & Tobago and Antigua & Barbuda. The winner of that group will play the fifth place finisher at the 2017 Copa Centroamericana for a spot in the Gold Cup.

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Oct 23, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Red Bulls midfielder Dax McCarty (11) 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 midfielder Dax McCarty (11) during the second half against the Philadelphia Union at Talen Energy Stadium. The Red Bulls won 2-0. Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Even though the New York Red Bulls lost to the Montreal Impact and were eliminated from the 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs, Dax McCarty reached another historic milestone with the club. The captain made his 198th all-time appearance, surpassing club legend Mike Petke.

McCarty previously set the club record for regular season matches started and all-time minutes played. There's one milestone left, the club's regular season appearance record, which he'll set the next time he steps on the field in a MLS match.

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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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 (Bill Streicher)
(Bill Streicher)

Despite scoring 61 goals during the regular season and featuring two of MLS' best attacking players, the New York Red Bulls were unable to put forth a strong offensive effort in the 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs. 

In their 3-1 aggregate loss to the Montreal Impact, they failed to live up to their regular season form and be the more proactive team over two legs.

In a sense, New York controlled the second leg at Red Bull Arena. They had the edge in shots, 17 to 7, and possession, 65 percent to 35 percent.

Tags: Gonzalo Veron, Sacha Kljestan, Brendan Joseph
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New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan jogs to retrieve the ball after being stopped on a penalty kick during the first half against the Montreal Impact at Red Bull Arena. (Vincent Carchietta/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan jogs to retrieve the ball after being stopped on a penalty kick during the first half against the Montreal Impact at Red Bull Arena. (Vincent Carchietta/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Red Bulls' Sacha Kljestan was one of 25 players to be called into the United States roster to face Mexico and Costa Rica to start the final stage of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying.

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Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips (99) looks for a call after being brought down by Montrea defender Victor Cabrera (36) in the first half. (Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports)
Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips (99) looks for a call after being brought down by Montrea defender Victor Cabrera (36) in the first half. (Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports)

Montreal's Ignacio Piatti scored twice as the Impact eliminated the New York Red Bulls from the MLS playoffs with a 2-1 win in Harrison, N.J. Sunday.

Tags: Bradley Wright Phillips, Sacha Kljestan, Brendan Joseph
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Oct 30, 2016; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips (99) plays the ball and Montreal Impact defender Laurent Ciman (23)defends during the second half at Stade Saputo. Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Bolte)
Oct 30, 2016; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips (99) plays the ball and Montreal Impact defender Laurent Ciman (23)defends during the second half at Stade Saputo. Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Bolte)

The New York Red Bulls won the Eastern Conference and scored 61 goals in the regular season.

New York is on the brink of being eliminated from the postseason.

The Montreal Impact can knock out the Red Bulls in the second leg of the conference semifinals on Sunday at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J.

The Impact defeated New York 1-0 last Sunday in Montreal during the first leg of the aggregate format.

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New York Red Bulls midfielder Derrick Etienne (7) prior to action against the Philadelphia Union at Talen Energy Stadium. The game ended in a 2-2 draw. (Bill Streicher)
New York Red Bulls midfielder Derrick Etienne (7) prior to action against the Philadelphia Union at Talen Energy Stadium. The game ended in a 2-2 draw. (Bill Streicher)

New York Red Bulls midfielder Derrick Etienne has been included Haiti's roster for upcoming 2017 Caribbean Cup qualifying matches, the team announced. Haiti plays French Guiana on Nov. 9 and Saint Kitts & Nevis on Nov. 13 during the FIFA international break.

These matches were originally scheduled to be played last month, but the devastating impact of Hurricane Matthew forced them to be postponed. Caribbean Cup qualifying doesn't allow for draws, so Haiti needs to win both matches to finish in first place in Group 2 and advance to the final round. Group winners earn a spot in the 2017 Caribbean Cup (June 22-June 25) and the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup (July 7-July 26).

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