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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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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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 (Watchara Phomicinda)
(Watchara Phomicinda)

Fresh off a hard fought 1-0 victory over the New England Revolution, the New York Red Bulls are headed across the country to take on the Vancouver Whitecaps.

With seven regular season matches remaining, the Red Bulls find themselves in a comfortable third place in the Eastern Conference. They're only three points out of the top spot, while currently enjoying a nine-match unbeaten streak.

It's been a tumultuous season due to a succession of devastating injuries and disastrous collapses, but the Red Bulls have weathered most of the storms. Damien Perrinelle and Dax McCarty appear to have made successful returns from injury, which will enable the club to put its best foot forward in the CONCACAF Champions League and MLS Cup Playoffs.

Tags: Bradley Wright Phillips, Dax McCarty, Gonzalo Veron, Luis Robles, Sacha Kljestan, Sean Davis, Brendan Joseph
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New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips (99) reacts after scoring a goal against Montreal Impact defender Victor Cabrera (36) during the first half at Red Bull Arena. (Noah K. Murray)
New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips (99) reacts after scoring a goal against Montreal Impact defender Victor Cabrera (36) during the first half at Red Bull Arena. (Noah K. Murray)

Bradley Wright-Phillips and Sean Davis have been named to the MLS Team of the Week, the league announced on Monday.

Wright-Phillips scored two goals on Saturday night as the Red Bulls beat conference rival Montreal Impact, 3-1, at Red Bull Arena. The striker had four shots total and was 2-for-2 on aerial duels.

Davis, who was filling-in for the injured Dax McCarty, had a strong game, scoring a goal and assisting on both of Wright-Phillips' goals. Davis also had a 92% passing accuracy.

Tags: Bradley Wright Phillips, Sean Davis

The New York Red Bulls drew the Los Angeles Galaxy, 2-2, after blowing a two-goal lead at StubHub Center in Carson, California.

Ashley Cole scored the equalizer in the 89th minute. Mike Magee started Los Angeles' rally with a short-range effort in the 80th minute to make it 2-1.

Tags: Bradley Wright Phillips, Connor Lade, Damien Perrinelle, Gonzalo Veron, LA Galaxy, Sacha Kljestan, Sean Davis, Brendan Joseph
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New York Red Bulls midfielder Sean Davis.  (Kelley L Cox)
New York Red Bulls midfielder Sean Davis. (Kelley L Cox)

Red Bulls II defeated the Harrisburg City Islanders, 1-0, at Red Bull Arena to improve to 8-1-3.

Sean Davis scored the match's lone goal in the 7th minute, blasting the ball in from 12 yards out.

Red Bulls II returns to action Sunday, June 19th when they travel to Florida to take on Orlando City B.

Tags: Gonzalo Veron, Sean Davis, Shaun Wright Phillips, Brendan Joseph
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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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