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Weekly Update: Red Bulls Finish Preseason with Two Matches in Desert

February 18, 2013 - Major League Soccer (MLS) New York Red Bulls

RED BULLS FINISH PRESEASON CAMP THIS WEEK

The New York Red Bulls will wrap up their 2013 preseason with a pair of matches as part of the Desert Diamond Cup at the Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, AZ this week. New York opens its season in less than two weeks when it takes on the Portland Timbers at JELD-WEN Field on March 3 at 7:30 PM ET (TV: ESPN2).

In its opening match of the four-team Desert Diamond Cup, the Red Bulls fought back from two goals down to tie Real Salt Lake, 2-2, last Wednesday night. However, New York was not as successful last Saturday, suffering a 3-1 loss to the New England Revolution. Red Bulls Brazilian midfielder Juninho tallied his first goal as a New York player in the club's only preseason defeat of the year. New York is 2-1-1 in preseason play.

The Red Bulls will face Seattle Sounders FC in their final round robin match Wednesday night, with kickoff set for approximately 9:00 PM. The match will be streamed live on www.newyorkredbulls.com. Depending on the result of that game, as well as the Real Salt Lake-New England fixture earlier that evening, New York will play in either the championship match (8:00 PM) or third place match (6:00 PM) in its final preseason game of the year. The championship match will be aired live on NBC Sports Network.

GONZALEZ, WOLYNIEC JOIN COACHING STAFF

Last week, the Red Bulls made two additions to its staff, naming Rafael Gonzalez goalkeeping coach and former New York forward John Wolyniec as its Reserve Team Coach/Player Development Coordinator.

RED BULLS ACQUIRE ALEXANDER FROM PORTLAND

The New York Red Bulls acquired midfielder Eric Alexander from the Portland Timbers in exchange for allocation money on Feb. 11

"Eric is a young midfielder who has earned a large amount of experience during his three years in Major League Soccer," said Red Bulls Sporting Director Andy Roxburgh. "He can play a number of roles for us and we are pleased that he has joined the Red Bulls."

NEW YORK, MSG REVEAL 2013 BROADCAST SCHEDULE

MSG Networks will televise 21 of the MLS team's 34 regular season matches on MSG or MSG+.

MSG Networks' first Red Bulls telecast will be Saturday, March 23 at 4:30 PM ET against the Montreal Impact on MSG with a 30-minute pregame show starting at 4:00 PM. MSG Networks will produce pregame and post game shows for all Red Bulls home games and select away matches.

RECAP OF NEW YORK'S 2012-13 OFFSEASON

NEW YORK NAMES MIKE PETKE HEAD COACH

The New York Red Bulls announced Jan. 24 that they named Mike Petke head coach. Petke, who is one of the club's most popular all-time players and its leader in games played, was previously serving New York as head coach on an interim basis.

CLUB APPOINTS ANDY ROXBURGH SPORTING DIRECTOR

The New York Red Bulls announced the appointment of Andy Roxburgh as their new Sporting Director on Nov. 9. Roxburgh was the former national team manager of Scotland and technical director of UEFA. He is responsible for all soccer activities at the club.

RED BULLS SIGN STAR MIDFIELDER JUNINHO

The New York Red Bulls announced Dec. 17 that they signed Brazilian star midfielder Juninho. Juninho, a former Brazilian International who was a member of the 2006 FIFA World Cup squad, comes to New York from Brazilian First Division side, Vasco da Gama.

"Juninho is a world class player who our Global Sporting Director, Gerard Houllier, and I have known and admired for many years," said Red Bulls Sporting Director Andy Roxburgh. "Aside from being a top dead ball specialist and a tremendous talent, Juninho is a fantastic professional both on and off the field. He is in great physical shape and we think he can make a positive impact for us in 2013."

NEW YORK ACQUIRES REAL SALT LAKE DUO ESPINDOLA AND OLAVE

The New York Red Bulls announced Dec. 3 that they acquired forward Fabian Espindola and two-time MLS Best XI selection and 2010 MLS Defender of the Year Jamison Olave from Real Salt Lake in exchange for allocation money.

"Fabian and Jamison are players who have excelled in Major League Soccer and provide an immediate boost to our squad," said Red Bulls Sporting Director Andy Roxburgh. "Fabian is a pacy, technical forward who will be a strong complement to the players currently on our roster, while Jamison is a fast, dominant centerback who has shown that he is one of the best at his position in MLS. We are thrilled to bring them to New York as we prepare for the 2013 season."

RED BULLS SIGN FIVE PLAYERS TO NEW CONTRACTS

Over the offseason, the Red Bulls signed defender Connor Lade, defender/midfielder Brandon Barklage, midfielder Dax McCarty, goalkeeper Ryan Meara and midfielder Lloyd Sam to new contracts.

RED BULLS PICK MIDFIELDER CHRISTIANSON IN 2013 MLS SUPERDRAFT

The New York Red Bulls selected midfielder Ian Christianson from Georgetown University with its second round (22nd overall) pick at the 2013 MLS SuperDraft located at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, IN on Jan. 17.

NEW YORK ADDS DEFENDER KIMURA IN OFFSEASON

The New York Red Bulls announced Dec. 3 that they acquired defender Kosuke Kimura and a natural second round 2013 MLS SuperDraft pick from the Portland Timbers in exchange for allocation money and the MLS Homegrown rights for defender Bryan Gallego.

Kimura, who was out of contract in MLS, signed a new deal with the Red Bulls.

"Kosuke is a player who has impressed us for several years and we are happy to bring him to our club. He will provide depth in the fullback position and his MLS experience will be a great asset for us," said Red Bulls Sporting Director Andy Roxburgh.

RED BULLS ACADEMY DUO SIGN HOMEGROWN CONTRACTS

The New York Red Bulls announced Dec. 11 that they signed Red Bulls Academy goalkeeper Santiago Castano and forward Amando Moreno. Castano and Moreno became the sixth and seventh academy products to sign with New York's first team via the Major League Soccer Homegrown Player rule.

"Both of these players have trained with the first team during the past year and they impressed our technical staff," said Red Bulls Sporting Director Andy Roxburgh. "It is a priority for our club to bring young players from our academy to the first team and we want to congratulate Santiago and Amando for taking this step."

CLUB PICKS SIX IN 2013 MLS SUPPLEMENTAL DRAFT

The New York Red Bulls selected midfielder Ryan Clark from Monmouth University (1st overall, 1st round), midfielder Michael Bustamante from Boston University (13th round, 1st round), midfielder Ben Fisk (32nd overall, 2nd round) from the University of Washington, midfielder Marc Cintron (34th overall, 2nd round) from Providence College, forward Stephane Diop from the University of Connecticut (51st overall, 3rd round) and defender Andrew Ribeiro from Creighton University (70th overall, 4th round) in the 2013 MLS Supplemental Draft on Jan. 22.

RED BULLS DEPARTURES

The Red Bulls announced the departure of midfielders Joel Lindpere and Victor Palsson and defenders Rafa Marquez and Wilman Conde. In addition, forward Sebastien Le Toux was traded to the Philadelphia Union in exchange for forward Josue Martinez and allocation money.

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