Weekly Update: Red Bulls Begin Preseason Camp In Florida This Week

New York Red Bulls

January 23, 2013 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - New York Red Bulls

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RED BULLS OPEN TRAINING CAMP IN FLORIDA

With their season kicking off on March 3 against the Portland Timbers, the New York Red Bulls opened their first preseason training camp this week with training starting this week at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL.

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New York is looking forward to a successful 2013 campaign and continue a run which has seen it earn postseason season berths in nine of the last 10 seasons. Led by new Sporting Director Andy Roxburgh and Interim Head Coach Mike Petke, the Red Bulls return a number of players, including MLS Most Valuable Player finalist and MLS Best XI selection Thierry Henry, Australian midfielder Tim Cahill, MLS Golden Boot runner-up Kenny Cooper and American midfielder Dax McCarty. In addition, New York added a number of key players such as former Brazilian International Juninho, 2010 MLS Defender of the Year Jamison Olave and his former Real Salt Lake teammate Fabian Espindola and 2011 MLS Cup winner Kosuke Kimura. The Red Bulls also re-signed Academy product Connor Lade, defender/midfielder Brandon Barklage and goalkeeper Ryan Meara to new contracts.

The squad arrived to Florida yesterday and will stay until Feb. 1. Prior to departing, the Red Bulls will play the Columbus Crew in Bradenton that morning.

NEW YORK UNVEILS 2013 MLS SCHEDULE

The Red Bulls released their 34-game 2013 MLS Schedule. New York\'s regular season home opener against D.C. United on Saturday, March 16 will kick off at 12:30 PM ET and will be shown nationally on NBC. Prior to opening their Red Bull Arena schedule, the Red Bulls will start their 2013 campaign with a pair of road games. First, on Sunday, March 3, New York will face the Portland Timbers at JELD-WEN Field with kickoff time set for 7:30 PM. The match will be shown live on ESPN2. New York then travels to San Jose a week later to face the San Jose Earthquakes on March 10 at 10:00 PM (TV: ESPN2).

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 Red Bulls.

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."

ACADEMY PRODUCT LADE EARNS FIRST U.S. MEN\'S NATIONAL TEAM CALL-UP

New York Red Bulls defender and Red Bulls Academy product Connor Lade earned his first-ever U.S. Men\'s National Team call-up on Jan. 6. Lade joined the squad that reported to the National Training Center in Carson, CA to train in preparation for the Americans\' international friendly against Canada at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, TX on Jan. 29 at 9:00 PM ET (TV: ESPN2, WatchESPN).

"I kind of had to pinch myself picking up that call, because (Jurgen Klinsmann) is such a legend and he\'s done great things for the national team and he's taking them in the right direction," Lade said. "It\'s just very exciting and I\'m really looking forward to getting in camp and hopefully showing well for myself and the club and just try to make an impact on them for the future."

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 FOUR PLAYERS TO NEW CONTRACTS

Over the offseason, the Red Bulls signed defender Connor Lade, defender/midfielder Brandon Barklage, 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.

QUARTET DEPARTS RED BULLS

The Red Bulls announced the departure of midfielders Joel Lindpere and Victor Palsson and defender Rafa Marquez in the offseason. 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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