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Red Bulls Weekly Update: Henry Named to MLS Best XI

November 14, 2011 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - New York Red Bulls News Release


New York Red Bulls forward Thierry Henry was named to the Major League Soccer 2011 Best XI. The Best XI recognizes the League's top 11 players at each position on the field.

Henry was the Red Bulls' 2011 Most Valuable Player, taking home the club's Golden Boot after scoring a team-high 14 goals in the regular season. The Frenchman played in and started 26 games, logging 2,266 minutes and registering four assists in his first full season in the League. He also notched his first career MLS Cup Playoffs goal in New York's 2-0 victory over FC Dallas on Oct. 26 in the Wild Card round. His 14 regular season goals ranked third-best in Major League Soccer this season, as he was two goals behind co-leaders Dwayne De Rosario and Chris Wondolowski. This is the first time the former Arsenal, FC Barcelona, Juventus and AS Monaco star, World Cup winner and French National Team all-time leading goalscorer has been named to the MLS Best XI.

This year, players, club leaders, and media members voted one goalkeeper, three defenders, five midfielders and two forwards to the Best XI, listed below by alphabetical order within each position:

Goalkeeper - Kasey Keller (Seattle Sounders FC)

Defender - Todd Dunivant (LA Galaxy)

Defender - Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy)

Defender - Jamison Olave (Real Salt Lake)

Midfielder - David Beckham (LA Galaxy)

Midfielder - Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo)

Midfielder - Dwayne De Rosario (D.C. United)

Midfielder - Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy)

Midfielder - Brek Shea (FC Dallas)

Forward - Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls)

Forward - Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)


The New York Red Bulls announced the winners of their 2011 Team Awards. Captain and forward Thierry Henry was voted the team's Most Valuable Player, forward Luke Rodgers was named Newcomer of the Year, Jan Gunnar Solli took home the Defensive Player of the Year Award, and Stephen Keel was the team's Humanitarian of the Year. All of the awards except for the Humanitarian of the Year were voted on by members of the local media at the end of the regular season.

By leading the team with 14 goals in the regular season, Henry took home the team's Golden Boot in addition to being voted the team's Most Valuable Player award. Henry played in and started 26 games, logging 2,266 minutes and registering four assists. He also notched his first career MLS Cup Playoffs goal in the team's 2-0 victory over FC Dallas on Oct. 26 in the Wild Card round. His 14 regular season goals ranked third-best in Major League Soccer this season.

In his first season with the Red Bulls, Rodgers finished second on the team in goals with nine, despite missing two months of the season with plantar fasciitis. The team had an impressive 9-5-9 record in Rodgers' 23 games played. The Englishman and former Notts Country striker, who joined the team in January, also added three assists and scored his first MLS Cup Playoff goal on Nov. 3 against Los Angeles in the Conference Semifinals.

First-year defender Solli was voted as the team's Defender of the Year. Solli was one of most consistent Red Bulls this season, playing in 31 of 34 games and logging 2,634 minutes. He proved to be a vital piece to New York's attack, as his seven assists tied him with midfielders Joel Lindpere and Dane Richards for the team lead.

Keel, the team's Humanitarian of the Year, became a vital member of the Red Bulls on the pitch, earning a place in the starting lineup at the end of the year. He set career highs in games played (16), games started (13), minutes played (1,226) and assists (2). Off the field, Keel gave his time to numerous charities throughout the local community, including hosting clinics for underprivileged children, visiting hospitals and serving as a spokesman for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Keel recorded two public service announcements for the MDA, attended their camps, answered phones at their telethon and donated tickets.


New York Red Bulls midfielder Joel Lindpere (Estonia), defender Roy Miller (Costa Rica), and goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul (Senegal) were called up by their respective national teams for international matches from Friday, Nov. 11 to Tuesday, Nov. 15.

Lindpere was called up by the Estonia squad for their two-leg Euro 2012 Qualification playoff against the Republic of Ireland. Lindpere came off the bench in the 61st minute of the first leg on Friday, Nov. 11, but Estonia fell to Ireland 4-0. The second match will be played Tuesday, Nov. 15 at Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland. Lindpere has earned 75 caps and scored five international goals for Estonia. This season with the Red Bulls, Lindpere set the franchise single-season record for games played (34) and minutes (3,048), scoring seven goals and adding seven assists. Through two seasons in New York, Lindpere has 10 goals and 13 assists in 63 games.

Costa Rica called up Miller for two international friendlies. In their first of the two, Costa Rica fell to Panama, 2-0, on Friday, Nov. 11 in Panama City. The squad returns home to San Jose, Costa Rica to host reigning World Cup Champion Spain this Tuesday, Nov. 15. Miller, who just completed his second season with the Red Bulls, has made 24 appearances for his country. He has played 55 games with New York, registering five assists.

Coundoul will join Senegal as the country prepares for January's Africa Cup of Nations. Senegal defeated Equatorial Guinea, 4-1, on Friday, Nov. 11 in an international friendly played in France. Senegal is back in action on Tuesday, Nov. 15 when they play Cote d'Ivoire. Coundoul has made eight appearances for Senegal, which will play in Group A of the Africa Cup of Nations against Equatorial Guinea, Libya and Zambia. This season for New York, Coundoul played in 12 games, earning three shutout victories.


Major League Soccer announced today that New York Red Bulls forward Luke Rodgers is one of three finalists for the League's 2011 Newcomer of the Year award. Rodgers was named along with Vancouver Whitecaps FC forward Eric Hassli and Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Mauro Rosales. The winner will be announced Nov. 15.

In his first season with the Red Bulls, Rodgers featured in 23 games, scoring nine goals - a mark that was good for second on the team. The former Notts County striker also scored his first MLS postseason goal on Nov. 3 against the LA Galaxy. Rodgers, who missed nearly two months due to a heel injury, made a significant impact when he was on the field, as the Red Bulls posted a 9-5-9 when he played in the regular season. He took home his first MLS Player of the Week Award for Week 5 after tallying two goals and an assist in a 3-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes on April 16 at Red Bull Arena. The Birmingham, England native signed with New York on Jan. 28, 2011.

The finalists earned the most votes in polling of three voting groups:

- Current MLS players

- MLS Clubs (Coaches, Technical Directors, Presidents, and PR/Community Relations)

- Media members who covered MLS regularly in 2011

Voting was based on performance in the 2011 MLS Regular Season. For more information on the League's Year-End Awards Finalists, log onto

First-year Red Bulls midfielder Teemu Tainio's acrobatic goal line save back on June 19 at Portland is one of the four finalists for MLS' Save of the Year. Voting will remain open until 11:59 PM tonight.


The Red Bulls Under-16 Academy team defeated the Philadelphia Union 5-0 on Saturday. Izzy Tandir scored twice, while Vinny Brunetti added a goal and two assists as the Red Bulls cruised to victory. Gianni Carillo and Joe Ohaus both played a half at goalkeeper, combining for the shutout.

The Red Bulls Under-13 Pre Academy team won its 15 straight contest this weekend with a decisive victory over Matchfit Academy. Marquez Zella and Mevlan Libiti each had multi-goal efforts for the U-13's, who face off against Delco and Seacoast United next weekend.

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