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New York Red Bulls product Kamara lands in Malta

Posted on 31 March 2010 by ASN Staff

Victor Kamara

Victor Kamara, a 19-year old former Red Bull Academy player has been making waves in Europe and is close to signing with Malta’s Sliema Wanderers, ASN has learned. Kamara has been on trial with the Maltese Premier League club after a four-month stint with Belgian fourth division Royal Racing Club of Montegnee, a source with knowledge of the situation told ASN. Read the full story at ASN’s New York Red Bulls page.

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New York Red Bulls product Kamara lands in Malta

Posted on 31 March 2010 by ASN Staff

Victor Kamara

Victor Kamara, a 19-year old former Red Bull Academy player has been making waves in Europe and is close to signing with Malta’s Sliema Wanderers, ASN has learned. Kamara has been on trial with the Maltese Premier League club after a four-month stint with Belgian fourth division Royal Racing Club of Montegnee, a source with knowledge of the situation told ASN. Read the full story at ASN’s New York Red Bulls page.

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Youth academy product Victor Kamara catches on at Maltese club

Posted on 31 March 2010 by Nathaniel E. Baker

Victor Kamara

Victor Kamara, a 19-year old former Red Bull Academy player has been making waves in Europe and is close to signing with Malta’s Sliema Wanderers, ASN has learned. Kamara has been on trial with the Maltese Premier League club after a four-month stint with Belgian fourth division Royal Racing Club of Montegnee, a source with knowledge of the situation told ASN.

Originally from Sierra Leone, Kamara played for the Red Bulls Academy and Players Development Academy sides before heading to Europe last summer. He has received interest from clubs in Italy, Switzerland and Cyprus but will most likely sign in Malta for now so he may obtain EU residency, the source said.

We will update the story with further developments as they happen.

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Wednesday audio news update

Posted on 31 March 2010 by ASN Staff

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For more information on your hosts Zach and Jason visit AmericanSoccerShow.com, home of the popular American Soccer Show weekly podcast. Be sure to listen in every Monday!

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Photo gallery: RBNY 3, Army 1

Posted on 30 March 2010 by ASN Staff

ASN photographer Scott Marsh was at the New York Red Bulls exhibition match at Army on March 29. The Red Bulls won 3-1 on goals from Juan Agudelo (2x) and Conor Chinn. Red Bulls Reader has a proper recap of the match along with video highlights.

Trialist Damani Ralph also saw substantial time in the match and assisted on Agudelo’s winning goal. A previous version of this post was unable to identify the 20-year old Jamaican, who last played for Russian champions Rubin Kazan. Ralph was the 2003 MLS rookie of the year after being drafted in the first round out of the University of Connecticut by the Chicago Fire. He has been capped 18 times by the Jamaican national team.

A few of our favorite photos follow, complete with snarky commentary (by ASN). Even more of these photos are on our Facebook page.

All photos ©Scott Marsh / ASN

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The Union’s first former player: Dave Myrie

Posted on 30 March 2010 by Breton Bonnette

Apparently, all it took was one bad performance for the young defender from Costa Rica. The Philadelphia Union have sent their first player in club history packing…

Dave Myrie struggled in his first outing, getting beaten on several occasions, but nothing that really warranted being dropped without a second chance or two. Unless, of course, the Union have found someone better.

This could pave the way for the Union to bring in 30-year old Puerto Rico Islander Cristian Arrieta. Arrieta is on trial until Thursday but a hasty move like this by the Union front office could mean they like him that much to get the signing done.

Both Chicago Fire and Philadelphia Union fans will be scratching their heads on this one. Myrie came in, under the radar but highly touted by former Fire boss Denis Hamlett, only to be left unprotected in November 2009’s Expansion Draft (after not seeing any time on the pitch for Chicago). Piotr Nowak selected Myrie, discussed his progress in the offseason, only to drop him after 78-minutes in a Union jersey.

As we plan to do with all former Union players, we’ll keep you up-to-date on his whereabouts and whether or not he ever gets a shot in Major League Soccer.

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Maybe not 'must win' but stakes are high on two game road trip

Posted on 30 March 2010 by ASN Staff

A glance at the Major League Soccer schedule tells you that all teams have played one game. Two Eastern Conference teams, the Columbus Crew and Kansas City Wizards, won theirs convincingly. The New York Red Bulls join them with three points from a less convincing win. Now the Red Bulls must leave the friendly confines of their new home ground and head west for a two game road trip at Seattle and Chivas USA.

“Must win roadtrip” may seen a little harsh at this early stage in the season, But make no mistake: The stakes are extremely high and the pressure is on the New York Red Bulls to get results.

The Red Bulls celebrate in front of a packed house. Will this continue to be the picture after the ensuing two game road trip? ©ASN/Scott Marsh

The Red Bulls enjoyed playing their first two games at Red Bull Arena in front of a packed house. The Santos game was an announced sellout and the Fire game fell just short, most likely due to the frigid temps that hit the area on game day. Red Bull marketing staff had months to put together ticket packages and an advertising blitz about the “stage being set.” Kudos to them for a job well done as the Red Bulls are riding high and are currently more than a blip on the New York sports radar–at least for now.

As the Red Bulls head west to face the Seattle Sounders, a team that embarrassed them on national TV to open the 2009 season, the ticket and marketing staff has three weeks to pack the house before the next game at Red Bull Arena. A strong showing on this road trip keeps the spotlight on the Red Bulls, and will most likely mean coming home to play FC Dallas and the expansion Philadelphia Union in front of a mostly or entirely (if the weather cooperates) full stadium.

However, should the Red Bulls falter, as they have had a habit of doing in recent years on the road, should they get embarrassed in Seattle and then have a mediocre showing in Los Angeles, the ticket and marketing staff will have their work cut out for them.

So the team desperately needs a strong showing on this swing. Ideally if the team can win both games and come back to Red Bull Arena with a 3-0 record, it may “set the stage” for a special season—the type of season that will get supporters buzzing about making plans to visit Toronto in late November. At minimum the Red Bulls need four points from this road trip to continue the buzz. A draw in Seattle and a win at Chivas would most likely fill Red Bull arena for all of April.

But a poor showing will find the Red Bulls returning to smaller crowds than they experienced in the first two games. Red Bull wants and needs a full house for every game, and the pressure will be on for everyone in the organization from players to ticket sales to make it happen.

Winning teams sell tickets, sell merchandise, sell advertising. Losing teams not named the Chicago Cubs do not. So now it will be interesting to see this road trip unfold. In three weeks’ time, will fans be packing Red Bull Arena with visions of MLS Cup in Toronto, or will we hear those dreaded words ‘Same old Metro’?

We’ll know in three weeks.

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Tuesday audio news update

Posted on 30 March 2010 by ASN Staff

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For more information on your hosts Zach and Jason visit AmericanSoccerShow.com, home of the popular American Soccer Show weekly podcast. Be sure to listen in every Monday!

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Rumors: Puerto Rico’s Cristian Arrieta on trial with the Union

Posted on 29 March 2010 by Breton Bonnette

The 30-year old Puerto Rico Islander fullback has been training with the Union for some time now but – akin to the possibility of JT Noone and Radanfah Abu Bakr signing – there has been no contract offer as of yet apparently. Huge hat-tips to Big Soccer members intru and Luis Enrique #8.

Esteban Pagan, writer for Primera Hora in Puerto Rico, wrote on his Twitter account today:

BREAKING NEWS: Colin Clarke confirma que Cristian Arrieta se encuentra de tryout con el Union de Filadelfia (MLS)….

…pero esperan firmarlo si no consigue un espacio en el Union.

According to another source found by Luis Enrique #8, agent Robert Colosia divulged that – “Group C Sports Law client Cristian Arrieta is currently training with Philadelphia Union til Thursday; when he signs w MLS (2clubs) or PR”. Group C also has RBNY’s Luke Sassano on its’ client list. So it looks like we should have a decision on Arrieta by the end of the week. Many probably want to know…who is this guy?

We threw out our 5 best “bargain buys” from USL-1/NASL over three months ago and guess who topped our list? We had this to say about Arrieta then:

At 30, Arrieta is not getting any younger but the fullback sure can play. An offensive threat as well as a defensive stalwart, the Florida-born defender who grew up in Italy and playing his way up the Italian league chain has scored 17 goals in a little over 50 appearances for the Puerto Rico Islanders. He started with “home-town” teams in Italy, all Serie C1 and C2 before latching on with Serie B’s Lecce (a former Danny Dichio club). After playing only 7 games with Lecce, a new challenge awaited in Puerto Rico where Arrieta has since been a part of two All-USL-1 Teams of the Year. He was also named USL-1 Defender of the Year in 2008. Arrieta is probably the most attainable of the bunch listed but, without specifics, it’s tough to know for sure. In his two years of USL-1 soccer, Arrieta has done nothing but impress. I’d say it’s time for someone to give him the chance to do so on the next level.

It’s no Luciano Emilio talk but we’ll certainly keep you up to date.

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Quote of the week

Posted on 29 March 2010 by ASN Staff

“A lot of things went wrong in one evening.”–DC United head coach Curt Onalfo‘s reaction to his team’s 4-0 opening night loss at the Kansas City Wizards.

DC United got some more bad news Monday, when it was revealed that defensive midfielder Clyde Simms, who had been moonlighting at right back in Bryan Namoff’s absence, would miss 4-6 weeks with a hamstring strain. Simms underwent knee surgery in the offseason.

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