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Backe bloodletting picks up speed with four cuts

Posted on 12 February 2010 by Nathaniel E. Baker

It took a little while but the New York Red Bulls new head coach has begun to flash the paring knife. Hans Backe took a major stride toward ridding himself from some of the baggage of the previous regime today, showing the door to four players, one of whom played a major role in the team’s surprising run to the MLS Cup final in 2008.
Red Bull New York announced it had waived goalkeeper Danny Cepero and defenders Carlos Johnson and Walter Garcia. The team also did not pick up midfielder Matthew Mbuta’s option.

Cepero will be missed by the team's fans ©Juila Harper/ASN

The biggest surprise is probably Cepero. The 24-year old was with the Red Bulls for three seasons after being drafted in the fourth round (46th overall) in the 2007 MLS Supplemental Draft by then head coach Bruce Arena. The University of Pennsylvania graduate is perhaps best known for becoming the first goalkeeper in MLS history to score from the field of play, in an October 2008 victory over the Columbus Crew. Cepero was stellar in the playoffs that year and was a major reason the Red Bulls made it to the final. Last year was a bit of a different story. He made 13 starts for New York in 2009, earning a 1.74 goals against average and a 2-8-3 record. But Cepero was still seen as a serviceable goalkeeper and was extremely popular with fans.

Johnson joined the Red Bulls from Norway’s Bryne FK before the start of the MLS season in March and appeared in 13 matches, tallying one assist. The Costa Rican was very much a Juan Carlos Osorio product: Latin, physical, defender but despite a horrendous start to his MLS career was not the biggest bust of the Osorio era (that honor probably goes to Juan Pietravallo). At the end of last season Johnson had begun to play much better and showed promise as a MLS pro.

Mbuta completed his first full season with New York after signing on Sept. 15, 2008. He was previously part of the Crystal Palace Baltimore side that upset the Red Bulls in the 2008 U.S. Open Cup. Mbuta scored twice in 12 appearances as a Red Bull. For whatever reason the Cameroonian winger never got much of a chance with the team, despite a few impressive performances, including a home loss to the Colorado Rapids where he earned strong praise from ASN’s pundit.

The departure of Garcia is a mere formality as the Argentine appeared in just one game for the Red Bulls after being signed from Quilmes Atletico Club last year and left as soon as the season was over. The 25-year old completed a loan spell at Leeds United after the end of the MLS regular season.

The cuts of course beg the question who the team will sign as replacements. Expect New York to sign goalkeeper Greg Sutton, who accompanied the team to its training camp in La Manga, Spain, to a more formal contract. Estonian midfielder Joel Lindpere is reportedly incoming but the departure of Johnson leaves a hole at right back. Or perhaps that’s where Roy Miller will play?

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Red Bulls blow it, lose to W. Connection to bow out of CCL

Posted on 06 August 2009 by Nathaniel E. Baker

The New York Red Bulls’ best, last chance to make something of their season went down in flames at Giants Stadium Wednesday night. Despite a positive 2-2 result from the first leg, and even though they took a 1-0 lead in the 19th minute of the return leg, the team just couldn’t get it done. Instead, New York pulled one of its typical self destruction acts in the waning minutes of the first half, yielding a pair of goals after falling asleep at the switch. The second goal was undoubtedly the more infuriating of the two, coming as a result of a Kevin Goldthwaite brainfart in stoppage time. The second half saw no goals and the Red Bulls ended up on the wrong end of a 2-1 final score (4-3 in aggregate) that sees them exit the CONCACAF Champions League in the preliminary round.

No words can really do justice to this type of performance. In a season marked by bitter disappointment it may suffice to say that the team has once again hit a new low. At least now there is no place further to fall. The MLS playoffs were long ago removed from the equation. The U.S. Open Cup campaign ended before it really began, at the hand of archrivals D.C. United. Now the team’s last vestige of hope, the CONCACAF Champions League, is gone as well. To say a change in leadership is necessary, including the dismissal of not only Juan Carlos Osorio but also Jeff Agoos and ideally Erik Stover, is akin to beating a dead horse. The damage is almost too nauseating to contemplate, especially after the promise of last season’s playoff run and the uncharacteristic tones of optimism in this year’s preseason. Now it’s all over. A half dozen home games remain until the curtain can finally fall on 14 years of tortured history. Will the last one to leave remember to shut the lights?


The following were shot by ASN at the conclusion of Wednesday’s match. More ASN videos can be seen on our YouTube page.

Juan Carlos Osorio’s initial reaction in the postgame press conference:

John Wolyniec gives his thoughts on the game:

Woly addresses the team’s propensity for allowing goals in the last five minutes of a half:

Kevin Goldthwaite, whose gaffe in first half stoppage time ended up costing the Red Bulls the game, does not seem terribly perturbed by it here. He also says the club lacks “leadership” while adding he would hate to see Osorio lose his job. His thoughts on Osorio seem perfectly genuine but see for yourself.

Danny Cepero: “It’s awful. It’s frustrating…feels like we’re in quicksand”

Jeremy Hall is asked if he feels “a change is needed at the top” of the organization:

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Red Bulls luck out with draw vs. Sounders

Posted on 21 June 2009 by Nathaniel E. Baker

The New York Red Bulls escaped from a rainy Giants Stadium with a fortunate 1-1 draw against the Seattle Sounders on Saturday night. It was another listless performance from the Red Bulls, who have the look of a team already content to play out the rest of the season. The visiting Sounders, playing their second game in four days, were clearly the better side, had more (and better) chances and were twice denied by the woodwork.

The Red Bulls goal came off a lucky bounce that Juan Pablo Angel happily buried in the back of the Sounders net. The Colombian had a few other chances that went wanting, otherwise Kasey Keller’s goal was hardly threatened. The visitors showed some of the rust that can be expected from a team coming off a cross-country trip and less than 96 hours removed from a taxing match with DC United. The home side had no such excuses, but appeared less energetic than their opponents.

The Sounders hit the crossbar in the first half, the post in the second and several times were done in by point-blank saves by Danny Cepero, the best Red Bull on the night. Despite this, and despite the fact the home side did not have any shots on goal in the second half, the team’s embattled head coach Juan Carlos Osorio appeared to believe his team was the better one on the night. “I thought we had the better chances,” he said in the postgame press conference.

Amazingly, the Red Bulls probably would have won the game had it not been for a defensive mistake by Jeremy Hall. The rookie inexplicably gave the ball away to Sounders striker Fredy Montero, who was able to walk in alone on Cepero and bury the ball in the roof of the net. “I feel like a baseball pitcher who just gave up a walk-off,” said Hall afterwards. “It cost us points and I feel terrible.”

Angel said he was impressed with Hall’s reaction in the second half. “He knows he made a mistake, he’s only going to get better from this,” Angel said of Hall. “The way he reacted and the way he played in the second half was just phenomenal.”

The Red Bulls will take the point, especially considering how badly things have gone. But if this team is ever going to turn the corner on the season (and it’s rapidly running short on time) it will need to do a lot more. There is still no rhythm to the Red Bulls’ game. In the midfield, there are too many Indians and too few chiefs. Nobody has stepped up to lead, or to spearhead the team’s efforts going forward (though Zimmerman of all players has begun to show promise in that area). Osorio has thankfully removed some of the more toxic parts of the team’s roster (Khano Smith, Juan Pietravallo) from the rotation. But others, notably Jorge Rojas, still get major minutes. Meanwhile with Mattew Mbuta the Red Bulls have a player who could lend a spark to its attacking midfield (albeit on the right wing, where Zimmerman is showing so much promise) but is not getting a chance to do so. Zimmerman could easily play in central midfield in Rojas’ position, freeing up the right wing spot for Mbuta. Why Osorio doesn’t try this is unclear. So are many things about his coaching tenure, including how much longer it might last. With that, as with many things, Red Bulls fans are left waiting for answers.

RBNY player ratings (scale of 1-10, 10 being highest)

Danny Cepero: 7
No chance on the Montero goal. His point blank saves late in the game won this team a point it didn’t deserve. Seems to be getting his confidence back. The man of the match, hands down.

Jeremy Hall: 5
That mistake right before the half was lethal. Not bad otherwise. Showed some ideas going forward, which once again begs the question why he is playing on the back line? Only JCO knows.

Kevin Goldthwaite: 5.5
Was lucky not to pick up his second yellow card when he stomped on Sebastien Le Toux shortly before halftime. A bit reckless in other areas as well.

Carlos Mendes: 6.5
Pretty solid game. Did his job without major errors. Can’t ask for much more from a centerback.

Alfredo Pacheco: 6
Need to see more of him. Doesn’t appear to have many ideas other than launching long balls. Maybe lost interest?

Nick Zimmerman: 6.5
Another energetic performance. Set up Angel on what should have been the go-ahead goal in the second half. Clearly deserves to be a starter. Appears to be getting more comfortable each game. Will only get better with time. A bright spot on an otherwise forgettable campaign for the Red Bulls.

Albert Celades: 5.5
Strong first half, far too quiet in the second. Appears to drift in and out of games.

Seth Stammler: 5
Did he really play in this game? Was in the lineup but didn’t see him anywhere. Might have been a misprint.

Jorge Rojas: 5
More of the same, which is aimless dribbles that go nowhere.

Juan Pablo Angel: 5.5
Nice goal but should have scored one or two more. Has clearly lost a step. Maybe the natural grass of Red Bull Arena will invigorate his game next season. One can hope…

Macoumba Kandi: 6
Okay, we get it, you like the backheel. Unfortunately, the Sounders caught on to this trick as well. Kandji is a talented player who (like so many others) is playing out of position. He needs to make more of the balls he sees though. Less hotdogging.

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Match Facts

Seattle Sounders FC 1, New York Red Bulls 1
June 20, 2009 – Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ

Scoring Summary:
NY: Angel 5 (unassisted) 40’
SEA: Montero 7 (unassisted) 48’+

Disciplinary Summary:
NY: Kandji (caution) 11’
NY: Goldthwaite (caution) 36’
SEA: Marshall (caution) 83’


Seattle Sounders FC (5-3-7, 22 pts.): Kasey Keller, Tyson Wahl, Tyrone Marshall, Patrick Ianni, James Riley, Steve Zakuani, Osvaldo Alonso, Brad Evans, Sebastien Le Toux (Sanna Nyassi 69’), Nate Jaqua (Roger Levesque 74’), Fredy Montero

Substitutes Not Used: Ben Dragavon, Peter Vagenas, Stephen King, Nathan Sturgis, Freddie Ljungberg

New York Red Bulls (2-10-4, 10 pts.): Danny Cepero, Alfredo Pacheco, Kevin Goldthwaite (Danleigh Borman 74’), Carlos Mendes, Mike Petke, Jeremy Hall, Jorge Rojas (Dane Richards 58’), Seth Stammler, Albert Celades (John Wolyniec 81’), Nick Zimmerman, Macoumba Kandji, Juan Pablo Angel

Substitutes not used: Jon Conway, Sinisa Ubiparipovic, Luke Sassano, Juan Pietravallo

Referee: Paul Ward
Referee’s Assistants: Chris Strickland, Claudio Badea
4th Referee: Jorge Gonzalez
Attendance: 14,313

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Still no goals, but a point in Houston

Posted on 12 April 2009 by Nathaniel E. Baker

The New York Red Bulls fought their way–at times almost literally–to a scoreless draw against the Houston Dynamo Saturday night at Robertson Stadium. It was a gritty and rough game, with few clear scoring chances on either side. Six cautions and two red cards were issued before the night was done. New York lost two starters to injuries and now may have a three-way fight for starting goalkeeper on its hands.

The Red Bulls had to make their first substitution just eight minutes in when goalkeeper Danny Cepero collided head-to-head with Dynamo forward Kei Kamara after they were both going for a Brad Davis free kick. Cepero sustained a Grade One Concussion and was replaced by rookie goalkeeper Alec Dufty, who ended up making a good impression. More on that in the player ratings below.

Carlos Johnson’s first MLS start ended prematurely when the defender was given a straight red card in the 78th minute for a two-footed studs-up challenge on Bobby Boswell. Kevin Goldthwaite left the game in the 65th minute due to a hip pointer injury and was replaced by Mike Petke. Midfielder Albert Celades also made his MLS debut, coming on in the 64th minute for Seth Stammler.

The Dynamo had a chance to win it at the end when substitute Corey Ashe’s cross found Ching, but the forward’s header was held by Dufty. Moments later, Houston’s Mike Chabala was shown a red card for a late tackle on defender Danleigh Borman.

Match Facts

New York Red Bulls 0, Houston Dynamo 0
April 11, 2009 – Robertson Stadium; Houston, TX

Scoring Summary:

Disciplinary Summary:
NY: Pietravallo (caution) 13’
NY: Boyens (caution) 34’
HOU: Ching (caution) 43’
NY: Stammler (caution) 54’
NY: Petke (caution) 68’
NY: Johnson (red card, ejection) 78’
HOU: Boswell (caution) 79’
HOU: Chabala (red card, ejection) 93’+


New York Red Bulls (0-2-2, 2 pt.): Danny Cepero (Alec Dufty 8’), Danleigh Borman, Kevin Goldthwaite (Mike Petke 65’), Andrew Boyens, Carlos Johnson, Juan Pietravallo, Seth Stammler (Albert Celades 64’), Khano Smith, Jorge Rojas, Dane Richards, Juan Pablo Angel

Substitutes not used: John Wolyniec, Dominic Oduro, Sinisa Ubiparipovic, Luke Sassano

Houston Dynamo (0-2-2, 2 pt.): Pat Onstad, Richard Mulrooney, Bobby Boswell, Geoff Cameron, Wade Barrett (Mike Chabala 80’), Brian Mullan (Corey Ashe 70’), Ricardo Clark, Brad Davis, Stuart Holden, Kei Kamara, Brian Ching

Substitutes not used: Tally Hall, Danny Cruz, Julius James, Craig Waibel, Chris Wondolowski

Referee: Hilario Grajeda
Referee’s Assistants: Adam Wienckowski, Adam Garner
4th Referee: Jason Anno
Attendance: 19,494

RBNY Player Ratings (on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being best)

Alec Dufty: 7
Was not tested much but looked very stable when he was. Appears to play his position very well. And at 6′ 6″, definitely has the size (unlike Cepero?). We say give him a chance to win the starting job for the RSL match in training, then see where things go.

Danleigh Borman: 7
Played well for the most part. Was only beaten clearly once (in the first half) and made several key tackles after that. Also had good forward runs. Like seeing him take corners too.

Kevin Goldthwaite: 8
The best Red Bull on the pitch. This is the Kevin Goldthwaite we saw and loved in the postseason last year. A solid presence in central defense. Made several crucial tackles. Hopefully his injury is not severe.

Andrew Boyens: 6
Did his job for the most part. A little shaky at times, which we’ve come to expect. But no egregious errors.

Carlos Johnson: 5
Until the red card he actually played pretty well. But the foul (and it was a clear red card) came at a terrible time, was completely unnecessary and almost cost his team the game. Seems to be a dirty player (and not just because of the foul).

Juan Pietravallo: 6
Did his job in defensive midfield. Only picked up a yellow card, which is a major step up for him. Actually had a few good tackles in the second half. Seems a bit clueless at times but if the team is just bunkering he can maybe have a role.

Seth Stammler: 7
Great to have him back. Nearly scored on a cracking shot early in the first half. Passed well, defended well, but clearly ran out of steam in the second half. That’s fine. This team will clearly be a lot better with him in the lineup.

Khano Smith: 4
A very limited game from a very limited player. Several times did not seem to have the faintest idea where to play or what to do. Nearly cost the team a goal late in the second half. Had several “swing and miss” moments that were simply embarrassing. Why did the Red Bulls sign him again?

Jorge Rojas: 5
Better than what he did at Chicago, which isn’t saying much. As the “creative force” in central midfield is dangerously thin on ideas. Doesn’t hold his position, doesn’t pass well, doesn’t defend. How much longer before this experiment is declared a failure and he is shipped off to Venezuela (or wherever)?

Dane Richards: 6
Had a few nice runs with the ball, but not enough to make much of a difference. Defenders know how to play Richards now; show him onto his left foot and stay on your heels prepared for him to burst by you (or try to). A limited player who seemed to make great strides in the postseason but appears to have regressed so far this season.

Juan Pablo Angel: 6
Another largely disappointing performance. Hard to say what is eating at JPA’s game and how significant it is to his prospects for this season and beyond. Is it merely poor (or inexistent) service from the Red Bulls midfield? That would certainly frustrate any striker. But his first touch has also escaped him a few times and he seems a step slower. Is age creeping in? Will need more evidence before making an assessment. For now it is clear that New York’s best player (and arguably the best striker in the league) is not getting the ball when and how he wants it. And that’s a problem the team needs to address.

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MLS Cup Training Session, Part I

Posted on 22 November 2008 by ASN Staff

The New York Red Bulls trained for the first time since arriving in California Friday in preparation of their first MLS CUP Finals appearance.

Besides the beautiful weather (and that just to make people back home envious) there was not a lot of news to come from the training session or ensuing media session. ASN did not notice any injury to Juan Pablo Angel, as was discussed on the Big Soccer sewing circle, but he was also one of very few players we did not speak to. Some soundbytes below. We’ll be there tomorrow with bells on (and more importantly, a camera man in tow).

Kevin Goldthwaite, on the changes with Danny Cepero between the sticks:
“We had a tough situation with Conway being suspended but Cepero’s come in and done very well…I know a little bit of his [Cepero’s] tendencies but it’s a little bit different in the games you have to get used to some of the things he gets used to…communication is the most important thing as a goalie…it was tough because Conway was such a boisterous guy in the back, always shouting always telling me something and to get used to having a different voice behind you is something to get used to.”

Chris Leitch:
“Obviously it’s a final so both teams are going to be chomping at the bit to bring back some hardware back to their respective cities. Both clubs will be equally hungry to fill a trophy case that doesn’t have any hardware in it. So I’m expecting a very hard-fought battle.”

Dave van den Bergh:
“I like what I saw today because we seem to be very loose which is key at this point. It’s good to be out here.”

“This is nice. It’s a great opportunity. There’s only one thing I’m in football for, to win as many matches as possible. This is an opportunity to win another one and the players are up for the challenge. I think we realize Columbus is a very good team with a very good coach. That in itself motivates us to go and compete against them on Sunday.”

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Angel, Cepero deliver victory for Red Bulls

Posted on 19 October 2008 by Nathaniel E. Baker

Playing in their biggest game of the season, the New York Red Bulls got a brace from their biggest star and an instant highlight reel goal from an unlikely source to beat the Supporters’ Shield champions Columbus Crew 3-1.

Danny Cepero, making his first Major League Soccer start, incredibly scored New York’s third goal in the 84th minute. Cepero cleared the ball upfield that missed its target then took a fortuitous bounce over Crew goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum to end up in the back of the net. The feat is even more amazing because Cepero was not supposed to be starting this–or any other Red Bull–game this season. But the University of Pennsylvania graduate was called into duty when first string goalkeeper Jon Conway received a 10-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. It was the first time in MLS history that a goalkeeper has scored a goal from the run of play.

Video of Cepero’s goal can be seen here, courtesy of MLSnet.com

“I just kind of put it in the general area–with no intention of scoring,” Cepero recalled afterwards. “I just kind of hit it up somewhere where my teammates could do something with it. I didn’t even know it went in. I had to ask Kevin [Goldthwaite] ‘did that go in?’ he said ‘yeah’ I go ‘did I get credit for that?’ he said ‘absolutely.'”

Cepero said he hadn’t scored a goal since early high school. “I was a center midfielder when I was younger, like freshman, sophomore year. I think I scored a goal then,” he said.

Juan Pablo Angel’s game-winner came in the 75th minute off of a corner kick by Dave van den Bergh. The Crew were unable to clear the ball, which bounced to Seth Stammler, who played a bouncing ball to Juan Pablo Angel. The Colombian pivoted on his left foot and blasted the ball into the net with his right, leaving Crew goalkeeper Gruenebaum no chance.

Gruenebaum started the game in place of William Hesmer, Columbus’ No. 1 backstop. Frankie Hejduk, Eddie Gaven and Alejandro Moreno also missed the game for the Crew, who had nothing but pride left to play for after wrapping up the Supporters’ Shield earlier in the week.




Match Facts

Columbus Crew (16-7-6) vs. New York Red Bulls (10-10-9)
October 18, 2008 — Giants Stadium

Scoring Summary:
NY — Juan Pablo Angel 12 (Macoumba Kandji 2) 48
CLB — Steven Lenhart 4 (Guillermo Barros Schelotto 19) 62
NY — Juan Pablo Angel 13 (Seth Stammler 4, Dave van den Bergh 4) 76
NY — Danny Cepero 1 (unassisted) 83


Columbus Crew — Andy Gruenebaum, Danny O’Rourke, Ezra Hendrickson, Andy Iro, Gino Padula, Brian Carroll (Duncan Oughton 88), Pat Noonan (Eddie Gaven 85), Brad Evans, Emmanuel Ekpo, Steven Lenhart (Jason Garey 73), Guillermo Barros Schelotto.

Substitutes Not Used: William Hesmer, Stefani Miglioranzi, Andrew Peterson, Jed Zayner

New York Red Bulls — Danny Cepero, Andrew Boyens, Chris Leitch, Kevin Goldthwaite, Diego Jimenez (Jorge Rojas 70), Macoumba Kandji, Mike Magee (Carlos Mendes 79), Seth Stammler, Matthew Mbuta (Dane Richards 66), Dave van den Bergh, Juan Pablo Angel.

Substitutes Not Used: Terry Boss, Gabriel Cichero, Luke Sassano, John Wolyniec

Statistical Summary:
New York Red Bulls / Columbus Crew
total shots: 13 (Angel 4) /11 (Ekpo 3, Lenhart 3)
shots on goal: 5 (Angel 2) / 3 (3 tied with 1)
fouls: 10 (Seth Stammler 3) / 12 (3 tied with 2)
offsides: 2 (Juan Pablo Angel 2) / 3 (3 tied with 1)
corner kicks: 5 (Magee 2, van den Bergh 2) / 3 (Guillermo Barros Schelotto 3)
saves: 2 (Danny Cepero 2) / 2 (Andy Gruenebaum 2)

Misconduct Summary:
NY — Macoumba Kandji (caution; Reckless Foul) 30
CLB — Ezra Hendrickson (caution; Reckless Foul) 53
NY — Dave van den Bergh (caution; Unsporting Behavior) 82
CLB — Pat Noonan (caution; Unsporting Behavior) 82
NY — Andrew Boyens (caution; Dissent) 92+

Referee: Michael Kennedy
Referee’s Assistants: Thomas Supple; Jason Cullum
4th official: Lee Suckle
time of game: 1:49
attendance: 18,546
weather: Clear -and- 49 degrees

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Cepero loaned to Harrisburg City Islanders

Posted on 02 April 2008 by ASN Staff

Red Bull New York announced today that it had loaned goalkeeper Danny Cepero to the Harrisburg (Pa.) City Islanders, a second division United Soccer Leagues side. “We think that Danny is a talented young player and feel that it is vital for him to gain match experience,” said Red Bull New York Sporting Director Jeff Agoos.

Cepero is currently in his second year in Major League Soccer. The former University of Pennsylvania player was drafted by the Red Bulls in the fourth round (46th overall) in the 2007 MLS Supplemental Draft. Last season, the 22-year-old played in eight games for the Red Bulls reserves, starting in three matches.

Harrisburg was the 2007 USL-2 champion and earned a spot in the quarterfinals of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup last season.

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Borman, Mesa, three others signed to Dev contracts

Posted on 20 March 2008 by ASN Staff

Red Bull New York announced today that Major League Soccer has signed midfielders Danleigh Borman and Kevin Mesa, goalkeepers Danny Cepero and Caleb Patterson-Sewell and defender John Gilkerson to developmental contracts to play for the Red Bulls.

Danleigh Borman (c) ASN/Julia FizerBorman was drafted by the Red Bulls out of the University of Rhode Island in the first round (7th overall) in the 2008 MLS Supplemental Draft. The Cape Town, South Africa native, who will count as an international on the Red Bulls’ roster, was on the Atlantic 10 All-Conference Second Team after finishing the year with one goal and seven assists. During his time at URI, Borman accumulated seven goals, 16 assists while playing in 83 games. On the international level, Borman has been called up to the U-19 South African Men’s National Team.

Kevin Mesa (c) ASN/Julia FizerMesa joined the Red Bulls on trial in late January 2008. The Queens, NY, product was most recently with the Red Bulls Under-20 squad and has trained with Switzerland first division side, FC Schaffhausen in 2006 and Sparta Prague in 2005. In 2007, Mesa also trained with several clubs in Colombia including Deportivo Cali and Millionarios.

Danny Cepero (c) ASN/Julia FizerCepero, who is in his second year with the Red Bulls, joined the team via the 2007 MLS Supplemental Draft in the fourth round (46th overall) from the University of Pennsylvania. The Baldwin, NY, native played in eight games for the Red Bulls in the MLS Reserve League, starting in three. Cepero posted a 1.00 goals against average and earned a 3-2-0 record.

Patterson-Sewell, joins the Red Bulls after spending the past year with the Cleveland City Stars of the United Soccer League’s Second Division. He has also played in the second division of the Australian League and was part of the Sheffield United Youth Academy (English Championship). The 6-3, 200-pound goalkeeper from Gatton, Australia, started to train with New York in February.

Gilkerson was selected by New York in the third round (35th overall) in the 2008 MLS Supplemental Draft. The Winthrop University standout was named to the All-Big South First Team for his junior and senior year and in 2006, he was named to the NSCAA/adidas All-South Atlantic Region Team. Gilkerson has also played for the Hampton Roads Piranhas (PDL).

Player Information:

#12 Danleigh Borman
Height: 5-9
Weight: 160
DOB: 1/25/1986 in Cape Town, South Africa
Previous Club/College: University of Rhode Island
Hometown: Cape Town, South Africa

#13 Kevin Mesa
Height: 6-0
Weight: 170
DOB: 9/26/1987 in Elmhurst, NY
Previous Club/College: New York Red Bulls Under-20 Team
Hometown: Queens, NY

#1 Danny Cepero
Height: 6-2
Weight: 180
DOB: 4/22/1985 in Baldwin, NY
Previous Club/College: University of Pennsylvania
Hometown: Baldwin, NY

#40 Caleb Patterson-Sewell
Height: 6-3
Weight: 200
DOB: 5/20/1987 in Hendersonville, TN
Previous Club/College: Cleveland City Stars (USL-2)
Hometown: Gatton, Australia

#16 John Gilkerson
Height: 6-0
Weight: 175
DOB: 5/4/1985 in Winchester, VA
Previous Club/College: Winthrop University
Hometown: Winchester, VA


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