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Mesa out, Gordon Kljestan in

Posted on 25 June 2008 by ASN Staff

Red Bull New York announced today that it had signed midfielder Gordon Kljestan to a developmental contract. To make room for Kljestan, the Red Bulls waived midfielder Kevin Mesa.

“Gordon has impressed us since joining our team on trial a few weeks ago,” said Sporting Director Jeff Agoos. “We think that he can make a contribution to our squad and we’re excited to have him on board.”

Kljestan came into the League after being drafted by the Los Angeles Galaxy in the first round, 10 th overall in the 2007 MLS Supplemental Draft out of Seton Hall University . The Huntington Beach , Calif., native featured and started in six games for the Galaxy reserve team and logged 513 minutes. Kljestan was a 2006 All-Big East preseason selection and 2005 All-Big East honorable mention midfielder. Prior to signing with New York , Kljestan had started in two MLS Reserve League matches for the Red Bulls. Gordon, 24, is the brother of Chivas USA midfielder Sacha Kljestan.

Mesa signed with the Red Bulls on March 20, 2008 after training with the team in preseason. The Queens , N.Y., product played 251 minutes over four games for the Red Bulls reserve team this season. He had not appeared in a first team match.

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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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Red Bulls tie USL's Battery

Posted on 17 March 2008 by Nathaniel E. Baker

The New York Red Bulls played the Charleston Battery to a 1-1 tie in their make-up opener to the 2008 Carolina Challenge Cup at Charleston, S.C.’s Blackbaud Stadium Sunday. Trialist Kevin Mesa scored for Red Bull in the 78th minute, only four minutes after being subbed in for rookie Danleigh Borman. Sinisa Ubiparipovic, himself a second half substitute, got the assist. “The defender wasn’t marking me very well and I took the opportunity, made a run, got the ball…and just flicked it in,” Mesa told ASN after the game.The goalscorer (c) CSA/Julia Fizer

The lead was short-lived, however, as the Battery countered on the very next play. David Kenga grabbed the unassisted equalizer for the hosts and the 1-1 score remained until the final whistle. “We had plenty of chances to win the game,” assistant coach Richie Williams said afterwards. “Unfortunately we didn’t…but overall it’s an exhibition game and we’re building for the season. It would have been nice to win but a draw’s okay and hopefully we’ll build on this for the next two games.” With Juan Carlos Osorio away “scouting players in South America,” as the team’s official word states (rumors are he will come back with one or maybe even two new signings), Williams assumed head coaching duties for the day. Osorio will be back “in the next couple of days,” Williams said, presumably in time for the team’s next game Wednesday night.
Echeverry gets upended (c) ASN/Julia Fizer
New York was short four starters, with Jozy Altidore and Hunter Freeman on national team duty, Dane Richards injured and Dave van den Bergh absent for undisclosed reasons. Altidore was replaced by Oscar Echeverry, the team’s sole veteran acquisition so far this off-season.

Kevin Goldthwaite started for Freeman on the back line, with a pair of rookies, Luke Sassano and Danleigh Borman, filling in for Richards and van den Bergh, respectively. Borman, a 23 year-old South Africa native selected in the Supplemental Draft out of the University of Rhode Island, has impressed in pre-season and did so again today. “Danleigh was good,” said Williams of the rookie’s performance today. “His crosDanleigh Borman (c) ASN/Julia Fizersing was good. He served up some good balls for our forwards.” Williams and Red Bull personnel implied Borman would factor into the team’s regular season lineup as well, perhaps as a starter. The team is thin at left wing and Borman’s solid fundamentals (a rarity from left-footers in MLS) and pace are a nice fit.

Borman saw a lot of touches and was responsible for many of New York’s best chances in the first half. Several times placing crosses directly onto the foreheads of Red Bull forwards. In the 19th minute he found Juan Pablo Angel, who headed the ball narrowly over the bar. In the 37th, his freekick from the right flank found Mike Magee, whose header hit the outside post. Borman also took the team’s corners from the right side.
“I think it was a good exercise in general,” Angel said of the game. “We need to get ourselves match fit–that’s probably the main concern right now.” Claudio ReyStammler chases down a loose ball (c) ASN/Julia Fizerna echoed Angel’s sentiments. “Today Charleston did very well to make it difficult for us…it takes time when you have three or four guys getting their feet wet it’s not going to just happen overnight, but it was encouraging; a lot of guys did well.”

Reyna said he was hopeful for better luck with his health this season. “I feel very strong at the moment. I’ve been working out very hard. This preseason, I haven’t missed a day of training–I feel very good. I just want it to continue.”

With the tie, the teams are tied for second place after one round of play in the tournament. The expansion San Jose Earthquakes, with three points from Saturday’s victory over Toronto FC, are first. Red Bull faces Toronto next, on Wednesday night, before concluding the tournament against San Jose Saturday.

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