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Official: New York Red Bulls Sign French Left Back Jason Pendant

It is now official that the New York Red Bulls have signed Ligue 2 French left back Jason Pendant from FC Sochoux. The move comes after two weeks where youngster Christian Seagrist patrolled the left side of the defense to mixed reactions. "First I'm happy to sign with RBNY," said Pendant. "It's a club that has won trophies, and where players like Thierry Henry Youri Djorkaeff have played. I can't wait to get started and help the team win more trophies. I'm very excited to play in this beautiful stadium. I'm eager to meet the fans, to see the atmosphere at the stadium and how they fire up the stadium." Pendant debuted with Sochoux at the age of 18 and played the last four seasons with the second division club. Over that time he made 72 appearances while also breaking through to the French U-16 and U-18 national teams. For the Red Bulls it is an experienced, young, defender that was desperately needed. Both Michael Amir Murillo and

UEFA Could Deal Extra Blow to FIFA Club World Cup

UEFA could deal a blow to the FIFA Club World Cup with news that they are negotiating with the International Champions Cup to put on a yearly tournament with major clubs in the summer. The report from the Daily Mail says that the tournament will be in the preseason starting in the 2021 season. The past several years have seen a decline in attendance for the ICC which has had clubs sending secondary squads to major markets. The New York Times reported that Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross met with some of the leading clubs in Europe to create more "legitimate stakes" for the competition in years to come. This comes as no surprise as the ICC also has a major TV stakeholder in ESPN who would also benefit from such a change. Details reported from the Mail indicate that the tournament will be held in the United States initially with a potential to expand to Asia in years to come. The inclusion of teams from South America has also been discussed but little has leaked

Armas Touts "Valuable Point" in Draw Against RSL

photo from Matt Kremkau Chris Armas stood positive after New York Red Bulls' draw against Real Salt Lake on Saturday afternoon. Especially after the team surrendered a stoppage time equalizer just minutes away from stealing their first regular season win at Rio Tinto Stadium. "It's a valuable point for us," said Armas after the game. "Hard fought, well earned and I'm proud of the guys for that. A lot of teams are going to come to this building this year and not get any points. Our last two visits, we didn't get any points. We our previous two. So to see the guys show up today and be aggressive, get the first goal, stick to what we're trying to do was great to see." New York didn't dominate any stat other than the scoreline for a majority of the game. Cristian Casseres Jr. scored the game's opening goal in the 13th minute with a shot from well outside the 18-yard box. The goal came against the run of play and New York was una

RECAP: Late Goal Forces Draw Against Aggressive Real Salt Lake

photo by Matt Kremkau New York Red Bulls escape Salt Lake City with a draw against Real Salt Lake 1-1 after a Cristian Casseres Jr. first half blast and a nervous defensive second half performance. New York held on with frantic defending after going ahead early but couldn't hold on despite numerous missed opportunities by the opponents. The Red Bulls looked to pressure early and did so effectively but also left themselves open to counter attacks. Salt Lake took advantage of the opportunities and peppered the new Red Bulls goalkeeper David Jensen. Two times the ball had to be cleared off the line late in the first half and Jensen was forced into difficult saves throughout the game. The only goal came in the 13th minute when a clearance was intercepted by Casseres who rocketed a shot past the RSL goalkeeper from well outside of the 18-yard box. The goal came against the run of play and New York quickly sank into a defensive shell that bent but didn't break over the n

Report: New York Red Bulls Sign Left Back Jason Pendant

image from Max Sports New York Red Bulls have agreed to sign Ligue 2 French defender Jason Pendant according to Transfer Markt . The 23-year-old Frenchman has been with the second division club since becoming a professional in 2016. The move comes after Kemar Lawrence and Michael Amir Murillo departed the team this off-season, leaving the Red Bulls with young, unproven options in the wing-back position. Despite speaking highly of Patrick Seagrist and Kyle Duncan, the move comes as little surprise given the lack of depth the team currently has. While unproven, Pendant fits the mold of Red Bull signings as young and with a high ceiling. Since 2016 Pendant has played in 72 games for FC Sochaux and was also called up to the French U-16 and U-18 national teams. Earlier this year he refused to sign a contract extension which forced the clubs hand to transfer the player. New York has swooped in and represents a chance at monumental growth with playing time on a first division t

Armas Happy That Red Bulls Controlled First Game

photo by Matt Kremkau New York Red Bulls begin their long and difficult road trip in Utah on Saturday but head coach Chris Armas is happy about the control his team had against their week one opponent FC Cincinnati. Despite a last surge in the second half, the Red Bulls were able to win the key battles and implement their style to gain the win. "We liked the intensity we brought on the day," said Armas. "There's lots of talk out there sometimes about who will score the goals. We believe that many guys can score goals on our team. So we're happy that we scored three goals." New York went into the year with question marks around key areas. The loss of Bradley Wright-Phillips in particular had many scratching their heads to find where the productivity would come from. Armas showed little worry and proclaimed that the team as a whole could bear the load. So far, in a small sample size, he has been right." Kaku, Kyle Duncan and Daniel Roye

Sean Davis Looks to Past Captains to Build His Future

photo by Matt Kremkau New York Red Bulls captain Sean Davis began his tenure with a big win against FC Cincinnati on Sunday and looked to the personalities of the past to shape how he motivates the team. Since joining the team professionally in 2015 he has seen the leadership style of Dax McCarty, Sacha Kljestan and Luis Robles. All of which were different personalities with different leadership styles. "It's an honor just to be in the same conversation as them," said Davis. "It's definitely a bigger responsibility to follow in their footsteps but each guy brought something different." Davis' first captain, McCarty, was known as a furious leader who patrolled in front of the defense and let it be known when his players weren't performing well. While on the team he led by example, pushing tired players and never asking the team to do something he wouldn't do himself. Kljestan was a different personality. A veteran that had European expe

RECAP: Red Bulls Beat Cincinnati Despite Late Surge

photo from New York Red Bulls New York Red Bulls begin the 2020 season with a strong win against FC Cincinnati 3-2 in the first game at Red Bull Arena. Two first half goals from Kyle Duncan and Kaku locked the game despite a resurgent effort in the second half by Cincinnati before a third goal solidified the result. Chris Armas' team came out in a 4-2-2-2 formation with Royer and Brian White at the top of the attack. The system worked well, pinning Cincinnati into their own half. New York pushed the game with Duncan playing higher up the field and finding Florian Valot who assisted on two goals. The first strike came in the 16th minute when Royer saved a ball from going out of bounds and Valot found a running Duncan in the box. Kaku doubled the lead in the 27th minute after a one-time shot from inside the box. Cincinnati showed signs of life in the second half, scoring just after the break when Allan Cruz put in a ball after chaos in the Red Bull box. From there they found

Tyler Adams Signs Extension to Remain with RB Leipzig

Touted American midfielder Tyler Adams will be staying in East German for the foreseeable future after signing an extension with RB Leipzig that will see the player remain with the team until 2025. The young midfielder has had injury woes thus far in the 2019-20 season but still has the faith of the Leipzig management. "I've developed a lot as both a player and as a person during my time here," said Adams. "The philosophy to play the style of he club suits me and I love everything that the city has to offer. I would like to thank the club and my family for everything they have done to support me so far." Adams joined the the second place Bundesliga side after the 2019 MLS season and quickly found himself in a key spot for Ralf Rangnick. After his departure from the club, new manager Julian Nagelsmann also took a liking to the young player and has been patient with him through the series of injuries Adams has suffered. "Tyler is a very demanding and