Red Bulls defenders Andrew Boyens and Carlos Johnson were called up by New Zealand and Costa Rica, respectively for final World Cup qualifying matches.

Boyens will join the New Zealand National Team, which is on the brink of qualifying for its first FIFA World Cup since its only appearance in 1982. New Zealand will face Bahrain, after the two teams tied, 0-0, in Manama, Bahrain on Oct. 10 in the first leg of the two-leg aggregate goal series. New Zealand, which won the Oceania region, will host Asian Football Federation side Bahrain on Nov. 14 at Westpac Stadium in Wellington. Bahrain earned a spot in the playoff after defeating Saudi Arabia in a two-game series. Boyens has earned 12 caps for his country. He was on the bench in the first leg, but did not play. The 26-year-old started in 14 games for the Red Bulls in 2009.

Johnson was called up to the Costa Rican National Team for their two-leg aggregate goal playoff series against Uruguay to determine which of the two sides qualifies for the World Cup. The Costa Ricans, who finished fourth in the CONCACAF Hexagonal, will host Uruguay, the fifth-placed team in the CONMEBOL qualifying group, on Nov. 14 before the Ticos travel to Uruguay for the second leg on Nov. 18. Johnson has eight caps for Costa Rica. In his first year as a Red Bull since signing on March 19, 2009, Johnson appeared in 13 games and recorded one assist.

What do you think of New Zealand’s and Costa Rica’s chances of making it to South Africa? Are you excited for both of them?


  1. Cindy Says:

    good luck to them!

  2. emilio Says:

    Both players we should bring back, both bounced back from poor starts and played well under Richie Williams. They were two of the players that benefitted most from the departure of Osorio.

    Johnson has the ability to be one of the top players in his position in MLS, he is a good defender and can contribute in attack. He finally seemed to be able to adjust to the MLS style of play which will help him avoid cards.

  3. Mentz Says:

    Can’t wait to see the Kiwi’s qualify live in person!!!

  4. eltigreferoz Says:

    Good luck to Boyens and Carlito–I wish them both the best in their playoffs. And I will add that I hope to see both (especially Carlos) again next year, as I thought they really started to find some form at the tailend of an awful season.

    That said, may I add that I wish Red Bull would sign Ritchie Williams up ASAP before the wolves (like DC and Toronto) come looking for him. Seriously, guys.

  5. YaBoy Says:

    The more Red Bulls in the World Cup, the more prestige it brings to our club. Good luck to them.

  6. Jay Says:

    I think New Zealand are in the drivers seat. They are hosting Bahrain with a nil draw in the first leg. If they win, they are through.

    I think the Ticos are going to be a handful at Saprissa, and could come away with a draw or a one goal win. However, when they go down to Uruguay in the second leg, I think they are going to get hammered. I think Uruguay win on aggregate by at least 2. I’d love to see 4 CONCACAF teams at the World Cup, but I think Honduras, not Costa Rica, would have been the team that could pull off the upset in South America. I hope I’m wrong.

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