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New York Red Bulls
Full name Red Bull New York
Nickname(s) Red Bulls, RBNY
Founded 1995 (as NY/NJ MetroStars)
Stadium Red Bull Arena
Harrison, New Jersey
(Capacity: 25,189)
Owner Austria Red Bull GmbH
Sporting Director Norway Erik Solér
Head Coach Sweden Hans Backe
League Major League Soccer
2009 Eastern Conference: 7th
Overall: 15th
Playoffs: DNQ
Home colors
Away colors
Current season

The New York Red Bulls are an American professional soccer club based in in the New York metropolitan area that participates in Major League Soccer (MLS). The team is set to play in a new stadium in Harrison, New Jersey named Red Bull Arena for the 2010 MLS season, moving from Giants Stadium, at the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey, where they had played their home matches since the team's founding. The team's headquarters are located in Secaucus, New Jersey.

The team is a founding member of MLS (1996), but has gone through several name changes. The team was originally known as the New York/New Jersey MetroStars through 1997. From the 1998 season until right before the 2006 season, the team was known as simply the MetroStars, though 'NY/NJ' continued to be displayed on the MLS Website in reference to the team through the early 2000s. On March 9, 2006, it was sold to Red Bull GmbH, and the name of the organization was changed to Red Bull New York while the playing team was to be called the New York Red Bulls, because they are located in the New York metropolitan area.[1]



The team played its home matches at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey until the end of the 2009 season. During the team's first season, the MetroStars had solid black or solid white jerseys and during all other seasons, the home jerseys had red and black vertical stripes.

The team's best result in MLS play was the MLS Cup final in 2008. In the US Open Cup, the MetroStars reached three semifinals (1997, 1998, 2000), before finally reaching their first final in 2003, losing 1-0 to the Chicago Fire. On August 26, 2000, the Metros' Clint Mathis set an MLS record by scoring five goals in a game against the Dallas Burn.

Some famous players that played for the team were Roberto Donadoni, Lothar Matthäus, Adolfo Valencia, Youri Djorkaeff, Amado Guevara. The team has had its share of famous coaches as well, including Carlos Queirós, Carlos Alberto Parreira, Bora Milutinović, as well as Bob Bradley, Mo Johnston, and Bruce Arena.[2][3] American stars Tony Meola, Tab Ramos, Tim Howard, Alexi Lalas (who was also the team's General Manager, for a brief time), Clint Mathis, and Eddie Pope have all played for the team.




The club's original name was Empire Soccer Club, which gave birth to the name of the team's largest supporters' group, Empire Supporters Club. Team owners John Kluge and Stuart Subotnick were executives at the company Metromedia, leading to the inclusion of "Metro" as part of the soccer team's name. Nike wanted the full name to be MetroFlash, but MetroStars was selected.

Tab Ramos, the first player to sign with MLS, became the first MetroStar, and was soon joined by 1994 FIFA World Cup teammate Tony Meola and AC Milan star midfielder Roberto Donadoni. 1990 World Cup player Peter Vermes was named the first team captain, but it was the previously unknown Venezuelan Giovanni Savarese who became the Metros' first breakthrough star. The team's first coach was Eddie Firmani of New York Cosmos fame.[4]

In 1996, the MetroStars made news when they selected Juninho and Tulio in the 1996 MLS Supplemental Draft.[5] This report set off an immediately positive reaction which was quickly crushed after the MetroStars revealed that they had not actually drafted Juninho and Tulio.[6] The MetroStars waived both on March 25, 1996.[7] While the identity of Juninho was later discovered, the true name and club history of Tulio remains unknown. This bizarre episode has entered MetroStars folk lore.[8]

When the league began play in 1996, it was expected that the MetroStars would quickly become the league's dominant team. This expectation never materialized. Despite famous players and high-profile coach, the team never seemed to click together. In the team's first home game against the New England Revolution, former Juventus defender Nicola Caricola inadvertently flipped a cross into his own net in the dying minutes to hand New England a 1-0 win in front of 46,000 fans.[9][10] The resulting play would later be dubbed the "Curse of Caricola" by fans to explain the team's inability to come through with a domestic trophy in their history.[11] Firmani left after eight games (3-5) and was replaced by former Portugal coach Carlos Queiróz, who did no better than even (12-12) the rest of the season. The team made it into the playoffs, only to lose to eventual champions D.C. United.[12]

The team continued to flounder season after season. The combination of talented players and insipid play earned the team the sobriquet, RotMasters, from Paul Gardner, a curmudgeonly columnist at SoccerAmerica. Gardner coined the name by rearranging the letters spelling MetroStars.

Starting in 1998, the team stopped referring to itself NY/NJ, but it took a few years for the media and fans to catch up. The team went by just MetroStars, with no city or state attached to it, a rarity in American sports.

In 2000, MetroStars dropped the bombshell by acquiring German international player Lothar Matthäus from Bayern Munich. Matthäus played in 16 MLS fixtures during the season and his tenure in the U.S. is considered a disappointment.

Over the years, the MLS front office has attempted to help this team, which sits in the middle of the nation's media center of New York City by bending the rules to move high-profile names to the team.[13] However, that practice was abandoned since the sale of the team in 2001 to the Anschutz Entertainment Group; in fact, AEG President Tim Leiweke commented on neglect towards the franchise under its previous owners.[14]


Despite their poor domestic record, the MetroStars became the first (and at this point, only) MLS team to win a trophy outside of North American soil, a 2004 victory in La Manga Cup.[15] The MetroStars defeated Ukraine's Dynamo Kyiv 3–2 in the semi-finals before edging Norway's Viking FK 1–0 in the final.

Late in 2005, after the firing of Bob Bradley, assistant Mo Johnston was named interim head coach and guided the team to seven points in its last three games, with wins at D.C. United and then at Chivas USA; the MetroStars made it to the playoffs.[16] Unfortunately, it was just another season to end in disappointment after they were knocked out of the playoffs with a 3-2 loss to the New England Revolution.

Red Bull takeover (2006-07)

When Red Bull purchased the MetroStars in 2006[17][18], it decided to completely re-brand the franchise, changing the name, colors, and logo.

In 2006, the Red Bulls managed to defeat German powerhouse Bayern Munich 4–2 in a friendly game in Giants Stadium, which was a sign of progress. Also in 2006, the Red Bulls had a friendly against FC Barcelona but lost 4-1 in front of a sold out crowd of over 79,000 fans at Giants Stadium.[19] Also, on August 18, 2007, the N.Y.-Los Angeles Galaxy match debut of David Beckham drew 66,238 fans to Giants stadium, an all time league record for a non-double header league match.

Red Bulls vs. L.A. Galaxy on August 18, 2007

After a disappointing World Cup run, Bruce Arena immediately helped the new Red Bulls. They made it to the playoffs and after a late goal by Jozy Altidore seemed they could go further. Unfortunately, a late goal was scored by D.C. United, ending the playoff run and dreams of players and fans.

On November 5, 2007, Arena resigned as coach of the Red Bulls.[20] The move came two days after the team was eliminated from the 2007 MLS playoffs by the New England Revolution.

Former Chicago Fire and Millonarios coach Juan Carlos Osorio was announced as the new coach of the Red Bulls. He has wanted to come back to New York because of his family and friends located in the city. "This is without a doubt one of the most proud moments for me, to be back in New York with all my family and friends," Osorio said. "Since 2001, when I left for Manchester City, I always made it my goal to come back to MLS as head coach of the New York Red Bulls. Today, I've been given that opportunity, and I'm extremely proud and extremely pleased."

2008 - present

Juan Carlos Osorio led the Red Bulls to a good start in the 2008 season, despite some injuries to his squad. South African midfielder Danleigh Borman made an early push for Rookie of the Year after scoring two goals in two games. Borman was drafted in the first round of the 2008 MLS Supplemental Draft. Jeff Parke led the defense in Osorio's 3-5-2 formation.

Superstar forward Jozy Altidore left the Red Bulls to sign a six year deal with La Liga club Villarreal CF for a record $10 million transfer fee, the highest for any American soccer player. On July 14, American soccer star Claudio Reyna retired from the team. His departure left an opening for some of the Red Bulls' recent additions, including Jorge Rojas, who already has three assists under his belt, Juan Pietravallo[21], Diego Jiménez[22], and Gabriel Cichero. Over 47,000 tickets were sold to the July 19 game versus the Los Angeles Galaxy, which was the team's and league's season record attendance. The game ended in a 2-2 draw with goals from Dave van den Bergh and Juan Pablo Ángel.[23] The Red Bulls held the lead for most of the match, but Landon Donovan tied the game late into injury time. New signing Rojas had two assists in the game. Pietravallo also made his Red Bull debut as a substitute in the 89th minute.

The Red Bulls again played Spanish powerhouse FC Barcelona in a friendly match on August 6 before about 40,000 fans. They lost 6-2, with their goals scored by Rojas and Seth Stammler.[24] Gabriel Cichero made his debut that night.[25] On August 11, the Red Bulls defeated bitter rival D.C. United in a convincing 4-1 win with goals from star striker Juan Pablo Ángel, Mike Magee, and Siniša Ubiparipović. This crucial win kept the Red Bulls in the tight Eastern Conference playoff race, though United did maintain the Atlantic Cup for another year.[26]

Though being the last team to qualify for the playoffs in the 2008 season, the Red Bulls made an impressive playoff run, defeating two-time defending champions Houston Dynamo 4-1 on aggregate. The next week, they played Real Salt Lake in the Western Conference final at Rio Tinto Stadium in Utah. Dave van den Bergh put the Red Bulls ahead in the 28th minute. The Red Bulls stubbornly defended for the rest of the game and although Real Salt Lake hit the post three times, they couldn't find the equalizing goal. This win put the Red Bulls into the 2008 MLS cup final in Los Angeles against MLS Supporters' Shield winners, the Columbus Crew. The Red Bulls lost 3-1, with their lone goal coming from veteran John Wolyniec in the 51st minute.

On March 19, 2009, at Qwest Field, the New York Red Bulls started the season against Seattle Sounders FC in Seattle's first ever MLS game. However, Seattle won the game 3-0, with goals coming from Freddy Montero (12', 75') and Brad Evans (25'). The official attendance of the game was 32,523. The tremendous run to the 2008 MLS Cup Final also brought another competition for the 2009 schedule, the CONCACAF Champions League 2009–10. The New York Red Bulls took part in the tournament's second edition, starting in the qualifying round against Trinidad and Tobago side W Connection. The first leg of the round was held July 28, and the second leg was held August 4. But the 2009 season was the same season that the team endured in 1999. They went on a 16 game winless streak which lasted from May 8 to August 23. They also endured a 23 game winless streak on the road which dated back to May 10, 2008 in a 2-1 win over the LA Galaxy, in which they finish the season at 0-17-3 on the road. In the preliminary round of the Champions League the Red Bulls played to a 2-2 draw against W Connection. However in the second round the Red Bulls were eliminated from group play losing 2-1 at Giants Stadium. After the preliminary exit from the Champions League fans were disappointed of the team's lack of play in which some came with paper bags over their heads, others wanted the firing of then-Sporting Director Jeff Agoos. On August 21, 2009, head coach Juan Carlos Osorio resigned from his position. Assistant coach Richie Williams took over as interim coach. In his second stint as interim, Williams led the Red Bulls to a 3-2-3 record despite finishing with a league worst record of 5-6-19 (21 pts).

On January 7, 2010, the Red Bulls confirmed the signing of new Head Coach Hans Backe. Not long after Hans Backe was confirmed as manager, he started to purge all of Juan Carlos Osorio's old signings that caused the team's lowly 2009 season. Early on he cut Jorge Rojas from the squad, and, in one swift movement, goalkeeper Danny Cepero, defender (and red card record holder) Carlos Johnson, and defender Walter Garcia were all cut from the squad; while midfielder Matthew Mbuta's contract was not picked up for the 2010 season. Backe started to take a new approach to new signings by going for more European players (mainly Scandinavian or Eastern European), instead of the mainly South American players that are usually sought after in MLS.


Stadium and training facility

The team played in Giants Stadium until the end of the 2009 season. The stadium is located in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority (NJSEA) owns Giants Stadium along with the Izod Center. Currently, the New York Red Bulls training facilities are located at Giants Stadium.

Red Bulls playing at Giants Stadium

The team is planning to move to a new soccer-specific stadium, Red Bull Arena, in Harrison, located directly across the Passaic River from Newark, New Jersey. Due to various delays in construction, the stadium is now planned to open in 2010 with a 25,000 seating capacity. On November 16, 2007, Red Bull announced that it had purchased full ownership of the project, overseeing all aspects of construction and stadium management. Red Bull will build the stadium without taxpayer money.

Red Bull New York recently announced plans to build a permanent training center in Hanover, New Jersey.[27] The facility will include six soccer fields, a 50,000-square-foot (4,600 m2) two-story building, and a one-story fieldhouse. Construction is to begin fall of 2007 and is to be completed by December 2008. The main centerpiece of the complex will be the training center that will house the sporting and business sides of the club.

Amenities for the Red Bull New York first team and academy teams include multiple locker rooms, a players lounge, and a weight room. A trainer's room will be located on the first floor and the front office's headquarters on the second floor. Of the six soccer fields, five will be outdoors while one will be covered by a Tension Fabric Frame Structure, which can be used during periods of inclement weather or at night. Four of the six fields will be equipped with lights for evening and night activities. The fields will be a mix of natural and synthetic surfaces. Red Bull New York has released a video tour of the facility.


A variety of supporters clubs and groups have grown around the team since it's inaugural year. The first of these was formed in 1995, prior to the inception of the team itself, as the Empire Supporters Club. In February 2005 a second supporters' group took the name MetroNation. After the purchase and rebranding of the team by Red Bull in 2006, MetroNation renamed itself the Raging Bull Nation as a sign of its' continued support for the club. The same year saw the creation of the New Jersey based Garden State Supporters. The groundbreaking for Red Bull Arena in 2007 saw the birth the Kearny Army, a supporters group from the surrounding neighborhoods. Among remaining lesser known supporters clubs are the Cobra Kai Metro Firm, Sparta Metro Firm, Hub City Hooligans, and The First Row Idiots.

Red Bull New York has designated some sections of Red Bull Arena as supporter specific. These included sections 101 and 102 for the Empire Supporters Club, 105 for the Kearny Army and section 133 for the Garden State Supporters. Sections 133, 101, and 102 are collectively known as the "South Ward."[28]

In the winter of 2001 the fan and media website was established and continues to host an active fan community.


The Red Bulls' main rivals are fellow MLS teams DC United, against whom they compete for the Atlantic Cup, and the New England Revolution. These rivalries arise out of geographic proximity and as a reflection of longstanding rivalries between New York-area teams and Washington and Boston-area teams in other sports. It is expected that similar factors will lead to a strong rivalry with the Philadelphia Union when that team begins play in 2010.


Red Bulls matches are televised by MSG and MSG Plus. Some matches will also be telecast by Fox Soccer Channel, and ESPN2 (and ESPN2HD). Joe Tolleson (play-by-play) and Tommy Smyth (analyst) were the original announcers. Derek Rae and JP Dellacamera followed as play-by-play announcers. As of 2010, Steve Cangialosi (play-by-play) and Shep Messing (analyst) are the MSG/MSG Plus announcers.

All matches are broadcast in Spanish on WADO or WQBU radio announced by Ernesto Motta and Robert Sierra.




Minor Trophies

International competition


Current roster

As of March 11, 2010.[29]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
2 United States DF Kevin Goldthwaite
3 United States DF Chris Albright
4 United States DF Carlos Mendes
5 United States DF Tim Ream
6 United States MF Seth Stammler
7 Costa Rica DF Roy Miller
8 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Siniša Ubiparipović
9 Colombia FW Juan Pablo Ángel (captain)
10 Senegal FW Macoumba Kandji
11 South Africa MF Danleigh Borman
12 United States DF Mike Petke
13 United States MF Austin da Luz
15 United States FW John Wolyniec
No. Position Player
17 United States MF Jeremy Hall
18 Senegal GK Bouna Coundoul
19 Jamaica MF Dane Richards
20 Estonia MF Joel Lindpere
21 Austria MF Ernst Öbster
22 Georgia (country) FW Giorgi Chirgadze
23 Cameroon MF Tony Tchani
24 Canada GK Greg Sutton
25 United States FW Conor Chinn
27 New Zealand DF Andrew Boyens
32 United States DF Luke Sassano
33 Wales MF Carl Robinson
99 United States MF Irving Garcia

Notable former players

This list of former players includes those who received international caps while playing for the team, made significant contributions to the team in terms of appearances or goals while playing for the team, or who made significant contributions to the sport either before they played for the team, or after they left. It is clearly not yet complete and all inclusive, and additions and refinements will continue to be made over time.

Current staff

Head Coaches

General Managers/Sporting Directors

Team records

MLS regular season only, through 2007

  • All-Time regular season record: 146-168-54 (Through October 21, 2007)

Home stadiums



Year Reg. Season Playoffs Open Cup CONCACAF
Champions' Cup
1996 3rd, East Quarterfinals Did not enter Did not qualify Started in 2007
1997 5th, East Did not qualify Semifinals Did not qualify
1998 3rd, East Quarterfinals Semifinals Did not qualify
1999 6th, East Did not qualify Round of 16 Did not qualify
2000 1st, East Semifinals Semifinals Did not qualify
2001 2nd, East Quarterfinals Round of 32 Not held
2002 4th, East Did not qualify Quarterfinals Did not qualify
2003 3rd, East Quarterfinals Final Did not qualify
2004 3rd, East Quarterfinals Round of 16 Did not qualify
2005 4th, East Quarterfinals Round of 16 Did not qualify
2006 4th, East Quarterfinals Quarterfinals Did not qualify
2007 3rd, East Quarterfinals Did not qualify Did not qualify Not invited
2008 5th, East* Final Round of 16 Did not qualify Did not qualify
2009 7th, East Did not qualify Did not qualify Lost in Preliminary Round Did not qualify

* - Qualified for MLS Cup playoffs as wild card in Western Conference playoff bracket.

Average attendance

Year Reg. Season Playoffs
1996 23,898 14,416
1997 16,899 N/A
1998 16,520 11,686
1999 14,706 N/A
2000 17,621 15,172
2001 20,806 12,817
2002 18,148 N/A
2003 15,822 10,211
2004 17,194 11,161
2005 15,077 10,003
2006 14,570 14,570
2007 16,530 14,165
2008 16,967 11,578
2009 12,229 N/A
  • Highest League Match Attendance: 66,237[30]

See also


  1. ^ Red Bull purchases MetroStars article via
  2. ^ Arena named Red Bulls sporting director, coach Press release via Red Bull New York official site
  3. ^ Arena joins Red Bulls; coach cautious about U.S. team article via Soccernet
  4. ^ Italian Star Signs With MetroStars article via New York Times
  5. ^ March 5, 1996 Soccer Report
  6. ^ First XI: Welcome to MLS Denilson
  7. ^ Where Are They Now-MetroStars 1996 Trialists
  8. ^ Remember that pick Juninho?, Way Back in 96?
  9. ^ (Adobe Flash) Nicola Caricola own goal, MetroStars vs New England. [Television production]. New York, NY: MSG Network. 1996-04-20. Event occurs at 0:23. Retrieved 2009-03-12. "That's an own goal by Nicola Caricola! With less than fifteen seconds to play! Sawatzky came in on Meola, it went off of Caricola, and you see Caricola, down on the ground, hands over his head, cannot believe what he has done." 
  10. ^ An Identity Stuck In The Swamps of New Jersey New York Times
  11. ^ Ten Years Ago: The Curse of Caricola
  12. ^ Ten Years Ago: The playoffs that changed everythingarticle via Metrofanatic
  13. ^ How MLS bends its rules, hoping against hope to help the MetroStars. article via soccer times
  14. ^ Lalas named GM, president of Metros via mlsnet
  15. ^ ESPNsoccernet - MLS - Metros claim La Manga Cup crown
  16. ^ Metros clinch playoffs on last day of regular season USA Today. Article retrieved on 2007-08-13
  17. ^ "MetroStars Sold to Red Bull", USA Today
  18. ^ "MetroStars sold and renamed Red Bull New York", ESPN Soccernet
  19. ^ Metro Reds continue to own Bayern Municharticle via Metrofanatic
  20. ^ Arena resigns from post with Red Bulls
  21. ^ "New Signings". Big Apple Soccer. Retrieved 2008-07-27. 
  22. ^ "Diego Jimenez is a Red Bull". The Offside. Retrieved 2008-07-27. 
  23. ^ "NY-LA see-saw ends in draw". MLSnet. Retrieved 2008-07-27. 
  24. ^ "Barca firepower too much for Bulls". MLSnet. Retrieved 2008-08-11. 
  25. ^ "Cichero secures visa, will play vs. Barcelona tonight". Soccer By Ives. Retrieved 2008-08-11. 
  26. ^ "Angel, Red Bulls swamp United". MLSnet. Retrieved 2008-08-11. 
  27. ^ Press Release Red Bulls training grounds to be constructed in Hanover, N.J.,
  28. ^ New York Red Bulls: Home: Home
  29. ^
  30. ^ 66, 237 attendance sets new Red Bulls and Giants stadium regular-season record via Retrieved on 2007-08-19


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The New York Red Bulls are an American soccer team. They play in Major League Soccer in Harrison, New Jersey. Until 2006, they were known as the MetroStars.


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