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A look at the history of the New York Red Bulls, today’s Crew SC opponent

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The Red Bulls top player is Bradley Wright-Phillips warming-up before a 2014 match for New York Red Bulls By billtnj, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

The New York Red Bulls are an American professional soccer club based in HarrisonNew Jersey. The Red Bulls compete as a member of the Eastern Conference of Major League Soccer (MLS). The club was established in October 1994 and began play in the league’s inaugural season in 1996 as the New York/New Jersey MetroStars. In 2006 the team was sold to Red Bull GmbH and re-branded as part of the company’s global network of football clubs, leading to the team’s current name.

The Red Bulls have played their home matches at Red Bull Arena since 2010, having previously played at Giants Stadium. The club is one of two teams in MLS based in the New York metropolitan region along with New York City FC, which entered the league in 2015. The two sides compete against each other in the Hudson River Derby. Former United States international midfielder Jesse Marsch has been the team’s head coach since taking over in January 2015.

The Red Bulls have reached the MLS Cup final once in 2008 where they were defeated by the Columbus Crew. The club has won two regular season Supporters’ Shield titles in 2013 and 2015 and has also twice reached the final of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in 2003 and 2017, losing on both occasions.

Red Bull takeover (2006–2009)

On March 9, 2006, it was announced that Austrian energy drink conglomerate Red Bull GmbH had purchased the club, and as part of their sponsorship would completely re-brand the franchise, changing the name, colors, and logo, a move which drew mixed reactions. The club name was changed to “Red Bull New York” with the team now referred to as the “New York Red Bulls” by the league and media.

Red Bull had originally approached MLS about creating an expansion club in New York City proper, but concerns over the cost of buying out the MetroStars’ territorial rights to the region, along with the expected difficulty in securing a stadium site in the city, led the company to purchase the MetroStars instead and take over their existing stadium project in Harrison, New Jersey. The territorial rights to a second New York area franchise reverted to MLS as part of the sale.

 

Club records and statistics

  • All-Time regular season record: 235 wins, 244 losses, 121 draws (Through November 29, 2014)
  • Scored the fastest goal in Major League Soccer history (7 seconds into the game vs the Philadelphia Union on October 18, 2015 at Red Bull Arena)

Player records

MLS regular season only, through October 22, 2017

Career

Single season

All-time top 10 goalscorers

As of April 21, 2018 (all competitive matches)
Name Period Goals[99]
1 England Bradley Wright-Phillips 2013– 108
2 Colombia Juan Pablo Ángel 2007–2010 62
3 France Thierry Henry 2010–2014 52
4 United States Clint Mathis 2000–2003; 2007 45
5 Venezuela Giovanni Savarese 1996–1998 44
6 Honduras Amado Guevara 2003–2006 39
7 United States John Wolyniec 1999; 2003–2010 36
8 Colombia Adolfo Valencia 2000–2001 29
9 Brazil Rodrigo Faria 2001–2002 25
10 Ghana Lloyd Sam 2012–2016 24

Bold signifies current Red Bulls player

 

Year-by-year

Year Reg. Season MLS Playoffs U.S. Open Cup Champions League
New York/New Jersey MetroStars
1996 3rd, East (15–17) Quarter-finals Did not enter Did not qualify
1997 5th, East (13–19) Did not qualify Semi-finals
MetroStars
1998 3rd, East (15–17) Quarter-finals Semi-finals Did not qualify
1999 6th, East (7–25) Did not qualify Round of 16
2000 1st, East (17–12–3) Semi-finals Semi-finals
2001 2nd, East (13–10–3) Quarter-finals Round of 32 Not held
2002 4th, East (11–15–2) Did not qualify Quarter-finals Did not qualify
2003 3rd, East (11–10–9) Quarter-finals Final
2004 3rd, East (11–12–7) Quarter-finals Round of 16
2005 4th, East (12–9–11) Quarter-finals Round of 16
New York Red Bulls
2006 4th, East (9–11–12) Quarter-finals Quarter-finals Did not qualify
2007 3rd, East (12–11–7) Quarter-finals Did not qualify
2008 5th, East* (10–11–9) Runners Up Round of 16
2009 7th, East (5–19–6) Did not qualify Did not qualify Lost in preliminary round
2010 1st, East (15–9–6) Quarter-finals Round of 16 Did not qualify
2011 5th, East (10–8–16) Quarter-finals Quarter-finals
2012 3rd, East (16–9–9) Quarter-finals Round of 16
2013 1st, East** (17–9–8) Quarter-finals Round of 16
2014 4th, East (13–10–11) Semi-finals 4th round Group stage
2015 1st, East** (18–10–6) Semi-finals Quarter-finals Did not qualify
2016 1st, East (16–9–9) Quarter-finals Round of 16 Quarter-finals
2017 6th, East (14-12-8) Semi-finals Final Semi-finals

* Qualified for MLS Cup playoffs as wild card in Western Conference playoff bracket
** Won Supporters’ Shield

 

 

 

 

Crew SC goalkeeper Zack Steffen named MLS Player of the Month for May

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Steffen named MLS Player of the Month presented by EA Sports for the month of May after registering five consecutive shutouts

 

COLUMBUS – Columbus Crew SC today announced that goalkeeper Zack Steffen was voted MLS Player of the Month presented by EA SPORTS™ by members of the media for the month of May. It is the first MLS Player of the Month honor for Steffen in his MLS and Crew SC career.

 

During the month of May, Steffen did not allow a single goal, recording five consecutive shutouts as part of his ongoing 495-minute shutout streak. In May, Steffen registered 17 total saves against Seattle Sounders FC, the Philadelphia Union, the Chicago Fire, the New England Revolution, and Sporting Kansas City combined en route to earning five clean sheets. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Steffen’s current 495-minute scoreless streak – which began in the second half of the April 28th match against San Jose – is the longest regular-season shutout record in club history as well as the 10th-longest regular-season shutout streak in MLS history.

Zack Steffen Crew SC 2017 photo By Jay eyem - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

Steffen is currently on international duty with the United States Men’s National Team. Now in his third season with Crew SC, he has made 13 regular-season appearances (all starts), while making 29 saves and registering seven shutouts in 2018. Additionally, Steffen currently leads MLS in regular-season shutouts in 2018, with seven clean sheets. Since joining the Black & Gold, Steffen has made 47 regular-season appearances (all starts), making 127 saves and recording 16 shutouts.

 

This is the 15th time in MLS history that a Crew SC player has been named Player of the Month. Steffen is the first Crew SC player to earn the honor since Justin Meram won the award in October 2016.

Following a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Fourth Round match at MAPFRE Stadium tonight at 7:00 p.m. ET, the Black & Gold return to regular-season action when they host the New York Red Bulls at MAPFRE Stadium in a nationally televised match on Saturday, June 9 (5:00 p.m. ET / ESPN, CD102.5 FM, English and Spanish audio broadcasts available on ColumbusCrewSC.com).

MLS Player of the Month presented by EA SPORTS™ is voted upon by a panel of select national media members in a process conducted by MLS Communications.

 

Website: ColumbusCrewSC.com | Twitter: @ColumbusCrewSC | Instagram: @ColumbusCrewSC | Hashtag: #CrewSC | Facebook.com/columbuscrewsc | Snapchat: ColumbusCrewSC | Google+: +columbuscrewsc | Stadium: MAPFRE Stadium | Training Facility: Crew SC Training Center at Obetz

 

Crew SC’s Higuain has suspension rescinded by Independent Panel

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Federico Higuain 2017 photo By Hayden Schiff from Cincinnati, USA - DSC_4205, CC BY 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

NEW YORK (June 1, 2018) – The Independent Panel, consisting of one representative from the United States Soccer Federation, one representative from the Canadian Soccer Association, and one independent representative nominated by the Professional Referee Organization, has unanimously rescinded the one-game suspension and accompanying fine for the red card issued to Columbus Crew SC midfielder Federico Higuaín for violent conduct in the 45+ minute of Crew SC’s match against Sporting Kansas City on May 27 (VIDEO).

As a result of the Columbus appeal, Higuaín is eligible to play in Crew SC’s next regular season game on June 2 against Toronto FC.

Each club is entitled to two unsuccessful appeals per season, including playoffs. Since Columbus’ appeal was successful, the team maintains its two unsuccessful appeals for any future dismissals in the 2018 season.

 

MLS Disciplinary Committee Decisions

 

The MLS Disciplinary Committee has issued an undisclosed fine to Crew SC midfielder Federico Higuaín for failure to leave the field in a timely and orderly manner during the 45+ minute of Columbus’ match against Sporting KC on May 27 (VIDEO).

The MLS Disciplinary Committee has suspended Columbus Crew SC midfielder Cristian Martinez two games and issued an undisclosed fine for violent conduct in the 54th minute of Columbus’ match against Sporting Kansas City on May 27 (VIDEO). Martinez will serve suspensions during Crew SC’s match on Saturday, June 2 against Toronto FC and on Saturday, June 9 against the New York Red Bulls.

 

FC Dallas forward Cristian Colman has red card rescinded

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NEW YORK (June 1, 2018) – The Independent Panel, consisting of one representative from the United States Soccer Federation, one representative from the Canadian Soccer Association, and one independent representative nominated by the Professional Referee Organization, has unanimously rescinded the one-game suspension and accompanying fine for the red card issued to FC Dallas forward Cristian Colmán for violent conduct in the 80thminute of FC Dallas’ match against the LA Galaxy on May 30 (VIDEO).

Cristian Colmán

As a result of the FC Dallas appeal, Colmán is eligible to play in his next regular season game on June 2 against the Los Angeles Football Club.

Each Club is entitled to two unsuccessful appeals per season, including playoffs. Since FC Dallas’ appeal was successful, the team maintains its two unsuccessful appeals for any future dismissals in the 2018 season

 

Nashville MLS names Ian Ayre as its first GM

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Ian Ayre 2015 photo By Web Summit, CC BY 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

Nashville’s MLS Club to be led by 2017 English Premier League Chief Executive of the Year

 

Nashville, Tenn. – Nashville MLS today announced the appointment of Ian Ayre as Chief Executive Officer. Ayre, formerly Chief Executive of Liverpool Football Club of the English Premier League, will assume the responsibility of building and leading the Nashville MLS club.

“We are committed to bringing world-class soccer to Nashville, as evidenced by the appointment of Ian as our CEO,” said John Ingram, lead owner, Nashville MLS. “Ian understands our vision for Nashville MLS and has the skill and experience to bring the best in soccer to our city. His passion for the sport and the business of the game, along with his progressive approach and commitment to community, will help us create Nashville’s MLS club while elevating soccer in Music City and MLS. I’m delighted to welcome him to Nashville and our club!”

Soundbytes from Ian Ayre, John Ingram and Will Alexander can be found here.

Ayre has an extensive background in sports, media and technology, most recently as Chief Executive of Liverpool Football Club.  During his 10-year tenure with the club, he was responsible for rebuilding the organization at all levels. After initially securing a record-breaking sponsorship deal for the club, he went on to restructure the entire commercial, operational and football elements of the business as well as oversee the successful $160 million stadium expansion.

Ayre was directly responsible for all player transfer negotiations, including contract negotiations on more than 100 player contracts (acquisitions, sales, loans, extensions),  including Phillipe Coutinho, Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez, Roberto Firmino, Raheem Sterling and Sadio Manè. He also worked with five leading coaches – Rafael Benitez, Roy Hodgson, Kenny Dalglish, Brendan Rodgers and Jurgen Klopp. During his time at Liverpool, Ian served on the UEFA Competitions Committee as an elected member and in 2017 was voted Premier League Chief Executive of the Year.

“The opportunity to put Nashville on the national and international soccer map is a truly outstanding challenge, and I literally cannot wait to get started,” said Ayre. “Becoming chief executive officer of the Nashville MLS club is a unique opportunity in the global soccer community. To take what is essentially a blank sheet of paper and build an entire club is an amazing challenge, and one I am hugely excited about.”

Nashville was awarded Major League Soccer’s 24th club in December 2017, and enthusiasm for soccer continues to grow in Music City. CONCACAF recently announced Nashville as a host city of the 2019 Gold Cup. Nashville Soccer Club, the city’s USL club, launched in spring 2018.

“In my experience, the key to success in building sports clubs is to create a bond and unity between the owners, the team and the fans,” said Ayre. “It’s clear to me that Nashville and its people not only have a true love of sports, but an enormous sense of civic pride for their city. These are the ingredients you need to build a great club.”

Born in Liverpool, Ayre has been a soccer fan since his early years and followed Liverpool all over the world both as a fan and as an employee. Following 10 years active military service in the British Royal Navy, Ayre’s career progressed into the consumer electronics industry where he was responsible for building an extensive manufacturing, sales and distribution network across the Asia Pacific region for Pace Micro Technology, a UK publicly listed company in the satellite television technology sector.

Following his departure from Pace, Ayre worked with the company’s founder and chairman to acquire a British soccer club Huddersfield Town in 1999. Ayre served as chairman and chief executive of the club, transforming the club’s commercial revenues, completing the final stages of construction of the club’s new stadium, and the revitalizing the club’s roster.

In 2000 while at Huddersfield Town, Ayre was instrumental in developing a business plan which envisioned the 72 clubs of The Football League, investing their digital rights into a common operating platform. Ayre was appointed as the Managing Director of that business – Premium TV Limited. The business, funded and controlled by communications giant NTL Inc., went on to secure the digital rights of all 72 professional clubs of the football league and a number of Premier League clubs.

In 2004, Ian returned to Asia where he was a board member of sports marketing business Total Sports Asia. With its headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the company was focused on the sale of media rights in sports, event management, sponsorship sales and merchandising and licensing. Total Sports saw rapid growth and opened offices in Japan, India, Middle East, Thailand and China, boasting an impressive and wide array of sports and entertainment clients, including World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), FIFA, The World Badminton Association, US Tennis Association and a host of European and International soccer teams.

Following his 10-year tenure at Liverpool Football Club, Ayre served briefly as managing director, 1860 Munich.

Ayre and his family will be relocating to Nashville this summer.

About Nashville MLS
Nashville MLS is Major League Soccer’s 24th club, which was awarded in December 2017. Learn more at www.mls2nashville.com.

 

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