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



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


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


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 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
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