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New York Red Bulls
New York Red Bulls logo.svg
Full name New York Red Bulls
Nickname(s)
  • Red Bulls
  • Metros
Founded 1995 (as New York/New Jersey MetroStars)
Stadium Red Bull Arena
Harrison, New Jersey
Ground Capacity 25,000[1]
Owner Red Bull GmbH
Sporting Director Andy Roxburgh
Head Coach Mike Petke
League Major League Soccer
2013 Eastern Conference: 1st
Overall: 1st
Playoffs: Quarterfinals
Website Club home page
Current season

The New York Red Bulls are an American professional soccer team based in Harrison, New Jersey. The team competes in the Eastern Conference of Major League Soccer (MLS). It is one of the ten charter clubs of MLS, having competed in the league since its inception. The team was 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 through the 2005 season, the team was known as the MetroStars. On March 9, 2006, the team was sold to Red Bull GmbH, leading to the team's current name. The Red Bulls are the current Supporters' Shield holders. The team is one of two MLS franchises in the New York metropolitan area, along with New York City FC.

The Red Bulls were the last original MLS franchise (including those who no longer exist) to win any sort of significant trophy when they won the Supporters' Shield in 2013. The team's prior best result in an MLS season was reaching the MLS Cup final in 2008. In the US Open Cup, the MetroStars reached three semifinals (1997, 1998, 2000), before reaching their first final in 2003, losing 1–0 to the Chicago Fire. On August 26, 2000, the MetroStars' Clint Mathis set an MLS record by scoring five goals in a game against the Dallas Burn.

Some well-known players that have played for the team include Tim Howard, Tony Meola, Tab Ramos, Alexi Lalas, Clint Mathis, Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, Claudio Reyna, Eddie Pope, Roberto Donadoni, Lothar Matthäus, Adolfo Valencia, Youri Djorkaeff, Amado Guevara, Juan Pablo Ángel, Thierry Henry, Rafael Márquez, Juninho Pernambucano, Jan Gunnar Solli, Tim Ream, Bradley Wright-Phillips, and Tim Cahill. The team has also had well-known coaches, including Carlos Queiroz, Carlos Alberto Parreira, Bora Milutinović, Bob Bradley, Mo Johnston, Bruce Arena and Hans Backe.[2][3]

History[edit]

1996–2000[edit]

The club's original name was Empire Soccer Club,[4] which gave birth to the name of the team's largest supporters' group, Empire Supporters Club.[citation needed] The team's original owners were John Kluge and Stuart Subotnick.[4] Nike wanted the full name to be MetroFlash, but MetroStars was selected.[citation needed]

Tab Ramos, the first player to sign with MLS, became the first MetroStars player, 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.[5]

In 1996, the MetroStars made news when they selected Juninho and Túlio in the 1996 MLS Supplemental Draft.[6] 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.[7] The MetroStars waived both on March 25, 1996.[8] 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.[9]

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. The team's first home game against the New England Revolution proved to be a harbinger of things to come. 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.[10][11] 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. 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.

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

The MetroStars bottomed out in 1999 with a record of 7–25 under former U.S. national team coach Bora Milutinović, the worst record in MLS history. Hoping to light a spark under the floundering club in 2000, the MetroStars dropped a bombshell by acquiring German international player Lothar Matthäus from Bayern Munich. Matthäus played in only 16 MLS games during the season and his tenure in the U.S. is considered a disappointment. The team did, however, leap from dead last to the conference title.

2001–2005[edit]

Despite their poor domestic record, the MetroStars became the first MLS team to win a trophy outside of North American soil, a 2004 victory in La Manga Cup.[12] 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.[13] 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.

2006–2009: Red Bull takeover[edit]

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

When Red Bull purchased the MetroStars in 2006,[14][15] it decided to completely re-brand the franchise, changing the name, colors, and logo.

In 2006, the Red Bulls defeated German powerhouse Bayern Munich 4–2 in a friendly game in Giants Stadium, which was considered a sign of progress. Also in 2006, the Red Bulls lost a friendly against FC Barcelona 4–1 in front of a sold out crowd of over 79,000 fans at Giants Stadium. 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.

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 would go further. On November 5, 2007, Arena resigned as coach of the Red Bulls.[16] 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 wanted to return to New York because of 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."

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. Juan Pablo Ángel was the star player for the Red Bulls during this time period.

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 had three assists under his belt, Juan Pietravallo,[17] Diego Jiménez,[18] 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.[19] 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.[20] Gabriel Cichero made his debut that night.[21] 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.[22]

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 and Brad Evans. 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 Los Angeles 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).

2010–2012: Move to Red Bull Arena[edit]

Thierry Henry was one of several high profile signings by the Red Bulls in 2010

The 2010 season brought about a new stadium, a new head coach, and a new group of players to the Red Bulls, who hoped to dramatically improve from their disappointing 2009 season. On January 7, 2010, the Red Bulls confirmed the signing of new Head Coach Hans Backe. Not long after Hans Backe was confirmed as coach, he started to purge Juan Carlos Osorio's old signings that caused the team's 2009 season. Early on he cut Jorge Rojas from the squad, and, in one 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 began a new approach by signing more European players (mainly Scandinavian or Eastern European) instead of the South American and Central American players that are usually sought after in MLS.

With Backe as head coach, the Red Bulls went undefeated in their 2010 preseason including the first ever match at Red Bull Arena against Santos FC of Brazil, which the Red Bulls won by a score of 3–1. In this preseason game, newly signed midfielder Joel Lindpere became the first player to score a goal in Red Bull Arena. The Red Bulls carried this form into the first MLS match at Red Bull Arena against the Chicago Fire by winning 1–0 with the lone goal coming from Joel Lindpere. A week later, the Red Bulls defeated the Seattle Sounders 1–0 at Qwest Field in Seattle, breaking a 27 game road winless streak.

Former French international Thierry Henry signed with the Red Bulls on July 14 as a designated player.[23] Upon arrival in New York, Henry announced his retirement from international football. On August 2, the Red Bulls signed their third designated player, Mexican international Rafael Márquez. The signing of Márquez established the Red Bulls as the first MLS team to have three designated players. With these new additions, the Red Bulls improved further and clinched first place in the Eastern Conference for the first time since 2000. New York also set an MLS record for best one season improvement, finishing with 51 points after having just 21 points the previous year. Despite the impressive turnaround, the season again ended in disappointment for the Red Bulls. The Eastern Conference Semi-Finals saw the Red Bulls fall to the San Jose Earthquakes. Joel Lindpere was named the season's Most Valuable Player.[24]

Prior to the 2011 season the Red Bulls strengthened their roster with two signings from their academy, three foreign transfer signings, and the drafting of six players. The Red Bulls played their first pre-season match against Atlante F.C. in February 2011. Hans Backe then announced that Thierry Henry would be the captain for the 2011 season, and Rafael Marquez would play center defense with Tim Ream.

The Red Bulls opened the 2011 season with a 1–0 win against the Seattle Sounders followed by draws with the Columbus Crew and the Houston Dynamo, respectively. The second win of the season came against the San Jose Earthquakes in which newcomer Luke Rodgers contributed two goals and Thierry Henry opened his 2011 scoring account after a 690-minute goal drought.[25] The following week, the Red Bulls dominated arch-rivals DC United in a 4–0 win with Thierry Henry finally proving that he was still an efficient goal scorer, after being heavily criticized by fans prior to the San Jose match.[26] The Red Bulls won 5–0 against Toronto FC; one of the only wins among a slew of draws and losses in two months of play.[27] The Red Bulls exited the US Open Cup in the quarterfinals, losing 4–0 to the Chicago Fire.[28] The loss drew much negative attention, due to head coach Hans Backe's absence and his decision to send a reserve squad with assistant coach Mike Petke. This resulted in a protest by the supporters groups of the South Ward during the Red Bulls draw against FC Dallas.[29] On July 16 the Red Bulls signed veteran goalkeeper Frank Rost to a designated player contract, making him the 3rd DP on the team and potentially ending the Red Bulls' goalkeeping woes.[30]

The Red Bulls participated in the 2011 Emirates Cup in London on July 30 and the 31st. They beat Paris Saint-Germain 1–0 with a goal by Estonian midfielder Joel Lindpere.[31] The following day the Red Bulls drew 1–1 with Arsenal FC, giving them enough points to win the tournament. The Red Bulls were the first MLS team to participate and the third team to win the Emirates Cup, after Hamburger SV and Arsenal FC.[32] In 2012, Red Bulls lost to Harrisburg City Islanders, 3–1, in the fourth round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.[33]

In the Fall of 2012, the Red Bulls qualified for the MLS Cup playoffs with a third-place finish in the Eastern Conference.[34] However, after a 1–1 draw in the first leg in D.C., and having the second leg postponed twice due to Hurricane Sandy and a major snowstorm,[35] the Red Bulls would go on to lose their home leg 1–0 to D.C. United and were eliminated from the Eastern Conference Semifinals for the second straight year.[36]

A few hours after the loss it was announced that Hans Backe's contract with the Red Bull was not renewed. Mike Petke, the Red Bull's most capped player and first year assistant coach, was placed in charge in the interim until a replacement for Backe could be found.

2013–present: Mike Petke Era[edit]

In the 2012–2013 off-season a large structural overhaul occurred within the New York organization. They parted ways with Sporting Director Erik Soler and brought in two people to split his former responsibilities; Andy Roxburgh was named Sporting Director and given responsibility for all technical and soccer operations, while Jerome de Bontin was named General Manager, with an emphasis placed on corporate operations.[37]

With these changes at the top levels in place, several key players including designated player Rafael Marquez, two time team MVP Joel Lindpere, 2012 team leading scorer Kenny Cooper and former MLS defender of the year Wilman Conde were either sold or traded. In an effort to revitalize the team, New York began bringing in players from around the world with a history of success, such as Brazilian World Cup Veteran Juninho Pernambucano, French International Péguy Luyindula, and MLS Cup Champions Fabián Espíndola, Jámison Olave, and Kosuke Kimura.[38]

After two months of applicant interviews and discussion between Roxburg, de Bontin, and Red Bull Head of Global Soccer Gerard Houllier, it was announced that interim-Head Coach Mike Petke would be stripped of the temporary title and remain on as the full-time Head Coach.[39] This marked the first time in club history a former player was put at the helm of New York.[40] Petke's first season in charge began with a draw on March 3, 2013 away to the Portland Timbers. Despite having a 3–1 lead at halftime, the game ended with the score 3–3.[41]

However, the former MLS Defender of the Year [37] showed an immediate knack for making the right adjustments when he countered a slow 0–2–2 start by switching the formation from a 4–2–3–1 formation to a 4–4–2 — placing more emphasis on playing a strong defensive game, and playing up through the midfield.[42] The rookie manager sought to turn the club around, and gain his first win by the end of the month. On March 30, 2013 he did just that against the Philadelphia Union, by the score of 2–1 thanks to goals from Thierry Henry and Dax McCarty.[43]

As Head Coach, Petke has sought to instill a more aggressive mindset into the team to make up for the relative lack of time the team had spent playing together.[44] Some have called the team "mentally weak" due to how the team has fluctuated between scrappy play and impressive displays of form and moments of "playing down to" inferior teams.[45] However, after putting on impressive displays against other front runners for the Supporters Shield, the team went on a two month undefeated streak and won their first piece of silverware as the best team of the season. This win also as secured the top seed and home-field advantage in the MLS Cup post-season tournament.[46]

Colors and badge[edit]

During the team's first seasons, the MetroStars had solid black or solid white jerseys, before switching to a home jerseys featuring red and black vertical stripes (similar to those worn by Milan). Since the Red Bull takeover, the team has worn a predominantly white jersey with red trim, and a prominent Red Bull logo.

Stadium[edit]

Opening day ceremony at Red Bull Arena for a game against Santos FC, March 20, 2010

The team plays its home games in Red Bull Arena, in Harrison, New Jersey, which opened for the 2010 MLS season. Previously the team played at Giants Stadium, where they had played their home matches from 1996 until the end of the 2009 season. The stadium was located in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The team's headquarters are located in Harrison.[47] The stadium has a 25,189 seating capacity.

On March 20, 2010 the Red Bull team played an exhibition game against Santos FC in a 3–1 inaugural win. The first MLS league game took place in the new venue on March 27, 2010 with a 1–0 win over the Chicago Fire, the lone goal coming from Estonian international Joel Lindpere.

Training facility[edit]

New York currently operates a training center in Hanover, New Jersey.

The $6 million[48] facility covers about 15 acres of the 73 acre property and includes three fields, two grass and one turf, each the size of the one at Red Bull Arena. The middle field, which has a grass surface, is heated, while one turf field has lights.

The complex also has four buildings, with the main one housing separate locker rooms for the senior team, academy teams and coaching staff, film analysis room, offices, a therapy room, a gym, a fitness/wellness area, a hot/cold tub room and a players’ lounge, which includes a cafeteria that serves breakfast and lunch.[49][50]

In the past, New York led a nomadic existence, making use of several other training grounds before finishing construction of the Hanover facility:

Club culture[edit]

Supporters[edit]

A variety of supporters clubs and groups have grown around the team since its inaugural year. The first of these was formed in 1995, prior to the inception of the team itself, as the Empire Supporters Club. 2005 saw the creation of the New Jersey-based Garden State Supporters, now the Garden State Ultras (GSU). The 2010 season's influx of personnel with a Scandinavian background led to the creation of the Viking Army Supporters Club.

The Red Bulls have designated some sections of Red Bull Arena as supporter specific. These included sections 101 for the Empire Supporters Club, 102 for the Viking Army, and section 133 for the Garden State Supporters. Sections 133, 101, and 102 are collectively known as the "South Ward."[54]

Rivalries[edit]

The Red Bulls' main rival is D.C. United, against whom they compete for the Atlantic Cup.[55] The New England Revolution[56] and the Philadelphia Union are also rivals of the Red Bulls. The Red Bulls had not defeated the Revolution on the latter's home venue Gillette Stadium for 12 years, until a 2–0 win on June 8, 2014,[57] intensifying the rivalry.[58] These rivalries arise out of geographic proximity and as a reflection of longstanding rivalries between New York-area teams and other teams in Washington D.C., Boston, and Philadelphia.

Local derbies[edit]

In 2015, the Red Bulls will face off against another team from the New York metropolitan area in league play for the first time, when New York City FC enter MLS.[59][60][61] This though would not be the first time that they have played against a team from the local area, as in both 2011 (against F.C. New York) and 2014 (against New York Cosmos), they were drawn against lower league opponents from the New York area in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.[62]

Broadcasting[edit]

Since its inception as the MetroStars in 1996, Red Bulls matches have been televised by MSG and MSG Plus and the TV audio is simulcast on 98.7 ESPN New York.[citation needed] Some matches will also be telecast by NBC Sports Network and ESPN/ESPN2.[citation needed] Joe Tolleson (play-by-play) and Tommy Smyth (analyst) were the original announcers.[citation needed] Derek Rae and JP Dellacamera followed as play-by-play announcers.[citation needed] As of 2012, Steve Cangialosi (play-by-play) and Shep Messing (analyst) are the MSG/MSG Plus/98.7 ESPN announcers.[citation needed]

Spanish commentary is provided by ESPN Deportes Nueva York 1050, with announcers Nelson Rubio and Robert Sierra providing play-by-play.[63] Simulcast in Spanish-language SAP is provided by on MSG and/or MSG Plus.

Players and staff[edit]

Current roster[edit]

As of August 12, 2014.[64]

No. Position Player Nation
2 Defender Eckersley, RichardRichard Eckersley      England
3 Defender Oyongo, AmbroiseAmbroise Oyongo      Cameroon
4 Defender Olave, JámisonJámison Olave      Colombia
5 Defender Armando, Armando      Spain
6 Midfielder Christianson, IanIan Christianson      United States
7 Defender Miller, RoyRoy Miller      Costa Rica
8 Forward Luyindula, PéguyPéguy Luyindula      France
10 Midfielder Sam, LloydLloyd Sam      England
11 Midfielder McCarty, DaxDax McCarty      United States
12 Midfielder Alexander, EricEric Alexander      United States
13 Midfielder Obekop, MariusMarius Obekop      Cameroon
14 Forward Henry, ThierryThierry Henry (DP)     France
15 Midfielder Convey, BobbyBobby Convey      United States
16 Defender Lade, ConnorConnor Lade (HGP)     United States
17 Forward Cahill, TimTim Cahill (DP)     Australia
18 Goalkeeper Meara, RyanRyan Meara      United States
19 Midfielder Stevenson, EricEric Stevenson      United States
20 Defender Miazga, MattMatt Miazga (HGP)     United States
21 Midfielder Bover, RubenRuben Bover      Spain
23 Midfielder Bustamante, MichaelMichael Bustamante      Colombia
24 Goalkeeper Castano, SantiagoSantiago Castano (HGP)     United States
25 Defender Duvall, ChrisChris Duvall      United States
27 Defender Kimura, KosukeKosuke Kimura      Japan
31 Goalkeeper Robles, LuisLuis Robles      United States
32 Defender Sekagya, IbrahimIbrahim Sekagya      Uganda
39 Forward Sène, SaërSaër Sène      France
55 Defender Perrinelle, DamienDamien Perrinelle      France
99 Forward Wright-Phillips, BradleyBradley Wright-Phillips      England

Notable former players[edit]

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.

Current technical staff[edit]

Mike Petke, the coach of the New York Red Bulls since 2013.
As of December 2013.[65]
Position Name
Head coach United States Mike Petke
Assistant coach United States Robin Fraser
Goalkeeping coach Spain Rafael González Robles
Fitness coach Spain David Alvarez
General Manager France Jérôme de Bontin
Sporting Director Scotland Andy Roxburgh
Reserves coach United States John Wolyniec
Head of Scouting Argentina Cristian da Silva

Head coaches[edit]

General Managers/Sporting Directors[edit]

Ownership[edit]

Honors[edit]

Record[edit]

Year-by-year[edit]

Year Reg. Season Playoffs Open Cup CONCACAF Champions League
1996 3rd, East (15–17) Quarter-Finals Did not enter Did not qualify
1997 5th, East (13–19) Did not qualify Semi-Finals Did not qualify
1998 3rd, East (15–17) Quarter-Finals Semi-Finals Did not qualify
1999 6th, East (7–25) Did not qualify Round of 16 Did not qualify
2000 1st, East (17–12–3) Semi-Finals Semi-Finals Did not qualify
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 Did not qualify
2004 3rd, East (11–12–7) Quarter-Finals Round of 16 Did not qualify
2005 4th, East (12–9–11) Quarter-Finals Round of 16 Did not qualify
2006 4th, East (9–11–12) Quarter-Finals Quarter-Finals Did not qualify
2007 3rd, East (12–11–7) Quarter-Finals Did not qualify Did not qualify
2008 5th, East* (10–11–9) Final Round of 16 Did not qualify
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 Did not qualify
2012 3rd, East (16–9–9) Quarter-Finals Round of 16 Did not qualify
2013 1st, East** (17–9–8) Quarter-Finals Round of 16 Did not qualify

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

International tournaments[edit]

3rd place in Group B
Group Stage v. Norway Viking – 0–1
Group Stage v. Norway Bodø/Glimt – 3–1
Semi-Finals v. Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv – 3–2
Championship Match v. Norway Viking – 1–0
Preliminary Round at Trinidad and Tobago W Connection – 2–2
Preliminary Round v. Trinidad and Tobago W Connection – 1–2
Group Stage v. England Tottenham Hotspur – 1–2
Group Stage v. England Manchester City – 2–1
Group Stage v. France Paris Saint-Germain – 1–0
Group Stage v. England Arsenal – 1–1

Team records[edit]

MLS regular season only, through October 28, 2013

  • All-Time regular season record: 222 wins, 234 losses, 110 draws (Through October 28, 2013)

Average attendance[edit]

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
2010 18,441 22,839
2011 19,691 22,663
2012 18,281 14,035
2013 19,460 22,264

See also[edit]

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