1996 New York/New Jersey MetroStars season

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New York/New Jersey MetroStars
1996 season
Chairman United States John Kluge & United States Stuart Subotnick
Manager Italy Eddie Firmani
Portugal Carlos Queiroz
Major League Soccer 3rd (Eastern Conference)
Top goalscorer Giovanni Savarese (14)
Home colors
Away colors

The 1996 season was the first season in New York/New Jersey MetroStars's existence, in the first season of American Major League Soccer. They played their home games at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The team played 38 matches in the season including 35 Major League Soccer games and 3 friendlies. Eddie Firmani coached the team for their first eight games before being replaced by Carlos Queiroz.[1]

The team is now known as the New York Red Bulls; the entire organization is known as Red Bull New York.

Players[edit]

These totals come from 32 league matches and 3 playoff played in 1996. Only displaying players who capped 5 games or more.

Player Position GP (GS) Minutes Goals Assists
United States Rhett Harty Defender 34 (34) 2845 1 1
United States Peter Vermes Midfielder 33 (33) 2970 1 1
United States Tony Meola Goalkeeper 32 (32) 2880 0 0
Venezuela Giovanni Savarese Striker 29 (16) 1702 14 1
United States Tab Ramos Midfielder 28 (28) 2428 3 10
Italy Nicola Caricola Defender 28 (28) 2357 2 0
United States Miles Joseph Midfielder 27 (26) 2197 4 5
United States Jeff Zaun Defender 24 (22) 1795 0 0
United States Matt Knowles Midfielder 24 (17) 1767 0 0
United States A.J. Wood Striker 23 (15) 1232 5 2
Argentina Cristian da Silva Midfielder 22 (13) 1268 0 0
United States Rob Johnson Striker 21 (12) 1236 4 3
Italy Roberto Donadoni Midfielder 20 (20) 1800 3 10
United States Damian Silvera Midfielder 17 (9) 953 0 1
United States Chris Unger Midfielder 16 (12) 1029 1 1
United States Ted Gillen Defender 16 (10) 852 0 0
Colombia Antony de Ávila Striker 11 (10) 920 8 3
United States Mickey Kydes Midfielder 11 (7) 556 0 0
Mexico Edmundo Rodriguez Striker 11 (5) 473 0 1
Colombia Rubén Darío Hernández Striker 10 (9) 836 0 3
Republic of Ireland Ian Hennessy Midfielder 8 (4) 311 1 1
United States Manny Lagos Midfielder 6 (6) 483 0 2
United States Andrew Restrepo Defender 5 (4) 343 0 0
United States Chris Brauchle Midfielder 5 (3) 323 0 0

Source:[2]

Fixtures[edit]

Date Home Away Score Metro Goal(s)
4/13 Los Angeles Galaxy MetroStars 2-1 Savarese
4/20 MetroStars New England Revolution 0-1
4/27 MetroStars Columbus Crew 0-2
5/4 MetroStars Tampa Bay Mutiny 3-3 Kooiman(OG), Savarese 2; SO 2:1
5/12 D.C. United MetroStars 1-1 Savarese; SO 1:2
5/16 MetroStars Colorado Rapids 3-0 Savarese 3
5/19 New England Revolution MetroStars 2-0
5/22 Kansas City Wiz MetroStars 2-1 Savarese
5/24 MetroStars Fiorentina1 0-4
5/30 MetroStars D.C. United 1-2 Wood
6/2 Dallas Burn MetroStars 0-1 Wood
6/5 MetroStars Sporting Lisbon1 1-1 Wood
6/9 MetroStars Los Angeles Galaxy 0-4
6/16 MetroStars San Jose Clash 0-1
6/19 MetroStars Dallas Burn 0-0 SO 2:0
6/26 MetroStars Kansas City Wiz 2-0 Savarese, Ramos
6/30 Columbus Crew MetroStars 0-4 Caricola, Savarese, Ramos, Unger
7/4 Colorado Rapids MetroStars 2-1 Ramos
7/10 MetroStars Dallas Burn 3-2 Caricola, Savarese 2
7/21 Los Angeles Galaxy MetroStars 3-0
7/24 San Jose Clash MetroStars 0-1 Johnson
7/28 MetroStars San Jose Clash 4-1 Johnson, Vermes, Wood, Harty
8/3 New England Revolution MetroStars 1-1 Donadoni; SO 3:2
8/11 Colorado Rapids MetroStars 0-2 Donadoni, Joseph
8/14 MetroStars New England Revolution 4-0 Wood, Johnson 2, De Avila
8/17 Tampa Bay Mutiny MetroStars 3-1 Donadoni
8/21 MetroStars D.C. United 2-3 De Avila 2
9/1 Kansas City Wiz MetroStars 2-2 Hennessey, Wood; SO 3:1
9/4 MetroStars Tampa Bay Mutiny 0-2
9/6 D.C. United MetroStars 1-2 De Avila, Joseph
9/10 MetroStars Los Angeles Galaxy 3-1 Joseph 2, De Avila
9/15 Columbus Crew MetroStars 2-0
9/18 MetroStars Columbus Crew 1-0 De Avila
9/21 Tampa Bay Mutiny MetroStars 4-1 Savarese
9/24 MetroStars D.C. United 2-2 De Avila, Savarese; SO 6:5
9/27 D.C. United MetroStars 1-0
10/2 D.C. United MetroStars 2-1 De Avila
11/15 Pennsylvania Natives1 MetroStars 1-2 Savarese 2
  • SO indicates a shootout.
  • Green represents a win, red a loss and yellow a draw.

1Friendly
Source:[3]

Final standings[edit]

Place Eastern Conference P W (so) L (so) F A GD Points
1 Tampa Bay Mutiny 32 20 (1) 12 (3) 66 51 +15 58
2 D.C. United 32 16 (1) 16 (3) 62 56 +6 46
3 NY/NJ MetroStars 32 15 (3) 17 (2) 45 47 -2 39
4 Columbus Crew 32 15 (4) 17 (5) 59 60 -1 37
5 New England Revolution 32 15 (6) 17 (2) 43 56 -13 33
Place Western Conference P W (so) L (so) F A GD Points
1 Los Angeles Galaxy 32 19 (4) 13 (4) 59 49 +10 49
2 Dallas Burn 32 17 (5) 15 (3) 50 48 +2 41
3 Kansas City Wiz 32 17 (5) 15 (2) 61 63 -2 41
4 San Jose Clash 32 15 (3) 17 (6) 50 50 0 39
5 Colorado Rapids 32 11 (2) 21 (4) 44 59 -15 29

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