|Full name||John Wolyniec|
|Date of birth||January 24, 1977|
|Place of birth||Staten Island, New York, United States|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|1999||Long Island Rough Riders||27||(15)|
|2000||→ MLS Pro-40 (loan)||3||(0)|
|2000||→ Milwaukee Rampage (loan)||4||(3)|
|2001||New England Revolution||1||(0)|
|2001||Rochester Raging Rhinos||15||(1)|
|2006||Los Angeles Galaxy||10||(1)|
|2006–2010||New York Red Bulls||75||(8)|
|2015–||New York Red Bulls II|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of July 27, 2010|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of April 4, 2009
John Wolyniec (born January 24, 1977) is a retired American soccer player who is currently serving as head coach of New York Red Bulls II of the USL. Wolyniec was a United States international and played twelve seasons in Major League Soccer as a center forward before entering coaching.
Youth and Amateur
Wolyniec is native of Staten Island, New York City and attended Monsignor Farrell High School before playing four years of college soccer at Fordham University, where he led the nation in goals in 1998.
Wolyniec was drafted in the first round (seventh overall) by the MetroStars in the 1999 MLS College Draft, but being a high pick was not enough to keep him on the squad, as he was cut before playing any games. Wolyniec signed with the Long Island Rough Riders of the A-League and led the team in goals. In the midst of the worst season in league history, the Metros called him up for a late season stretch and he promptly scored in his first game with the team.
In 2000, the Chicago Fire re-drafted Wolyniec with the 44th overall pick of the 2000 MLS SuperDraft. That season, the Fire sent him on loan with the MLS Project 40 and the Milwaukee Rampage where he scored three goals in four games. Back with the Fire, he scored just one goal all year, and, after scoring one early in 2001, was traded to the New England Revolution for Eric Wynalda. New England promptly cut John after he played one game. He spent the next two years in the A-League, with the Rochester Rhinos in 2001 and with the Milwaukee Rampage in 2002. He was named the MVP of the league final during his time with the Rampage.
Then-MetroStars head coach Bob Bradley re-acquired Wolyniec in the 2003 MLS Supplemental Draft. Wolyniec came into his own during his second stint with the team, scoring a number of key goals, including two overtime game-winners and a late winner in the U.S. Open Cup semifinals against D.C. United. He finished the year with five MLS goals (seven in all competitions).
On May 26, 2004 Wolyniec scored two goals and assisted on another in a 3-1 victory over Boavista F.C. of the Portuguese Liga. Even as the team signed a trio of foreign strikers in 2004, he kept his starting place, scored ten goals to tie for the team lead, and began to mature into a team leader. But after scoring two goals in eight games in 2005, he was traded to the Columbus Crew in exchange for prolific scorer Ante Razov.
After scoring three goals for the Crew, Wolyniec was dealt in May 2006 to Los Angeles Galaxy in a four-player deal. In August, he was traded again, joining New York Red Bulls for his third stint with the club formerly known as MetroStars.
The 2007 and 2008 seasons saw Wolyniec primarily as a reserve player for New York, managing to score 3 goals in 21 appearances in 2007 and being held scoreless in 19 regular season appearances in 2008. With the Red Bulls barely qualifying for the 2008 MLS Playoffs, Coach Juan Carlos Osorio surprisingly inserted Wolyniec into the starting lineup for the club's first leg match against the defending champion Houston Dynamo, Wolyniec would assist on Juan Pablo Angel's goal in a match that ended 1-1. With New York needing a victory to advance out of the first round for the second time in team history, Osorio repeated the same lineup that drew 1-1. Wolyniec was again a key figure scoring the third goal in a 3-0 rout of Houston in Robertson Stadium. Wolyniec continued his fine play in the Western Conference Final, helping set up the Red Bulls' lone goal in the 1-0 victory over Real Salt Lake, and thus advancing to the club's first ever MLS Cup Final. In the MLS Cup Final, Wolyniec scored the Red Bulls lone goal in a 3-1 loss to the Columbus Crew. During the 2009 season Wolyniec was the only New York player to score in all competitions that the club participated in (League, US Open Cup, CONCACAF Champions League). On May 12, 2010 Wolyniec had his first multi-goal game for the New York Red Bulls scoring two goals in a 3-0 victory over New England Revolution in a 2010 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup qualification match. On May 26, 2010 Wolyniec recorded another two goals in a 3-0 victory over Colorado Rapids leading the club to the Round of 16 of the 2010 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
Wolyniec was waived by New York on July 30, 2010 to make room on the roster for new signing Thierry Henry. On September 9, 2010, Wolyniec announced his retirement from professional soccer in order to take a position in the Red Bull Academy. Wolyniec ended his Red Bulls career beloved by supporters and ranks among the all-time club leaders in games played. On February 15, 2013 was promoted to Reserve Team Coach/Player Development Coordinator by the club.
In 2015, Wolyniec was named the first ever coach of New York Red Bulls II, the United Soccer League affiliate of the New York Red Bulls. In 2016, Wolyniec coached the Red Bulls II to both the best regular season record in league history. He then led the club to the championship, beating Swope Park Rangers 5-1 in the final.
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|USA||League||Open Cup||League Cup||North America||Total|
|1999||MetroStars||Major League Soccer||4||1||-||-||-||-||-||-||4||1|
|1999||Long Island Rough Riders||USISL A-League||27||15||-||-||1||1||-||-||28||16|
|2000||MLS Pro-40(loan)||USL A-League||3||0||-||-||-||-||-||-||3||0|
|2000||Milwaukee Rampage(loan)||USL A-League||4||3||-||-||-||-||-||-||4||3|
|2000||Chicago Fire||Major League Soccer||15||1||2||0||2||0||-||-||19||1|
|2001||New England Revolution||Major League Soccer||1||0||-||-||-||-||-||-||1||0|
|2001||Rochester Rhinos||USL A-League||15||1||1||0||-||-||-||-||16||1|
|2002||Chicago Fire||Major League Soccer||2||1||-||-||-||-||-||-||2||1|
|2002||Milwaukee Rampage||USL A-League||26||10||3||1||5||2||-||-||34||13|
|2003||MetroStars||Major League Soccer||25||5||5||2||1||0||-||-||31||7|
|2005||Columbus Crew||Major League Soccer||17||3||1||0||-||-||-||-||18||3|
|2006||Los Angeles Galaxy||Major League Soccer||10||1||-||-||-||-||-||-||10||1|
|2006||New York Red Bulls||Major League Soccer||11||3||-||-||2||0||-||-||13||3|
|2000||Chicago Fire||US Open Cup|
|2001||Rochester Raging Rhinos||USL A-League|
|2002||Milwaukee Rampage||USL A-League|
|2008||New York Red Bulls||MLS Western Conference (Playoffs)|
- Coffey, Wayne (21 September 1997). "Head of the Class Fordham's Wolyniec is Nation's Super Achiever". New York Daily News. Retrieved 28 February 2017.
- "WELCOME TO THE CLUB: Wolyniec inducted into Fordham Athletics Hall". Sports Vue Interactive. 16 January 2005. Retrieved 28 February 2017.
- 2000 MLS Project 40
- Fire duo scorches Thunder at Milwaukee: Wolyniec, Lavrinenko lead Rampage past Minnesota Archived 2011-07-08 at the Wayback Machine.
- 2000 Milwaukee Rampage
- League Final MVP Archived 2011-06-10 at the Wayback Machine.
- Scores twice against Boavista
- Helps Club to Cup Final
- Wolyniec scores twice in Open Cup
- Wolyniec leads Bulls to Round of 16
- "Wolyniec waived by Red Bulls". newyorkredbulls.com. 2010-07-30. Retrieved 2010-07-30.
- "Wolyniec joins Red Bulls Academy". Yahoo!Sports.com. 2010-09-09. Retrieved 2010-09-09.
- "Wolyniec named reserve team coach". newyorkredbulls.com. 2013-02-15. Retrieved 2013-02-15.
- National team call-up
- "John Wolyniec". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman.