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New York Red Bulls
New York Red Bulls logo.svg
Full name New York Red Bulls
Founded 1995 as New York/New Jersey MetroStars
Stadium Red Bull Arena
Ground Capacity 25,000[1]
Owner Red Bull GmbH
Head Coach Jesse Marsch
League Major League Soccer
2015 Eastern Conference: 1st
Overall: 1st
Playoffs: Conference Finals
Website Club home page
Current season
Active teams of New York Red Bulls
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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 in 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 team is one of two MLS franchises representing New York, along with New York City FC.

The Red Bulls won the Supporters' Shield in 2013 and 2015. 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 semi-finals (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.


Early years[edit]

The club's original name was Empire Soccer Club,[2] 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.[2] The name MetroStars was chosen in reference to Metromedia, the media company founded by Kluge, after Nike's original suggestion "MetroFlash" was rejected.[3][4] The owners also considered but rejected buying the rights to the name "Cosmos".[5]

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.[6]

In 1996, the MetroStars made news when they selected players named Juninho and Túlio in the 1996 MLS Supplemental Draft.[7] This report set off an immediately positive reaction which was quickly crushed after the MetroStars revealed that they had not actually drafted well-known Brazilian players Juninho Paulista and Túlio Costa, as people had assumed.[8] The MetroStars waived both draftees on March 25, 1996.[9] 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.[10]

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.[11][12] 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.[citation needed] 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.


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.[13] 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; the MetroStars made it to the playoffs,[14] but yet another season ended in disappointment when 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,[15][16] it decided to completely re-brand the franchise, changing the name, colors, and logo, a move which drew mixed reactions.[17]

In 2006, the Red Bulls defeated German powerhouse Bayern Munich 4–2 in a friendly game in Giants Stadium. 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 guided the Red Bulls to the 2007 MLS playoffs, but they were eliminated by the New England Revolution. Two days later, on November 5, 2007, Arena resigned as coach of the Red Bulls.[18]

Former Chicago Fire and Millonarios coach Juan Carlos Osorio was announced as the new coach of the Red Bulls. Osorio led the Red Bulls to a good start in the 2008 season, despite some injuries. Danleigh Borman, drafted in the first round of the 2008 MLS Supplemental Draft, scored two goals in two games early on. Juan Pablo Ángel was the star player for the Red Bulls during this time period.

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.[19][20] 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.[21] New signing Rojas had two assists in the game. 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.[22] On August 11, the Red Bulls defeated rival D.C. United in a 4–1 win. This crucial win kept the Red Bulls in the tight Eastern Conference playoff race, though United did maintain the Atlantic Cup for another year.[23]

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. This win put the Red Bulls into the 2008 MLS Cup final against MLS Supporters' Shield winners, the Columbus Crew. The Red Bulls lost 3–1, with their lone goal coming from John Wolyniec.

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, which Seattle won 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.

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 by the team's lack of play, while others wanted then-Sporting Director Jeff Agoos fired. 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: New stadium[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 the 2010 preseason, including the first ever match at Red Bull Arena against Santos FC of Brazil, which the Red Bulls won 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.[24] 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.[25]

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.[26] The following week, the Red Bulls dominated arch-rivals D.C. 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.[27] 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.[28] The Red Bulls exited the US Open Cup in the quarterfinals, losing 4–0 to the Chicago Fire.[29] 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.[30] 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.[31]

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 Joel Lindpere.[32] 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.[33] In 2012, Red Bulls lost to Harrisburg City Islanders, 3–1, in the fourth round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.[34]

In late 2012, the Red Bulls qualified for the MLS Cup playoffs with a third-place finish in the Eastern Conference.[35] 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,[36] the Red Bulls would go on to lose their home leg 1–0 to D.C. United and were eliminated from the Eastern Conference semi-finals for the second straight year.[37]

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

2013-2014: The Petke Era[edit]

In the 2012–2013 off-season a large structural overhaul occurred within the 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.[38] 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 brought in players 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.[39]

Interim-Head Coach Mike Petke remained on as the full-time Head Coach.[40] This marked the first time in club history a former player was put at the helm of New York.[41] Petke's first season in charge began with a 3–3 draw on March 3, 2013 away to the Portland Timbers.[42] Petke showed a knack for making 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.[43] 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.[44]

Petke 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.[45] 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.[46] However, after putting on impressive displays, the team went on a two-month undefeated streak and won the 2013 Supporters' Shield as the team with the best regular-season record. This win also secured the top seed and home-field advantage in the MLS Cup post-season tournament.[47]

In the 2014 season, the Red Bulls qualified for the 2014 MLS playoffs, and eliminated Sporting Kansas City in the knockout round of the playoffs, advancing to face D.C. United. The Red Bulls made it to the Eastern Conference final to face the New England Revolution, but were defeated. After months of speculation, it was revealed that Thierry Henry would not re-sign with the Red Bulls, and eventually revealed that he was retiring from soccer.

2015–Present: The Curtis/Marsch Era[edit]

On December 23, 2014, former MLS executive Ali Curtis replaced the retiring Andy Roxburgh as Sporting Director.[48] Two weeks later, on January 7, 2015, Petke was fired as head coach[49] and replaced with Jesse Marsch, effective immediately.[50] In his first season, Marsch implemented a high pressure system and led the Red Bulls to their second Supporter's Shield, qualifying for the 2015 MLS playoffs and reaching the Eastern Conference Final where they were ultimately defeated by the Columbus Crew.[51]

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 A.C. Milan). Since the Red Bull takeover, the team has worn a predominantly white jersey with red trim, and a prominent Red Bull logo.


Opening day at Red Bull Arena 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.[52] 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]

The Red Bulls currently operate a training center in Hanover, New Jersey. The $6 million[53] facility covers about 15 acres of the 73 acre property and includes four fields, three 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.[54]

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.[55][56] In April 2015, the team erected an additional training building, which includes two team locker rooms, a multipurpose weight and cardio area, a treatment room, exam room, coach and staff lockers, lavatories for both men and women and other miscellaneous areas.[54]

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

Club culture[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 Ultras. Sections 133, 101, and 102 are collectively known as the "South Ward".[60]

New York have 11,000 season ticket holders for the upcoming 2016 MLS Season.[61]


The Red Bulls' main rival is D.C. United, against whom they compete for the Atlantic Cup.[62] The New England Revolution[63] and the Philadelphia Union are also rivals of the Red Bulls. The Red Bulls had not defeated the Revolution at the latter's home venue Gillette Stadium for 12 years, until a 2–0 win on June 8, 2014,[64] intensifying the rivalry.[65] 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.

In 2015, the Red Bulls faced off against another team from the New York metropolitan area in MLS league play for the first time, when New York City FC entered MLS.[66][67][68] Although initially regarded as a manufactured rivalry with little of the traditional banter apparent between long-time local rivals,[69] the first meetings between the teams dislayed an increasing level of animosity between the two sides.[70] The Red Bulls won the first ever encounter between the two, a league game on May 10, 2015, at Red Bull Arena.[71] Matches between the two teams were marred by a series of brawls between their supporters.[72]

Although the rivalry with NYCFC was built to be the major one for the Red Bulls, this was not the first time that they played against teams from the New York area, as they played matches in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in both 2011 (against F.C. New York, who have since folded) and 2014 (against the New York Cosmos).[73] The Red Bulls also played against the Cosmos in the 2015 U.S. Open Cup, to a 4–1 victory.[citation needed]


Since its inception as the MetroStars in 1996, Red Bulls matches have been televised by MSG and MSG Plus. 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 announcers.[74]

In 2015, the Red Bulls launched streaming audio game broadcasts from the club's official site, with Matt Harmon and former MetroStar and Red Bull Steve Jolley on the English-language call, and Ernesto Motta in Spanish. Late in 2015, the club launched a streaming internet station with TuneIn, becoming the first MLS club to provide 24-hour streaming content to its fan base.

Players and staff[edit]

For details on former players, see All-time New York Red Bulls roster.

Current roster[edit]

As of February 9, 2016.[75]

No. Position Player Nation
2 Defender Thomsen, ScottScott Thomsen (HGP)     United States
3 Defender Baah, GideonGideon Baah      Ghana
4 Midfielder Adams, TylerTyler Adams (HGP)     United States
5 Defender Lade, ConnorConnor Lade (HGP)     United States
6 Midfielder Corboz, MaelMael Corboz (HGP)     United States
7 Midfielder Etienne, DerrickDerrick Etienne (HGP)     Haiti
8 Midfielder Felipe, Felipe      Brazil
9 Forward Abang, AnatoleAnatole Abang      Cameroon
10 Midfielder Sam, LloydLloyd Sam      Ghana
11 Midfielder McCarty, DaxDax McCarty      United States
13 Forward Grella, MikeMike Grella      United States
15 Midfielder Zizzo, SalSal Zizzo      United States
16 Midfielder Kljestan, SachaSacha Kljestan      United States
17 Midfielder Thorsheim, ChrisChris Thorsheim (HGP)     United States
18 Goalkeeper Meara, RyanRyan Meara      United States
20 Forward Muyl, AlexAlex Muyl (HGP)     United States
21 Forward Allen, BrandonBrandon Allen (HGP)     United States
22 Defender Ouimette, KarlKarl Ouimette      Canada
23 Defender Zubar, RonaldRonald Zubar      Guadeloupe
24 Goalkeeper Reynish, KyleKyle Reynish      United States
25 Defender Duvall, ChrisChris Duvall      United States
27 Midfielder Davis, SeanSean Davis (HGP)     United States
30 Midfielder Verón, GonzaloGonzalo Verón (DP)     Argentina
31 Goalkeeper Robles, LuisLuis Robles      United States
55 Defender Perrinelle, DamienDamien Perrinelle      France
92 Defender Lawrence, KemarKemar Lawrence      Jamaica
98 Midfielder Wright-Phillips, ShaunShaun Wright-Phillips      England
99 Forward Wright-Phillips, BradleyBradley Wright-Phillips (DP)     England
Defender McLaws, ShawnShawn McLaws      United States

Technical staff[edit]

As of November 2015.[76]
Position Name
Sporting Director Ali Curtis
Head coach Jesse Marsch
Assistant coach Denis Hamlett
Assistant coach Chris Armas
Goalkeeping coach Preston Burpo[77]
Director of Youth Development Robert Montgomery
Head of scouting Cristian da Silva
Fitness coach David Alvarez

Other Officials[edit]

As of November 2015.[76][78]
Position Name
Head of Global Soccer Oliver Mintzlaff
Global Soccer Coordinator Jochen Schneider
Global Sporting Director Ralf Rangnick
New York General Manager Marc de Grandpre

Player development[edit]


The New York Red Bulls Academy is the multi-layered youth system of the New York Red Bulls. It is the first cost-free program in MLS[79] that provides a professional soccer training environment for youth players in the New York metropolitan area. The soccer programs are operated as part of a global approach to player development.[80]

New York Red Bulls II[edit]

New York Red Bulls II was established in 2015. It is a reserve team that competes in the United Soccer League, the third tier of the American soccer pyramid.

The fully professional team completed its inaugural USL season with a 12-10-6 record in fourth place of the Eastern Conference. The team won its first playoff game against Pittsburgh Riverhounds and advanced as far as the Eastern Conference semifinals in the 2015 USL Playoffs.[81]

A team mostly composed of NYRB II players defeated Chelsea F.C. in a 2015 friendly.[82]




Year Reg. Season MLS Playoffs U.S. Open Cup 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
1998 3rd, East (15–17) Quarter-finals Semi-finals
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
2006 4th, East (9–11–12) Quarter-finals Quarter-finals
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 Quarterfinals 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]

  • All-Time regular season record: 235 wins, 244 losses, 121 draws (Through November 29, 2014)
  • Scored the fastest goal in Major League Soccer history (5 seconds into the game vs the Philadelphia Union on October 18, 2015 at Red Bull Arena)

Player records[edit]

MLS regular season only, through November 29, 2014


Single season

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
2014 19,421 21,527
2015 19,657 25,219

Historical staff[edit]

Head coaches[edit]

Name Nat Tenure
Eddie Firmani  Italy (1996)
Carlos Queiroz  Portugal (July 1, 1996 – December 31, 1996)
Carlos Alberto Parreira  Brazil (January 1, 1997 – December 31, 1997)
Alfonso Mondelo  Spain (1998)
Bora Milutinović  Serbia (Sept 1998–Oct 99)
Octavio Zambrano  Ecuador (January 1, 2000 – October 8, 2002)
Bob Bradley  United States (October 21, 2002 – October 4, 2005)
Mo Johnston  Scotland (February 1, 2005 – June 27, 2006)
Richie Williams (Interim)  United States (June 28, 2006 – August 12, 2006)
Bruce Arena  United States (July 18, 2006 – November 5, 2007)
Juan Carlos Osorio  Colombia (December 18, 2007 – August 21, 2009)
Richie Williams (Interim)  United States (August 21, 2009 – January 7, 2010)
Hans Backe  Sweden (January 7, 2010 – December 31, 2012)
Mike Petke  United States (January 24, 2013 – January 6, 2015)
Jesse Marsch  United States (January 7, 2015 – present)

General managers/sporting directors[edit]

Name Nat From To
Charlie Stillitano  United States 1996 1999
Nick Sakiewicz  United States 2000 2005
Alexi Lalas  United States 2005 2006
Marc de Grandpre  Canada 2006 (interim) 2006
Bruce Arena  United States 2006 2007
Jeff Agoos  United States 2008 2009
Erik Solér  Norway 2009 2012
Jerome de Bontin *General manager  France 2012 2014
Andy Roxburgh *sporting director  Scotland 2012 2014
Ali Curtis *sporting director  United States 2015 present


Name Nat Tenure
John Kluge & Stuart Subotnick  United States (1995 - 2001)
Anschutz Entertainment Group  United States (2001 - 2006)
Red Bull GmbH  Austria (2006–present)

Notable players[edit]

Some well-known players that have competed for the club include: Thierry Henry, Tim Howard, Youri Djorkaeff, Lothar Matthäus, Roberto Donadoni, Rafael Márquez, Tim Cahill, Juninho, Juan Pablo Ángel, Claudio Reyna, brothers Shaun and Bradley Wright-Phillips, Tab Ramos, Branco, Tony Meola, Alexi Lalas, Clint Mathis, Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, Giovanni Savarese, Eddie Pope, Sacha Kljestan, Markus Schopp, Adolfo Valencia, Amado Guevara, Péguy Luyindula, Jan Gunnar Solli, and Tim Ream.

See also[edit]


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