The Austrian soft drink company, Red Bull, bought the team on March 9, 2006. Like their other club, Red Bull Salzburg, the company rebranded the team to represent their company.
Hans Backe 2010-
Red Bull Arena 2010-
First Game Played April 13, 1996
600 Cape May Street
Harrison, NJ 07029
Giants Stadium 1996-2009
Red Bull Arena 2010-Present
MLS Cup MVP:
2000 (17-12-3; 54 points)
1999 (7-25; 15 points)
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NY/NJ MetroStars 1996-2001
Red Bull New York 2006-Present
MLS Cup Champions:
MLS Cup Appearances: (1)
Supporter's Shield Winner:
Semi-Finals Appearances: (2)
Confernce Champions: (2)
Playoff Appearances: (12)
1996, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011
All-Star Games Hosted: (3)
1996, 1997, 2011
All-Star Game MVP: (1)
2004 Amado Guevara M
Coach of the Year:
Rookie of the Year: (1)
2001 Rodrigo Faria F
Scoring Champion: (1)
2004 Amado Guevara M
Goalkeeper of the Year: (1)
2001 Tim Howard
Defender of the Year:
2004 Amado Guevara M
1996: On April 13th, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, the MetroStars would play their first ever match, a 2-1 loss to the Los Angeles Galaxy. A week later, they would play their first home game in front of 46,826 fans. That, too, would end in defeat for the Metros as they dropped a 1-0 decision to the New England Revolution. The stars included Tab Ramos, Giovanni Savarese, and coach Eddie Firmani. In the middle of the season, Firmani would resign and Carlos Queiroz would take over. The MetroStars would play well the rest of the way and earn a playoff berth with a record of 15-17. Their playoff run would be short-lived as they were swept by eventual champions DC United. In December, Carlos Quieiroz would resign to take a coaching position in the J-League in Japan.
1997: In February, the MetroStars announced the signing of their new coach, Carlos Alberto Parreira, who coached Brazil to the World Cup championship three years earlier. But it wouldn't help the team much as they missed the playoffs with a record of 13-19. Parreira would leave the MetroStars searching for a coach again as he would accept the head coaching job for the Saudi Arabian national team.
1998: The MetroStars new coach, Alfonso Mondelo, would become the fourth in the team's history. Under Mondelo, the Metros would improve and finish with a record of 15-17. In the playoffs, the Metros would lose in three games to the Columbus Crew. Mondelo would be fired in the middle of September following a six-game losing streak.
1999: Under Bora Milutinovic, who led the USA to the second round of World Cup USA '94, the MetroStars would struggle immensely and finish with a record of 7-25, which was the worst in league history. Following the season, Milutinovic would be fired and replaced by Octavio Zambrano.
2000: In addition to Zambrano, the MetroStars would acquire German star Lothar Matthaus. The acquisitions would seem to spark the MetroStars as they would grab hold of first place in the Eastern Division in July and never look back. After posting the worst record in MLS history the year before, the MetroStars won the division and were seeded 3rd in the playoffs with a record of 17-12-3. In the playoffs, the Metros kept the momentum going as they swept the Dallas Burn in the first round. In the next round, they would go up against the Chicago Fire. The MetroStars would win one game, but the Fire would recover and win the next two to end the Metros' historic season.
2001: In Zambrano's second season as coach, the MetroStars would suffer a major loss as Clint Mathis suffered an ACL tear while practicing for the US National Team, missing the remainder of the season. But there were other stars to take his place. Goalkeeper Tim Howard and Mike Petke would help the Metros to a 13-10-3 record and the 6th seed in the playoffs. The MetroStars would hold a 4 points to 1 lead on the 3rd seed Los Angeles Galaxy, but the Galaxy would win the third game and the series tiebreaker, sending the MetroStars home for the winter.
2002: The largest trade in MLS history occurred in May as the Metros acquired Mamadou Diallo, Andy Williams and Ted Chronopoulos from the New England Revolution. The Revs, in turn, received Brian Kamler, Diego Serna and Daniel Hernandez. The trade wouldn't do much for the MetroStars as a late season slump bumped them out of the playoffs with a record of 11-15-2. Following then season, Octavio Zambrano was relieved of his coaching duties.
2003: The MetroStars would hire away Bob Bradley from the Chicago Fire to help bring the team to the next level. In the middle of July, goalkeeper Tim Howard was allocated to Manchester United. The Metros, with 16-year-old surprise star, Eddie Gaven, played well and qualified for the playoffs with a record of 11-10-9. But the MetroStars would lose their aggregate goal series to the New England Revolution, 3 goals to 1.
2004: The MetroStars season would get off to a rough start as they posted a 5-5-4 record in the first 3 months. Among the bright spots on the Metros was Armado Guevara, who would have a terrific season, capturing All-Star and regular season MVP honors, while sharing the scoring title with Pat Noonan of the New England Revolution. Once the All-Star Game was behind them, the club continued their mediocre play, finishing with a record of 11-12-7, good for 3rd in the Eastern Conference. However, their stay in the playoffs was brief as the Metros were shut out by DC United, 2-0 in both games.
2005: Hosting Real Salt Lake's first game with a scoreless tie would send the MetroStars in a slide in which they won only five of their first 14 games. When they acquired Tony Meola from Kansas City in July, their playoff chances wouldn't get much better as a mediocre late summer and early fall put the club in jeopardy. A three game winning streak would be just enough to put them in the playoffs ahead of the Wizards with a record of 12-9-11. In the first leg of their playoff series with New England, the Metros seemed well on their way to an upset with a 1-0 win. The team looked just as solid in the second half of their second game going up 2-0 on aggregate. But as they had all season, the Revolution rallied and scored three unanswered goals to stun the MetroStars and end their season.
2006: Immediately upon purchasing the club, the Red Bull company rebranded the MetroStars to the New York Red Bulls. A horrible first two months without a win left the Bulls in dead last in MLS going into June. Following a failed World Cup campaign, Bruce Arena would arrive to the Red Bulls sidelines as coach. Arena as well as youngster Jozy Altidore would help the Red Bulls to the final Eastern Conference playoff spot with a record of 9-11-12. Despite Altidore's best efforts, DC United would end the Bulls' season, 2-1.
2007: Starting the season with a 3-0-1 stretch brought a touch of optimism to New York as the Red Bulls. But the club went through a tough stretch of mediocrity, winning at least one game in every month, but showing signs of slipping. At season's end, the Red Bulls were in fourth place in the East with a record of 12-11-7. In the playoffs, the Red Bulls fell victim to Taylor Twellman's goal in the second leg of the series and dropped their aggregate goal series, 1-0. In the off-season, Bruce Arena was relieved of his duties and replaced by Juan Carlos Osorio.
2008: Under new Coach Juan Carlos Osorio, the Red Bulls got off to a good start, despite some injuries. A big reason for the good play early in the season was South African midfielder Danleigh Borman, who made an early push for Rookie of the Year after scoring two goals in two games. However, in the middle of the season the departures of Jozy Altidore, who signed a six year deal with La Liga club Villarreal CF for a record $10 million transfer fee, the highest for any American soccer player, and the retirement of Claudio Reyna threatened to derail Red Bull New York's playoff hopes. However, Jorge Rojas, Juan Pietravallo, Diego Jimenez, and Gabriel Cichero all played a key role as the Red Bulls made a late season playoff push becoming the last team to get into the playoffs despite finishing in fifth place with a 10-11-9 record. Slipping into the playoffs the Red Bulls were in the Western Conference playoff bracket as they posted a better record then the fourth place Colorado Rapid. Matched up against the two time defending champion Houston Dynamo the Red Bulls were not given much of a chance of advancing in the playoffs. However, with a stunning 3-0 win in Game 2, the Red Bulls won the aggregate series 4-1. In the semifinals the Red Bulls continued their stunning run, as Dave van den bergh scored the lone goal beating Real Salt Lake 1-0.
2008 MLS Cup: In the MLS Cup for the first time ever, Red Bull New York faced the regular season champion Columbus Crew in suburban Los Angeles. The date on the calendar said November 23rd, but it might as well been midnight, as the Red Bulls miraculous run came to a disappointing end with a 3-1 loss to the Crew.
2009: A 3-0 loss in the season opener to expansion Seattle Sounders FC seemed to be a harbinger of tough times in the season for the Red Bulls a year after losing in MLS Cup, going on two separate five game losing streaks and not winning a single game on the road. At the end of the season, the Red Bulls sat dead last in MLS with a very disappointing 5-19-6 record.
2010: In their first match at brand new Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ, the Red Bulls defeated the Chicago Fire and it would set the team off to a worst-to-first campaign, winning five of their first six games. After some inconsistent play in the final months, the Red Bulls would hold off a late charge by the Columbus Crew to finish on top of the East at 15-9-6. But in the conference semifinal, the Red Bulls would concede a late goal and lose their aggregate series to the San Jose Earthquakes 3-2.
2011: With their first full season with Thierry Henry on board, the Red Bulls would start of the season on a good note, going on a 4-1-2 stretch out of the gate before stumbling into four ties in a row during the late stages of the spring. As they slogged through the summer, the Red Bulls' participation in the US Open Cup seemed to have put a fatigue factor in their playoff race, but they managed to grab the final wild card spot with a record of 10-8-16. In that game, the Red Bulls shut out FC Dallas before losing in the next round to the LA Galaxy 3-1 on aggregate.
Carlos Queiroz 1996
Eddie Firmani 1996
Carlos Alberto Parreira 1997
Alfonzo Mondelo 1998
Bora Milutinovic 1998-1999
Octavio Zambrano 2000-2002
Bob Bradley 2003-2005
Mo Johnston 2005-2006
Richie Williams 2006
Bruce Arena 2006-2007
Juan Carlos Osorio 2008-2009
Richie Williams 2009
Hans Backe 2010-Present
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