Wednesday, August 3, 2011

New York Red Bulls

The New York Red Bulls are an American professional soccer club based in Harrison, New Jersey which competes in Major League Soccer (MLS), the top professional soccer league in the United States and Canada. 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 simply the MetroStars. On March 9, 2006, the team was sold to Red Bull GmbH, leading to the team's current name.

New York Red Bulls Costume

They are the only original MLS franchise to have failed to win any significant trophy (be it league, playoffs, or knockout competition) since inception. The team's best result in MLS play was the MLS Cup final in 2008. In the US Open Cup, the MetroStars reached three semifinals (1997, 1998, 2000), before finally reaching their first final in 2003, losing 1–0 to the Chicago Fire. On August 26, 2000, the Metros' Clint Mathis set an MLS record by scoring five goals in a game against the Dallas Burn.

New York Red Bulls Players:

  • (17 ) Juan Agudelo 
  • (3 )Chris Albright 
  • (10)  Mehdi Ballouchy 
  • (18)  Bouna Coundoul
  • (14)  Thierry Henry 
  • (6 ) Corey Hertzog
  • (31)  Alex Horwath 
  • (91)  Sacir Hot
  • (23)  Mike Jones
  • (15)  Matt Kassel 
  • (22)  Stephen Keel 
  • (12)  Tyler Lassiter 
  • (20) Joel Lindpere 
  • (4)  Rafa Marquez 
  • (11)  Dax McCarty 
  • (44)  Carlos Mendes 
  • (7)  Roy Miller 
  • (21)  Brian Nielsen
  • (32)  Marcos Paullo 
  • (5)  Tim Ream 
  • (19)  Dane Richards 
  • (33)  Carl Robinson 
  • (9)  Luke Rodgers 
  • (16)  John Rooney 
  • (1)  Frank Rost 
  • (39)  Teddy Schneider 
  • (8)  Jan Gunnar Solli 
  • (2)  Teemu Tainio 

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.

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 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 New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority (NJSEA) owned Giants Stadium along with the Izod Center and manages New Meadowlands Stadium. The team's headquarters are located in Harrison, New Jersey.

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.

New York Red Bulls are surprisingly emerged as winners in the pre-season Emirates Cup 2011. These results obtained after their draw against the host Arsenal 1-1, in the final duel at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday (31 / 7).With this result, the New York Red Bulls managed to occupy the top position. While Arsenal had to settle for being ranked third.

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