The New York Red Bulls are an American professional soccer club that is based in Harrison, New Jersey. The Red Bulls compete as a member of the Eastern Conference of Major League Soccer (MLS). The club was founded in 1994 and began playing in the MLS’s inaugural season in 1996 as the New York/New Jersey MetroStars.
They became the New York Red Bulls in 2006 after the team was sold to Red Bull and were re-branded as part of Red Bull’s plan to create a global network of football clubs, clubs which include Red Bull Salzburg based in Austria and Red Bull Leipzig based in Germany.
The team has played in Red Bull Arena since 2010 and are one of two teams based in New York, the other being New York City FC, who entered the league in 2015.
The Red Bulls have reached the MLS Cup final once in 2008 where they lost to the Columbus Crew. They’ve also won three MLS Supporters’ Shield and have reached the US Open final twice, losing on both occasions.
Bill Petke was the head coach for Red Bulls’ first Supporters’ Shield in 2013 before he was surprisingly fired before the 2014/15 season. Ali Curtis was appointed as the Sporting Director who then appointed former Montreal Impact head coach Jesse Marsch. Then came, the greatest ever period for the New York Red Bulls.
The Greatest Era, Coaches, and Players of the New York Red Bulls
Marsch implanted a high-press tactical system based around new signings Sacha Kljestan, Mike Grella and all-time Red Bulls top scorer Bradley Wright Phillips. They ended winning their second Supporter’s Shield and reached the Eastern Conference Final of the MLS Cup before being defeated by the Columbus Crew.
Marsch led the Red Bulls to several records during his tenure, including the MLS record for the largest victory margin when they defeated New York City FC 7-0 in the Hudson River Derby in May 2016. The Red Bulls also qualified for their first-ever CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals with a 0-0 draw at Guatemalan club Antigua GFC.
In the 2018 CONCACAF Champions League, they became the first MLS team to win by multiple goals on Mexican soil, with a 2-0 defeat of Tijuana in the quarterfinals. Marsch announced he would leave his role as coach days before the third Hudson River Derby of the 2018 MLS season.
Assistant coach Chris Armas took over from Marsch who followed in Marsch’s footsteps with a third Supporters’ Shield in the 2018 season as well as qualification for the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League.
Red Bulls’ all-time leading appearance maker is current goalkeeper Luis Robles who’s played 206 games for the Red Bulls and counting. He also holds the record for most minutes played in the MLS regular season with 18,540 minutes and 63 total shutouts.
Perhaps their greatest ever player is an Englishman, that goes by Bradley Wright-Phillips. The son of Arsenal legend Ian Wright, Wright-Phillips has etched his name in New York Red Bulls’ folklore with 106 goals, their greatest ever goalscorer.
The Red Bulls have had their fair share of huge football names play for their club including 1998 FIFA World Cup winner and 2000 Euro Championship winner Youri Djorkaeff, who also captained the team from 2005-2006. Arsenal’s leading top scorer and one of the greatest strikers of all time in Thierry Henry played for the club from 2010-2014 and captained the team for three of those years.