New York Red Bulls
New York Red Bulls is a professional men’s soccer club that, despite its name, is actually based in the New Jersey city of Harrison. The club was formally set up in 1994 and went on to compete int he very first Major League Soccer tournament in 1996 – it was one of 10 clubs to do so. As of 2019, the league has grown significantly and there are now some 24 different clubs from throughout the USA and Canada taking part, with plans to introduce a further five teams in the near future. Back when the New York Red Bulls was first formed, it was known as the New York/New Jersey MetroStars. It ended up with its current name in 2006, following a rebranding by the new owners Red Bull GmbH.
The home field for the New York Red Bulls is the Red Bull Arena in Harrison, which lies approximately seven miles to the west of Lower Manhattan. It’s the third largest stadium in the USA that’s specially designed for soccer games and has a maximum seating capacity of 25,000. Despite being an MLS member since its inception, New York Red Bulls has never actually won the MLS Cup. The club did, however, come second in 2008, losing out to the Columbus Crew club from Columbus, Ohio. Still, the club has managed to win the Supporters’ Shield on three separate occasions (2013, 2015 and 2018).
New York Red Bulls Roster
The club’s current roster consists of 28 players, with a 29th player currently on loan to FC Cincinnati. Across the roster, 12 different nationalities. The USA, of course, has the biggest representation with 15 of the club US nationals. Some of the 11 other nationalities represented include Austria, England, France, Jamaica and Venezuela.
The player with the most number of appearances to his name is American goalkeeper Luis Robles. He’s been playing for the club since 2012 and has tallied up 281 appearances to date. He won the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year award in 2015 and has more cleansheets to his name than any other New York Red Bulls player, with 89 to his name.
Trailing him is English forward Bradley Wright-Philipps, who’s been on the roster since 2013 and has played in 240 matches. He’s one of three players to be on the line-up thanks to the Designated Player Rule, which allows MLS clubs to sign no more than three players who would be considered outside of their regular salary limit. Bradley Wright-Philipps also holds the record for the most goals scored for the club, with 126 scored to date. This is more than double than the next best goal scorer, former player Juan Pablo Ángel, who tallied 62 goals from 2007-10. He’s also scored the single most goals in a single season, with 27 scored throughout the 2014 season. In recognition of his goal-scoring ability, he’s received the MLS Golden Boot award twice, first in 2014 then again in 2016.
Five of the players currently on the club’s roster earned their places thanks to the Homegrown Player Rule. This is a special concession from MLS that allows clubs to sign players that have gone through their own training academies and not necessarily one of MLS’ own training processes. The club’s own training centre is a $6 million purposely constructed training ground located in Hanover Township, New Jersey. Before its opening in 2013, the club didn’t have its own training ground as such and instead relied on other facilities.
The club’s current coach is American midfielder Chris Armas. His senior career as a professional soccer player lasted from 1994 to 2007, during which time he played for three national teams and represented the USA internationally. He’s been the club’s manager since July 2016 and is its twelfth manager so far.
New York Red Bulls Jersey
So far, there have been eight home jerseys worn by the club’s players. The first four of these, which were in use from 1996 to 2004, all featured black and red as the dominant colours. For the fifth iteration onwards (following on from the Red Bull rebranding), the main colours have been white and red. Adidas is the manufacturer of all MLS kits and so, the logo can be found prominently displayed on the jersey in the top right. Over on the top left is the club’s official logo, which features a crest with two red bulls charging towards each other.
The club’s jersey can be purchased from the official MLS online store. Here you’ll find a wide variety of items in the official New York Red Bulls colours and branded with the club’s logo. There are special deals to take advantage of, as well as various discounts.