Saturday, July 30, 2011

Club focus - New York Red Bulls

New York Red Bulls, who play at Harrison Park in New Jersey were one of the ten clubs who formed the MLS in 1996. They also hold the unpleasent record of being the only MLS club not to have won a major trophy, all this despite boasting some big name players over the years of the calibre of Donadoni, Matthaus, Djorkaeff and er, Juan Pablo Angel. At the moment their star player is Thierry Henry, which is probably one of the reasons that they have been included in the Emirates Cup. As well as some famous old players they have also had some famous foreign coaches, such as Carlos Quieroz, Carlos Alberto Parreira and the controversial ex-Rangers and Celtic player Mo Johnston. They have also been coached by two of the biggest names in US 'soccer', Bob Bradley and Bruce Arena, both of whom have had more success with the national team. Their current coach is Sven Goran Erikkson's ex-right hand man, Hans Backe.

New York Red Bull haven't always been New York Red Bulls, in fact they started out life as New York / New Jersey Metro Stars:

However, they probably rightly thought that was a bit of a mouthful and between 1998 and 2005 they were simply known as Metro Stars.

In 2005 soft drink firm / super brand Red Bull bought out the club. Unlike in Austria where Red Bull bought out Salzburg the deal went well with the fans off the pitch, but still hasn't seen the trophies come into the cabinet. Nevertheless, it feels like it's only a matter of time before New York Red Bulls start to achieve a similar success to Red Bull Salzburg and the Red Bull Formula 1 racing team.

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