New York Red Bulls
The New York Red Bulls are an American professional soccer club based in Harrison, New Jersey. The Red Bulls compete as a member of the Eastern Conference of Major League Soccer (MLS). The club was established in October 1994 and began play in the league's inaugural season in 1996 as the New York/New Jersey MetroStars. In 2006, the team was sold to Red Bull GmbH and re-branded as part of the company's global network of football clubs, leading to the team's current name.
|Founded||1994 as ;|
New York/New Jersey MetroStars
|Stadium||Red Bull Arena|
Harrison, New Jersey
|Owner||Red Bull GmbH|
|Head coach||Chris Armas|
|League||Major League Soccer|
|2019||Eastern Conference: 6th|
Playoffs: First round
The Red Bulls have played their home matches at Red Bull Arena since 2010, having previously played at Giants Stadium. The club is one of two teams in MLS based in the New York metropolitan region along with New York City FC, which entered the league in 2015. The two sides compete against each other in the Hudson River Derby. The team's current head coach is former United States international midfielder Chris Armas.
The Red Bulls have reached the MLS Cup final once in 2008 where they were defeated by the Columbus Crew. The club has won three regular season Supporters' Shield titles in 2013, 2015 and 2018, and has also twice reached the final of the U.S. Open Cup in 2003 and 2017, losing on both occasions.
The club's original name was Empire Soccer Club, which gave birth to the name of the team's largest supporters' group, Empire Supporters Club. The team's original owners were John Kluge and Stuart Subotnick. The name MetroStars was chosen in reference to Metromedia, the media company founded by Kluge, after Nike's original suggestion "MetroFlash" was rejected. The owners also considered but rejected buying the rights to the name "Cosmos".
Tab Ramos, the first player to sign with MLS, became the first MetroStars player, and was soon joined by 1994 FIFA World Cup teammate Tony Meola and A.C. Milan star midfielder Roberto Donadoni. 1990 World Cup player Peter Vermes was named the first team captain, but it was the previously unknown Venezuelan Giovanni Savarese who became the Metros' first breakthrough star. The team's first coach was Eddie Firmani of New York Cosmos fame.
In 1996, the MetroStars made news when they selected players named Juninho and Túlio in the 1996 MLS Supplemental Draft. This report set off an immediately positive reaction which was quickly crushed after the MetroStars revealed that they had not actually drafted well-known Brazilian players Juninho Paulista and Túlio Costa, as people had assumed. The MetroStars waived both draftees on March 25, 1996. While the identity of "Juninho" was later discovered, the true name and club history of "Tulio" remains unknown. This bizarre episode has entered MetroStars folk lore.
When the league began play in 1996, it was expected that the MetroStars would quickly become the league's dominant team. This expectation never materialized. Despite famous players and high-profile coach, the team never seemed to click together. The team's first home game against the New England Revolution proved to be a harbinger of things to come. Former Juventus defender Nicola Caricola inadvertently flipped a cross into his own net in the dying minutes to hand New England a 1–0 win in front of 46,000 fans.
The resulting play would later be dubbed the "Curse of Caricola" by fans to explain the team's inability to come through with a domestic trophy in their history. Firmani left after eight games (3–5) and was replaced by former Portugal coach Carlos Queiróz, who did no better than even (12–12) the rest of the season. The team made it into the playoffs, only to lose to eventual champions D.C. United.
Starting in 1998, the team stopped referring to itself as New York/New Jersey, but it took a few years for the media and fans to catch up. The team went by just MetroStars, with no city, state or regional geographic name attached to it, a rarity in American sports.
The MetroStars bottomed out in 1999 with a record of 7–25 under former U.S. national team coach Bora Milutinović, the worst record in MLS history. Hoping to light a spark under the floundering club in 2000, the MetroStars dropped a bombshell by acquiring German international player Lothar Matthäus from Bayern Munich. Matthäus played in only 16 MLS games during the season and his tenure in the U.S. is considered a disappointment. The team did, however, leap from dead last to the conference title.
In 2003 the club hired new manager Bob Bradley, a New Jersey native known for winning multiple titles as an assistant with D.C. United and head coach with the Chicago Fire. Bradley led the team to the U.S. Open Cup final and a playoff berth in his first season. In 2004 the MetroStars became the first MLS team to win a trophy outside of North American soil with a victory in the La Manga Cup. The MetroStars defeated Ukraine's Dynamo Kyiv 3–2 in the semi-finals before edging Norway's Viking FK 1–0 in the final.
Bradley was fired during the 2005 season and assistant Mo Johnston was named interim head coach, guiding the team to seven points in its last three games; the MetroStars made it to the playoffs, but yet another season ended in disappointment when they were knocked out of the playoffs with a 3–2 loss to the New England Revolution.
Red Bull takeover (2006–2009)
On March 9, 2006, it was announced that Austrian energy drink conglomerate Red Bull GmbH had purchased the club, and as part of their sponsorship would completely re-brand the franchise, changing the name, colors, and logo, a move which drew mixed reactions. The club name was changed to "Red Bull New York" with the team now referred to as the "New York Red Bulls" by the league and media.
Red Bull had originally approached MLS about creating an expansion club in New York City proper, but concerns over the cost of buying out the MetroStars' territorial rights to the region, along with the expected difficulty in securing a stadium site in the city, led the company to purchase the MetroStars instead and take over their existing stadium project in Harrison, New Jersey. The territorial rights to a second New York area franchise reverted to MLS as part of the sale.
During the 2006 season, Red Bull fired Johnston and hired Bruce Arena, a Brooklyn native who had recently left the head coaching role with the United States national team. The team soon after signed national team captain Claudio Reyna as a designated player along with Colombian star Juan Pablo Angel, while teenage striker Jozy Altidore emerged as one of the league's brightest young talents. That summer the Red Bulls defeated German club Bayern Munich 4–2 in a friendly at Giants Stadium and lost a friendly against FC Barcelona 4–1 in front of a sold out crowd in East Rutherford. On August 18, 2007, the Red Bulls hosted the Los Angeles Galaxy for the league debut of David Beckham, drawing 66,238 fans. Arena guided the Red Bulls to the 2007 MLS playoffs, but they were eliminated in the first round by the New England Revolution. Two days later, on November 5, 2007, Arena resigned as coach of the Red Bulls. Red Bull then acquired Colombian coach Juan Carlos Osorio from Chicago Fire during the off-season.
In 2008, Altidore was sold to Spanish club Villarreal CF for a U.S. record transfer fee while Reyna retired due to chronic injuries in July. Over 47,000 tickets were sold to July 19 game versus the Los Angeles Galaxy, which was the team's and league's season record attendance. The game ended in a 2–2 draw with goals from Dave van den Bergh and Juan Pablo Ángel. The Red Bulls again played Spanish powerhouse FC Barcelona in a friendly match on August 6 before about 40,000 fans. They lost 6–2, with their goals scored by Jorge Rojas and Seth Stammler. On August 11, the Red Bulls defeated rival D.C. United in a 4–1 win, keeping the Red Bulls in the tight Eastern Conference playoff race, though United did maintain the Atlantic Cup for another year. Though they were the last team to qualify for the playoffs in the 2008 season, the Red Bulls made an impressive run, defeating two-time defending champions Houston Dynamo 4–1 on aggregate. The next week, they played Real Salt Lake in the Western Conference final at Rio Tinto Stadium in Utah. Dave van den Bergh put the Red Bulls ahead. This win put the Red Bulls into the 2008 MLS Cup final against MLS Supporters' Shield winners, the Columbus Crew. The Red Bulls lost 3–1, with their lone goal coming from John Wolyniec.
On March 19, 2009, at Qwest Field, the New York Red Bulls started the season against Seattle Sounders FC in Seattle's first ever MLS game, which Seattle won 3–0, with goals coming from Freddy Montero and Brad Evans. The official attendance of the game was 32,523. The tremendous run to the 2008 MLS Cup Final also brought another competition for the 2009 schedule, the CONCACAF Champions League 2009–10. The New York Red Bulls took part in the tournament's second edition, starting in the qualifying round against Trinidad and Tobago side W Connection.
The club's 2009 season was highly disappointing. They went on a 16-game winless streak which lasted from May 8 to August 23. They also endured a 23-game winless streak on the road which dated back to May 10, 2008 in a 2–1 win over the Los Angeles Galaxy, in which they finish the season at 0–17–3 on the road. In the preliminary round of the Champions League, the Red Bulls played to a 2–2 draw against W Connection. However, in the second round the Red Bulls were eliminated from group play, losing 2–1 at Giants Stadium. After the preliminary exit from the Champions League, many fans were disappointed by Osorio's rigid tactical style, while others wanted then-Sporting Director Jeff Agoos fired. On August 21, 2009, Osorio resigned from his position. Assistant Richie Williams again took over as the club's interim coach. In his second stint as interim, Williams led the Red Bulls to a 3–2–3 record despite finishing with a league-worst record of 5–6–19 (21 pts).
The Backe era and new stadium (2010–2012)
The 2010 season brought about a new stadium, a new sporting director and coaching staff, 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 hiring of veteran Swedish manager Hans Backe as head coach. Not long after Backe was confirmed as coach, he started to release many players signed by Osorio including Jorge Rojas, Danny Cepero, Carlos Johnson, and Walter García, while midfielder Matthew Mbuta's contract was not picked up for the 2010 season. Under the direction of Backe and newly hired Norwegian sporting director Erik Solér, the club began a new approach of signing veteran European players (mainly from Scandinavia and Britain) instead of the South American and Central American players that are usually sought after in MLS. With Backe as head coach, the Red Bulls went undefeated in the 2010 preseason, including the first ever match at Red Bull Arena against Santos FC of Brazil, which the Red Bulls won 3–1. In this preseason game, newly signed Estonian international midfielder Joel Lindpere became the first player to score a goal in Red Bull Arena. The Red Bulls carried this form into the first MLS match at Red Bull Arena against the Chicago Fire by winning 1–0 with the lone goal coming from Joel Lindpere. A week later, the Red Bulls defeated the Seattle Sounders 1–0 at Qwest Field in Seattle, breaking a 27-game road winless streak.
The club signed legendary French forward Thierry Henry as a designated player in July 2010. A month later on August 2, the Red Bulls signed their third designated player, Mexican international defender Rafael Márquez. The signing of Márquez established the Red Bulls as the first MLS team to have three designated players. With these new additions, the Red Bulls improved further and clinched first place in the Eastern Conference for the first time since 2000. New York also set an MLS record for best one-season improvement, finishing with 51 points after having just 21 points the previous year. Despite the impressive turnaround, the season again ended in disappointment for the Red Bulls. The Eastern Conference semi-finals saw the Red Bulls fall to the San Jose Earthquakes. Joel Lindpere was named the season's Most Valuable Player.
Prior to the 2011 season Backe brought in a number of new European signings including Luke Rodgers, Jan Gunnar Solli, and Teemu Tainio, and announced that Thierry Henry would be the captain for the 2011 season. However the season also began with a cloud of controversy after the club fired longtime assistant coaches Richie Williams and Des McAleenan for undisclosed contract violations during training camp.
The Red Bulls opened the 2011 season sluggishly, with Henry's quiet goalscoring form and issues with set piece defending leading to a slew of winless streaks. In July the Red Bulls exited the U.S. Open Cup with a 4–0 quarterfinal loss to the Chicago Fire, drawing much negative attention from supporters due to Backe's decision to not attend the match in person and instead send a reserve squad to Chicago with assistant coach Mike Petke. Backe earned additional criticism during this period when he stated he had not been aware that he would lose so many players to summer international tournaments including the CONCACAF Gold Cup. In July the Red Bulls signed veteran German goalkeeper Frank Rost to a designated player contract to address the Red Bulls' goalkeeping woes after the struggles of Bouna Coundoul and Greg Sutton. The Red Bulls defeated Paris St. Germain on the way to winning the 2011 Emirates Cup friendly tournament hosted by Arsenal FC in London. The Red Bulls would eventually rally to qualify for the MLS Cup playoffs but lost on aggregate in the quarterfinals to eventual champions Los Angeles Galaxy to end the 2011 season.
Backe was retained for the 2012 season and Red Bull signed Australian World Cup and Premier League veteran Tim Cahill as a designated player in July. They qualified for the MLS Cup playoffs with a third-place finish in the Eastern Conference. However, after a 1–1 draw in the first leg in D.C., and having the second leg postponed twice due to Hurricane Sandy and a major snowstorm, the Red Bulls would go on to lose their home leg 1–0 to D.C. United and were eliminated from the Eastern Conference semi-finals for the second straight year. A few hours after the loss it was announced that Hans Backe's contract with the Red Bulls would not be renewed and he had been relieved of his duties. Mike Petke, the Red Bulls' most capped player and Backe's assistant, was placed in charge of soccer operations in the interim until a replacement for could be found.
The Petke era (2013–2014)
In the 2012–2013 off-season, a large structural overhaul occurred within the organization. In addition to Backe they parted ways with sporting director Erik Soler and brought in two people to split his former responsibilities; Andy Roxburgh was named sporting director and given responsibility for all technical and soccer operations, while Jerome de Bontin was named general manager, with an emphasis placed on corporate operations. With these changes at the top levels in place, several key players including designated player Rafael Márquez, Joel Lindpere, Kenny Cooper and Wilman Conde were either sold or traded. In an effort to revitalize the team, New York brought in players with a history of success, such as Brazilian World Cup veteran Juninho Pernambucano and former MLS Cup Champions such as Fabián Espíndola, Jámison Olave, and Kosuke Kimura.
On January 24, it was announced that Mike Petke remain in place as the permanent head coach, removing his interim status. This marked the first time in club history the team would be coached by a former MetroStars/Red Bulls player. Petke's first season in charge began with a 3–3 draw on March 3, 2013 away to the Portland Timbers. Petke showed a knack for making adjustments when he countered a slow 0–2–2 start by switching the formation from a 4–2–3–1 formation to a 4–4–2 – placing more emphasis on playing a strong defensive game, and playing up through the midfield. The rookie manager sought to turn the club around, and gain his first win by the end of the month. On March 30, 2013 he did just that against the Philadelphia Union, by the score of 2–1.
Petke sought to instill a more aggressive mindset into the team to make up for the relative lack of time the team had spent playing together. Some have called the team "mentally weak" due to how the team has fluctuated between scrappy play and impressive displays of form and moments of "playing down to" inferior teams. However, after putting on impressive displays, the team went on a two-month undefeated streak and won the 2013 Supporters' Shield as the team with the best regular-season record. This win also secured the top seed and home-field advantage in the MLS Cup post-season tournament.
In the 2014 season, the Red Bulls qualified for the 2014 MLS playoffs, and eliminated Sporting Kansas City in the knockout round of the playoffs, advancing to face D.C. United. The Red Bulls made it to the Eastern Conference final to face the New England Revolution, but were defeated. The club lost two of their designated players when it announced that Thierry Henry would retire following the season, while Tim Cahill was released during the offseason.
The Curtis/Marsch era (2015–2018)
On December 23, 2014, former MLS player and league office executive Ali Curtis replaced the retiring Andy Roxburgh as Sporting Director. In a surprise announcement two weeks later on January 7, 2015, Petke was released as head coach and replaced with former Montreal Impact coach Jesse Marsch. In his first season with Red Bull, Marsch implemented a high-pressure tactical system built around the talents of recently signed players such as Sacha Kljestan, Bradley Wright-Phillips and Mike Grella, while academy product Matt Miazga emerged as a key defender, eventually being signed by English club Chelsea following the season. The Red Bulls won their second Supporter's Shield, qualifying for the 2015 MLS playoffs and reaching the Eastern Conference Final where they were ultimately defeated by the Columbus Crew.
On May 21, 2016, the team tied an MLS record for largest victory margin, winning 7–0 at New York City FC. Marsch signed a multi-year extension in June 2016. On September 27, 2016, the Red Bulls qualified for their first ever CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series with a 0–0 draw at Guatemalan club Antigua GFC.
Prior to the 2017 season Ali Curtis left the club and was replaced by Denis Hamlett, who then sold captain and longest-tenured player Dax McCarty to the Chicago Fire for allocation money. Though highlighted by the emergence of homegrown talent Tyler Adams, the team went on to have a mixed campaign, with a sixth-place conference finish and quarterfinal playoff exit to Toronto FC while also reaching the final of the US Open Cup before losing a 2–1 result to Sporting Kansas City.
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. They eventually went on to win over two legs by an aggregate of 5–1 before a defeat to Chivas in the semifinal.
Days before the third Hudson River Derby of the 2018 MLS season, it was announced that Jesse Marsch would leave his role as coach effective immediately, with assistant coach Chris Armas taking over the role. Marsch, left the club, as most successful in franchise history, with one Supporters' Shield, topping the Eastern Conference twice, and runners up in the US Open Cup. He also left with most wins in the history of the franchise.
The Armas era (2018–)
Assistant coach Chris Armas replaced Jesse Marsch, who left the franchise after three and a half seasons. The Red Bulls won their third Supporters' Shield in the 2018 season after winning their last five games, as well as qualification for the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League.
Tyler Adams was sold to RB Leipzig in January 2019 for a sum of $3,000,000 and 33% of any future transfer earnings.
Colors and badge
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 A.C. Milan). Since the Red Bull takeover, the team has almost invariably worn white shirts with red shorts at home while using a combination of navy blue and yellow for road kits, each with a prominent Red Bull logo across the chest. Prior to the 2018 season the club unveiled a new entirely red shirt, replacing the traditional blue-yellow secondary kit.
|Giants Stadium||East Rutherford, New Jersey||1996–2009|
|Columbia Soccer Stadium||Manhattan, New York||1997; 1 match in U.S. Open Cup|
|Yurcak Field||Piscataway, New Jersey||1999, 2003; 3 matches in U.S. Open Cup|
|Mitchel Athletic Complex||Uniondale, New York||2000, 2002; 3 matches in U.S. Open Cup|
|Red Bull Arena||Harrison, New Jersey||2010–present|
|MSU Soccer Park at Pittser Field||Montclair, New Jersey||2019; 1 match in U.S. Open Cup|
The team is headquartered and plays their home matches at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey, which opened for the 2010 MLS season. The stadium has a seating capacity of 25,189. On March 20, 2010 the Red Bull team played an exhibition game against Santos FC in a 3–1 inaugural win. The first MLS league game took place in the new venue on March 27, 2010 with a 1–0 win over the Chicago Fire, the lone goal coming from Estonian international Joel Lindpere.
The Red Bulls Training Facility is located in Hanover Township, New Jersey and opened in June 2013. The $6 million facility covers about 15 acres of the 73 acre property and includes four fields, three grass and one turf, each the size of the one at Red Bull Arena. The middle field, which has a grass surface, is heated, while one turf field has lights.
The complex opened with four buildings, with the main one housing separate locker rooms for the senior team, academy teams and coaching staff, film analysis room, offices, a therapy room, a gym, a fitness/wellness area, a hot/cold tub room and a players' lounge, which includes a cafeteria that serves breakfast and lunch. In April 2015, the team opened a new 4,000 sq ft (370 m2) training building, which includes two team locker rooms, a multipurpose weight and cardio area, a treatment room, exam room, coach and staff lockers, lavatories for both men and women and other miscellaneous areas. In 2017, the team opened a 3,500 sq ft (330 m2) extension of the 2015 training building for the academy team and the third grass field.
In the past, the Red Bulls led a nomadic existence, making use of several other training grounds before finishing construction of the Hanover facility:
A variety of supporters clubs and groups have grown around the team since its inaugural year. The first of these was formed in 1995, prior to the inception of the team itself, as the Empire Supporters Club. 2005 saw the creation of the New Jersey-based Garden State Supporters, now the Garden State Ultras (GSU). The 2010 season's influx of personnel with a Scandinavian background led to the creation of the Viking Army Supporters Club.
The Red Bulls have designated some sections of Red Bull Arena as supporter specific. These included sections 101 for the Empire Supporters Club, 102 for the Viking Army, and section 133 for the Garden State Ultras. Sections 133, 101, and 102 are collectively known as the "South Ward".
The Red Bulls' oldest rival is D.C. United, against whom they compete for the Atlantic Cup. The New England Revolution and the Philadelphia Union are also rivals of the Red Bulls. The Red Bulls had not defeated the Revolution at the latter's home venue Gillette Stadium for 12 years, until a 2–0 win on June 8, 2014, intensifying the rivalry. These rivalries arise out of geographic proximity and as a reflection of longstanding rivalries between New York-area teams and other teams in Washington, D.C., Boston, and Philadelphia.
In 2015 the Hudson River Derby was born when the Red Bulls faced off against another team from the New York metropolitan area in MLS league play for the first time, when New York City FC entered MLS. Although initially regarded as a manufactured rivalry with little of the traditional banter apparent between long-time local rivals, the first meetings between the teams displayed an increasing level of animosity between the two sides. The Red Bulls won the first ever encounter between the two, a league game on May 10, 2015, at Red Bull Arena. Matches between the two teams were marred by a series of brawls between their supporters.
Although the rivalry with NYCFC was built to be the major one for the Red Bulls, this was not the first time that they played against teams from the New York area, as they played matches in the U.S. Open Cup in both 2011 (against F.C. New York, who have since folded) and 2014 (against the New York Cosmos). The Red Bulls also played against the Cosmos in the 2015 U.S. Open Cup, to a 4–1 victory.
Since its inception as the MetroStars in 1996, Red Bulls matches have been televised by MSG and MSG Plus. Joe Tolleson (play-by-play) and Tommy Smyth (analyst) were the original announcers. Derek Rae and JP Dellacamera followed as play-by-play announcers. As of 2012, Steve Cangialosi (play-by-play) and Shep Messing (analyst) are the MSG/MSG Plus announcers.
In 2015, the Red Bulls launched streaming audio game broadcasts from the club's official site, with Matt Harmon and former MetroStar and Red Bull Steve Jolley on the English-language call, and Ernesto Motta in Spanish. Late in 2015, the club launched a streaming internet station with TuneIn, becoming the first MLS club to provide 24-hour streaming content to its fan base.
Players and staff
- For details on former players, see All-time New York Red Bulls roster.
|Sporting director||Denis Hamlett|
|Head coach||Chris Armas|
|Assistant coach||C. J. Brown|
|Assistant coach||Bradley Carnell|
|Goalkeeping coach||Preston Burpo|
|Strength and conditioning coach||Tony Jouaux|
|Equipment manager||Fernando Ruiz|
|Director of player personnel and strategic planning||Michael Holody|
|Head of scouting||Paul Fernie|
|Performance analyst||Victor Bertini|
New York Red Bulls II
New York Red Bulls II was established in 2015. It is a reserve team that competes in the United Soccer League, the second tier of the American soccer pyramid. The team plays its home matches at MSU Soccer Park at Pittser Field in Montclair, New Jersey.
The fully professional team completed its inaugural USL season with a 12–10–6 record in fourth place of the Eastern Conference. The team won its first playoff game against Pittsburgh Riverhounds and advanced as far as the Eastern Conference semifinals in the 2015 USL Playoffs.
A New York Red Bulls team mostly composed of NYRB II players defeated Chelsea F.C. in a 2015 friendly.
In 2016, New York Red Bulls II defeated the Swope Park Rangers 5–1 in the 2016 United Soccer League Final winning their first United Soccer League Championship and became the first Major League Soccer-owned team to win the United Soccer League title.
The New York Red Bulls Academy is the multi-layered youth system of the New York Red Bulls. It is the first cost-free program in MLS that provides a professional soccer training environment for youth players in the New York metropolitan area. The soccer programs are operated as part of a global approach to player development.
Club records and statistics
- Most wins in a regular season: 22 (2018)
- Most points in a regular season: 71 (2018)
- Most home wins in a regular season: 14 (2018)
- Most home points in a regular season: 43 (2018)
- Scored the fastest goal in Major League Soccer history (7 seconds into the game vs the Philadelphia Union on October 18, 2015 at Red Bull Arena)
MLS regular season only, through March 9, 2019
All-time top 10 goalscorers
Bold signifies current Red Bulls player
|Year||Reg. Season||MLS Playoffs||U.S. Open Cup||Champions League|
|New York/New Jersey MetroStars|
|1996||3rd, East (15–17)||Quarter-finals||Did not enter||Did not qualify|
|1997||5th, East (13–19)||Did not qualify||Semi-finals|
|1998||3rd, East (15–17)||Quarter-finals||Semi-finals||Did not qualify|
|1999||6th, East (7–25)||Did not qualify||Round of 16|
|2000||1st, East (17–12–3)||Semi-finals||Semi-finals|
|2001||2nd, East (13–10–3)||Quarter-finals||Round of 32||Not held|
|2002||4th, East (11–15–2)||Did not qualify||Quarter-finals||Did not qualify|
|2003||3rd, East (11–10–9)||Quarter-finals||Final|
|2004||3rd, East (11–12–7)||Quarter-finals||Round of 16|
|2005||4th, East (12–9–11)||Quarter-finals||Round of 16|
|New York Red Bulls|
|2006||4th, East (9–11–12)||Quarter-finals||Quarter-finals||Did not qualify|
|2007||3rd, East (12–11–7)||Quarter-finals||Did not qualify|
|2008||5th, East* (10–11–9)||Runners Up||Round of 16|
|2009||7th, East (5–19–6)||Did not qualify||Did not qualify||Lost in preliminary round|
|2010||1st, East (15–9–6)||Quarter-finals||Round of 16||Did not qualify|
|2011||5th, East (10–8–16)||Quarter-finals||Quarter-finals|
|2012||3rd, East (16–9–9)||Quarter-finals||Round of 16|
|2013||1st, East** (17–9–8)||Quarter-finals||Round of 16|
|2014||4th, East (13–10–11)||Semi-finals||Fourth round||Group stage|
|2015||1st, East** (18–10–6)||Semi-finals||Quarter-finals||Did not qualify|
|2016||1st, East (16–9–9)||Quarter-finals||Round of 16||Quarter-finals|
|2017||6th, East (14–12–8)||Quarter-finals||Final||Semi-finals|
|2018||1st, East** (22–7–5)||Semi-finals||Round of 16|
|2019||6th, East (14–14–6)||First round||Fourth round||Quarter-finals|
* Qualified for MLS Cup playoffs as wild card in Western Conference playoff bracket
** Won Supporters' Shield
- As of March 14, 2019
|Carlos Queiroz||July 1, 1996 – December 31, 1996|
|Carlos Alberto Parreira||January 1, 1997 – December 31, 1997|
|Bora Milutinović||Sept 1998 – Oct 1999|
|Octavio Zambrano||January 1, 2000 – October 8, 2002|
|Bob Bradley||October 21, 2002 – October 4, 2005|
|Mo Johnston||February 1, 2005 – June 27, 2006|
|Richie Williams (Interim)||June 28, 2006 – August 12, 2006|
|Bruce Arena||July 18, 2006 – November 5, 2007|
|Juan Carlos Osorio||December 18, 2007 – August 21, 2009|
|Richie Williams (Interim)||August 21, 2009 – January 7, 2010|
|Hans Backe||January 7, 2010 – December 31, 2012|
|Mike Petke||January 24, 2013 – January 6, 2015|
|Jesse Marsch||January 7, 2015 – July 6, 2018|
|Chris Armas||July 6, 2018 – present|
General managers and sporting directors
Some well-known players that have competed for the club include:
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