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New York Red Bulls Stats & History
The New York Red Bulls were originally called Empire Soccer Club when they were first created. Before the first MLS season, in 1996, they changed their name to the NJ/NY MetroStars. Despite having one of the league’s best rosters, with players like Tab Ramos, Roberto Donadoni, and Tony Meola, the MetroStars were mediocre in 1996.
They qualified for the first round of the playoffs but were promptly eliminated. In the four seasons before the turn of the century, they failed to win a playoff match. In 1999, they managed a 7-25 record, the worst in MLS history up to that point.
Known as just MetroStars at the time, they finished first in the Eastern Conference in 2000 just one season after having the worst record in the league. During that season, Clint Mathis set a record that lives on in the MLS and New York Red Bulls team stats. Mathis scored five goals in a win vs. the Dallas Burn and no player has tied or bettered it since.
In the 2003 season, under Bob Bradley, the MetroStars made the U.S. Open Cup final for the first time. Despite playing at their home ground at the time, Giants Stadium, the MetroStars lost 1-0 to the Chicago Fire.
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The energy drink company, Red Bull, purchased the team in 2006 and changed the club’s name to Red Bull New York. They’re most commonly referred to as the New York Red Bulls. They managed to register their first MLS Cup final appearance in the Red Bull New York team stats in 2008.
Just one season later, the Red Bulls had the league’s worst record for the second time in club history. A dramatic turnaround occurred in 2010 as the Red Bulls signed Thierry Henry and Rafael Marquez and finished first in the East.
Bradley Wright-Phillips’ tenure coincides with the best period in NYRB history. From 2013 to 2019 Wright-Phillips scored 126 goals for the club and became their all-time leading scorer. The Red Bulls had the league’s best record and won the MLS Supporters’ Shield in 2013, 2015 and 2018.
The Red Bulls have never won a league title but the MLS odds priced them at +1400 to do midway through the 2022 season. Through 22 matches, the Red Bulls were in third place in the Eastern Conference, comfortably in a playoff spot. NYRB betting advice notes their excellent away record. They won seven of their first 12 road matches in the 2022 season.