Nov 6

New York Red Bulls Soccer

Red Bull Arena
600 Cape May St
Harrison, NJ 07029


The New York Red Bulls are the NYC area's first local entry in Major League Soccer—the top soccer league in the United States. Red Bull Arena, widely considered among the best soccer-specific stadiums in the nation, features stands with metal flooring that fans can stomp on, and the place gets loud for big games.

2016 New York Red Bulls Team Guide

Sports 2016 New York Red Bulls Team Guide

New York Red Bulls Home field: Red Bull Arena, Harrison, NJ (tickets) Who they are: One of the original MLS franchises—launched as the MetroStars—the Red Bulls were regular-season champs in 2015 and made a deep playoff run. Faces of the franchise: Ace goal scorer Bradley Wright-Phillips, steady midfielders Dax McCarty and Sasha Kljestan, dangerous winger Lloyd Sam—the list of skilled players is extensive. Key addition: When your top defender (Matt Miazga) moves to play for English Premier League power Chelsea, your team has some pretty big shoes to fill. Fan clubs: Empire Supporters Club, which you can find on gamedays in section 101; Viking Army, which commandeers section 102. Local supporters’ bar: There are plenty of NYC bars where you can join fans; one is Queens' Bar 43. Bradley Wright-Phillips. Random bit of trivia: Five former franchise coaches also led national teams to the World Cup: Carlos Quieroz (Portugal), Carlos Alberto Parreira (Brazil), Bora Milutinovic (Mexico, Costa Rica, United States, Nigeria, China), Bruce Arena (United States) and Bob Bradley (United States). Match-day practicalities: Take a PATH train to the Harrison stop from either the World Trade Center Transportation Hub or via Newark Penn Station (which you can get to from NYC’s Penn Station).    

NYC Soccer FAQ

Sports NYC Soccer FAQ

Soccer’s foothold in NYC is stronger than ever. How many major professional teams play in the New York City metropolitan area? Three. Where can I go see them? The Red Bulls play out in Harrison, New Jersey—an easy PATH train ride away. Wait. While most soccer venues in MLS are purpose built for the sport, a few are converted—and NYCFC’s home is the only one that is primarily a baseball park (the others are football stadiums). Wait again. True, but it’s sometimes used to refer to the field of play in soccer. When does the MLS season start? All the teams are in training camp already, and the season kicks off on March 6. So do any of the local teams play against one another? The so-called Hudson River derby, which pits NYCFC and the Red Bulls against each other, takes place three times a season; the Red Bulls swept last year’s inaugural series. What is a derby? Pronounced dar-bee, it’s soccer’s word (though not proprietary to the sport) for a game between two local rivals. What’s the US Open Cup? It’s one of the most egalitarian competitions going, featuring clubs of all levels. Isn’t that the same time the Copa America Centenario is coming to town? A very big deal. Those guys are great. Well, the Red Bulls’ Bradley Wright-Phillips led the league in scoring in 2014 and followed that up by being fifth in goals last year, and team captain Dax McCarty is the team’s steadying midfield influence. David Villa. OK, I’m fired up. Get yourself to a game! Visit Ticketmaster for tickets to Copa Centenario; the Red Bulls; and NYCFC.

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