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New York Red Bulls

May 1, 2011

The New York Red Bulls came into the league as the New York/New Jersey MetroStars and languished in futility on the Giants Stadium turf. Red Bull bought the team in 2006 and the club got its own home, the beautiful Red Bull Arena. New York has never won a major trophy in its 15+ year existence but its location has made the team a desirable destination for international superstars such as Thierry Henry. Currently, New York has assembled one of the most solid starting elevens in league history.

KEY PLAYERS:
Thierry Henry is arguably just as famous for his on-field soccer career as David Beckham. The French forward has appeared in multiple World Cups and scored a whopping 174 goals in the English Premier League with Arsenal before transferring to Barcelona. Henry was nominated for FIFA World Player of the Year twice, and won the 1998 World Cup and 2000 European Championship. The 33-year-old Henry has scored when on the pitch for New York, but has also struggled with nagging injuries.

Dwayne De Rosario has been front and center for several of MLS’ big moments. The Canadian playmaker won the MLS Goal of the Year award in back-to-back seasons. In 2001, “De-Ro” scored the game-winning goal in extra time of the MLS Cup to give his team (the San Jose Earthquakes at the time) the title. De Rosario also scored the game-winning goals in All-Star match wins over England’s Chelsea FC and West Ham United. In 2007, he scored yet another Cup winner, this time for Houston. De Rosario headed home a Brad Davis cross to give the Dynamo their second consecutive championship. In 2011, he was traded from Toronto to New York, his 4th MLS club. He is a two-time MLS MVP and is tied for the most MLS Best XI honors all-time with 5.

STADIUM SITUATION:
The Red Bulls began play in cavernous Giants Stadium, the former home of the NFL’s Giants and Jets, and played there until 2009. The next season, the team moved into Red Bull Arena (capacity: 25,189) in Harrison, NJ.

MAJOR TROPHIES WON:
None.

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