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What’s up with the New York Red Bulls
June 23, 2022: Luquinhas, New York’s star Brazilian midfielder, made a brilliant shot against Toronto FC, which was named MLS Goal of the Week. Luquinhas was also named Player of the Week after leading the Red Bulls to the semifinals of the US Open Cup.
March 05, 2022: Lewis Morgan scored a hat trick in a 4–1 over FC Toronto. He was later named MLS Player of the Week.
November 3, 2021: Carlos Coronel stopped Atlanta United’s only shot on goal during a 0–0 draw. It was the keeper’s 13th clean sheet (shutout) of the season, which tied him with two other players for the best mark during the 2021 MLS season.
October 17, 2021: Brazilian goalkeeper Carlos Miguel Coronel shut out New York City FC 1–0 in the “Hudson River Derby.” It was Coronel’s 11th clean sheet of the season.
2020 Season Preview: The Red Bulls will be missing several big names from 2019, so there are many questions heading into 2020. Some answers may come from veteran midfielder Kaku and Team USA star Aaron Long. Daniel Royer will look to lead the Red Bulls in goals again.
October 20, 2019: The Red Bulls’ season ended with a playoff loss to Philadelphia Union. The club went 14–14–6 during the regular season. Midfielder Daniel Royer led the Red Bulls with 14 goals and 9 assists.
October 28, 2018: The Red Bulls finished the season with an MLS record 22 wins and 71 points. Goalkeeper Luis Robles notched his 14th shutout to lead the league.
April 10, 2018: The Red Bulls reached the semifinals of the CONCACAF Champions League, but lost to CD Guadalajara. Defender Michael Murillo was named to the tournament’s Best XI team.
2018 Season Preview: Popular captain Sacha Kljestan was traded to Orlando City for defender Tommy Redding and forward Carlos Rivas, who join a solid core of experienced players. Much will ride on the talent of Argentine midfielder Romero Gamarra, also known as “Kaku,” and teenage star Tyler Adams.
October 7, 2017: Sacha Kljestan set up two of the Red Bulls’ three goals in a 3–0 victory over Toronto. The second assist was his 17th of the year—the most of any MLS player in 2017.
March 11, 2017: The Red Bulls played their first home game of the season with a new captain, Sacha Kljestan. He took over the captain’s role after Dax McCarty was traded to Chicago. McCarty played in 198 games for the red Bulls—more than anyone in team history.
Major League Soccer & the MLS Cup
More treasures from the author’s collection!
Did You Know?
• The Red Bulls are named after a popular energy drink. The original recipe came from a beverage popular among truck drivers in Thailand.
• The club’s first coach was Eddie Firmani. Firmani had managed the New York Cosmos in the 1970s.
• In 2000, Clint Mathis became the first MLS player to score five goals in a game. He set the record against the Dallas Burn (now FC Dallas).
• In 2016, Bradley Wright-Phillips scored a hat trick (3 goals in a game) in his 100th game with the Red Bulls. The goals all came in the first 27 minutes, making it the fastest hat trick in MLS history.