New York Red Bulls 2014 Season
For the New York Red Bulls, their claiming of the Supporters’ Shield (for most points earned in the league) was a long-awaited addition to an otherwise empty trophy case. Even still, the Red Bulls flopped out of the MLS Cup playoffs last season, losing to Houston. Former French international and Arsenal FC star Thierry Henry remains the face of the Red Bulls; he was joined by the Australian Tim Cahill in 2012, and the two have combined to become a prolific strike duo. The pair of designated players are also joined by Americans Luis Robles, the starting goalkeeper; and midfielders Dax McCarty and Bobby Convey. The Red Bulls later this summer will make their second appearance in CONCAF Champions League; in the 2009-10 edition, they failed to make it out of the preliminary round, losing 4-3 on aggregate to Trinidad and Tobago’s
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10/29/13 - New York earned their first Supporters’ Shield Sunday, finishing with the best regular season record in MLS. They'll hold the top seed, giving them home-field advantage throughout the MLS Cup Playoffs. The Conference Semifinals begin 11/3 and the New York Red Bulls will face the winner of the Houston/Montreal knockout game on the road before returning home for game two of the series.
10/17/13 - The Red Bulls were the first MLS team to clinch a playoff spot this season. Currently leading the East and the race for the Supporters’ Shield, the New York Red Bulls have one remaining home game against the Chicago Fire before the start of the MLS Cup Playoffs. The Conference Semifinals begin November 2-3, which should allow ample time for Bradley Wright-Phillips and Connor Lade to come back from their injuries and return to top form.
2/27/13The New York Red Bulls have yet another new look this year with Mike Petke being named head coach and acquisitions including MF Juninho Pernambucan, D Jámison Olave, and D Kosuke Kimura. Petke is a risk taker and believes in a competitive system. All eyes will be on the former assistant coach as he looks to lead the wealth of talent on the Red Bulls roster to their first Championship in club history. The team's best result was making it to the MLS Cup final in 2008. Arsenal legend Thierry Henry will return for his fourth season with the club. With the absence of David Beckham from MLS, it will likely be Henry who becomes the face of the League. Can he make the NY Red Bulls a premier MLS team?
The Red Bulls schedule is stacked with prime matchups, including a season opener against main rival DC United (3/16). It was DC United who knocked New York out of the playoffs last November. The Red Bulls will look to secure the Atlantic Cup with two of three matches against DC United at home. DC United Red Bulls tickets are ranging between $21 and $189 for the first of the two matchups; tickets to the March game are averaging $8 more than the 8/31 matchup at Red Bull Arena. The Red Bulls will also host rivals New England Revolution (4/20, 10/5) and Philadelphia Union (3/30, 8/17). All in all, NY Red Bull tickets are averaging $54, $9 more expensive than the League average.