That’s So Metro

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Dax McCarty lifting the 2015 Supporters Shield – one of only two trophies in franchise history.

The New York Red Bulls have spent twenty-two seasons as an MLS franchise – with only two trophies to show for it, both Supporters Shield in 2013 and 2015 – but haven’t won the MLS Cup yet – being one of the very few original teams that haven’t won the ultimate prize. Can 2017 be the year?

That’s so Metro

New York Red Bulls have a phrase – ‘That’s so Metro’ – used to describe moments that don’t end up well for the Red Bulls – and boy, they have a few!

Despite being expected to be the dominant force in the MLS with the roster they had put together in 1996 including Tab Ramos, Tony Meola and Peter Vermes, the expectation never did materialise – and the loyal fans, and the franchise, had to wait eighteen years before winning their first trophy.

The Red Bulls, as the MetroStars, did appear in the US Open Cup final in 2003, but lost the game 1-0 to the Chicago Fire

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2008 was the cinderella year for the Red Bulls as they finally reached the MLS Cup Final…in rather strange circumstances…as an Western seed! They barely qualified for the Play-Offs but got in as the fourth Western seed, and the cinderella story got them all the way to the Final, but it ended in defeat 3-1 to Columbus Crew


Can 2017 be the year?

Jesse Marsch keeps saying ‘The MLS Cup is our goal’ but can 2017 finally be the year that the Cup comes to New Jersey?

New York currently sit 4th in the Eastern Conference, two place above the final play off place, in recent years, teams that just get into the play offs have ended up winning the Cup, for example the last two winners Seattle and Portland only scrapped into the Play-Offs but went all the way to win the MLS Cup. Jesse Marsch, and his roster, will be hoping that they can do this.

New York may not win the MLS Cup in the end, but they have a very good chance of finally taking home the US Open Cup, as they beat FCC 3-2 (aet) to go to the final against Sporting Kansas City on the 20th September, if they win, I t would be the third major trophy in club history, and a trophy that would make current head coach, Jesse Marsch, the most successful manager in club history (currently tied with Mike Petke with a trophy a piece) 

 

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