Chavez: Is This Red Bulls Last Chance To Claim NY Before NYCFC’s arrival?

Image, Rob Tringali/New York Red Bulls Facebook

Nick Chavez covers NYCFC for Soccer Newsday. He is also an avid supporter of the team 
and one of the brightest local advocates for NYCFC.

by NICK CHAVEZ
Guest Columnist

In front of a sold-out crowd at Red Bull Arena on Saturday, September 20th, the New York Red Bulls made a couple of statements to both NYCFC and MLS.

First, hosting the league-leading Seattle Sounders directly following their Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final victory over Philadelphia Union, the Red Bulls demolished the proud club from the Emerald City 4-1 (albeit with Sounders stars Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins rested on the bench till the 60th minute). Nevertheless, that result was a pivotal one in their race to turn their season around

Second, and perhaps more intriguing, were the symbolic moments at the beginning of the match. Two new banners were draped from the stadium rafters; one, a banner with the Red Bull branded logo, and remarkably, another with the old-but-not-forgotten red and black stripes and white star of the now defunct New York/New Jersey MetroStars. — the club that Red Bull rebranded in 2006.

To accompany that sentiment, the South Ward supporter’s section also unfurled a massive tifo with an image of the New York City metro area colored in red with the message “#NYisRed” printed just below.  It was a message they duplicated in tifo form during this weekend’s clash against Toronto FC as well.

Clearly, awareness is at an all time high in the South Ward as the “noisy neighbors” New York City FC are set to join the league.  But will these outward statements have the desired effect of winning the allegiance of the New York metro area’s soccer fans?

Let’s face it; whether front office or in the stands, there has to be an urgency to succeed in Harrison as NYCFC approaches. They may feel it is their last chance to really plant their flag in New York City by finally winning the MLS Cup after 19 years of disappointment, claiming as many bandwagon New York City soccer fans as they can before 2015.  They will be even more desperate to win it before former Arsenal legend and RBNY hero Thierry Henry’s suspected departure from MLS.

That urgency isn’t helped by a veritable avalanche of bad news surrounding the club, either.  It’s been an interesting couple of weeks with Red Bulls Director of Global Football Gerard Houllier first stating that Henry will not be extending his contract with RBNY, only to walk back those claims with French publication “L’Equip” saying, “In fact, no decision was taken (regarding Henry extending with Red Bull)” and that “an extension of one year contract is even being negotiated.”  Rumors of a sale by the parent company were also floated and killed by league officials.  As if that wasn’t enough, an apparent rift between the club and star DP Tim Cahill has come bubbling to the surface as well.

And in the background, there is NYCFC, strategically planning their foundation to swipe Red Bulls footprint from underneath them. This is a club which will actually be playing in the City (and one cannot underestimate the psychological advantage in that), is named after the big City itself, includes sound front office members, a MLS Cup-winning coach Jason Kreis, World Cup, Euro Cup and Champion’s League winning forward David Villa, and Champion’s League winning and English Premier League legend Frank Lampard.

And while Red Bull tightens their purse strings, NYCFC is looking to compete for new fans in the City with the additional draw of what is likely to be another high-profile Designated Player, as well as up to four Manchester City academy players which could include the highly-touted 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup winner, Golden Ball and Silver Boot recipient Kelechi Iheanacho.

Combined with NYCFC’s thorough marketing blitz (which has likely not reached the peak of its powers yet with almost six months left before NYCFC actually begins playing), its considerable community outreach and engagement efforts, and the comprehensive way in which it has wisely been embracing its first officially-recognized supporter’s club The Third Rail (which has rapidly grown from 550-paid members in August to officially over 1,000-paid members just a month later), New York City FC has already done much to position itself to claim the Five Boroughs as its soccer territory.

Thanks to those efforts, NYCFC hit 10,000 season tickets sold this week.

The Tifo hashtag “#NYisRed” may be enough to excite the Red Bulls’ base in the South Ward (which the club was never in any real danger of losing anyways), but is it enough for RBNY to compete with all of what NYCFC offers?

RBNY winning its first MLS Cup would go a long way in attracting new fans and bestowing more prestige upon the Red Bull-branded club in New Jersey while NYCFC is still in its infancy, but other competitive opportunities have already been squandered. Red Bull relinquished its chance to win the the U.S. Open cup or the current CONCACAF Champion’s League. In the case of CCL, they sent a bench squad to El Salvador for a must-win game vs. CD FAS, only managing a scoreless draw against the Central American club, leading to Red Bull’s elimination.  Reason would dictate that a club like RBNY, desperate for credibility and prestige in its own market, would relish the chance to possibly be crowned Champions of CONCACAF, and realistically could’ve dreamed to win it considering the club’s impressive run of form and the quality of its players.

But, much to the chagrin of many Red Bull die-hards, the team skirted the challenge, capitulated in El Salvador and now only play for that MLS Cup, which has frustratingly eluded the team for 19 long years. For Red Bull, there is no choice; winning the MLS Cup this campaign is perhaps RBNY’s last chance to really draw from the very much untapped niche of soccer supporters in New York City proper before 2015.  Barring a star DP signing, anything less than a championship would put the Red Bulls out of the local spotlight with NYCFC sure to take headlines.

In contrast, consider Head Coach Jason Kreis’s track-record in past cup competitions with Real Salt Lake (reaching two MLS Cup finals, a CONCACAF Champion’s League final, and a US Open Cup final in six years as a head coach), and the stated ambitions of NYCFC to become a regional and eventual world power in club football. New York City FC fans can expect their club to take every competition seriously. The track record is already in place for it to happen.

And what of the branding? The possibility exists for a return to the “Metro Stars” name. This year’s unexpected embrace has surely done much to earn the praise for Red Bull fans. However, even that monicker suffered from its many detractors for years before Red Bull overhauled the team’s image. If not a return to the Red and Black, how would most Red Bull fans welcome a branding of something entirely different? Even more intriguingly, what if the New York Cosmos ownership decided to pay the $300 million dollar price tag and join Major League Soccer after all?

Caught in the middle are the long-suffering Red Bull supporters, like desperate orphan children moving from family to family, never knowing permanent parents and a stable household. If reports are true, will they be willing to stomach yet another change of ownership direction and branding?

Of course, not everything’s perfect at New York City FC. There’s the criticism about NYCFC starting out in Yankee Stadium as its home as they eventually seek to have their very own soccer-specific stadium, with the club consistently promising it will be in New York City proper. And certainly, some Mets and Manchester United supporters will choose to root against NYCFC due to the club’s connections to Manchester City and the Yankees.

However, those issues pale to the problems in New Jersey.

As the Red Bulls qualify for their fifth straight MLS Playoff appearance, one has to ask if this 2014 campaign is the team’s last real shot at capturing the hearts of soccer supporters in New York City. It would be a nightmare scenario to end the year in a whimper — particularly considering the stakes. An MLS Cup victory is only part of the equation. Henry’s potential departure, the madness surrounding Cahill and omnipresent rumors of a possible club sale in the midst of a postseason run — that is more than most teams could handle.

And then there is NYCFC, who eagerly await to feast on the Red Bulls failures.

These final weeks may be the key to success for the Red Bulls’ future. Win, and your fans will forgive — just as they did with the Supporters’ Shield run last year.

Lose, and New York will take a turn for the blue.

  • Neither side will “claim” New York. Some RB fans will go. Others will stay. No panic button needed.

    • What I mean is that, all things considered, NYCFC should be the go-to MLS team to support for New York City residents, most New Yorkers, and Southern CT residents once they get around to supporting MLS (as many are doing now as 1,000+ paid Third Railers and 10,000+STH’s already are already proving. Of course, some are former RBNY fans, but I think most are simply new to MLS). I don’t think that’s an unreasonable conclusion to come to based on argument in the article/what I said in the comment section. Nothing against Red Bull fans, who I give a lot of credit too for sticking it through for many years with a club and league that obviously wasn’t always easy to support. You guys will always be the originals in the area to support MLS and see the vision, and for that, you’ll always have my respect. And yes, no reason for the panic buttong, but I think this may be your last chance to claw as many NYC soccer fans and MLS casuals as you can before you have tangible competition in the Bronx and all they have to offer. Thanks for reading, Mark.

  • Stopher

    Not exactly an unbiased voice though, is it? I don’t disagree that RBNY is a mess, but an NYCFC supporter writing about NYCFC capitalizing on it is sure to ruffle some feathers.

    • Knicks7

      Like the unbiased articles by Red Bull fans projecting their own fears and insecurities about life with NYCFC in the picture.

  • MatsBrummels

    Really? This is the guy you let write an article about the Red Bulls? Oofa…

    • MatsBrummels

      Nvm. Name shows up as Nick, but this is probably Dave responding.

      Still disagree. Just saying, the dude constantly trashes the Red Bulls. It’s an… interesting choice of a person to write about the Red Bulls.

      • And just to clarify — not all about RBNY. Wouldnt allow that. But the context of NYCFC on RBNY’s current playoff run? Interesting take.

        • Smith

          Not THAT interesting!

          More like statements of the obvious by a gushing NYCFC fan boy.

          Geez, Dave. What’s next? “Whose cuter – Bover or Lampard?” Articles????

        • Indeed, this is an exploration of the trajectories and possibilities of both RBNY and NYCFC and how they may affect each other.

          • drm21892

            As a Cosmos supporter who DOES NOT simply hate on the MLS and actually follows and watches most MLS games that are shown on national tv, I think this article does raise an interesting perspective. NYCFC is going to have a huge impact whether RBNY fans like it or not. Winning the MLS cup and having those bragging rights for the fans and even marketing purposes would be HUGE for the club. The comment comparing NYCFC to toronto I think is unfair, considering Lampard is still having a significant impact for City and Villa just came off a season where he was a significant piece to a team that should have won UCL. I don’t think RBNY will loose fans, but I do think that playing in Yankee stadium and having the star power is going to attract fans that haven’t been RBNY fans up to this point. But you can’t deny that winning the MLS cup would have a significant impact for the club. All that being said, I don’t want to see anymore tears when we once again defeat RBNY in the USOC along with NYCFC. On a side note, I would love to see RBNY return to their Metrostars name and colors. Very excited for the future of NY soccer. Keep it up Dave

            • New Yorkers are lazy sports fans, we will support the team that won that weekend.

              • Roger Redbait

                10,000 season tickets is impressive. They’ll look like 10 in yankee stadium but still an impressive number. It shows that the idea of NYCFC and the place hit it off. So far.

                But it will be interesting to see where they are once the honeymoon is over. When they’re playing their 3rd or 4th season in cavernous Yankee stadium with HORRIBLE sightlines for soccer/american football. Or when they finally settle on a less-than-ideal location out in a borough. Will those 10K all renew once they realize their stadium at Aqueduct racetrack is actually farther from midtown than Red Bull Arena? Time will tell. They’ve done well so far but the race is only just beginning.

                I am a Red Bull STH and admit that the hour there from upper manhattan is a drag sometimes. But the atmosphere at Bello’s in Newark and then the walk or bus to the game is why I go. I will never understand why Red Bull front office dumbed down the block party. I would never go to the stadium to pre-game now. Its like going to six flags where everyone is kept in their pens and there’s nothing but the same bland stadium fare.

      • Common inaccurate perception about me. I actually say a lot of positive things about the Red Bulls and their fans (read my comments on this page for some of them). I wrote this right after Red Bulls won the Supporter’s Shield. You guys tell me how much I “trashed” RBNY in this:

        http://soccernewsday.com/usa/a/1377/nycfc-faces-pro-soccer-s-title-town-

    • It’s an op-ed, and I am open to taking them from several sources – RBNY, Cosmos, and NYCFC. Nick makes his feelings known as an NYCFC advocate, but the question is a valid one, and what better place to discuss it than EOS? (and sorry about the identity confusion there! #EditorProblems

      • Really disappointed in this Dave, why would you give this shill a platform ? For clicks ? This bait is tired & can’t even get his own clicks on Soccer Newsday. You can do better than this type of soccer trash journalism.

  • Andrew Bissonette

    I don’t think either team will claim NYC either. Red Bull is doing great stuff to secure a solid fanbase. What was it, 7500 season ticket renewals? We’re right there with NYCFC building a solid fanbase. I haven’t noticed lately a lot of fans claiming they are switching sides to the blue team. In fact, it seems that a lot of fans are more keen than ever to stick with the Red Bulls. This has been the best season for attendance since RBA opened and next year looks like it will be even better. And still, NYCFC is looking like they will be one of the top attended teams in MLS next year. Apparently all the naysayers are going to be wrong about there not being enough soccer fans to support two teams in NYC. MLS got it right and both clubs are raising awareness for the league and for both teams.

    • Keep in mind — 7500 is RENEWALS. In many ways, that is more impressive considering they still havent gone all out for new STHs. Both teams in good shape, but as Nick writes, this postseason will be important for RBNY. Not a be all end all, but important.

      • That IS impressive also considering NYCFC’s impending arrival and finally having “an option”, as many NYCFC fans (said frequently by the ones abandoning RBNY). It shows that these fans have a strong emotional attachment to the club and are willing to stick it out. And I think, most of those people will stay red and loyal regardless of what happens (besides perhaps a drastic re-brand that doesn’t sit right with them). I’ve always said that NYCFC is great for RBNY, MLS and NY Soccer… my whole point was that I think getting new NYC fans will be at a premium once NYCFC starts, unless RBNY begin winning some MLS Cups now, establish themselves as champions and steal some of that spotlight.

  • James

    Stop writing

  • Had no idea there was a run on the Supporters Shield last week, at least proof read the garbage that this guy spews !

  • NYCsportsTWAT

    **** the cosmos

  • Briefly, I just want to make a couple things clear. I don’t think Red Bulls will go extinct, or even that most of your fans will switch (I doubt die-hards will, and even that most casuals will), as a result of NYCFC coming, even if very successful on the pitch. I’m saying that I think the VAST niche in NYC/and metro area (of NY and CT, not NJ) of non-MLS-supporting fans will see NYCFC as the obvious choice and support accordingly as NYCFC/MLS’s stature grows. As I highlighted in the piece:

    NYCFC:
    1) Named New York City FC
    2) Plays in New York City (1+2) undeniabley psychologically important)
    3) Weatlhiest owners in sports (buy biggest stars, best talent, best coaches/trainers/staff in MLS, best/most broadcasted ads and marketing, have influential Yankees in NY, influential City in global soccer world)
    4) Clean/classic branding/logo
    5) Lampard, Villa, Kreis, 3rd DP, 4 Manchester City Youths (could be future stars)
    6) Already 10,000 seats sold in Yankee Stadium, already over 1,000 Third Rail members
    7) Most multi-cultural, worldly City in the world, playing the world’s game, with plenty of people who love soccer, just not MLS fans YET.
    8) when finally in NYC SSS (or even a SSS in Yonkers, won’t make that much of a difference, honestly, still closest MLS stadium to the City and in New York) NYCFC will be very, very big and only improving from there.

    RBNY:
    1) History ( of underachievement, without any titles in 20 yrs besides last years supporters shield, which many MLS fans don’t rate. I disagree, I think it IS an important trophy.)
    2) Beautiful Arena (but in lackluster Harrison New Jersey, again, psychologically important, and also not a destination for most NYers)
    3) Branded after an energy drink company (logo even on CREST)
    4) Not as much money, prestige, won’t attract as many stars as NYCFC, one must think
    5) Might be re-branding yet AGAIN. For a third time? To what?

    Just sayin’, if you’re a New Yorker, especially in the City, just getting into MLS (and the VAST majority of them still aren’t into it yet) why would you choose Red Bull over NYCFC? Mainly leaves NJ fans and old Red Bull fans to choose from, IMO. Now, re-branding to the Cosmos could be a difference maker, but would probably also alienate many in the South Ward. Just to be clear. Thanks for reading!

    • Delusional dude, your in MLS, please wake up your wealth will not mean as much in MLS. But you keep thinking everything is great > Rainbows & all !

  • JD

    First, we have all experienced what buying three high paid DPs gets your team. This is a flaw in NYCFCs plan nothing more. Second, Kreis has no experience dealing with big name players. RSL won with a consistent lineup, deep teams, and a relatively even level of skill across all players. NYCFC is going to go the way of TFC this year and RBNY teams of the past and would do better to learn from the history of the league rather than make the same mistakes. Good luck to NYCFC, they are going to need it.

    • Good points, but with a top MLS coach like Jason Kreis (the architect of RSL’s success), but this time with more money to spend, signing truly legendary players already in Villa and Lampard, and more importantly, players with the character that he’s looking for in a team (and much still to offer), but can also put butts in the seats, capture NYC’s attention and know how to win. Also, with 4 Man City youth players being available, most likely, as long as the clubs are associated with each other, these are likely to be some of the most talented youths in the world considering City’s scout reach, quality of their academy trainers (several from FC Barcelona), and the money they can offer youth talent, this is yet another upside of the NYCFC/MCFC connection, which many try to spin as a negative. Certainly not a negative in my view. Anyways, I don’t think City have to worry about “learning” much about the history of the league… that’s what they have Kreis, Miles and Reyna there for running the show.

  • I think everyone needs to unclench a little. This is a New York Soccer blog, not a Red Bull shrine. I would like to actually hear a Cosmos supporter’s view on the whole idea for the “Battle of New York City” as the outsider looking in.

    • Anthony J. Merced

      Honestly, I don’t think there is a battle for NY in the soccer community. There hasn’t been one for the Knicks and Nets or the Jets and Giants. There will be jabs between the groups obviously but they will have their fans, their successes and their failures. Overall I’m happy to have all three teams (even though RBNY is my MLS team) and look forward to awesome games between them. Also look forward to great games from both teams with the Cosmos in the US Open Cup.

      • I’m happy to have all 3 teams (yes Cosmos, RBNY and NYCFC) in the NYC area, and contrary to popular belief, I wish all of them all of the success in the world, and if I could wave a magic wand and have all 3 teams sell out every game in their own stadiums for the rest of human history, you bet your ass I’d do exactly that. But, many will tell you otherwise because they have selective hearing, unfortunately. Anyways, thanks for your thoughts and thanks for reading!

  • The last Red Bull fan to switch allegiances was, I believe, Nick Chavez. What a joke.

  • Alex

    I think the Redbulls need to embrace New Jersey, get rid of the Redbull name and go back to the Metro stars. The redbull have a beautifull stadium in New Jersey and most New Yorkers that live in the 5 bouroughs , westchester,and Long Island will not travel to NJ to watch them ( they are not the jets or Giants that have huge fan bases from many parts if the tri state area ) but they will go to Yankee stadium to watch nycfc.

    Yankee stadium is easy to get to via public transportation and car something redbull arena is not for most New Yorkers.

    I want to see the redbulls and NYCFC thrive and create a great NY NJ rivalelry.

    One idea would be great let the cosmos buy the redbulls and then rebrand them that would really be fun.

  • “This is a club which will actually be playing in the City (and one cannot underestimate the psychological advantage in that)”

    But one can certainly overestimate it. For many New Yorkers, Red Bull Arena will still be the closest, most convenient location for soccer when NYCFC comes to town. Any advantage NYCFC gets from the location of their home games is essentially nullified by their lack of stadium. NYRB will have the superior game-day experience for quite some time. If you think playing in Yankee Stadium is going to make NYCFC the obvious, overwhelming choice for new and/or casual fans, you and 1000 Third Rail members are in for a rude awakening.

    “consider Head Coach Jason Kreis’s track-record in past cup competitions with Real Salt Lake (reaching two MLS Cup finals, a CONCACAF Champion’s League final, and a US Open Cup final in six years as a head coach)”

    Still only won as much silverware as Coach Petke :P

  • Billy

    You seem to assume that a location in the city is the key to convincing New Yorkers to attend MLS games. I’m not sure we’re at a point where we know that yet. Also, you mention in a previous comment that NYCFC will be the go to team for New Yorkers, and I don’t really see how you come to that conclusion. First, I don’t think any of us know that yet. It’s a pretty big assumption on your part. Second, though the 10,000 season ticket holders is great, but they haven’t played a game yet. I’m not sure we can make any assumptions about how NYCFC will perform, either on or off the field. Let’s just wait till they start playing to decide who’s stealing who’s fans.

    Also, is it really that much easier to get to Yankee Stadium than to RBA? Have you every driven to Yankee Stadium? My advice would be to take the train, which coincidently both RBA and Yankee Stadium provide. I know I’m just one person in the big scheme of things, but it takes me almost the same amount of time to get to Yankee stadium that it does to get to RBA (From Queens).

    All in all, I think a third team in region is great for soccer in NY. Let’s just hold off on the grand assumptions until NYCFC takes the field.

    • Clearly, none of us can “know” any of this yet. That’s why this an opinion piece, based on the evidence and reasoning that I put forward, declaring why I strongly SUSPECT this is the way it will go. I could be wrong, we’ll wait and see, but I find my reasoning compelling. And I’d better, of course, since it IS mine. haha…

      And yes, I’ve driven to both Yankee Stadium and RBA. It’s A LOT easier, quicker and cheaper for me to get to Yankee Stadium than RBA, but I’m also usually coming from CT. I’ve also taken the path train to Grand Central and the train from GC to Yankee Stadium. I remember the train ride being quicker to get to the Bronx, but perhaps I’m mistaken, I wasn’t timing either.

      I agree, a third team is great for soccer in NY. But, I’m making predictions based on my evidence and opinions. We’ll see if I’m right. And if not, at least we seemed to have some fun thinking/arguing about it. Thanks for reading, though, Billy.

      • Billy

        All in all though, I am very much looking forward to the first derby(pronunciation TBD) game between RBNY and NYCFC. I’ll be there, regardless of which building it’s in.

  • Rob

    Dave.. could we please stop having posts supposedly about RBNY that are written so blatantly slanted and and opined by writes impaled on the NYCFC johnson?

    Oh look, an NYCFC lapdog has disparaging thoughts about RBNY. In other news, sky blue, water wet.

  • MP Vaughan

    Two quick comments:

    1) Why are the comments so crazy looking on this site? It makes it difficult to read and respond.

    2) I think the fact that NYCFC is in the five boroughs is greatly overrated. For a lot of people living in the city, RBA will still be closer. Also, it’s laughable that this team would call itself New York CITY FC and have a stadium in Yonkers. And how is that closer to NYC? Maybe technically because of Yonkers’ proximity to the Bronx, but it isn’t closer to most NYC residents. The fact Yonkers is in New York state is meaningless. RBA is in the New York metro area, which is what the NY means.

    • The fact that NYCFC will be playing in NYC seems to be a massive draw to most of the NYCFC fans I’ve spoken too. For them, it makes a big difference that it’s not in NJ. I have a lot of respect for RB fans who didn’t care and supported MLS anyways, as I’ve said many times. However, if MLS is to get as big as it can get, it’ll need those New York City people who couldn’t get themselves to follow RBNY, which is the vast majority of soccer fans in the City. And, yes, the comment section is messed up on certain computers. Thanks for your thoughts and reading, MP.

  • Anthony

    I find this article to be highly presumptuous, that NYCFC (Man city USA) will even really connect with masses. While the basic formula of signing a name player or two and hyping it up will get people to come check them out, the big issue in NY/NJ over the years hasn’t been getting people to come its been an awful retention of fans and constant fan turnover.

    The article is also highly condescending, even though its just an “op-ed” i think it has little value outside of getting some clicks and comments.

    Truth is all the local professional sides here face unique challenges and none can claim any domination over the other, especially for NYCFC who haven’t so much as fielded a first 11 or kicked ball yet. Red Bull NY is hamstrung by the giant albatross around it’s neck of being a energy drink branded team, something that has hurt them FAR FAR more than the postal code they call play their games at; NYCFC is going to face a lot of critisim from the more knowledgeable fans of the sport here concerning exactly who the team is, a Manchester City farm club and one that is created solely for the purpose of diverting parent club costs off their books to report a more balanced financial statement to UEFA and avoid penalties.

    The Cosmos, probably have the most honest and respected brand and name of the group and while they don’t come off as a front for a beverage or EPL side..they risk being overshadowed by the MLS sides by choosing to play in NASL an even more obscure league without the great PR machine of MLS behind them.

    I predict RBNY will remain mostly constant when it come to their fan base, growth going forward with 2 new market competitors may be reduced but they should manage with the normal 10-15K crowds.

    NYCFC will get very good figures at the start but then questions about the crappy Yankee Stadium venue will creep in, people will start being more critical of their actual purpose here and they will settle to similar numbers as RBNY, maybe a little more or less depending on how good a team they put out. Cosmos will lack in numbers due to being in NASL but will still be a bigger factor in the outer boroughs and LI.

    All in all, everyone will be fine and douchebags like Chavez will get his clicks.

  • I live in Washington Heights, by Coogan Bluff. I can walk to Yankee Stadium, but you know what, I won’t switch sides. I am Red Bull/Metro/ThirdRebrand forever. Do you know why? Because that is the team that in 1996 believe a soccer league was possible. This is the team that suffered the shutouts era, the Meadowlands, the rebrandings, the PATH. This team has taught me that to be fan is also an act of persistence and not just winning. This is the original NY team even if is Jersey team. Vamos Red Bulls.

    • Good for you, and you should. I respect that loyalty and I really respect Red Bull fans for being there from the beginning “before it became cool” to support MLS. Really classy response to my piece, thanks for reading. If the majority of RBNY’s fans are like you, and many are, they’ll be in great shape. Thanks for reading, Juan.

  • Jfeelgood

    Everything in the article notwithstanding, how in the hell can you be an ‘avid supporter’ of a team that hasn’t played a single game yet?

  • With New York City getting a professional soccer team in 2015,they will be partly owned by the U.A.R. (United Arab Republic).The prejudiced Arabs do not even recognize America’s ally Israel’s it’s right to exist.Why would Hal Steinbrenner (George’s brother) allow this to happen,and of course the left wingers and liberals have said nothing.What a disgrace.
    We as freedom loving Americans will pay the price for such a mistake as having an Arab team have some ownership of one of our sports’ team.

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  • The Realist

    Before NYCFC takes over the world, maybe these losers can do us RBNY fans a favor and beat DC tonight?

    Probably not though because their team is crap. Maybe its time for Nick to issue another Call To Arms!