THE BIG APPLE
New York is rich in soccer culture. While there might not be the most green space available, New Yorkers find the beautiful game in the form of converted pitches, small sided games and even rooftop fields. The Big Apple also has a vibrant history in the world of professional soccer, dating all the way back to the 1910s with the American Soccer League. Fast forward to the 21st century, where the New York City metropolitan area has four professional soccer teams and loads of other lower league or amateur squads. But the big boys fall on either side of the Hudson River. A rivalry spawned from relentless competition and local influence, The New York City Football Club and New York Red Bulls are constantly battling for bragging rights in the city that never sleeps.
NYC Soccer City Guide
New York Red Bulls
WELCOME TO THE HOME OF THE NEW YORK RED BULLS
The NY/NJ Metrostars entered the league as one of Major League Soccer’s inaugural clubs. They immediately found success with players like Tab Ramos and Tony Meola. They evolved over the years and with new ownership came a new name, the New York Red Bulls. A perennial play-off team in the East, the Red Bulls have had names like Thierry Henry play at their Harrison, NJ based stadium, with a fanbase that is one of the most passionate in MLS.
NEW YORK RED BULLS SUPPORTER GROUPS
Sitting directly behind goal, ESC are Red Bulls oldest group of supporters in the South Ward. These supporters have remained loyal through not one, but two name changes, and celebrates their commitment to the team with exciting songs sung in both English and Spanish for all to hear.
What to do on Game Day
On either side of the Hudson, you’ll find plenty to do before the big game. Get pumped for the Red Bulls and hit up the bars with the diehards!
Pregame the Game
Red Bull Arena is surrounded by plenty of bars and restaurants as the grounds sit on the Passaic River. The Bullevard opens three hours before matches and provides a fanfest, biergarten and DJ so that all ages can enjoy the matchday experience.
Photo by the New York Red Bulls
Where to watch?
If there’s one thing The Big Apple has, its places to kick back and watch the game. We'll give you a few places to start.
Located in the heart of Midtown NYC, this bar looks to keep a piece of that Old New York with vintage framework, photos and memorabilia inside its walls. You can find nearly every league from Brazil to Russia on one of their many monitors, and is perfect for viewing the Red Bulls on matchday.
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