2006 Club by Club
Jan. 20 - New York trades the No. 5 pick in the 2006 MLS SuperDraft, along with defender Jason Hernandez, to Chivas USA for the rights to the No.1 overall selection in the 2006 MLS SuperDraft. Subsequently, New York drafts UCLA defender Marvell Wynne with the first overall pick. New York also acquires forward Jozy Altidore (17th overall) and midfielder Blake Camp (41st overall) in later rounds.
March 9 - Red Bull Company GmbH, producer of Red Bull Energy Drink, finalized an agreement with Major League Soccer to purchase the MetroStars from AEG and rename the team the “New York Red Bulls.”
April 2 - In the inaugural match as the New York Red Bulls, the Red Bulls tie D.C. United 2-2 at RFK stadium in Washington D.C. Youri Djorkaeff scored the first goal in Red Bulls history on a brilliant free kick from 30 yards out.
April 8 - Over 35,000 fans come to Giants Stadium to see the first home outing for the Red Bulls against the New England Revolution. With Shakira and Wyclef Jean performing at halftime, the game resulted in a scoreless tie.
April 20 - Marc de Grandpre is named Managing Director of Red Bull New York. In this role, de Grandpre will oversee all business and commercial aspects of the organization. He had been with Red Bull North America for more than seven years as the Director of Field Marketing where he oversaw all marketing activities for the company‘s East region.
May 20 - New York Red Bulls forward Jean Philippe Peguero scores a hat trick in a 5-4 win over Chivas USA.
May 27 - The Red Bulls defeat Bayern Munich, reigning champions of the German Bundesliga, 4-2, in an international friendly.
June 27 - Mo Johnston is relieved of his head coaching duties. Assistant coach Richie Williams was named interim coach and would serve in that position for six weeks. The Red Bulls also acquire defender Todd Dunivant from the Los Angeles Galaxy for a partial allocation.
July 18 - Red Bull New York hires former U.S. Men’s National Team Manager Bruce Arena. Arena, the most successful coach in U.S. Men’s Soccer history, will serve as the team’s Sporting Director and Head Coach. Before his eight-year tenure with the national team, Arena was the head coach for D.C. United, leading them to the MLS Cup in 1996 and 1997, and head coach at the University of Virginia, where he led the Cavaliers to five national titles.
July 31 - Former U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder John Harkes is named assistant coach. Harkes played under Arena at the University of Virginia from 1985-87 and was a part of both Arena-coached MLS Cup Championship teams.
Aug. 12 - Head coach Bruce Arena makes his debut with the Red Bulls against two-time reigning FIFA World Player of the Year Ronaldinho and his club FC Barcelona, champions of the Spanish La Liga, in a 4-1 loss. The game marked the largest crowd for both a New York and MLS game at Giants Stadium (79,002).
Aug. 17 - Forward John Wolyniec joins Red Bull New York from the Los Angeles Galaxy, for his fourth stint with the organization in exchange for a fourth round draft pick in 2007 and a second round draft pick in 2008. Wolyniec contributes quickly, scoring a goal in each of his first three starts as a Red Bull in 2006.
Aug. 26 - Led by Edson Buddle’s hat trick, the Red Bulls defeat Real Salt Lake, 6-0, racking up numerous team and MLS records. All six goals were scored in the second half, tying the MLS record for goals in a half. New York scored the fastest six goals in MLS history (32 minutes). The game also marked the first win for Arena as the team’s head coach and Sporting Director.
Sept. 16 - A stunning 30-yard strike in the 83rd minute by 16-year-old rookie Jozy Altidore helps give the Red Bulls a 1-0 win over the Columbus Crew at Giants Stadium. Altidore becomes the fourth-youngest player to find the back of the net in MLS history.
Sept. 19 - Red Bull New York and AEG break ground on its new stadium, Red Bull Park, in Harrison, NJ. Several politicians and dignitaries in attendance celebrate the 25,000-seat soccer-specific venue which is deemed to open in 2008.
Oct. 14 - Needing a win and only a win to clinch the fourth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, an Amado Guevara hat trick helps the Red Bulls defeat the Kansas City Wizards, 3-2, at Giants Stadium in front of 19,780, punching New York’s ticket into the postseason. For Guevara, New York’s captain, it is his third career hat trick.
Oct. 29 - Despite a goal by Jozy Altidore, who becomes the youngest player in league history to score in the playoffs, the Red Bulls fall in a close, 2-1 decision to D.C. United in their Eastern Conference Semifinal Series.
Nov. 27 - Red Bull New York announces that it traded midfielder Amado Guevara to Chivas USA in exchange for a second designated player slot and a third round draft pick in the 2007 MLS SuperDraft. The Red Bulls become the first team to have two designated player slots.
Nov. 30 - Red Bulls Jozy Altidore, Jerrod Laventure and Seth Stammler travel down to the Caribbean nation of Haiti in partnership with hip hop musician Wyclef Jean’s movement, Yéle Haiti, for a six-day service trip. The players donated a substantial amount of equipment and apparel, conducted a number of soccer clinics and visited several other Yéle Haiti initiatives.