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Jan. 7 - The Red Bulls name Jeff Agoos Sporting Director, moving up from his previous role as Technical Director.
April 5 - Dave van den Bergh scores the fastest goal in team history, just 46 seconds into the match, as the Red Bulls defeat the Columbus Crew, 2-0, in New York’s 2008 MLS Season Opener at Giants Stadium.
April 9 - Managing Director Marc de Gandpre resigns from his position. A national search for his successor ensues.
May 28 - Erik Stover is named Managing Director for Red Bull New York. He is promoted from his position of Vice President, Operations and General Manager of Red Bull Park.
June 4 - Red Bull and MLS announce that forward Jozy Altidore has been transferred to La Liga side Villarreal for an MLS record fee.
July 16 - Red Bull captain and Designated Player Claudio Reyna, a former U.S. National Team captain, announces his retirement from professional soccer after 14 years, the final two with the Red Bulls. Reyna, who is widely considered one of the best American players in U.S. soccer history, will continue with Red Bull New York in a role as an ambassador to work with the team to grow the sport in the metropolitan New York area.
Aug. 19 - Red Bull New York has announced that its state-of-the-art soccer-specific stadium being built in Harrison, New Jersey, has been renamed Red Bull Arena. Additionally, the next phase of construction - erection of structural steel - began with the first columns being connected to the foundation.
Oct. 19 - In his first MLS appearance and start, goalkeeper Danny Cepero makes two saves, earns his first win and scores the first MLS goal by a goalkeeper when his 83rd-minute, 80+-yard free kick bounces over the head of Crew goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum and into the back of the net.
Nov. 9 - Goals by Dane Richards, Juan Pablo Angel, and John Wolyniec propel New York to a 3-0 second-leg win and a 4-1 aggregate victory over two-time defending MLS Champion Houston Dynamo in the Western Conference Semifinals at Robertson Stadium in Houston, TX. The series win marks just the second time in the franchise‘s 13-year history that they have gotten through the first round of the MLS Cup Playoffs. The win was New York‘s first playoff road victory since a 2-1 win in Dallas on Sept. 20, 2000.
Nov. 15 - A 28th-minute goal from Dave van den Bergh and seven saves from Danny Cepero lift New York to a 1-0 win at Real Salt Lake, giving the Red Bulls the Western Conference Championship, and the franchise’s first-ever Conference Championship and MLS Cup Finals berth.
Nov. 23 - The Red Bulls drop a 3-1 decision to the Columbus Crew at The Home Depot Center in the first-ever MLS Cup Finals appearance for New York. John Wolyniec scores the first MLS Cup Finals goal in franchise history in the 51st minute.
Nov. 26 - New York loses defender Jeff Parke, second all-time in games played and games started in club history, to the MLS Expansion Draft, and selects former New York defender Mike Petke, who ranks first in both categories, from the Colorado Rapids in the MLS Waiver Draft.