2010 Club by Club
Kansas City Wizards
New England Revolution
New York Red Bulls
Real Salt Lake
San Jose Earthquakes
Jan. 7 - Red Bulls announce Hans Backe as the team’s new head coach. The Swede coached various European clubs including Djurgardens IF, Stabek, Hammarby IF, Osters IF and Panathinakos, and spent time on Sven Goran Eriksson’s staff on the Mexican National Team.
Jan. 19 - Installation of the Panasonic HD video board at Red Bull Arena is completed.
Jan. 26 - Red Bull New York receives Temporary Certificate of Occupancy from Town of Harrison for Red Bull Arena.
Feb. 22 - Red Bull Arena is selected to host the Finals of the Churchill Cup, an international rugby tournament. The Churchill Cup will be the first international non-soccer event to be staged at the 25,000-seat venue in Harrison, NJ.
March 5 - Red Bulls sign Estonian international Joel Lindpere.
March 11 - Red Bulls acquire Toronto FC midfielder Carl Robinson in exchange for a fourth round pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft. On the same day, Red Bull New York signs USL stand-out goalkeeper Greg Sutton.
March 16 - The New York Red Bulls reveal the club’s “First XI”, the best players in Red Bulls/MetroStars history, as voted on by the fans. The players chosen are goalkeeper Tim Howard, defenders Jeff Parke, Mike Petke, Eddie Pope, midfielders Youri Djorkaeff, Amado Guevara, Tab Ramos, Dave van den Bergh, and forwards Jozy Altidore, Juan Pablo Angel, Clint Mathis.
March 20 - New York opens Red Bull Arena with a 3-1 defeat of Brazil’s Santos FC. The Grand Opening is seen by a capacity crowd of 25,000.
March 26 - The Red Bulls sign Juan Agudelo, the second Home Grown player produced by the club to join the first team.
March 27 - The Red Bulls dispatch the Chicago Fire 1-0 in the MLS season opener at Red Bull Arena, the first league match in the new stadium.
March 30 - Assistant coach Richie Williams signs a contract extension with the New York Red Bulls after five years as an assistant coach in the organization.
April 9 - New York signs forward Salou Ibrahim, who last played for Danish side Vejle Boldklub.
April 3 - The Red Bulls defeat Seattle Sounders FC, 1-0, at Qwest Field, snapping a 26-match regular-season road winless streak. The team’s last regular-season road victory came on May 10, 2008, a 2-1 victory over the LA Galaxy at the Home Depot Center.
April 27 - Juan Agudelo becomes the first Red Bulls Academy product to feature for the first team, when he starts in the team’s 2-1 U.S. Open Cup Victory over the Philadelphia Union at Red Bull Arena.
May 20 - Defender Mike Petke appears in his 300th Major League Soccer match, becoming just the 11th outfield player in league history to do so.
May 23 - Red Bull Arena hosts its first international friendly featuring a European club as the Red Bulls defeat Italian giants Juventus FC by a 3-1 score in front of 18,735 spectators.
June 16 - Brazilian club Cruzeiro downs the Red Bulls 4-2 in an international friendly at Red Bull Arena.
July 14 - The Red Bulls announce the signing of Designated Player and former Barcelona, Arsenal, Juventus and Monaco striker Thierry Henry. The former World Cup, European Championship and Champions League winner joined as the club’s third-ever Designated Player.
July 22 - The first-ever Barclays New York Challenge kicks off with the Red Bulls hosting Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur FC. The game marks Thierry Henry’s Red Bulls debut, and while the Frenchman opened the scoring, Spurs got two second half goals to take the game, 2-1.
July 23 - The Barclays New York Challenge continues as Portuguese club Sporting Clube de Portgual upend England’s Manchester City FC by a 2-0 score.
July 25 - The Barclays New York Challenge concludes with a doubleheader at Red Bull Arena. In the first match, Tottenham and Sporting battle to a 2-2 draw, and in the final match of the showcase, the Red Bulls knock off Manchester City, 2-1. In total, over 50,000 fans pack Red Bull Arena during the three-day tournament, which is won by Sporting.
July 30 - Club waives John Wolyniec.
July 31 - Thierry Henry makes his Red Bulls regular-season debut, and assists on both Red Bulls goals as the club draws, 2-2, at Houston.
Aug. 2 - New York announces the signing of its fourth-ever Designated Player, Mexican captain Rafa Marquez. Marquez joined the Red Bulls after a successful stint with Barcelona, where he became the first-ever Mexican-born player to win the UEFA Champions League.
Aug. 8 - Marquez makes his Red Bulls debut, in a historic match for Major League Soccer, as a record five Designated Players play in the match, as the Fire’s Freddie Ljungberg and Nery Castillo join Henry, Marquez and Juan Pablo Angel on the pitch. The Red Bulls and Fire play to a 0-0 draw.
Aug. 14 - Red Bull Arena sees its first sell-out for a Major League Soccer match when the Red Bulls host to Los Angeles Galaxy. The Galaxy down New York, 1-0.
Aug. 21 - Marquez scores his first goal for the club in a 4-1 victory at Toronto FC. Marquez’s wonder strike is named the MLS Goal of the Week.
Aug. 28 - Thierry Henry notches his first MLS goal as he provides the insurance goal in a 2-0 home victory over the San Jose Earthquakes.
Sept. 1 - Defender Mike Petke announces his retirement from professional soccer effective at the end of the season. Petke finishes his career as the franchise leader in games played, games started, and minutes played.
Sept. 9 - Forward John Wolyniec announces his retirement from professional soccer, ranking fifth on the club’s all-time goal scoring list, and second on the team’s games played list.
Sept. 14 - Red Bulls acquire midfielder Mehdi Ballouchy from the Colorado Rapids in exchange for forward Macoumba Kandji. Additionally, midfielder Seth Stammler announces his retirement from professional soccer effective at the end of the season. Stammler finishes his career third on the team’s all-time games played and starts list.
Oct. 2 - With a 1-0 victory over the Kansas City Wizards at Red Bull Arena, the Red Bulls clinch a playoff spot in the 2010 MLS Cup Playoffs. The shutout was goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul’s 10th of the season, breaking Tony Meola’s previous franchise record for a single season. Coundoul finished the season with 11 shutouts.
Oct. 21 - The Red Bulls clinch home field advantage throughout the playoffs with a 2-0 victory over the New England Revolution in the final regular season match of the year. It marks only the second time in club history that the team finished the regular season with the best record in the Eastern Conference.
Nov. 4 - The 2010 season comes to a close as the Red Bulls are eliminated from the MLS Cup Playoffs by the San Jose Earthquakes in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. After winning the first leg in San Jose by a 1-0 score, the Red Bulls dropped the home leg, 3-1, to fall in the series 3-2 on aggregate.
Nov. 8 - Red Bull Seth Stammler is named MLS W.O.R.K.S Humanitarian of the Year for philanthropic work following the devastating earthquake in Haiti.
Nov. 11 - Red Bull rookies Tim Ream and Juan Agudelo receive calls to join the US Men’s National Team in a friendly against South Africa on November 17 in Cape Town. This was the first call-up to the USMNT for both Ream and Agudelo.
Nov. 15 - Juan Agudelo become the youngest player to score for the US national team in the team’s 1-0 victory over South Africa. This was also the US Men’s National team debut for Agudelo and teammate Tim Ream.
Nov. 22 - The Red Bulls acquired a 2011 third round draft pick in exchange for midfielder/defender Jeremy Hall from the Portland Timbers.