Player Details


Jonny Steele


6' 0"


181 lbs

Date of Birth

2.7.1986 (38)


Larne, Northern Ireland


Career Summary

Acquired: Signed on Feb. 20, 2013 after rights were acquired from Real Salt Lake in exchange for a conditional draft pick.


2013: Fan favorite was second among Red Bulls field players with 2,665 minutes played while contributing five goals, tied for fourth on the team, and six assists, which ranked third … After appearing as a substitute in the season-opening 3-3 tie at Portland on March 3, Steele started 32 of the team’s remaining 33 games … Had both a goal and an assist in three different games, all New York wins: Set up third goal and scored fourth in 4-1 win vs. New England on April 20, scored opening goal (a low drive nominated for MLS Goal of the Week) and set up third goal in 3-2 win at Kansas City on Aug. 3, and set up opening goal and scored third goal in 4-1 win at Houston on Sept. 8 … Also assisted Jamison Olave’s game-tying goal in stoppage time in 2-2 tie vs. Columbus on May 26 and Tim Cahill’s go-ahead goal in 2-1 win at D.C. United on Aug. 31 … Scored clinching goal in 88th minute of 2-0 win vs. Houston on June 30 … Scored final Red Bulls goal in Supporters’ Shield-clinching, 5-2 win vs. Chicago on Oct. 27 … Playoffs: Started both legs of the Eastern Conference semifinal series against Houston, playing 68 minutes in the 2-2 first leg tie on Nov. 3 and all 120 minutes in the 2-1 overtime loss in the Nov. 6 second leg … U.S. Open Cup: Played 90 minutes and scored New York’s second goal via header in 4-2 loss at New England in the Round of 16 on June 12 … Other: Played first half of 2-2 friendly tie vs. Olympique Lyonnais on July 16.

2012: Played his first season at the top level of Major League Soccer after signing with Real Salt Lake and finished with two goals and two assists over 28 appearances, including 11 starts. … Made his MLS debut on March 17 when he subbed on with six minutes remaining in a 2-0 win over the Red Bulls … Two weeks later in a March 31 match against Portland, Steele registered his first MLS goal in a 3-2 win … The following week, Steele earned his first start in a 1-0 win over Montreal Impact … Playoffs: Unused substitute in first leg of Western Conference semifinal series at Seattle on Nov. 2 … Came on for the final four minutes of 1-0 loss in second leg vs. Seattle on Nov. 8.

2002-11: Steele began his career with English side Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2002. He played for the Syracuse Salt Dogs in 2004, Rochester Raging Rhinos in 2005-06, and Irish club Ballymena United in 2005. In 2007, Steele was a member of the Carolina Railhawks of the USL First Division, a side he helped lead to the league’s regular season title. In 2008-09, Steele was a standout for the Puerto Rico Islanders, earning USL-1 MVP honors and helping his club with the league championship. In that span, Steele scored six goals in 49 matches. In 2010, Steele played for the Vancouver Whitecaps (then a USL side), before returning to the Railhawks on loan in 2011.

International: Northern Ireland international (1 cap) … Earned first career call-up to Northern Ireland national team following the Red Bulls’ exit from the 2013 MLS Cup Playoffs … Made international debut as substitute in Northern Ireland’s 1-0 loss at Turkey in Adana, Turkey, on November 15, 2013 … Had represented Northern Ireland at several youth levels and was part of the Northern Ireland squad that competed in the 2005 UEFA U-19 Championship as the tournament host, losing three home games by one goal each.