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Soccer players never get tired of playing the game.

That’s what this page is all about.

Where your FIRST TOUCH SOCCER book ends, the FREE KICK page begins.

It’s a chance for you to learn more about the Red Bulls … and for me to talk about some of the great stories I couldn’t squeeze into the book.

Scroll down to get the latest news … and to learn more about American soccer. And check out some of the cool collectibles I have in my home.

If you have any questions about my work, please EMAIL me and I’ll be happy to answer them.

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What’s up with the New York Red Bulls

March 11, 2017: The Red Bulls played their first home game of the season with a new captain, Sacha Kljestan. He took over the captain’s role after Dax McCarty was traded to Chicago. McCarty played in 198 games for the red Bulls—more than anyone in team history.

     
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MLS Cup
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The Red Bulls are members of Major League Soccer (MLS), the top soccer league in North America. MLS played its first season in 1996 with 10 teams. In 2017, MLS had 22 teams. Each club plays 34 games in the regular season, followed by the playoffs. The MLS schedule stretches from March to December (including the playoffs). Most pro leagues around he world begin in the fall and end in the spring, leaving time for top players to compete in summer tournaments, such as the World Cup.


Much like other U.S. sports leagues, the MLS clubs with the best records compete in postseason playoffs. The winner of each conference advances to the MLS Cup, the league’s one-game championship final.

 

     
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Tab Ramos
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Sacha Kljestan
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More treasures from the author’s collection!


Tab Ramos — Midfielder
1996–2002
Tab Ramos was the first player to sign to play Major League Soccer. He finished his long career in soccer as a member of the MetroStars. Ramos was a great team leader and was an MLS All-Star in 1996, 1998, and 1999.


Tony Meola — Goalkeeper
1996–1998 & 2005–2006
Tony Meola was one of the first big stars in MLS. He manned the net for the MetroStars and Red Bulls. Meola was voted to the MLS Best XI in 2005.


Giovanni Savarese — Forward
1996–1998
Giovanni Savarese scored 41 goals in 85 MLS games for the MetroStars. The Venezuelan striker was a favorite of the fans. Savarese often started games on the bench and came in at crucial moments to score.


Amado Guevara — Midfielder
2003–2006
Amado Guevara was a splendid attacking midfielder. Quick and powerful, he was nicknamed “El Lobo” (The Wolf). Guevara scored 32 goals for the MetroStars and Red Bulls.


Sacha Kljestan — Midfielder
2015–
Sacha Kljestan “came home” to New Jersey when he joined the Red Bulls in 2015. He had been a college star a few miles away at Seton Hall University. Kljestan’s passing and goal-scoring helped the club finish with the best record in the league in 2015.

     
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Bradley Wright-Phillips
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Did You Know?

• The Red Bulls are named after a popular energy drink. The original recipe came from a beverage popular among truck drivers in Thailand.

• The club’s first coach was Eddie Firmani. Firmani had managed the New York Cosmos in the 1970s.

• In 2000, Clint Mathis became the first MLS player to score five goals in a game. He set the record against the Dallas Burn (now FC Dallas).

• In 2016, Bradley Wright-Phillips scored a hat trick (3 goals in a game) in his 100th game with the Red Bulls. The goals all came in the first 27 minutes, making it the fastest hat trick in MLS history.

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