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1996 New York/New Jersey MetroStars season

The 1996 season was the first season in New York/New Jersey MetroStars's existence, in the first season of American Major League Soccer. They played their home games at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The team played 38 matches in the season including 35 Major League Soccer games and 3 friendlies. Eddie Firmani coached the team for their first eight games before being replaced by Carlos Queiroz.[1]

New York/New Jersey MetroStars
1996 season
ChairmanUnited States John Kluge
United States Stuart Subotnick
ManagerItaly Eddie Firmani (until May 24)
Portugal Carlos Queiroz (after May 28)
MLSConference: 3rd
Overall: 7th
MLS Cup PlayoffsConference Semifinals
Top goalscorerLeague: Giovanni Savarese (14)
All: Giovanni Savarese (14)
1997 →

The team is now known as the New York Red Bulls; the entire organization is known as Red Bull New York.

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PlayersEdit

These totals come from 32 league matches and 3 playoff played in 1996. Only displaying players who capped 5 games or more.

Player Position GP (GS) Minutes Goals Assists
  Rhett Harty Defender 34 (34) 2845 1 1
  Peter Vermes Midfielder 33 (33) 2970 1 1
  Tony Meola Goalkeeper 32 (32) 2880 0 0
  Giovanni Savarese Striker 29 (16) 1702 14 1
  Tab Ramos Midfielder 28 (28) 2428 3 10
  Nicola Caricola Defender 28 (28) 2357 2 0
  Miles Joseph Midfielder 27 (26) 2197 4 5
  Jeff Zaun Defender 24 (22) 1795 0 0
  Matt Knowles Midfielder 24 (17) 1767 0 0
  A.J. Wood Striker 23 (15) 1232 5 2
  Cristian da Silva Midfielder 22 (13) 1268 0 0
  Rob Johnson Striker 21 (12) 1236 4 3
  Roberto Donadoni Midfielder 20 (20) 1800 3 10
  Damian Silvera Midfielder 17 (9) 953 0 1
  Chris Unger Midfielder 16 (12) 1029 1 1
  Ted Gillen Defender 16 (10) 852 0 0
  Antony de Ávila Striker 11 (10) 920 8 3
  Mickey Kydes Midfielder 11 (7) 556 0 0
  Edmundo Rodriguez Striker 11 (5) 473 0 1
  Rubén Darío Hernández Striker 10 (9) 836 0 3
  Ian Hennessy Midfielder 8 (4) 311 1 1
  Manny Lagos Midfielder 6 (6) 483 0 2
  Andrew Restrepo Defender 5 (4) 343 0 0
  Chris Brauchle Midfielder 5 (3) 323 0 0

Source:[2]

FixturesEdit

Date Home Away Score Metro Goal(s)
4/13 Los Angeles Galaxy MetroStars 2-1 Savarese
4/20 MetroStars New England Revolution 0-1
4/27 MetroStars Columbus Crew 0-2
5/4 MetroStars Tampa Bay Mutiny 3-3 Kooiman(OG), Savarese 2; SO 2:1
5/12 D.C. United MetroStars 1-1 Savarese; SO 1:2
5/16 MetroStars Colorado Rapids 3-0 Savarese 3
5/19 New England Revolution MetroStars 2-0
5/22 Kansas City Wiz MetroStars 2-1 Savarese
5/24 MetroStars Fiorentina1 0-4
5/30 MetroStars D.C. United 1-2 Wood
6/2 Dallas Burn MetroStars 0-1 Wood
6/5 MetroStars Sporting Lisbon1 1-1 Wood
6/9 MetroStars Los Angeles Galaxy 0-4
6/16 MetroStars San Jose Clash 0-1
6/19 MetroStars Dallas Burn 0-0 SO 2:0
6/26 MetroStars Kansas City Wiz 2-0 Savarese, Ramos
6/30 Columbus Crew MetroStars 0-4 Caricola, Savarese, Ramos, Unger
7/4 Colorado Rapids MetroStars 2-1 Ramos
7/10 MetroStars Dallas Burn 3-2 Caricola, Savarese 2
7/21 Los Angeles Galaxy MetroStars 3-0
7/24 San Jose Clash MetroStars 0-1 Johnson
7/28 MetroStars San Jose Clash 4-1 Johnson, Vermes, Wood, Harty
8/3 New England Revolution MetroStars 1-1 Donadoni; SO 3:2
8/11 Colorado Rapids MetroStars 0-2 Donadoni, Joseph
8/14 MetroStars New England Revolution 4-0 Wood, Johnson 2, De Avila
8/17 Tampa Bay Mutiny MetroStars 3-1 Donadoni
8/21 MetroStars D.C. United 2-3 De Avila 2
9/1 Kansas City Wiz MetroStars 2-2 Hennessey, Wood; SO 3:1
9/4 MetroStars Tampa Bay Mutiny 0-2
9/6 D.C. United MetroStars 1-2 De Avila, Joseph
9/10 MetroStars Los Angeles Galaxy 3-1 Joseph 2, De Avila
9/15 Columbus Crew MetroStars 2-0
9/18 MetroStars Columbus Crew 1-0 De Avila
9/21 Tampa Bay Mutiny MetroStars 4-1 Savarese
9/24 MetroStars D.C. United 2-2 De Avila, Savarese; SO 6:5
9/27 D.C. United MetroStars 1-0
10/2 D.C. United MetroStars 2-1 De Avila
11/15 Pennsylvania Natives1 MetroStars 1-2 Savarese 2
  • SO indicates a shootout.
  • Green represents a win, red a loss and yellow a draw.

1Friendly
Source:[3]

Final standingsEdit

Place Eastern Conference P W (so) L (so) F A GD Points
1 Tampa Bay Mutiny 32 20 (1) 12 (3) 66 51 +15 58
2 D.C. United 32 16 (1) 16 (3) 62 56 +6 46
3 NY/NJ MetroStars 32 15 (3) 17 (2) 45 47 -2 39
4 Columbus Crew 32 15 (4) 17 (5) 59 60 -1 37
5 New England Revolution 32 15 (6) 17 (2) 43 56 -13 33
Place Western Conference P W (so) L (so) F A GD Points
1 Los Angeles Galaxy 32 19 (4) 13 (4) 59 49 +10 49
2 Dallas Burn 32 17 (5) 15 (3) 50 48 +2 41
3 Kansas City Wiz 32 17 (5) 15 (2) 61 63 -2 41
4 San Jose Clash 32 15 (3) 17 (6) 50 50 0 39
5 Colorado Rapids 32 11 (2) 21 (4) 44 59 -15 29

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