It may not stand by the end of the weekend but the New York Red Bulls will forever be remembered as the first team in MLS history to 21 wins. Toronto FC last season and the Seattle Sounders in 2014 both reached 20 wins but this year’s New York team has surpassed that and has the ability to add one more to the record books.
New York Red Bulls Break MLS Win Record
“At the end of the day it all plays into our success but at the end of the day our measuring stick is still trophies,” said captain Luis Robles after the win against Philadelphia. “We have an opportunity this season to win two trophies and we have made it difficult having it lead to the last weekend but that means we need to get a result.”
The two trophies Robles is speaking of the Supporters Shield and MLS Cup. While the Shield has been won by the team on two previous occasions, it is MLS Cup that still eludes the team that has felt cursed since their inception in 1996. This record may be one that the team can add to their list of accomplishments but it will feel somewhat diminished should they be unable to finish with the best record in the league.
Who is standing in their way? Atlanta United FC. The team managed by soon-to-be Mexican national team head coach Gerardo “Tata” Martino has produced a juggernaut in the Eastern Conference, tying the all-time point total with 69 with one game to go. Their road to the Shield may be seen as more difficult as they travel to play a Toronto FC team that wants the pride of knowing their record won’t be broken on their home field.
For New York it is Orlando SC standing in their way. Despite their first win in three months, OCSC has been a mess, despite high expectations. The home team is predicted to win but it would be an owe so Metro moment should the Red Bulls lose to Orlando and share in the win total with Atlanta United while also losing the Supporters Shield.