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A Season of Milestones for New York Red Bulls

The New York Red Bulls will cap off a record-breaking 2018 regular season on Sunday against Orlando City.

It has been a season that featured a number of career milestones for individual players, as well as new club and league records:

  • On May 19, goalkeeper Luis Robles’ historic ironman streak came to an end after starting 183-consecutive games, which is the longest in league history. During that stretch, he played 16,740 minutes, winning 86 games, while recording 52 shutouts.
  • On July 25, forward Bradley Wright-Phillips became the fastest player in MLS history to reach 100 career goals in a 1-0 victory at D.C. United. On October 6, he became the first player in league history to score 20+ goals in three separate seasons (27 goals in 2014, 24 goals in 2016) in a 3-1 win at San Jose.
  • Wright-Phillips is also just two assists away from becoming the third player in MLS history to score 20 goals and record 10 assists in one season. Those two assists would also make him the fifth player in Red Bulls history to score 10 goals and record 10 assists in one season.
  • Also on October 6, the club became the second team in MLS history to reach 300 wins, joining the L.A. Galaxy as the only other team in league history to accomplish the feat.
  • On October 21, the Red Bulls broke the MLS single-season record for wins, earning win number 21 with a 1-0 victory at Philadelphia. The Red Bulls surpassed the previous record of 20, set by both the Seattle Sounders in 2014 and Toronto FC in 2017. In that game, New York also set a new single-season record in shutouts (14).
  • Robles also reached a milestone on October 21, as he won his 100th career game, while setting a new career-high in wins for a season (20) and shutouts in a single season (13).

In terms of the season as a whole, the club set numerous other records.

New York has experienced a lot of success at Red Bull Arena in 2018, winning 13 of the 16 games played there, tying the most in one season for the club. The Red Bulls currently sit tied with D.C. United for the most home victories in the league. On the road, they have experienced success as well, tying the franchise record of most road wins in a single season (9) in the 1-0 victory over Philadelphia on October 21.

The Red Bulls currently sit one point out of first place with one game remaining in the regular season, as they are vying for their third Supporters’ Shield in its history (2013, 2015). If they win it this season, it would tie them with Columbus for the second-most in league history, behind the Los Angeles Galaxy and D.C. United, who have four each.

They also will look to tie or set a new record for points in a season, which was set by Toronto last season (69).

New York hosts Orlando City on Sunday, October 28, at 4:30 p.m. in the regular-season finale. The game will be broadcast on MSG 2 and New York Red Bulls Radio.