In the 2-1 victory over second-place Toronto FC, center-back Aaron Long got his 100th MLS regular-season start. Long, who this year captained the U.S. men’s national team in a friendly against Costa Rica, closed out the 2020 regular season with 1,330 minutes played and two goals.
“To be honest, I didn't even know that I had reached 100 regular-season starts this year with the Red Bulls, that's a huge honor,” said Long. “It's a place that has a special place in my heart, reaching 100 starts is nice.”
After scoring the winning goal against New England Revolution on Oct. 28, Long set a franchise record for goals by a defender with eight, surpassing Steve Jolley’s seven.
“Being the defender with the most goals in franchise history, that's definitely special because I have been here such a short time. I passed a legend that had it before, who's still around the club that I can see and have a relationship with, so that's really fun,” he said. “There's been so many top defenders that came through the Red Bull system, and now to have my name etched in history for some time until it gets broken, it's super nice. I'm just hoping to add to that tally here in the playoffs, that'd be the best thing.”
During the regular season, no. 33 recorded 79 duels won, 56 aerials won and 64 successful tackles, according to Opta.
Since 2017, Long has played 8,910 regular season minutes and has made eight playoff appearances for RBNY.
With the USMNT, Long has made 17 appearances and has scored three goals, two of those in the 2019 Gold Cup.