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Welcome to Once A Metro

The dawn of a new decade marks a new era for the New York Red Bulls, with the franchise opening their brand new stadium under a new regime. Last season was a forgettable one at best, with the team lifeless from the opening kick in Seattle. Let's just say thank goodness for the absence of relegation in Major League Soccer. However, 2010 is a new chapter in the history of the franchise, and one that hopefully can help the team quickly put 2009 behind them.

The move to the new stadium will only help (the effect of Juan Pablo Angel playing on grass instead of the awful Giants Stadium concrete turf is very underrated). But it remains to be seen how the new regime of Sporting Director Erik Soler and Head Coach Hans Backe will acclimate themselves in MLS. It's well known that the track record of foreign coaches in the league is pretty terrible, and Red Bulls and MetroStars fans have had plenty of their own first-hand experiences. The way-too-early returns have been good, with the Bulls posting a so-far undefeated record in preseason. Backe has shown some good signs in terms of staying consistent in the team's formation (a welcome change from the seemingly random choices by previous coach Juan Carlos Osorio). Of course, we will see for certain starting March 27th.

So with that, we welcome you to this brand new site. We will be constantly updated with the latest Red Bulls news, as well as previews and breakdowns of every match, and plenty of opinions. We invite you to join the conversation in the comments sections and we of course encourage FanShots and FanPosts, located on the right side of the page. It's a new era for the Red Bulls, so let's get going. Welcome!