The New York Red Bulls/MetroStars have had the luxury of having some of the best goalkeepers in league history play for them. Until recently, the position has been a revolving door for the club, despite this I have been able to complete a list of some of the best keepers the club has had in their 20 year history. I have ranked the net minders based upon what they did during their time for the club.
Danny Cepero (2007-2009)
Despite only seeing significant playing time for one season as a professional, Danny Cepero gets a mention on this list because of the place he holds in MLS history. The Penn grad is the only goalkeeper in MLS history to score a goal during open play after doing so for the Red Bulls against the Columbus Crew. Cepero was also the starter during the clubs run to the 2008 MLS Cup Final.
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5. Bouna Coundoul (2009-2011)
Like Cepero, Coundoul was only a starter for one full season for the Red Bulls, but during his brief stint he became a club hero. Know for his catch phrase it’s "Bouna Time" Coundoul broke out during the 2010 season when he set a club record with 11 clean sheets. For every spectacular save he also made a glaring gaffe, which is what ultimately led to Coundoul losing his spot to designated player Frank Rost.
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4. Mike Ammann (1999-2000)
A starter for two years for the MetroStars, Ammann is still held in very high regards by many long time fans. In his time with the club he was twice named Defender of the Year and also earned a spot on the MLS All-Star team in 2000. Ammann went on to lose his spot to a promising young keeper from New Brunswick. After being traded to DC United Ammann struggled with injuries and had to cut his career short retiring at the age of 30.
3. Luis Robles (2012-Present)
Ryan Meara was a standout rookie in 2012, but 18 games into the year, he was taken out by a hip injury suffered in New England. Possibly fearing that Meara's injury would keep him out beyond 2012, the Red Bulls signed Robles in August 2012. Since arriving in 2012 Robles has locked down the spot for the Red Bulls and has repeatedly put in great performances. In his debut season Robles tied the franchise record in clean sheets. With Robles the Red Bulls know that they will not have to worry about who they have in the net for the next couple of seasons at least.
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2. Tony Meola (1996-1998 & 2005-2006)
Meola was in the net during the teams inaugural season back in 1996. Coming in, Meola was already an established keeper having started for the United States at both the 1990 and 1994 World Cups. He set the league record with 9 clean sheets as he led the league in the category in 1996. Meola also was also named MLS Goalkeeper of the year in 2000 while he was with the Kansas City Wizards. Meola is one of a select few to play for both the MetroStars and the Red Bulls.
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1. Tim Howard (1998-2003)
Although Meola is one of the greatest goalkeepers in league history, his best years were spent in Kansas City, which is what seals Tim Howard's spot atop this list. It took Howard a couple of seasons to make the spot between the pipes his after signing with the club at the tender age of 19. Howard went on to be named to three MLS All-Star teams and won the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Award in 2001. It was not long before teams from across the pond came calling, and in 2004 Howard was signed by Manchester United in a move that was unheard of at the time. After his spell with the MetroStars "El Pato" was also able to become a fixture for the United States’ National team and at the 2014 World Cup set a record for most saves in a World Cup match with against Belgium. Howard wishes to retire at Everton, but fans can still hope for a homecoming from the best keeper in Red Bull history.
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