Has ‘That’s So Metro’ Finally Left RBNY?

After winning the Supporters’ Shield, is that bad feeling gone?
by Daniel Feuerstein   |   Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Branded Bulls – column on Red Bull NY (RBNY – NYRB) & the New Jersey area soccer scene.

Ever since MLS was created after the USA hosted the World Cup in 1994, the New York franchise, which was originally named the MetroStars after the business Metro Media TV Syndication mogul John Kluge, haven't had any silverware to show for their efforts.

The Curse of Caricola has been hanging over the heads of many current and former players who have worn the red and black of the MetroStars, as well as the white shirts and red shorts of RBNY.

Until now.

With a frantic finish to the end of the 2013 MLS season, New York secured its first regular season championship in the Supporters’ Shield. The Curse of the Caricola is seemingly dealt with and done.

But is that bad, unlucky feeling of “That’s So Metro,” something uttered by many when RBNY makes mistakes on the field or loses by happenstance, really gone?

Greatest night

While it was a fantastic goal by Thierry Henry to equalize the game in the 24th minute, there was some concern that when the second half began, those old feelings were going to come back.

But a four-goal explosion ensued by a Red Bulls side that not only believed in themselves and their coach, but had a great feeling they were finally going to clinch a major piece of silverware.

The entire South Ward went absolutely crazy when the final whistle was blown. The players were celebrating like mad.

And to witness manager Mike Petke, assistant coach John Wolyniec, along with long time equipment manager Fernando Ruiz and his son Sean, lifting the Shield, was a wonderful sight to see.

Is 'That’s So Metro' really gone?

Since I got back into supporting soccer in the United States in 1996 when MLS was born, I have remained dedicated and loyal to the side that I have been supporting, yelling, screaming and covering for the last 18 years.

This feeling that I had this past Sunday night is a feeling I never thought I would experience.

I tried not to think about past games of dread when they had a chance in 2003 to win the US Open Cup and sadly lost, or the 2008 MLS Cup Final at the StubHub Center when Wolyniec leveled the match at the start of the second half, but eventually lost to the Columbus Crew 3-1.

But while in my heart we can say that horrible and dreaded phrase of “That’s So Metro” should officially be wiped away from the vocabulary of every Metro-Bulls fan, the truth is that the MLS Cup is still on the line and the opportunity for failure and disappointment still hangs about.

There is this little feeling in the back of every Red Bulls fan's head that achieving the league championship might be still out of our grasp, but I have always felt that one of our own, like Petke, should lead this club to the promise land.

They are halfway there.


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Original New York Cosmos fan, reborn soccer fan since 1994 USA World Cup. Feuerstein’s Fire podcast host. Covers NY Red Bulls for SN, and promotes all levels of American soccer from both sides of issues.