The Red Bulls have been making impressive strides on the pitch of late and now the ambitious club are targeting improvement off it.
On Wednesday last week, the Major League Soccer franchise announced exciting plans for a new privately-funded training facility in Morris Township. The new center will be located about five miles from Red Bulls’ current facility on Melanie Lane in Hanover Township – a place they’ve called home since 2014.
Ground will break for the first time on the new complex in 2022, with a targeted date for completion in 2024 and the expansive 80-acre site will include eight, full-sized outdoor soccer fields as well as tons of office space.
The Red Bulls first team will be joined on the new campus by the USL’s Red Bulls II and the club’s academy and youth sides.
— New York Red Bulls (@NewYorkRedBulls) October 27, 2021
World-class Training Complex
In an official media release, Red Bulls General Manager Marc de Grandpré spoke about the new facility, saying: “We are fortunate to have the support and commitment from Red Bull to help realize our vision of developing a world-class Training Complex for our organization. This will further our pledge to develop, engage and inspire the local community through the beautiful game.”
Head of sport for the Red Bulls Kevin Thelwell said: “The development of the Training Complex demonstrates our unwavering commitment to the game of soccer in this country. The facilities and accommodations will provide our First Team, as well as our valued young players, with the highest levels of support necessary to succeed with our club.”
In the club’s current campaign, the Red Bulls are in the throes of a late playoff push under head coach Gerhard Struber. They hold sixth place in Major League Soccer’s eastern conference with 43 points, tied with fellow playoff contenders Atlanta United and CF Montreal with four games remaining in the regular season.
New training complex to produce more stars?
The production line at the New York Red Bulls Academy is one of the most prolific manufacturers of talent in the MLS and current USMNT stars Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig), Timothy Weah (Lille) and up-and-comer Kyle Duncan (NYRB) all honed their skills on the club’s training pitches.
New York and New Jersey have long been hotbeds of emerging talent in the US and Red Bulls’ will aim to acquire more potential stars to develop at their new complex once work is completed at the Morris Township.