The 2022 Major League Soccer season opened on Feb. 26 with the New Jersey-based entrant, the New York Red Bulls, defeating the San Jose Earthquakes 3-1 on the West Coast. So it’s the perfect time check in the team and find out how the franchise and the league as a whole weathered the last two pandemic years and what the new season could bring.
For this edition of NJBIZ Conversations, Editor Jeff Kanige spoke with Red Bulls General Manager Marc de Grandpré about the state of the league, what the World Cup will mean for the business of soccer in the U.S. and how the local team is likely to fare this year – both on the field and off – after a seventh-place finish last season.
“We’re excited,” de Grandpré said. “We have a good young roster. We just announced a few key acquisitions … last year was our 12th consecutive season in the playoffs. We’ve consistently competed and we know we’re going to keep competing here in 2022 and we can’t wait for the season to start.