The New York Red Bulls are an American professional soccer team based in Harrison, New Jersey. The team competes as a member of the Eastern Conference in Major League Soccer (MLS). The Red Bulls began play in 1996, (originally known as the New York/New Jersey MetroStars), as one of the charter clubs of the league. In 2006 the team was sold to Red Bull GmbH, leading to the team's current name. The team is one of two MLS franchises representing New York, along with New York City FC.