One of New York Red Bulls’ recent more high-profile signings Emil Forsberg has high hopes and expectations of leading his new team to glory.
New York shelled out a reported transfer fee of $3.3m to acquire the Sweden international’s services from Bundesliga and fellow Red Bull side RB Leipzig, a statement signing that ushered in a new era at Red Bull Arena.
Forsberg‘s arrival turns New York into contenders for a top-four spot, as they look to build on their record of qualifying for MLS Cup playoffs for 14 consecutive seasons — a record for a North American professional sports team — to eventually lift their first-ever MLS Cup.
They’ve found just the right person to lead their quest for glory, as the 32-year-old — who signed with RBNY on a three-year deal through the 2026 season with an option for 2027 — lifted four trophies during his time in Sweden with Malmo and three pieces of silverware during his legendary time with Leipzig, where he holds the record for most assists and second-most appearances.
“I think it’s a fantastic league with a lot of quality,” Forsberg said of the state of MLS exclusively to 90min. “It’s gonna be really fun and then for myself and the team we have big expectations. We want to do something big and yeah, [my] expectations are in every way high.”
Forsberg, who featured 325 times for Die Roten Bullen in competitions like the UEFA Champions and Europa Leagues, isn’t the only figure heading to New York from Germany. First-year head coach Sandro Schwarz is set to take the touchline at Red Bull Arena after stints with Hertha Berlin and Mainz in his native Germany while also coaching Dinamo Moscow in Russia.
“Yeah, we talked in Germany”, said Forsberg of his first meeting with Schwarz. “So I talked to him and I know what he wants and I know what I want to do and have to do, but it’s not about me, it’s about the team, we have to achieve this together. I’m looking forward to meeting them.
“I’m looking forward to meeting [my teammates]. I haven’t met them yet…so I’m really looking forward to it. First and foremost I want to build a strong team, like a togetherness, a mentality that says we can win everything together, achieve everything together, and that means every training, every game 100%.”
While Forsberg is set on adding to his trophy cabinet, he still wants to enjoy the ride with his new club in a new country.