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October 20, 2012
Backe becomes 1st coach to guide New York into playoffs 3 consecutive seasons

Hans Backe made some history for the Red Bulls on Saturday night.
Hans Backe made some history for the Red Bulls on Saturday night.
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HARRISON, N.J. -- Red Bulls coach Hans Backe made history on Saturday night, becoming the first coach in the 17-year history of the Red Bulls to direct the team into the Major League Soccer playoffs in three consecutive seasons.

The Red Bulls clinched a post-season berth in Major League Soccer on Saturday night. They booked a spot by tying Sporting Kansas City, 0-0, at Red Bull Arena, while D.C. United overcame the Columbus Crew, 3-2, at home via a stoppage-time goal.

Under Backe, the Red Bulls reached the playoffs in 2010 and 2011.

Backe guided the Red Bulls to a 15-9-6 mark in his first season in 2010 before a 10-8-16 record last year. The Red Bulls are 15-9-9 entering their final game of the regular season at the Philadelphia Union next Saturday.

Former U.S. national coach Bob Bradley had guided the MetroStars to playoff spots in 2003 and 2004, but was fired before he could lead the team into the post-season late in the 2005 season.
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