John Wolyniec, Class of 1995

The finest soccer player ever to play for Farrell, the multi-time Staten Island Advance All Star continued his soccer career at Fordham University, where he graduated in three-and-a-half years. During that time, he became the Ram’s all-time leading scorer with seventy five goals and thirty six assists.  In 1998, John was named the Fordham Male Athlete of the Year, as well as the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year.

A three-time First Team All-Atlantic 10 honoree, he led Division I in scoring in both 1997 and 1998 and was twice named an Academic All-American.

Drafted seventh in the 1999 Major League Soccer College Draft, John made his professional debut with the New York Metro Stars on August 18, scoring a goal in his first game.

During his playing career, which spanned 12 years, John spent seven-plus seasons with the New York franchise. He is the only player in Red Bulls’ history to have scored a goal in the MLS Cup Final. He finished his career fifth in club history in goals scored in all competitions with 36. At the time of his retirement, he was tied for fourth all-time in regular season games played with 142 and scored a total of 26 goals.

His best year statistically was 2004, when he played in all 30 games and scored 10 goals and had three assists. Also that year, John earned two caps for the U.S. Men’s National Team.

In addition to the Metro Stars/Red Bulls, he played for the Columbus Crew, Los Angeles Galaxy, Chicago Fire and New England Revolution.

He is currently the Red Bulls’ Reserve Team Coach/Player Development Coordinator. He was previously Red Bulls Academy Under-23 head coach