Official release from Supporters' Shield Foundation
The Supportersâ€™ Shield Foundation on behalf of all Supporters of Major League Soccer congratulate the New York Red Bulls on winning the 2013 Supportersâ€™ Shield.
The Supportersâ€™ Shield Foundation was established by the members of the Independent Supporters Council to raise the necessary funds for the creation of a new Supportersâ€™ Shield. Through the united effort of both member and non-member supporters selling â€śI Support The Shieldâ€ť scarves, the Foundation successfully achieved its goal.
The result is an award that supporters league wide now carry an ownership stake in and can proudly proclaim as their own. Over the past year that Shield has passed through countless hands as it has visited every stadium in the league, helping to fulfill the Foundationâ€™s new purpose; the preservation of the Shieldâ€™s history and the promotion of the Supporterâ€™s spirit. During the Shieldâ€™s travel there was no way for the Independent Supporters Council, the Supportersâ€™ Shield Foundation, or any of the supporters league wide to have known that a new incarnation of the Shield would coincide with one of the most exciting Shield races in league history.
We, the Supporters, congratulate the New York Red Bulls on winning the 2013 Supportersâ€™ Shield. This has been one of the tightest contests since the awardâ€™s inception, with the winner decided by the final weekendâ€™s results. The New York Red Bulls and their supporters can stand proudly knowing that they were the best team over an entire season of play, an achievement recognized by leagues the world over. The Red Bulls have fought from the first kick to the final whistle to win this award and in so doing has rightfully earned their inscription on the Supportersâ€™ Shield and their place in its history.
The New York Red Bull Supporters will present the Supportersâ€™ Shield to their club, where it will reside, until the close of the 2014 season with the crowning of a new champion.
For more information on the Supportersâ€™ Shield Foundation and the History of the Shields creation please visit SupportersShield.org.
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