Red Bulls & Hospital for Special Surgery
Red Bulls & Hospital for Special Surgery

Hospital for Special Surgery Extends Contract with MLS Red Bulls

The Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) signed with the New York Red Bulls (RBNY) in a new contract that extends the scope and length of its current agreement with the Major League Soccer (MLS) team. 

HSS will now serve as the Official Hospital of Red Bulls Academy, the team’s multi-layered youth system, and as the presenting partner to the Red Bulls Freestyle Crew. The extension builds on the hospital’s multi-year partnership as the Official Hospital of the New York Red Bulls. 

Riley Williams III, MD, sports medicine surgeon at HSS and medical director for the Red Bulls, said in a statement that the hospital has a long history of attending to pre-eminent and professional athletes.

“… and what we’ve learned from treating this population we apply to the development of young athletes,” Dr. Williams said. 

“At the HSS Sports Medicine Institute, we know that even the most highly trained athletes can encounter injuries, but through this expanded collaboration, we will work with athletic coaches and trainers to effectively identify risk factors and prevent setbacks on and off the field,” Dr. Williams said.

Since 2007, HSS has provided the Red Bulls First Team access to the world’s leading medical center for orthopedics and sports medicine. With the extension, HSS will now provide a new generation of soccer players at the Red Bulls Academy with the same high-quality care that all patients receive. 

HSS physicians will oversee player care throughout the season and offer education to prevent injury. Additionally, the HSS Sports Safety team is working with Red Bulls Youth programs to provide movement screenings to help evaluate form and educate on reducing the risk of injury.

With the extension, HSS will now be the presenting partner of the Freestyle Crew to continue to encourage movement and exercise through the sport of soccer. With this partnership, HSS will be featured on the uniforms of the Freestyle Crew and showcased within their content pieces that promote health and wellness.

HSS, a Meadowlands Chamber member, has locations across New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, and is a world leader in sports medicine performance and rehabilitation. It’s nationally ranked first in orthopedics by U.S. News & World Report (2022-2023) for the 13th consecutive year.  

“Since 2010, our club has proudly partnered with Hospital for Special Surgery, who have provided the highest standard of medical attention to the players of our First Team,” said Marc de Grandpré, General Manager, New York Red Bulls. “With the extension of the partnership now reaching our Academy squads, we are confident that all of our players will receive the best orthopedic care.”

About Hospital for Special Surgery

Founded in 1863, HSS is the world’s leading academic medical center focused on musculoskeletal health. At its core is Hospital for Special Surgery, nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics (for the 13th consecutive year), No. 3 in rheumatology by U.S. News & World Report (2022-2023), and the best pediatric orthopedic hospital in NY, NJ and CT by U.S. News & World Report “Best Children’s Hospitals” list (2022-2023). 

In a survey of medical professionals in more than 20 countries by Newsweek, HSS is ranked world No. 1 in orthopedics for a second consecutive year (2022). The Hospital has the lowest complication and readmission rates in the nation for orthopedics, and among the lowest infection rates. 

About the New York Red Bulls

The NYRB play home matches at Red Bull Arena (RBA) in Harrison, New Jersey and are one of 28 teams in the MLS and one of 10 charter clubs since the league was founded in 1996. 

The team offers one of the nation’s premier youth soccer development programs, from local soccer partnerships across New York and New Jersey to Regional Development Schools and the Red Bulls Academy teams.

Cindy Capitani is the Communications & Content Manager at the Meadowlands Chamber. Send press releases and inquiries to