There is a lot of hype around the New York Red Bulls, with a new coach, and one marquee player out. But they also have a very strong team and a number of great players. Bradley Wright-Phillips, the league’s leading scorer, is a great player. But the Red Bulls have a few things to work out if they are to stay in the playoff race. These are the three things you should look for in a New York Red Bulls Team.
This offseason, the New York Red Bulls signed three players. Two were acquired from Toronto FC, while Armando was signed from Cordoba in the Spanish second division. Two players were also selected in the MLS SuperDraft. Wake Forest right back Chris Duvall and Akron midfielder Eric Stevenson were chosen as the team’s second round picks. These two will likely help the team improve their starting eleven.
On Saturday, the U23s of the New York Red Bulls won their first Open Cup match. They played the Pittsburgh Riverhounds in their first match. Evan Louro scored twice and was replaced by Dwayne Dove, Anthony Arena and Brian Fekete. The Red Bulls outnumbered a full house at start of game, and they dominated possession for most the game. Although the Red Bulls didn’t win the match, this was a significant step towards their success.
Thierry Henry, Ligue 1’s player, doesn’t play on grass very often. He is required to play on an artificial surface, but he scored in the first leg against New England. Due to the accumulation of a card, he missed the second leg. Red Bulls have been in top four for most seasons, so it would be smart to invest in him if they can keep that up.
The Red Bulls must be independent from the NYCFC. To advance in the playoffs, they must be more creative and aggressive in the midfield. However, this isn’t as easy as it sounds. The Red Bulls need to prove that they are a better team next season than last. Henry has many exciting players, and many fans are eager to see the plans for the team.
Ryan Giggs is looking forward to a promising season. In 2014, he made 29 starts and 32 appearances for the Red Bulls. He tied his single-season scoring record with 27 goals. He scored a stoppage-time goal against Vancouver in the regular season opener. He then scored a hat-trick in a 4-0 win over Houston in the playoffs. He scored his second hat trick of the season against Seattle on September 20th. On October 11th, he netted a goal against Toronto FC.
After signing Backe, the Red Bulls shook up the roster. Bruce Arena, a Brooklyn native was appointed head coach while Backe was retained. The Red Bulls were able secure several high-profile players such as Claudio Reyna, Juan Pablo Angel, and Jozy Altidore, a teenager. The team was plagued by bad luck throughout the season. The team was forced to settle for third in the Eastern Conference, and qualified for the playoffs. The playoffs were delayed twice by Hurricane Sandy and a major snowstorm. In the end, the Red Bulls lost 1-0 to D.C. United in the first leg, and missed out on the MLS Cup semi-finals for the second consecutive season.