And here we are Red Bulls supporters. The 2016 Red Bulls Pre-Season has begun as the club has already flown down to sunny and warm Orlando, Florida as they will begin their training sessions to prepare for the 2016 regular season which will begin on Sunday, March 6th as the club opens their Supporters Shield defense against Toronto FC at Red Bull Arena.
As the club got back to their training facility in Hanover and just went thru some easy workouts to get back into the swing of things, it would be head coach Jesse Marsch that did address the media to get things rolling and inform the people of what is going on before flying down to the sunshine state.
"Today we just wanted to get going outside, with no training tactics. It was more to get the guys out on the field." said Marsch, "I wanted that (Grass) Field, but give our (grounds crew) guys credit for plowing the snow away so we used the turf field. But when we get down to Florida, we will go thru some video sessions as the older guys will concentrate on the technical side."
Marsch also praised Ali Curtis for re-signing several of the key players that were apart of the core from last season that won the supporters shield. "That was the emphasis on getting the core back. Give Ali credit on bringing back the players from last year. we accomplished that and we injected a lot of young players into this process and gave them a chance."
Of course one player is chomping at the bit to restart the season and that is Bradley Wright-Phillips who scored seventeen goals last year and has forty five league goals which is thirteen shy of the current club record held by Juan Pablo Angel. "I need to be better than last season, I need to continue to improve." said Bradley, "It was o.k. and I need to continue to improve because I see the young kids pushing us veterans. We can't show any slack."
Questions about brother Shaun was being asked around the training facility after finally signing with the club on the new contract. "I can't wait to see Shaun (Wright-Phillips) in full fitness and I'm excited for him to have a full pre-season under his belt and it helps a lot. When I got a full pre-season under my belt, it helped me a lot and my partnership with (Thierry) Henry."
But just before the day ended Marsch did inform the media of the one thing that can't creep into this season's plans as well as into the players minds as they prepare for their season down in Florida and that is complacency. "I feel our group wants more and isn't satisfied with our success last year. We got a taste of it with the Supporters Shield and we want more. We all want to go after more trophies on a bigger level, we don't want to be complacent if we think about last years success."