After those two interesting World Cup Qualifying matches as the USA lost in Guatemala and came back with a four goal thumping this past Tuesday in Columbus, now the focus is back on league action as the New York Red Bulls are heading to Foxboro, Massachusetts as they take on a New England Revolution side that no longer has Jermaine Jones.
The Revolution is currently sitting below the red playoff line as they are still searching for their first win of the season as they currently have a 0-1-3 record and have only scored four goals and allowed eight as they are one goal conceded more than the Red Bulls.
But as everyone knows every time the Red Bulls visit Gillette Stadium, they have an issue getting wins and the last win in Gillette Stadium was in the 2014 season where they stole a two-nil victory where there was no Tim Cahill and no Thierry Henry. But just because Jones is no longer on the Revolution doesn't mean this team is not dangerous and still hungry to get their first win of 2016.
One of the big issues the Red Bulls had from last year and hopefully doesn't plague them this season is restarting the season after these International Breaks and the hope is that the Red Bulls can get off to a good start up at the razor. "I had forgotten about that, but honestly we looked to get a good balance of hard work and a little bit of rest" said Jesse Marsch, "I feel like our balance was really good as we had a light day and make sure they have their legs on Friday. The energy and the spirit of the team is really good, we've got a group that will be ready to go and take on a big rival."
But the big challenge now is to try and get several players back healthy and at the moment Gonzalo Veron, Center backs Gideon Baah & Ronald Zubar will not be available to play on the road, even though Zubar is the closest to come back in to the starting eleven, he will not be playing on the field turf of Gillette Stadium. So expect Karl Ouimette who was playing for Canada against Mexico in World Cup Qualifying and didn't get a chance on Tuesday, will be available for Marsch on Friday.
But when you are taking on a Revolution side that still has some talented players that can attack and create like Juan Agudelo, Teal Bunbury, Charlie Davies & of course Lee Nguyen who can create with the best of them inside Major League Soccer. "I think that like us they are trying to get their form underneath them, but they are a dangerous team and just because they aren't scoring we don't want to be the ones that will open the flood gates for them. So we will make sure that we are hard defensively to play against."
So the Red Bulls right now looking to restart their season are heading to a dangerous venue where it's still a tough place to get a win and we shall see if Marsch and company can go out there and steal the full three points or maybe a point to keep themselves above the playoff line and to try and climb back up to the top of the Eastern Conference.