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Red Bulls next Jinx breaker, hosting Orlando City

The next opponent to try and break this four game losing skid is Orlando City.

Florida Native Dax McCarty takes on Orlando City
Florida Native Dax McCarty takes on Orlando City
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A sunny day at the training facility saw this team getting back to work and trying to set things right and try to earn their second win of the season. The session was solid and everyone looked ready to go as we already know the start of the season hasn't looked strong so far.

But you wonder what the mindset is with these guys and who is the one that has to keep their spirits up when it's not just the head coach speaking. "I think that's part of my makeup as a person to try and keep things positive, to find a silver lining in everything." Said Luis Robles, "It has been a tough start and we don't want to go out there and over extend ourselves, we know we have to be better in every aspect. Whether it's physical, mental, each person on this team can play better. If we can do that as a collective the results will come in."

So with that in mind the Red Bulls will host Orlando City this coming Sunday evening and we all know the players they have that can change a match in an instant like Kaka, Brek Shea, Cyle Larin and so many others. What is the mindset for the Red Bulls to challenge this team.

"Orlando is a very good team, we were able to see glimpses of them during the pre-season. They have a lot of weapons, they are solid in the back, they have some great attack pieces. Kaka runs the attack and if you see him with (Kevin) Molino, Larin, and with Shea coming from the back, it makes them dangerous."

We have seen some of the players let loose with their anger at certain things, depending on not being allowed to restart the match or opponents not getting off the field quicker during substitutions, but hopefully that won't happen this time around. While there is real frustration for the players, it feels like they are ready to tackle the next game.

Of course that also means that Jesse Marsch needs to continue to install the confidence in his players and Bradley Wright-Phillips needs to get his goal scoring on as soon as possible. "History shows he's a big goal scorer and somewhat streaky." said Marsch, "This is a quote from him once one goes in, he'll be milking it. So he feels that once the tide starts to turn he will start bagging them."

It also means that they need to watch out for the big Brazilian midfielder in Kaka as he runs everything with the ball on his feet. "Kaka is the one player that gets everyone going. We want to have Dax and or Felipe to cover him, but we need to make sure our center backs are watching him as well."

Oliver Mintzlaff of the Red Bulls global soccer department came over to see the coaching staff and had a chat with Marsch. They are not in panic mode right now in Salzburg. "I think the connection we have in Europe is great, he said nobody in Salzburg is panicking and we have great supporter from our friends in Europe."

But the big task at hand right now is to get the full three points against an Orlando City side who is not happy they lost two points at home last week and they are hungry to get three points as well. They want to prove that they are going to be a threat down the road, but for the Red Bulls they want to dig out of a big hole.