We are finally at the point where Major League Soccer will take their two week break for the group stage of the 2016 Copa America Centenario. One of the two big summer tournaments that will grace our TV's in the United States and Euro 2016 in France.
As the Red Bulls are preparing themselves to finish with a flourish before the break begins they are ready to face a Toronto FC team that will be missing Michael Bradley due to the Copa America and Jozy Altidore is missing due to injury, but the one player that everyone was surprised not to be on Italy's roster for the Euros is Sebastian Giovinco.
"It's a catastrophe in my mind." Said Sacha Kljestan, "It's ridiculous to think that when you look at the Italian National Team where it use to be and where it is now and the type of player that he is and the difference maker that he is, it's ridiculous that he is not on that team. He's a tremendous player."
But now that the break is here you wonder if it's a good thing or a bad thing with the way the Red Bulls are playing that it could be a bad time for it. "It's almost a bad time to get this Copa America break. I felt like we put ourselves back on good footing, we are on solid foundation so hopefully a good result this week and some revenge to pay and a few days off will help."
The season got off to a rocky start as everyone knows when they took on Toronto in the season & home opener at Red Bull Arena with a two goal shutout loss and the disaster was underway, but since the 3-1 home win against Orlando City on Sunday, April 24th things have turned around as the club is now unbeaten in five of their last six.
"We've made good progress in the last month and a half, what's key is that we don't allow any complacency to seep in." Said Jesse Marsch, "We need to understand what got us over the hump and now we can build into what we can handle and not repeat what happened before we got to this point."
But with Toronto coming to town the Red Bulls will face a side that not only will face Giovinco on the defensive end of the field, but Michael Bradley will be with the US Men's National Team for the Copa America and Jozy Altidore out with a hamstring injury, what will be the game plan for Marsch and his team.
"We looked a little bit at the first game, we will take some of the lessons we learned from the last match and we will try to be more prepared in what this game will look like. We weren't sharp since it was the first game, we couldn't take advantage of many opportunities we created around the box. Even with that being said, we need to be aware of where Giovinco is and make sure he doesn't get a chance to convert."
So can the Red Bulls go out on Saturday and get revenge while finishing up this last three match stretch and continue to dig themselves out of a hole and try to get back to the top of the east? All the questions will be answered after the full 90 minutes have gone this coming Saturday and then take in the summer of soccer.