So after enjoying another victory over NYCFC and once again proving that New York City is Red, the Red Bulls will now move on to their next opponent and face the Chicago Fire who are last place in the Eastern Conference. While this side is going to play in the 2016 US Open Cup Semi-Finals at the New England Revolution, the Fire has had another horrible MLS Season.
In 19 games played the Chicago Fire have earned a total of 17 Points by winning four, drawing five and losing ten matches, one of those losses was at Red Bull Arena on May 18th when only one goal was enough to defeat the Fire at Red Bull Arena. But now the task at hand this coming Sunday is much greater.
This is a match where the Red Bulls must get the full three points and continue to keep the Chicago Fire down in the cellar of the East. While they do have some solid players and are using the US Open Cup as a saving grace to try and reach the final, this match on the road is a must to earn three points and attempt to leap frog NYCFC for first place.
"It's a really important three points but it's not like an assumption. They haven't lost at home since April 16th including in the US Open Cup (6-0-2 in that stretch)." Said Jesse Marsch, " but the club historically hasn't done well there except for winning the Supporters Shield game. They are already talking like this is a must win game and Isee why they are saying that.
I have also told my team that this is a must win, we have goals that we want to achieve and I told them that these are points that we need as well. So it will be a well contested match and we will expect Chicago's best, they gave us a good game at home last time, we are not assuming anything."
David Accam is one of the most dangerous players in MLS right now even thought the Fire's record is not so great. That doesn't mean the Red Bulls are going to sleep every time he has the ball or when he is making runs off the ball to get into those positions to become the danger man.
"He's very fast and he's good on the ball, just like any typical dangerous guy he can turn nothing into something." said Sal Zizzo, "Like a (Sebastien) Giovinco or like anyone that has the ball on their feet, he can go right at you. You can be five yards away from him, he can drag one by you, so he is someone that you really need to be aware of where he is when we have or don't have the ball."
Since the stadium opened on June 11th, 2006 the New York Red Bulls have never won a single match till that happened in the final regular season game last year in 2015 when they won their second Supporters Shield in three seasons. But once again the jinx may be on if the Red Bulls are not careful as a single moment of complacency could put them of course.
But we shall see what this side can do and is made of if they want to continue their improved ways and getting ready in a few days as their 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League campaign will start against Antigua Guatemala Futbol Club at Red Bull Arena on August 3rd.