After the huge debacle from this past Tuesday night with the US Men’s National Team getting eliminated from the reaching automatic qualification, or the international playoffs to reach the world cup, it’s good to get back to league action for the Red Bulls.
That means with two matches remaining there is some opportunity to try and climb into fifth place and try to face the Columbus Crew in the Wild Card spot. It also means if they stay in sixth place we could have a wild card preview with Atlanta United who are the final opponent at Red Bull Arena for the 2017 regular season.
Since they opened the season with against Atlanta United on the campus of Georgia Tech and at Bobby Dodd Stadium, there have been some exciting soccer played by the side representing the Peach State.
“I think that in some ways it’s very similar to what we do. They put a higher emphasis on possession, but they are very good in transition in both ways and they arrange themselves to do that well which is similar in what we do.” said Jesse Marsch.
“I thought the game we played there was a very fast paced, high level game especially for the first game of the year. We were able to make a couple of plays at the end and emerge in that game.
This game I think it will be similar, it will be in the balance it will be a lot of moments of who picks up loose balls, who reacts quicker, who sets their attacking players on the run and who can put out fires. So it sets up for being an exciting game a tactical duel.”
While Atlanta will be missing Miguel Almiron due to injury don’t discount the others that are available for them, this is still a dangerous squad led by Tata Martino who has brought in some fantastic players and has assembled a hell of an expansion roster.
“They are a strong, dangerous and creative players. Everyone of them can step up and score goals. It’s really fun to watch them, but this coming Sunday it won’t be fun to watch them.” said Daniel Royer.
Not only do they have great talented young players from South America on this roster, but they also have great young and veteran American talent as well to see what will be the future of this club including Andre Carleton who is currently with the US U-17’s in India for the U-17 World Cup.
Since returning from injury Daniel Royer hasn’t stopped scoring goals. Currently on a two match goal scoring streak with a penalty at Toronto and a game winner against Vancouver, he looks like he is back into the swing of things.
“Feeling very well. It was important for me to lineup games the last two weeks and to get back on track. I’m very happy to help the team by scoring, but most importantly to feel good on the field again.” said Royer.
“Nothing’s bothering me that much of course it does take some time and it’s not always easy. But to battle again is a good feeling and we are going to have a great match up and it should be a great match to watch.”
On the injured front for the Red bulls Sean Davis is ready to go because of the tackle he received against Vancouver, there was some worry he might miss this game. Aurelien Collin is getting better and hopefully he will be able to get out on the training pitch before the game this Sunday.
So after all the disappointment from this past Tuesday on World Cup Qualifying by the US Men’s National Team, come over to Red Bull Arena as the club will host Atlanta United and get ready to be honored as it will be Supporters Day this Sunday night.