Two games into pre-season and the Red Bulls are already struggling to finish. Despite their two goals against Portland in the pre-season opener, one was an own goal and the other was a penalty kick. The team was then shut out against Real Salt Lake several days later.
If the Red Bulls fail to score from open play in their third game against New England Revolution, there might be a reason to worry about the readiness of this team when Bradley Wright-Phillips, Sacha Kljestan and Mike Grella aren't available.
As for the lineup in the game against NE, we should expect a near-identical set-up to the preceding friendlies of this preseason as Marsch continues to integrate his players into the 4-2-2-2.
GK - Ryan Meara
Defenders: Justin Bilyeu; Aurelien Collin; Aaron Long; Sal Zizzo
Midfielders: Sean Davis; Felipe; Alex Muyl; Daniel Royer
Forwards: Gonzalo Veron; Robbie Findley
The team's scoring difficulties may be a bit overblown considering it's only pre-season and players are rarely getting more than 30 minutes on the field to put the plan into action. Nonetheless, players trying to secure an MLS contract like Findley, Vincent Bezecourt, Florian Valot and the draft picks are doing themselves no favors by failing to put together a highlight reel.