There might be no bigger fan of the New York Red Bulls’ playing style in the current squad than Daniel Royer.
The Austrian looked almost immediately at home in RBNY’s RalfBall system when he joined the team mid-way through 2016. His appearances were limited by injury, but he picked up a goal and an assist in six league games for the club.
In the early stages of 2017, Royer has arguably been RBNY’s best player. His enthusiasm for the team’s “90 minutes, full power” (as he described it to Once A Metro’s Jason Puckett at Media Day) style of play is obvious whenever he is on the field. He is a threat to score both with his feet and his head, plus he is comfortable on the ball and fond of quick, direct runs that challenge defenders to halt his considerable momentum.
After RBNY MLS 2017 home opener - against Colorado Rapids on March 11 - head coach Jesse Marsch singled out Royer as his team’s best player.
#RBNY Head Coach Jesse Marsch on Royer, forwards, goalkeepers and more... pic.twitter.com/PDlheNHGzL— New York Red Bulls (@NewYorkRedBulls) March 13, 2017
Royer was the first RBNY player to score in this year’s MLS regular season - against Atlanta United - and it was his lurking presence in the box that forced Colorado’s Eric Miller into the hasty interception that provided the own-goal match-winner for the Red Bulls in their first league game at Red Bull Arena this season.
Photographers Matthew Stith and Anthony Terminelli were both at RBA for OaM for the Rapids game. Here’s some of what they caught of Royer on the day.
- Damien Perrinelle knows what’s up: Daniel Royer is going to have a good day Anthony Terminelli
- One of the great preoccupations of the day for fans and players alike: getting warm and staying warm Matthew Stith
- Turn around and have another go at it, Danny Anthony Terminelli
- On the ball Anthony Terminelli
- Take it forward Anthony Terminelli
- Fire it in Anthony Terminelli
- Not this time Anthony Terminelli
- He’s behind you Matthew Stith
- He’s behind you too Matthew Stith
- Catch him if you can, Colorado Matthew Stith
- Well, sure - that’s one way to stop him Matthew Stith
- There it is: 1-0 to the Red Bulls Matthew Stith