Where has that been all season long? Where has this side not found a way to confidently pour it on an opponent and score at will. Since this formation change by Jesse Marsch the Red Bulls hosted the San Jose Earthquakes and destroyed them by a final of five goals to one.
Sean Davis who has been put into a more attacking role in this new formation going to a 3-6-1 was able to score his first of the season and put plenty of power into it. As Captain Sacha Kljestan brought the ball up the field, he finds Connor Lade along the near side.
Then a quick pass inside the area to Davis and when he collected it, the ball takes a bounce and then a rocket inside the near upper 90 that unlocks the clubs ability to attack inside the 38th minute.
Since Kljestan took over the Captain’s Armband there have been times he has looked frustrated and not able to be himself, but he gets a great goal in the 73rd minute as Gonzalo Veron takes the ball wide along the near side and tries to create some magic.
As he gets towards the near post Veron tried to find Sean Davis for the cross, but the ball got deflected off a defender, and went back to the top of the area, that’s when Kljestan shot it back towards the near post and in for his first in league play and his second in all competitions.
Two minutes later Felipe found the back of the net as he scored a rocket to a buzzing Red Bull Arena. As the ball was laid towards him, Felipe ran up to it and ripped a hard shot that deflected off a defender and past Bingham inside the far post to make it three.
Daniel Royer has become the hero of the season so far as he continues to find ways to score goals from the run of play or from the penalty spot and for the first time in his New York career he scored twice in one match.
He gets a beautiful ball from Derrick Etienne Jr that is served on a platter and scores short side in the final minute of regulation, then he gets a nice ball from Tyler Adams then cuts to his left and bends it inside the far post for his second of the match.
Even though Valeri Kazaishvili got a consolation prize between the Felipe & Royer goals, this Red Bulls team has been red hot and rolling since the road victory at Gillette Stadium in league action, then the US Open Cup Quarterfinal victory against the New England Revolution.
Let’s also not forget about the formation change that has seemed to rejuvenate the Red Bulls into the old side that has been missing for a good long time. “Well I think in general there are in terms of a comprehensive performance yes it was good and the game was in our grasp.” said Jesse Marsch,
“Now they are dangerous on the counter a couple of times so it could’ve been tied at some point, but I think it was very good and there is room for improvement. We’ve been going well in a good way. We’ve had some results going our way, we’ve rotated the formation a little bit and who we think will be ready and you always have to be careful that we have our minds in the right place. All we will do is take it one game at a time and one day at a time.”
As of right now the Red Bulls look to be coming back in a big way and yes they have a short turnaround as they will travel to Minnesota and take on Minnesota United FC on the campus of the U of Minnesota and try to continue this hot streak that is looking better and better for Marsch and company.