The New York Red Bulls have already moved on from their road draw at FC Dallas and are now ready to face their biggest annoyance in MLS, that annoyance is Toyota Park which is the home of the Chicago Fire.
As far as I can remember when this building opened for business and became a great home for the Fire, the Red Bulls have had zero amount of wins or at least a non existant unbeaten streak when playing in Bridgeview.
But that has changed since the end of the 2015 season when the Red Bulls got their first victory that lead to winning their second Supporters Shield in three years, then you have last seasons match where a Bradley Wright-Phillips late equalizer salvaged a road point.
For the very first time in back to back road matches the Red Bulls have an unbeaten streak at Toyota Park and what will be the game plan against this Chicago side to continue this good fortune albeit a small one.
“It’s a big task no doubt about that. They have been very good at home this year and has the most wins at home this year.” said Luis Robles, “Once this team scores first that they are very hard to beat, they have very good players and some difference makers that can cause us fits.
But none the less I think for us it’s going to be about us on how well we go into the game mentally and if we can execute our tactics, because I’m just confident in our ability to get results on the road.”
We have already see what an amazing season it’s been for the Fire on what Bastien Schweinstiger, Juninho, Dax McCarty & Nemanja Nikolic can do. The rejuvenation of the Fire is not only healthy for the Chicago area, but for the league in general.
But now they have hit a lull and have somewhat fallen back to reality after going winless in seven of their last eight games till a road win at the Montreal Impact broke that string.
What can the Red Bulls do to try and retake the advantage from this Fire side that looks to be flailing at the moment. “It’s gonna be a difficult game as they haven’t been good in the past month or so.” said Sacha Kljestan
“Obviously I wouldn’t call them a desperate team, but probably desperate to get back to their form when they were at the top of the table about a month ago, Obviously a very strong team and a lot of guys who have scored a lot a goals, it should be a difficult game.”
When Kristian Dyer of Metro New York reported about Mike Grella rehab going very well and the possibility of him making a return towards the end of the season to make that playoff push was very encouraging.
What does Marsch need to do when that moment does come to use him primarily off the bench to try and catch the opposition napping. “It would be nice if that could happen, but we need to get his knee in a place where he’s ready to start playing again and not to put too much pressure on him to return quickly.” said Marsch,
“Obviously having him back will be great. Right now it’s still a month to start setting up a real time table for his return.”
On the injury front Daniel Royer got a light session at training, Aurelien Collin had a doctor’s visit and the hope is that he can start training after the weekend. But now is the time for the Red Bulls to try and upset the Chicago Fire on the road.