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Red Bulls on their way to San Jose

While the Earthquakes are playing for pride, the Red Bulls need to continue to earn points for the shield.

MLS: Atlanta United FC at New York Red Bulls
Derrick Etienne Jr. attacking with the ball.
Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Ever since the Red Bulls put on that clinic against Atlanta United last week, the out poor of positive vibes rained throughout Red Bull Arena. The supporters were also smiling and feeling great when they saw thier side press and dominated the darlings of the league.

But now they are on a different mission and that means to travel across the country to face their final Western Conference opponents as the Red Bulls are heading to Avaya Stadium and getting ready to take on the San Joe Earthquakes.

So with the Quakes in dead last in the Western Conference, this Red Bulls side needs to quickly forget about that wonderful performance against Atlanta United and concentrate on the task at hand, because this is a different set up and do they need to quickly forget that victory at home.

“I think the most important thing is to not get caught up in last week’s game and, if anything just try and ride the momentum because we wanna win the Supporters’ Shield for sure,” Said Alex Muyl.

“We have work to do to do that and we also just wanna finish the season on a high note. I know we’ve broken some records, but I think we wanna keep pushing and maybe set some new ones of our own. This game is gonna be very important and we can’t slip at all.”

This season is not Quakes like. They hired a brand new coach to start the season in Mikael Stahre and somewhere along the way, there was a breakdown in communications that made their front office fire the first year head coach.

Currently it’s Steve Ralston who has taken over on an interim basis and so far the players have responded to him, but somehow the results still haven’t come their way. With this team struggling to find anything positive after a poor season like this, does that make the Quakes a bit more dangerous because they have nothing to lose.

“When that dialogue starts – lot to lose, nothing to lose – I mean, they’re pro athletes. We know their coaching staff, everyone’s there to prove themselves this time of year, to show “hey I belong here”.” said Chris Armas.

“People are gonna come out to the stadium and pay money to watch the team and they’re gonna give everything. Look what they did with Atlanta, they gave everything to them – a good team. We’ll expect another tough road game, there’s no easy ones out there. We’ll be ready to get their best for sure.”

As we already know Kristian Dyer of MSG Network has already reported on Twitter that Tyler Adams will not travel to San Jose with the club as well as declining his call up to the US Men’s National Team, due to a back issue that has still hampered him before the start of the match last week. But they still showed some solid defending against Atlanta United.

“Yeah, I think a lot of guys have taken responsibility for the team’s performance, and it’s coming from within our team now, and guys are stepping up on the field knowing that it’s in our control and that it’s on us.” said Sean Davis

“We look at film a lot at this team, and a lot of guys take their jobs very seriously. When it comes to training, we put a lot of effort into perfecting our system and I think guys have stepped up and done a great job lately.”

As we already know Bradley Wright-Phillips has already served his one match suspension so he is back on to try and earn his 20th goal this season. If he does the dead he will be a three time 20 goal season player in MLS, that should be fun to watch him get to the net and convert.

With the 2018 MLS Regular Season winding down, it’s time to see if the Red Bulls can leap frog over Atlanta United and take over first place in the east as well as the supporters shield race and for that to happen the Red Bulls need to win. So let’s see what they can do against a struggling San Jose Earthquakes side.