We all know how charged up a Derby can be no matter where in the world it is. Barca Vs. Real Madrid, Battle of manchester, Battle of Milan, Dortmund Vs. Bayern Munich, but after facing NYCFC in his first time as head coach of the Red bulls, what were Chris Armas feelings once he had time to think about it.
“We came in the next day to work. So it was good, we got right back to work the next morning. We spoke as a group and I told the guys that I felt I had more energy and more encourgement than the last four days.” said Chris Armas.
“After scouring the video on these last days before we did a video session, the game was tight, something close was going to happen was it thru a set piece or thru transition. I was very encouraged after the match and we have already moved on to the next one.”
So after that latest chapter in the Hudson River Derby has come and gone, the Red Bulls are back home at Red Bull Arena to take on their next opponents and it’s the side they lost to last season in the US Open Cup final in Sporting Kansas City.
Everytime they face this side from the midwest Peter Vermes always finds a worlando city ay to get new players to interchange when the old ones leave like Dom Dwyer who went to and Benny Feilhaber who was traded to Los Angeles FC.
“Peter has done an amazing job with the staff that he has, we’ve watched them closely over the years, I don’t know who is more consistent and who is more evolving all these years.” said Armas.
“I think it’s easy to see his work ethic and always since I’ve known about him that he is a competitor and more so a winner. I think to give him more credit to be honest, there’s a lot going on with his team. When they don’t have the ball they have an understand to fill spaces to get it back.”
What you have seen from Sporting Kansas City is the same thing you have seen from the Red Bulls. They have found ways to plug in new players when they get rid of old ones or if there is an injury they are able to put in a player who knows the system well and it’s seamless transition.
“I think they are another one of those clubs that if you look around the league it’s very clear what their identity is and how they want to play.” said Luis Robles, “Peter has done such a good job for so long and they have won a lot of trophies.
His philosophy is very clear and so it helps players when they get there on how they play and what makes things work. And that’s why it’s worked for so long it’s easier for players to go over there and fit his system.
The players were just introduced to their brand new assistant coach as former Chicago Fire & Real Salt Lake defender C.J. Brown joins Chris Armas staff and you hope that this will be another seamless transition as the Red Bulls continue bring in former Chicago Fire players to the staff.
“We’ve saw him a bit we’ve seen him in training for a bit and I have heard a lot of good things from guys in the league who’ve worked with him.” said Alex Muyl, “I think that he’s going to be a great addition to the coaching staff.
He’s definitely a guy who wants to see us improve and give us as much of himself so we can get better and do well on the field.”
So get ready for another intense battle at Red Bull Arena as the they will host Sporting Kansas City in their next league match. As always the fireworks are going to be huge in this one and we shall see if they can get the three points and climb back into the top two spots of the Eastern Conference.