The New York Red Bulls look to have rightened the ship after their big comeback win over Sporting Kansas City last week, so now they will set their sights against their next opponent as the New England Revolution will visit Red Bull Arena.
Since their 2-1 win against the Red Bulls on June 2nd at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, the Revolution has a record of a win, three draws and three losses that includes the US Open Cup loss at Louisville City of the USL.
That also includes a late loss when the LA Galaxy came back with a late goal and defeated the Revolution by a final of 3-2 back on July 14th at the razor. So what does this mean for Chris Armas and the Red Bulls when they get ready for their New England Opponents this Saturday?
“Brad’s done a great job within a short amount of time. His professional approach to the team, they work hard they play together, there’s good energy on that team. They are combative, they are vertical. It sounds very familiar.” said Chris Armas.
“So we did see a game that was in balance at times. They have a great way about them and a clear style of play. Watching them against Minnesota they had that game and for most of it they gave up the first goal, then they were the aggressor for the rest of the night.
They will be ready to play and they have bounced back on short rest many, many times. If you start thinking they won’t be ready or come in with tired legs, over rotating players, they will be ready to go.”
The last time they faced the Revolution the Red Bulls had a lead early in the first half when Bradley Wright-Phillips converted the opening goal, but sadly had a ball sneaked in past Ryan Meara who got beat by Diego Fagundez. He will be a tough player to stop with the ball.
“He’s one of those crafty and unpredictable players that’s super hard to defend. He’s small he’s agile, those are the toughest players to play against, kinda like Kaku in a sense they are always on the move they try to make a difference.” said Tyler Adams
“Who’s ever near him on the day it’s important to try and shut him down. The less that he can create, the less chance that the Revolution will be dangerous against us.”
So far Matt Turner from Park Ridge, NJ has been the starter for the Revolution this season in net by beating out Cody Cropper and Brad Knighton. Turner has played in all twenty games this season for the Revolution and doesn’t look like he will be giving up the job anytime soon.
Teal Bunbury is another player to watch out for if he is starting or coming off the bench like he did for the match winner. How much will he be paid attention to when the club needs to make sure he doesn’t sneak in behind the backline and convert a chance.
“The last game was sort of frustrating for us, because for the bulk of the game we thought we had that, but at the last minute we let that one slip. So we will be mindful about that knowing that they can striker pretty quickly.” said Luis Robles
“We have to be aware but its not as if they are going to reinvent the wheel against us. They have been committed to the way they want to play all season and in a way that’s easy to game plan against, but it’s also tougher to stop.
This is an Eastern Conference opponent we’re in the back end of the season and all these points matter. They came off a tough loss mid-week and they have traveled here. It’s going to give a bit more bite to their game and they understand what’s at stake now.”
On some injury news Florian Valot’s ACL surgery was successful as he posted this update from his official twitter account.
OTW !!! Surgery went well ✔️, road to recovery starts today ! Once again thank you all for your continued support and love messages throughout this journey, you guys make it easier ! … https://t.co/mPZsU858jE— Florian Valot (@florian_valot) July 18, 2018
But this coming Saturday, the Red Bulls are ready to take on the New England Revolution at Red Bull Arena as they will continue to keep pace with both New York City FC And Atlanta United for the race in the Supporters Shield and the East.