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Red Bulls prepare for Sporting KC

As the Red Bulls try to end their three game losing streak, they will do so at Sporting Kansas City

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Bradley Wright-Phillips and company will head to the Mid-West to break this three game losing streak.
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The New York Red Bulls are planning to get a win that will start a positive streak into the 2019 season after losing in three straight. While it’s not ideal for planning a win on the road, but they might have a solid advantage this time around when they fly over to the Midwest.

On Thursday Night, April 1th Sporting Kansas City played in their 2nd leg of the CONCACAF Champions League Semi-Finals at Children’s Mercy Park down five goals to nil on aggregate, while they got eliminated five goals to two and lost on aggregate ten to two.

But the game roster had their normal starting eleven with Graham Zusi, Roger Espinoza, Krisztian Nemeth, Matt Besler and everyone else trying to make the impossible happen. But with two days inbetween games for Sporting KC bowing out of international club competition, does this mean the Red Bulls have a shot at earning the full three points.

“To be honest they will play the same group again. They are fit and they are doing well in the league, I don’t think they will change anything, they will bring their A team to face us.” Said Aaron Long.

This is a Sporting KC side that has great players on their roster through the transfer window signings, and the prospects that play fort hem at Swope Parke Rangers in the USL Championship League. While it might be a great opportunity to get a win, the system throughout the club is the same.

“When you look at Kansas City they are a very good team. It’s an organization for that feels like a very long time they have had a high standard, any opportunity we get to play them is great, their stadium is great, so it’s going to be a tough game.” said Luis Robles

The Red Bulls have felt they aren’t on a three game losing streak, but they do feel like they are not flying on all cylinders. They admit that they are on a slow start to the season and so far we have seen that their timing is off on their passing and bad luck keeps bouncing against them.

“It’s interesting you guys keep bringing up the three game losing streak, because I haven’t even thought about it, because we haven’t been playing well.” said Robles “ For me the most important thing is that we start playing well.

“It’s not necessarily we’ve lost three games in a row, for the first five games we haven’t been at our best, so what I would like to see us take a great step forward and being the team we know we are capable of being.

So if we win against Sporting Kansas City, or New England, or against FC Cincinnati, if after three games of losing, that’s not on my mind., what’s on my mind is playing like the team we that we are able to be.”

Alex Muyl was able to train with the Red Bulls after rolling his ankle in the loss against Minnesota United FC, but the Red Bulls will take precautions, as he will remain at home while the rest of the club travels to Kansas City.

But in other interesting news, an 73 year old goal keeper has now been put into the most famous record book in the history of the world and that is the Guinness book of world records.

Issak Hayik (Hi-Yick) of Israel is officially the oldest goal keeper to play in a professional match and as you watch this video from ESPN FC, it is a marvel that this man can still make those saves in a competitive match.

So will Luis Robles make that same attempt when he gets will into his golden years?

“That is amazing to hear about it, I didn’t know. But I will not be playing professionally at the age of 73, when my time is done, it’s done.”

So now it’s time to take on Sporting Kansas City at Children’s Mercy Park and try and stop this losing streak as quickly as possible, even if the Red Bulls don’t think it’s a losing streak at the moment.