THE SUB THING … AGAINIt would be comedic if it wasn’t so horribly true.
Under 101 degree heat, the New York Red Bulls kept their starters – including a 34 year old Thierry Henry – on the pitch for 70+ minutes of play. To put the conditions into a better context, those 70 minutes in brutal heat follow 90 minutes of play by the majority of the starters just 3 days prior sandwiched between a midday matinee against the Philadelphia Union this Saturday at 2pm.
Red Bulls coach Hans Backe is infamous for running out his starting eleven until they can’t go any longer. In 101 degree heat, that mindset is a momentum killer. The addition of Connor Lade showed just how important fresh bodies can be in brutal heat. He immediately pushed the Fire back and helped the Red Bulls turn the tide.
What took so long? Who knows. The better question may be just how the choice to run his players out this afternoon affects New York’s ability to field a team for Saturday’s derby against the Union.