Major League Soccer has many scheduling quirks, but amongst the most critical is the weight of importance given to the final two months of regular season play. With a wide net of acceptance to exploit admittance into the post-season, teams regularly experiment and tinker with their line-ups to find their strongest formulation.
But come September, things get serious. The stretch run represents the culmination of months worth of work and fortification for what is a long, winding and grueling playoff road.
The New York Red Bulls have not only experimented, but have succeeded all year long in achieving unlikely victories and unexpected points. The team has never stood on more solid ground heading into the final seven games of their season in their history.
What have we learned about this team? Let’s delve into that after the jump …