New York Red Bulls look to build on victory in short turnaround

(Image, New York Red Bulls website)

(Image, New York Red Bulls website)

The New York Red Bulls have been here before.

After beating the Philadelphia Union at home, they turned to the road and lost their way against the lowly Chicago Fire. Even an encouraging draw at home against DC United a few weeks ago led them to a disappointing decision against Montreal.

While their win against DC United in RFK was an impressive feet, the Red Bulls realize it will be meaningless unless they manage to build upon it. That will be difficult to do as they face their toughest opponent of the year on a four day turnaround.

“We do score on the road. So that’s usually enough for teams to win. And somehow we’re doing it. (Against DC) we scored two, but one of the main things was that we didn’t concede, and we can build on that and make sure we can have a good game at home and try and go on a run,” team captain Thierry Henry said.

The week prior to the result, New York concentrated on their shape, in game situations and road strategy. It certainly paid off.

“We just worked all week on the different mistakes, just talking about it and discussing it and focusing on the 90 minutes today,” defender and team leading scorer Jamison Olave said. “The team played really well. The team has made some mistakes in the past, but this game, they played the whole 90 minutes really well and had a great game.”

Now at home, the Red Bulls will be looking to build on those lessons and lighten the work load for Sporting KC.

“Rest up. Get our foot on the ball a bit,” head coach Mike Petke said after the match. “Monday, very light. Tuesday, very light – maybe go over some walk-through stuff for Kansas City – and then Wednesday get after it. It’s a quick turnaround.”

“Take care of your body. Relax and rest. Make sure we feed off this confidence. We know we’re going back Red Bull Arena. It’s been a tough go in this early stage,” midfielder Dax McCarty said. “I mean, I think Thierry [Henry] said it earlier— five of the first seven games on the road is not easy, and I think we’ve taken some criticism for how we’ve lost results. But let’s give the other teams credit. When we play away and other teams play at home, they’re on the front foot, they’re dangerous.

“So, I think for us, we’re going back to where we know we’re very good, we’re dangerous. We’re playing a very good team in Kansas City, and we’ll be prepared, but for us it’s about getting ready for the next game, taking care of our bodies, and definitely enjoying this win and then moving on.”