RBNY’s Marsch: ‘It’s Not About One Result’

Matt Kremkau


imagesThe New York Red Bulls took care of business at Red Bull Arena on Saturday night, defeating the Columbus Crew, 2-0, in the team’s second straight win and fourth home shutout of the season.

They have not surrendered a goal at RBA this season and while Coach Jesse Marsch is somewhat vindicated after early-season stumbles, he isn’t ready to say his team is where he would like it to be.

“It’s not about one result or two results or five results or one year,” Marsch said after the game. “It’s about, over time, having a process of understanding how to commit to getting better. And we have that here. It’s not just one or two players. It’s literally a whole group, and you can go down to the USL team, the commitment that we have as an organization to find ways to grow and get better.”

New York (4-3-1, 13 points) has gotten better at finishing its opportunities as Alex Muyl continues to shine going forward. The 21-year old winger has looked comfortable in the team’s formation and showed composure on his goal. The 11th minute score put the Red Bulls up early and allowed them to play their game without a constant chase for a goal that so common earlier in the season.

“I think Alex, this will definitely help him with confidence around the goal and I think we’ll continue to see the quality come,” Marsch said. “That’s the other part is that he emptied his tank tonight. We had a lot of guys that really emptied their tank at the highest level, and we know that’s what it was going to take.”

The win pushed the Red Bulls into a tie for first place in the Eastern Conference. Early-season stumbles haven’t slowed down them down and, despite doubts and criticism, New York is off to a better start than 2016. Still, Marsch sees room for improvement. The goal remains winning MLS Cup, a deed the club has never accomplished.

“I feel like now we’re getting to a point where we’re starting to see ourselves get better everyday,” Marsch said. “This was always going to be a good game. It was always going to be a tough game. When we play Columbus they stylistically challenge what we do. They are good at what they do. The challenge for us is to be really good at what we do.”

The next challenge will be next Saturday night when the ex-captain Dax McCarty returns to Red Bull Arena with the Chicago Fire (3-2-2, 11). The Fire are a different team in 2017, scoring goals and far more compact defensively. Throw in a World Cup winner in Bastian Schweinsteiger and Chicago will be one of New York’s toughest tests thus far.

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