Red Bulls Confident Preparing for SKC’s Multiple Weapons

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by RUSS McKENZIE

The New York Red Bulls are hoping to “get things going” on Saturday when they face Sporting Kansas City.

“It’s about what we want to do,” forward Mike Grella said after training on Thursday. “It’s been a slow start for everyone all over the field.”

“It’s something we all have in the back of our minds,” Grella continued. “I don’t think you can fault the guys. Every time we’re all called upon, we give 110%. Certain days they go in, certain days they don’t… but we’re moving in the right direction. I have full confidence.”

Over the first four matches in this young 2016 season, the Red Bulls have been held scoreless three times. Injuries to three out of four starters on their backline, along with injury to offensive catalyst Gonzalo Veron, have spread the New York roster thin. Additionally, Felipe will also sit out Saturday’s contest due to suspension.

For some clubs, this would be a recipe for disaster. But New York has gone about their business this week as they normally do.

Head coach Jesse Marsch is keeping his calm, almost relishing the challenge of facing the multiple weapons of Sporting Kansas City.

“It’s a big task,” he said. “It’s a team that’s aggressive. We’ll have a very fast paced game.

“When the game gets open, dealing with guys like Benny Feilhaber, Graham Zusi, and Dom Dwyer… It’s going to be a big challenge for our backline. We also want them to come here and make them uncomfortable and put them in a hard game. And that’s what we’re about.”

Grella echoed his coach’s sentiments. “Sporting Kansas City – you know it’s going to be a good game. It will be a positive game. Both teams will go after the game and try to get three points. I think if we do what we want to do, and cut out the mistakes. It’s about (what we do) offensively as a group and defensively as a group.”

However, SKC bristles with attacking options. Dwyer continues to be a dynamic striker, and Feilhaber is one of the more creative players in Major League Soccer. Marsch and the Red Bulls are well aware of the KC attack, and have prepared accordingly.

“Dom is a clever guy. He wills himself to make plays. Whenever Dom plays, he pours everything he has in the game. We have to match that competitiveness.”

“We’re going to make it hard them, like we always do.”

  • Its over in harrison!!

    I think we need another press conference by redbull marketing guru.
    This team is a joke again tonight.
    Product on field sucks. Cant even make pk.
    Next press conf should be about change of ownership. Unwatchable.