Red Bulls Notebook: Marsch Sets Club Record

Photo by Matt Kremkau

By JACK BELL

Red Bulls logoNot only did the Red Bulls advance to the semifinals of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup for the first time since 2003 after defeating New England on Thursday night, but the victory made Jesse Marsch the winningest coach (in all competitions) in club history — Red Bulls or MetroStars.

With the win in Boston, Marsch has presided over 53 wins in 106 games — the team’s overall record with him in charge in 53-20-33 — surpassing the 52 wins in 107 games amassed under Octavio Zambrano (now the coach of Canada’s national team) earlier this century. Next comes Hans Backe with 48 wins in 113 games and then Bob Bradley with 36 in 100 games. Marsch also holds the club record for wins in the regular season with 42.

After gaining a man advantage after a Revolution player was ejected, the Red Bulls finally broke through in the 88th minute.

“We’ve had to dig deep, dig deep this season, dig deep in games and that’s what we’ve tried to build this year,” Marsch said after a goal by Bradley Wright-Phillips set up a semifinal match against either FC Cincinnati or Miami FC. “We still have a long way to go, but this shows massive growth. To come to New England twice in one week and win twice.

“Obviously a big moment for our guys, a big moment for our club, we’re really excited to be in the semifinal. And we’ve had to do it the hard way. We had to play our rivals New York City, our rivals Philadelphia. We had to come to New England twice in a week. I mean we’ve earned the semifinal. It only gets harder.

“We’re on the verge of something special. We have to make sure we stay focused on the little things that have gotten us here and gotten our season moving in the right direction. There’s momentum in our team.”

The club returns to regular-season play on Wednesday, when it hosts the San Jose Earthquakes, one of the four Open Cup semifinalists.

Three Named to Homegrown Squad

The Red Bulls are sending three players — Tyler Adams, Derrick Etienne Jr., and Evan Louro — to Chicago for the Major League Soccer Homegrown Game against the U-20 team from Chivas Guadalajara of Mexico. The match is scheduled for Aug. 1 at Toyota Park, one day before the league’s all-star team takes on Real Madrid at Soldier Field.

The MLS team will be coached by the former Columbus, Fulham and U.S. national team forward Brian McBride, assisted by the former MetroStars, Los Angeles Galaxy and Chicago Fire striker Mike Magee.

The roster:

Goalkeepers Jesse Gonzalez (FC Dallas), Evan Louro ( Red Bulls)

Defenders Marco Farfan (Portland), Kortne Ford (Colorado), Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake), Auston Trusty (Philadelphia)

Midfielders Tyler Adams (Red Bulls), Alphonso Davies (Vancouver), Derrick Etienne Jr. (Red Bulls), Derrick Jones (Philadelphia), Brooks Lennon (Real Salt Lake), Djordje Mihailovic (Chicago), Paxton Pomykal (FC Dallas), Ballou Tabla (Montreal)

Forwards Andrew Carleton (Atlanta United), Jesus Ferreira (FC Dallas), Jordan Hamilton (Toronto), Bradford Jamieson IV (Los Angeles)

Red Bull II Adds Defender

The club’s United Soccer League affiliate on Friday signed Noah Power, an academy product, to a USL contract.

Power, 18, who is from Maplewood, N.J., has played as a youth international for Trinidad and Tobago at the U-17 and U-20 levels. Last year, as an amateur, he appeared in 20 matches for RBII and scored two goals.

“It’s great to have Noah back in the mix,” Coach John Wolyniec said in a statement. “We’re excited to have him with the team. Noah’s been a part of the academy and played with us last year, so we feel really good about having him back and hopefully I can help him get to the next level.”