Red Bulls Travel to El Salvador for CCL Clash

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by ANTHONY J. MERCED

The New York Red Bulls travel to El Salvador to play Alianza FC on Tuesday night in game two of the CONCACAF Champions League group stage. Currently the team is on top of their group and hope to solidify their lead with their first road win of the campaign.

The team will need to rely on a similar homegrown heavy lineup that took victory against Antigua GFC. Injuries to Connor Lade, Dax McCarty and Damian Perrinelle have forced Marsch’s hand but the team has responded positively of late. Players like Derrick Etienne and Sean Davis didn’t see minutes with the USL side this past weekend and could be major part of the game plan on Tuesday night.


 PROJECTED STARTING XI:

New York Red Bulls: Meara; Lawrence, Colin, Zubar, Duvall; Felipe, Davis; Etienne Jr., Grella, Muyl; Veron

Player to Watch: Sean Davis has become a solid player with the first team after rising from the USL squad last season. He has filled the hole left by Dax McCarty and is looking to make a case for a permanent stay in the starting squad moving forward. Despite playing mostly as an attacking midfielder, Davis has transitioned to the defensive side of the game rather naturally and still poses a danger when switching with wingers. Davis’ play will be essential for Red Bulls’ push for knockout play in the 2016/2017 CCL.

X-Factor: Brutal schedule. New York has been battered and bruised this season with the schedule not doing them any favors. They will not only have to contend with Alianza but also have rival DC United looming on Sunday afternoon. Jesse Marsch will have some tough decisions to make in order to navigate both fixtures and come away with points.


New York is traveling to a play an Alianza FC team that has not started well this season. This year, they have gone 1-3-0 in the Primera Division. Red Bulls are coming off of a dramatic and important win over the Montreal Impact. Still, their road record has been less than desirable. Coupled with the usual troubles that MLS teams have when traveling to Central America and there could be massive issues for New York in this game.

Still, the Red Bulls should be heavily favored. The attacking power with a mix of well integrated homegrown players should be more than enough to get a point from Alianza FC.

 

  • Andrew

    “Sean Davis didn’t see minutes with the USL side this past weekend and could be major part of the game plan on Tuesday night.” Well yeah, he didn’t play in USL because he went the whole 90 with the first team!

    • slowleftarm

      Has Sean Davis even played for RBNY II this year? He’s usually in the 18 even when Dax is healthy and now he’s a starter with Dax out. Weird thing to have in the article.