Red Bulls Trounce Impact In Preseason Clash

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by RUSS McKENZIE

The New York Red Bulls faced the Montreal Impact to close out a trio of scrimmages, and claimed a 5-0 victory. The scrimmage was played in a series of three 45 minute periods and featured three different Red Bulls rosters.

Head coach Jesse Marsch rolled out a 4-2-2-2 formation, much like their 2.Bundesliga counterparts in Leipzig.

“We’re just building more sophistication into how we do things tactically and more flexibility into what our emphasis is switching from formation to formation,” Marsch said while addressing the media after the scrimmage. “I think (the new formation) is good for us because the emphasis is the same, but the arrangement is a bit different.

“If we can have a bigger ability to use different formations and use players in different ways then we can keep other teams guessing on how to deal with us.”

Striker Bradley Wright-Phillips opened the scoring in the 31′ on a cross from Connor Lade. The 2015 MLS Golden Boot winner brought the ball down and controlled it for a scorcher of a volley past Impact keeper Evan Bush. Wright-Phillips added to the lead, scoring again at the 34′, this time assisted by Lloyd Sam. The play however, started with DP attacker Gonzalo Veron’s brilliant high cross to switch fields.

Wright-Phillips finishes this round of scrimmages with three goals over the course of the three matches.

The Red Bulls kept up the pressure in the 2nd period of play, getting goals from Sacha Kljestan, and trialist Vincent Bezecourt. Kljestan’s goal came off a rebound from a Stefano Bonomo shot in the 51st. Bezecourt’s goal came of a one-on-one created by Felipe, and trialist Kenny Cooper, who put Bezecourt in on goal.

In the third period of play, which featured a the same mystery trialist of past preseason matches, homegrown player Brandon Allen finished the scoring for New York with a strike from the top of the 18.

Despite the scoreline, captain Dax McCarty felt that there was plenty of work left to do as the first part of training camp came to a close.

“It wasn’t too good from us, but that’s what preseason is for – to work some things out, to work on your fitness. I thought it was good to play against Montreal and get some good competition against an MLS team. They presented different problems for us.”

“I thought for the first 15 minutes they were all over us and dominating,” the captain continued. “We really couldn’t really figure it out. We settled down and played a tiny bit better, but we were disjointed through the whole half.”

Despite a new cast of characters on the backline, the Red Bulls managed to keep a clean sheet. Coach Marsch took the scrimmage with a grain of salt.

“You know, it’s late in the camp and we had some heavy legs. It’s a fitness exercise more than anything else, but it was obviously good to score five goals and give up none. Overall, the ten days we’ve had down here have been useful and we’ve made strides.”

“I’ve seen a better understanding of who we are and what we are,” Marsch continued. “Now it’s just about pushing the envelop.”


 

New York lineups:
First group: Kyle Reynish: Connor Lade, AJ Cochran, Zach Carroll, Chris Duvall, Mike Grella, Sean Davis, Dax McCarty ©, Lloyd Sam, Gonzalo Veron, Bradley Wright-Phillips
Second group: Ryan Meara; Kemar Lawrence, Cheikh M’Baye, Aaron Long, Sal Zizzo, Sacha Kljestan ©, Tyler Adams, Felipe, Vincent Bezecourt, Stefano Bonomo, Kenny Cooper
 
Third group: Rafael Diaz (Kendall McIntosh); Justin Bilyeu, Trialist, Timothy Schmoll (Mason Deeds), Chris Thorsheim, Shawn McLaws ©, Mael Corboz, Derrick Etienne, Jr., Scott Thomsen (Noah Powder), Manolo Sanchez, Brandon Allen

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