“Chip on the shoulder” not going away for Shield winning Red Bulls



Most teams, players and coaches will publicly deny reading or paying attention to the media and its evolving narrative.

Not the New York Red Bulls.

Perhaps it was unavoidable. After all, the Red Bulls season has been defined by its preseason chaos, which included the exit of legendary stars Thierry Henry and Tim Cahill, and the unceremonious firing of Mike Petke as team coach, and their regular season success. How do you manage to dodge all of that?

“There has been a lot of talk about the chip on the shoulder and all that stuff. I think this has been a unique story, this team and the way things have gone the last few months have been a unique story in this league,” head coach Jesse Marsch acknowledged.

Now, with a Supporters’ Shield in hand signifying their place as the top team in Major League Soccer, New York still hasn’t forgotten how quickly they were written off by both fans and media.

In fact, it continues to motivate them ahead of the postseason.

“The more times I see Mike Petke’s name in the press, the more I see Thierry Henry and Tim Cahill, keep writing it guys, because our team still has a chip on their shoulders,” Marsch said, addressing the media in his postseason conference call.

The open declaration was surprising from the usually demure and media cautious Marsch. However, it was also an obvious statement to anyone who has been paying attention. Many of the Red Bulls players have stated similar things in the past, making Marsch’s words more of a verbalization of the New York locker room rather than a challenge to the media’s narrative.

The chip on the shoulder — it has been more dictated by the players,” he explained, downplaying the coaching staff’s role in the team’s motivation. “We built that into our identity, this is for sure, but I think the players, everything from how the fans treated the offseason to the articles written about our team, they weren’t happy about it. They didn’t like it and I am sure they had doubts too.”

While Marsch didn’t initiate the “us vs. them” mentality within the Red Bull locker room, he certainly harnessed that feeling, creating an inferiority complex that has been the driving force behind New York’s success all season long.

And that mentality will live on this postseason.

“There was a lot early on of building confidence, on how we do things, how we train, how we talk. There was a shift in terms of what the environment was like every day,” Marsch explained. “But in all ways, once they realized this was moving in the right direction, [the players] felt they had something to prove.

“The more people used certain players and coaches and names as taking points, the more it motivated them.”



  • William

    oh wowowowowwow I am a scared now it wont matter it never does with this team big talkers less doers.

  • William

    Thank the lord we have so much money. Cosmos have billions of dollars and will help all the Cosmos fans that had flights to come in on Saturday. Amazon’s stock price is a joke next to our revenue from attendance. We are the filthy rich Cosmos and we can buy that hurricane and build our Long Island stadium with it. Long Island is rich. Cosoms have trillions. Our fans are flying to San Antonio in droves. Our billions will protect them.

    • William

      another William nice !!!

  • William

    Awesome. But to seperate us, I’m going to call you Billy the Tulip. But we both know the Cosmos have trillions. Real Madrid and Barcelona shutter in our midst. We are the all mighty powerful Cosmos who will buy NYCFC. Our fans alone can take down ISIS by the sheer numbers of our attendees. We are the Cosmos, we are filthy rich beyond your wildest imagination. We will buy China tomorrow.

    • William

      and I am calling u Willie the Woser. Thanks Squirt.

      • William

        Thanks Tulip, now let us bask in Cosmos glory in the most powerful league in the history of man. Man U and Chelsea don’t match up to our power and wealth. The million man march would pale in comparison to our Hofstra stadium crowd. Cosmos rejected Messi, we are that rich and powerful. Hofstra lacrosse stadium is where God would play turf soccer, if only he had the money. Bayer Munich are b××ches! We know economics.

        • William

          No problem your momma was calling me the champ last nite just an FYI and your girl is calling me big daddy today. Thanks BUSTER brown hahaahahahahahahhaha

          • William

            Cosmos have more power then the Russian army. If the Cosmos invaded the Ukraine we wouldn’t stop there. We would march all the way back to Long Island. Cosmos own the planet. We would cut Ronaldo, that is how high NASL quality of play is. We are so amazingly wealthy. We have all the power. Cosmos have billions. We would puke if Ligue 1 invited us to play. PSG is bush league. We are the most powerful force in the universe.

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  • HydraHamster

    With the way MLS is set up, the best team won’t win the Supporter Shield. MLS was more designed to give any team a chance at glory. That is something that needs to change soon. We need our best 4 clubs being in the CCL, not some crappy team that got lucky being they play in the Eastern Conference. All of the top teams are in the Western Conference where the RedBulls would struggle worse than Sporting KC to make the playoffs.

    • slowleftarm

      Haters gonna hate

    • Andrew Bissonette

      You are a special kind of stupid aren’t you?

      • William

        he is same 1 thought over and over and over

        • slowleftarm

          Angry Bill – I believe Andrew is referring to HydraHamster, not me.