Thoughts On RBNY Ahead Of NYCFC Match

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by DENY GALLAGHER
Staff Writer

On Wednesday night the New York Red Bulls drew 1-1 with the Montreal Impact in a hard fought battle at the Stade Saputo. Here are a few thoughts on RBNY to hold us all over until the third edition of the Hudson River Derby.

SWP Needs To Be In The Starting XI — But Not Yet

Like most new signings to MLS who played last season in Europe, getting to full fitness takes time. In Shaun Wright-Phillips first two 30 minute stints with his new club, the winger has shown what makes him such a dynamic playmaker on the attacking end.

It is no question that SWP makes the Red Bulls a much better team, but can he give Jesse Marsch 75-90 minutes of quality play? The answer to that question is more than likely yes, but the dangers of putting a player that is not match fit is also significant. At this point in the season, the Red Bulls are in second place and have yet to find their best form. When Wright-Phillips is truly fit in the next month or so, Marsch’s side will be a tough out when the playoffs come around.

The Price Of Depth

Both Mike Grella and Lloyd Sam have carved their spot in the Starting XI up to this point in the season. While these two have made their presence felt in the past few months, it will be interesting to see what their respective roles in the club will be with the arrival of SWP and Gonzalo Veron. Grella and Sam have fought tooth and nail to earn their place in the squad against all odds. In a time where a lot has been made about the Red Bulls camaraderie, a shake up in the lineup could be be both a positive and negative change for the team. Which way that pendulum swings remains to be seen.

Hudson River Derby III

On Sunday, the third installment of the Hudson River Derby will take place. Thus far in this “rivalry”, it has been more a case of the little brother trying to prove they can beat the older brother than a heated back and forth (well at least on the field anyway). With a win, the Red Bulls can finally begin to gain the sense of security that has eluded them since their Supporters’ Shield run in 2013. A loss won’t be the biggest blow for the Red Bulls either. They have already taken the season series against NYCFC and are also in strong position to make a postseason run.

And Finally …

Gonzalo Veron has arrived with the club and is up for selection this weekend against NYCFC. While he certainly won’t be an automatic starter, his almost-guaranteed spot role in the match will say a lot about how Marsch deploys the young Argentine striker.