Red Bulls Show No Rush For Change

RBNY returns home to start their Supporters’ Shield defense
by Daniel Feuerstein   |   Monday, January 27, 2014

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Bitterly cold temperatures are here to start the preseason training for the Red Bull New York campaign that begins without Dax McCarty and Eric Alexander, who are with the US Men’s National Team as they prepare to face South Korea at the Stub Hub Center on Feb. 1.

But for the veterans like Thierry Henry and Tim Cahill, it’s now about climbing back on the saddle and riding the horse of a season with a few twists.

RBNY will be heading down to Florida for their preseason training in the Disney Soccer Showdown for the first time in a while instead of going west to Tucson, Ariz., for the Desert Diamond Classic. Let’s also not forget their 2-week league break during the group stage of the World Cup with see Cahill playing for Australia and Roy Miller playing for Costa Rica.

But of course 4 more games have been added to their schedule as the club will be involved for the first time in the group stage of the CONCACAF Champions League, as well as trying to advance to a deep run in the US Open Cup and defending their Supporters’ Shield Title.

But for the first time in the long history of this club, either as Metro or Red Bulls, we haven’t seen the typical rush to change the makeup of the roster or the style of play that this club is known to make – that of course is called staying put or leaving things alone.

Of course we know about the players that have been released to alleviate the salary cap hell that the Red Bulls are currently in, but to be honest it’s kind of refreshing to see the majority of the team remain intact and ready for the challenge of a new season as the terminology that all of a sudden popped up was “if it isn’t broke, don’t fix.”

At the moment the Red Bulls have at least enough money to bring in 2 players to add towards depth, as well as the ability to bring in a third designated player if they choose to do so around the summer window as it looks like that move won’t be made in this current winter window.

The MLS SuperDraft that was held in Philadelphia a week ago saw the club use their second round picks to bring over a right sided fullback in Wake Forest’s Chris Duvall and midfielder from that fantastic school in Ohio at Akron Eric Stevenson. Plus, fans still haven’t seen what Ian Christiansen can do since his full rookie season was wiped out due to injury.

While there are those who want to see the club bring in some of the bigger names in world football to come over and play for the club, Sporting Director Andy Roxburgh has already squashed the rumors of Xavi leaving Barcelona for the Red Bulls. And while it would’ve been nice to see him come over, something tells me that Mr. Roxburgh has a good pulse on this team.

He also has a good man running it from the bench in Mike Petke, who needs to avoid a sophomore slump like Roxburgh should in year 2 of his MLS tenure.

NEXT UP: March 8 – Red Bull New York vs. Vancouver Whitecaps, BC Place, Vancouver, Canada. 7:30 p.m. EST, TSN.

Daniel FEUERSTEIN

Nationality:
USA
College:
Ramapo College
Club Domestic:
Red Bull NY
Club Foreign:
PSG, ManU, Maccabbi Haifa
Original New York Cosmos fan, reborn soccer fan since 1994 USA World Cup. Feuerstein’s Fire podcast host. Covers NY Red Bulls for SN, and promotes all levels of American soccer from both sides of issues.
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