Red Bulls Return to Form in Disney Showcase

After a decent start against KC, Red Bulls stampede the Impact and are on their way for a positive 2014 season
by Daniel Feuerstein   |   Monday, February 24, 2014

John Hefti Photography - Luis Robles, RBNY, NYRB

Red Bull New York flew back down to Florida for their next slate of games to regain fitness and chemistry before the 2014 season, when they’ll look to retain their Supporters’ Shield hardware.

In the Disney Showcase, RBNY faced Sporting Kansas City, the Montreal Impact and Brazil’s Fluminense’s U-23 side. After 2 games, the Red Bulls have shown that management’s decision to keep the majority of the roster intact has proven to be the right course of action, as the team has earned a 1-1 record.

Even though the results don’t count for the season, the quality of play looks to be in mid-season form. And at the same time there are certain players that look to be fighting for starting spots as we could see certain players sent to the bench to the start the season.

That one player so far is Lloyd Sam, who has shown to be a magician going down the right side in the midfield. In Jacksonville against the Philadelphia Union before the Disney tournament, Sam showed some promise when he scored and assisted on a goal. Against Sporting Kansas City he started the first 45 minutes and looked dangerous.

He’ll need to continue his consistent attacks down the right flank and he’ll need to attack with purpose and become a threat against opponents if he is going to take the starting job away from Eric Alexander, who is better as a central creative midfielder. Nearly all of his dangerous runs come with some decent crosses, which the recipients couldn’t get to in these games. But once the season gets underway those chances will become deadly.

While there wasn’t that much possession by the Red Bulls to start the match against SKC, they were clearly a different team when Tim Cahill and Thierry Henry was a part of the action. With those 2 having so much quality with the rest of the squad, there were going to be problems.

But a strange second win of the preseason came when leftback Roy Miller somehow found a way to score a goal just as the first half got into stoppage time. A nice pass from Henry on the far side set up the shot. And Miller, who always finds a way to botch these moments, actually found the inside of the near post and scored.

Two more goals came in the second as Ruben Bover decided to take a left footed rip past Evan Bush for a thunder goal. Andre Akpan and Bradley Wright-Phillips subbed in for Cahill and Henry, and these 2 worked together to construct a third goal of the match.

Goalkeeper Luis Robles has only allowed 1 goal in 3 halves of preseason, which was in Jacksonville against Philadelphia. And with a torrential rain storm coming down during the game against Montreal, Robles made some saves that he was lucky to get or not enough power behind them.

Two more matches remain before the club starts their season in Vancouver, but to be honest it looks like the defending Supporters’ Shield champions are raring to go and RBNY manager Mike Petke’s doing something special with a preseason he can be proud of.

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


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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.