New York Makes All the Right Moves

RBNY's coaching staff makes some big moves ahead of MLS preseason
by Daniel Feuerstein   |   Friday, January 30, 2015

Branded Bulls – column on Red Bull NY (RBNY – NYRB) & the New Jersey area soccer scene.

Ali Curtis and Jesse Marsch came to the New York Red Bulls with a so-called 300-page plan to replace a legend of the club as the head coach. It seemed that something has changed and we are starting to see what the plans are to make the 2015 season have a solid start.

For a long period of time since Honduran international midfielder Amado Guevara was on this club, a major part of the offense was missing. Not just in the attack, but being a creative midfielder to help distribute the ball to make chances look like a thing of beauty.

So as training camp just got underway, Curtis listened to his head coach and made a big splash trading away Eric Alexander and Ambroise Oyongo to the Montreal Impact for Felipe Martins and trading for the top position in the MLS Allocation order, along with allocation money.

While getting a big time creative midfielder in Martins, there was some discussion that Curtis wanted to go into the youth movement and many thought Oyongo was a part of that plan. From the NY Media reports that came out, Oyongo was given a contract extension and refused it as he wanted to make a big move to a European club while being with Cameroon during the African Cup of Nations. Well, the plan went awry as the Red Bulls decided to move Oyongo away.

But another great signing came towards the Red Bulls with the trading of positions in the allocation order with Montreal to bring back Sacha Kljestan from Anderlecht in Belgium. This move is another solid piece to the puzzle for Marsch, as he played with Klejstan at the former Chivas USA side and he can be used as an attacking player or defender if he does decide to keep Petke’s old 4-2-3-1 or possibly go to a 4-3-3.

But just as it all sounds fantastic and possibly a major win for the Curtis group, at the moment it looks good on paper because we don’t know how everything will come together.

And yes, there is still anger with some of the supporters of the club that wants the Red Bull energy drink company to sell them to someone they think will care more about it. Right now, to be fair, this is a very good job that Ali Curtis and Jesse Marsch has done to make the team better.

The drafting of Leo Stolz from UCLA in the past Super Draft who is the Hermann Trophy winner of 2014 was a steal as he only wanted to sign with the Red Bulls or the Galaxy was a coup in this past Super Draft in Philadelphia. So now training camp has already begun down in Orlando, Florida as the team will be a part of a tournament in Bradenton and we will see if the chemistry will come together quickly, or will 

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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