RBNY Has Surprised Everyone

Why there is a shot for RBNY to leap over DC United
by Daniel Feuerstein   |   Monday, August 24, 2015

As we have seen this season, the New York Red Bulls have made believers out of everyone that picked them to either not make the playoffs or land at the bottom of the Eastern Conference Standings.

If you think I was going along with those experts that made those predictions at the start of the season, I must admit that I had my concerns and at the same time wanted to wait and see what coach Jesse Marsch was going to do with this side.

As many have already witnessed the club has done very well with what Marsch has been preaching by adding those top prospects into the first team from their USL side. Sean Davis, Anatole Abang & Manolo Sanchez have used their minutes wisely and have either converted chances or set them up for others. We have seen this side competing very hard every single match and playing with the belief that they can be dominate on the field.

But now they have a chance to get back to the top of the Eastern Conference mountain, now they have a chance to get first place and knock off DC United who will have their own mid-week game in a different tournament. So far in the last four games for DC while getting results, they had to make a comeback win against the Union, a shootout victory over Real Salt Lake and then a surprising loss at Yankee Stadium against NYCFC and their last match losing to San Jose.

Honestly some of those positive results for DC was consistently poor performances and there has been a bit of a worry for Ben Olsen’s side, this time the Red Bulls have a chance to take over as they travel to Chicago for a mid-week clash against the Fire and then they host DC at Red Bull Arena so the possibility of getting six out of six is a big moment this season and it can say a lot of how this club has been playing with a giant exclamation point.

Talking to some of the visiting soccer media that covers a club or the entire league, they have told me how surprised they were to see the Red Bulls playing so well and being the real deal. I wish I had a crystal ball because to be honest, I had no expectations when this season got started. I was hoping for the same magic from last year to this year after Thierry Henry retired and I admit was very disappointed in Tim Cahill’s departure of the club as he went to play in the Chinese first division.

The truth is that Marsch has all his players ready to go and when you saw the additions of Shaun Wright-Phillips and Gonzalo Veron coming to the club during the Summer Transfer Window, it feels like the club is ready to make a push to the top and if they can finish the regular season in first place, the club can make a return to the 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage.

But first things first, break the jinx that is Toyota Field as the club has never won at the home of the Chicago Fire & once that happens it will be another thrilling ninety minutes at Red Bull Arena against their most hated rivals and grab the top spot of the Eastern Conference.

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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