Paucity in performance, New York Red Bulls hungry for a win—Major League Soccer News

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  • Paucity in performance, New York Red Bulls hungry for a win—Major League Soccer News

Paucity in performance, New York Red Bulls hungry for a win—Major League Soccer News

Major League Soccer outfit, New York Red Bulls have landed on a rough patch of late as they struggle to get out of their winless streak.

Last week, the team stretched its winless run to 10 games against Chicago Fire in Illinois.

Although they have lost only twice in last 10 matches, the roster seemed desperate for a win. Demotion to second place in the Eastern Conference points table tops the anxiety. The RBNY follow Philadelphia Union with 24 points on the charts.

The upcoming match in North California against San Jose Earthquakes presents an opportunity for the team to snap out of the embarrassment.

The Red Bulls are scheduled to end their 3-match west coast road swing on Saturday, July 2 against the SJ at Stanford Stadium.

However, the reigning Eastern Conference champions have let the last four matches slip out of their hands despite the fact that all of the opponents were not capable of even tying their respective games.

The two early goals leaked against Portland Timbers at Jeld-Wen Field resulted in just one point to RBNY. While the most unlikely team to defeat in the current season was Seattle Sounders FC who beat the Red Bulls 4-2 at CenturyLink Field. The eastern team again gifted early goals to the Rave Green.

Last tie at the Toyota Park told the same story although, the Bulls were able to snatch one point from the Fire.

The main concern for the NY Bulls is inferior performance in dead-ball situations. The performance seems to be stagnant as there is none scored on free-kicks in the last five games.

The team did not have it’s stalwarts in the roster because of the international calls. Juan Agudelo, Rafael Marquez and Tim Ream missed the MLS action in June. Moreover, the club had been depleted with injuries. Thierry Henry missed a couple of outings owing to his long-persisting chronic ankle sprain.

The miss of talent on both international and injury fronts had played a crucial part in the below par exploits.

“I think the most important thing right now is getting back on track for ourselves, get back in the win column,” Ream said. “We’ve had a rough go of it with guys getting injured and guys like Juan and I and Rafa being out on international duty.”

However, despite the aforementioned fact, the team did maintain strong and lengthy possession in the midfield. In addition, the Bulls created some chances in the run of play as well but not rendering the final touch was what head coach Hans Backe called “individual mistakes”.

With the return of the three players, the desperation for a win has touched new heights. “Whatever way we can to get a win,” Ream said. “At this point it doesn’t matter; we just need to get back on the winning track.”

With the three points, RBNY might be able to top the Eastern Conference again, provided Philadelphia loses to the revamped DC United that same day. However, RBNY might still be chasing Zolos tail should RFK Stadium witness a draw.


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