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Jesse Marsch’s Red Bulls are ready for DC

It’s a new season and once again it’s a different feeling when you go from a club legend from Mike Petke to new head coach Jesse Marsch, but once again it never gets old when you play a home game or when it’s the home opener against one of your most hated rivals since this league was created back in 1996.

That’s right everyone, it’s Hate DC week and when you go on social media and see all the Memes, photo shops and the different tools being used to show how much Red Bulls supporters are showing their epic disgust against the team that lives in our Nation’s Capital and after a stellar aggregate playoff first victory over DC United.

Dax McCarty who has taken over the Captaincy from the retired Thierry Henry discusses why it’s important and from his perspective. “I think we have been preparing like we have all week for it & there is more incentive for us whenever we play at home, and expect to win.” Said McCarty “Our fans expect us and we expect us to win this game, it’s massive for us this first home game and we need to set the tone.”

Of course we all remember that big playoff win against DC United as the boy won the 1st leg of their Eastern Conference Semi-Final scoring two goals and not allowing a road goal, while at RFK Stadium in the 2nd leg the magic of Thierry Henry came true as he crossed a nice ball from the far side to the middle and putting a knee on it was Peguy Luyindula who is currently mulling over retirement.

But for new head coach Jesse Marsch, this will be his first time experiencing the rivalry as a head coach “Yeah, well I experienced nineteen years ago the playoff shootout at Giants stadium when Peter Vermes won it limping towards the net and scoring the winner at Giants Stadium. I’ve known the energy that is always there between NY Vs. DC & I am excited for the opportunity to experience this first hand.”

Asking if he knows what Ben Olsen is going to throw at him on Sunday and he put it plainly to this. “Ben’s team is a reflection of Ben. He’s a competitor and a worker and his team is like that. They will always compete at the highest level and I told the guys to play at that level.”

This should be another great match up in the history of these two original MLS sides that go all the way back to 1996 when you saw the MetroStars and DC United begin their animosity towards each other and the emotions flair up when Giovanni Savarese started to get upset towards Marco Etcheverry. It should be a fantastic Sunday for the home opener at Red Bull Arena.

Daniel Feuerstein
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