At the moment it looks like the start of the season has been a positive for the Red Bulls under the control of Jesse Marsch, a solid road point at Sporting Kansas City and a convincing two goal shutout win against DC United. But as the next challenge comes up for them it will be a road trip to the state capital of Ohio as they face the Columbus Crew.
From what we have seen already from head coach Gregg Berhalter last season, he wants to play a hard attacking style and use his Argentine weapon in Federico Higuain to float around the field and find that perfect spot to strike when he has the ball as well as setting up his teammates if they have the shot.
Someone who has already experience this showdown against Higuain is Red Bulls keeper Luis Robles who’s had his good and bad strings against him whether it’s during the run of play or at the penalty spot. “He’s a talented player and one of the more talented midfielders in the league. So you never really know if he’s going to play that ball over the top or move it forward, tries to chip or what but we understand the challenge that’s in front of us.”
Of course for Robles this will be the third different backline he will have in front of him as Andrew Jean-Baptiste will be playing for Haiti this weekend on the international calendar, but expect to see Matt Miazga back with Damien Perrinelle as the center back tandem and Chris Duvall as the right back. The hope is to sign Anthony Wallace quickly or use home grown player Connor Lade to get the start.
For Dax McCarty this sounds like a game that he is raring to go when you take on a top side in the Eastern Conference.
“They are a very good team since (Gregg) Berhalter has come in there; he’s changed them a lot. They are a team that really wants to keep the ball and have a lot of possession. They know their system very well and they will present towards us a very big challenge.”
But the real question of course is what does Jesse Marsch think when he pairs wits against Berhalter and what does he think about the game plan for this weekend.
“They are a good passing team, that will be a big challenge and seeing this game early in the schedule I knew it would be a great challenge for my team. It might come down to a break or two and who takes advantage of them. He’s a very intelligent type of guy and he’s working with how his side wants to do with the ball, but I’m more focused on what we’re doing without the ball and then getting it.”
So while it’s early in the 2015 season it looks like the Red Bulls are up for the challenge on how they will face against a tough Columbus Crew side that is so good at home and hopefully they will try to steal any type of points possible to try and get to first in the east. You don’t want to start to look at the standings early, but as we all know losing points quickly can be a big problem towards the end.
Author: Daniel Feuerstein