It was a long stretch of games for the New York Red Bulls that had to feel satisfying for them as they went 4-2 including two wins in the US Open Cup that included defeating the New York Cosmos and their new local MLS Rivals NYCFC in league play. But very soon after this entire week of rest and training that will be soon under their belt, the Red Bulls will take on a New England Revolution team that has been slumping since Jermaine Jones went down with a sports hernia injury on June 12th.
"We need to respect them and always know that they will be up for this game against us." Said Dax McCarty, "It's a rivalry game, it's a team we've played against a bunch in the past. They always let us know they are in the game, when we went to Gillette Stadium earlier in the year they bullied us a bit with their physicality and it got to us and we got frustrated by it. We weren't in the game earlier enough and we need to make sure we have to match their physical presence and be ready for them."
But the matter at hand in this game against the Revolution is one single point. That's what separates these two sides at the moment in the standings as the Revs have 24 points while the Red Bulls have 23 and while this will be a hotly contested game for both sides
"It's never an easy game against the Revolution, they will try o hit you on the counter whenever they have the ball" Said McCarty, "facing players like (Teal) Bunbury, (Juan) Agudelo & (Charlie) Davies will be a challenge for us as they are great players. These guys are physically gifted and scored a great goal against us in the playoffs last year and scored a great goal against us this season. We need to make sure that we have guys covering for each other if one gets by, someone needs to back that teammate up. They relish a physical challenge against defenders and as a defensive midfielder you need to help out your backline."
"Jermaine has been an impact player for the Revs and now that he isn't there with injury it's looked drastically different" Said head coach Jesse Marsch, "But what's more important is that they still have dangerous attacking players, very physical in the attacking third, they cause a lot of fouls and a lot of strong attacking runs, our guys need to be ready for this challenge that's coming up. When you play against them they deliver a lot of crosses and they move up Bunbury & (Chris) Tierney to get at the end of them."
So once again another rivalry game going up and down the I-95 Corridor as the Red Bulls and the Revolution will head on over to Red Bull Arena this coming Saturday and we shall see who will either leapfrog or put some distance on one another. All I know is that another Boston Vs. New York Rivalry is back on the sports calendar.