The Red Bulls have already put to bed the worst loss in their history when Orlando City came to town and converted a five spot on the scoreboard at Red Bull Arena. With an extra day of rest the club was already putting their mindset on their next opponent in the Columbus Crew and facing one of the candidates for the Golden Boot leaders in Kei Kamara who has been very sharp and dangerous for the team in the black & gold this season.
What does it mean to face a tough striker like Kamara who does a lot more than a normal striker in this league. "It's pure athleticism" said Head Coach Jesse Marsch, "I think he's a freak athlete. He can run, he can strike, he can jump at the ball strong, it's a full package of athleticism that he brings." But there are also other components as well "But Finley can add to the attack and the wingers in the midfield like to push up to give support to Kamara, but he's had a fantastic year."
Make no mistake about the Columbus Crew when Gregg Berhalter came back to MLS and became the Sporting Director and Head Coach of the club. He wanted to mold this team into his own vision for what he wanted to do and so far this side has shown to be what he has done when he managed back in Sweden when he played abroad before coming to MLS with Bruce Arena and the Los Angeles Galaxy.
So when you currently look at the standings of the Eastern Conference the big picture is can the Crew leapfrog over the Revolution and either get one of the top two spots? Or go face the Red Bulls in an early playoff round after the wild card. "As far as the playoffs go it would be foolish and to look towards the playoffs right now. We need to finish strong at the end of the regular season." Said Dax McCarty.
"But with the changing styles that the Crew present in these past two games is it a challenge to see if they might change again. "We know them pretty well, we've played them a bunch in the last couple of seasons. We know how they want to play with the ball on the ground and we are ready for the challenge that they will represent."
For Ronald Zubar it has been a trying season for him as we all know the issues he has had to face with so many injury issues with his legs and while Matt Miazga has surprised many with his solid season with the Red Bulls, he will be missed with US Olympic duty as well as being suspended the next two league games when he comes back, but Zubar is ready for the challenge.
"I'm ready for the challenge to come back and do my part. Matt has been great, but right now it's my turn to help the team." Said Zubar, but obviously the injuries he has suffered has been a bother for him. "Something as a player you want to help the team and it's been up and down for me, but right now I am at 100% and ready to play these games, so it's my time now."
The Red Bulls of course will also miss Jesse Marsch as he was ejected by referee Jorge Gonzalez for arguing certain calls during the game and to be fair Marsch didn't even escalate the situation, but we shall see what will happen as the Red Bulls will continue to stay at the top of the Eastern Conference.