After suffering that two goal loss at Maphre Stadium in Columbus the Red Bulls came back to their training facility in Hanover to get ready and prepared for an exciting home match against this same Columbus Crew side where one away goal can end it all for the Red Bulls.
But as we all know the home side will play with no fear as this will be their biggest test to play behind on aggregate like the last time they were behind against the revolution, but they were behind on away goals. But the aggregate claimed the loss for the Red Bulls after Tim Cahill & Peguy Luyindula found ways to convert and climb back into the that match.
But once again this Red Bulls side is ready for a big challenge as they admitted to be disappointed by their performance in the first leg at Columbus. "Obviously it's always tough to get far in MLS in the playoffs, it was tough to get back to this place after what happened last week." Said Dax McCarty, "Obviously we have accomplished most of the goals we set out to this year, but the main goal is to get to MLS Cup and win it so that's still our main goal, that is what the barometer is for success this season. Obviously it's difficult when you have a lot of turnover but since the first day of pre-season when no one thought we would get to this point, the coaching staff did."
One player who took a hard look at the situation the Red Bulls are currently in is Bradley Wright-Phillips. He took it to heart after the first leg performance that it wasn't a good one and he knows what they need to do to right the ship. "The way we play we always get chances. It all depends on each individual on how we play. We conceded the first goal in 10 seconds it's not how we wanted to play and it's unacceptable." Said BWP, "It's not about tactics when the first goal was allowed by us it's about a mentality that wasn't there. It all depends on how they will come to play since they are up at the moment."
We have seen in the regular season two times that the Red Bulls exploded for multiple goals in early in the first half. The three goal explosion on July 1th against the New England Revolution and on the last home game of the regular season they put four past the Philadelphia Union with Mike Grella scoring the fastest goal in MLS regular season history. "We really have to do the same things we have been doing all season at home. We are good at home with some high energy and very good on defense. Do all the thing we have been doing all season." Said Grella, "We don't feel any pressure right now, it's quite the opposite because when we came back home against DC United that was a tricky game. We had the lead and we didn't know if we should've gone for it or now, but it's clear as day in this one. We need to push it from the back to the front and go out there to do a job."
There is a lot on the mind of head coach Jesse Marsch as he knows what this team needs to do to get the result that is need to not just get to the MLS Cup final, but to host the thing as well. "A little bit changes this time around, depends on how the game is being played and how many adjustments we can make, when we played in the US Open Cup against Philly when we want to push the game or when we need to defend it." Said Marsch, "We have been very good at home, we have scored goals at home, very aggressive at home and I expect this game to be on our terms for much of it. Certainly being aggressive without being reckless is important, but we have been fantastic at home all season long."
So it's all come down to this moment on Sunday, November 29th as the New York Red Bulls are heading into a must win situation and if they can prevent an away goal for Columbus and find ways to get multiple goals and lead the aggregate, then the adventure will continue for one more week and hopefully it will be for all the marbles at Red Bull Arena.