Rough Road Night vs Revs – Russ McKenzie Wood – Medium
Looking at the result, it’s hard to believe this New York Red Bulls team was undefeated in 5 and on a 3 match road win streak. It felt like a different club. And yet, when the final whistle was blown, Jesse Marsch’s troops were handed a 2–1 road loss.
Marsch was fair in his comments after the match. “ We were pretty honest with ourselves after the game, not enough good performances. Not enough desire on the field to take care of the game. Not enough sharpness to create chances,” the coach said after the match.
But, in reality, the issue was not that eloquent. Simply put, the Revs took the Red Bulls out of their rhythm. Sure, it would be easy to blame the humidity or the turf, but really the root of the issue was that, in spite of a brilliant first 15 minutes, the Red Bulls looked disinterested. Marsch continued, “I don’t think we got enough out of our game plan. I don’t think we did well on set pieces. We gave up two goals off of throw-ins — one at the end of the half. In a lot of ways, just short. Just short in a lot of areas. If you combine that with not having good performances, then you’re going to probably be on the wrong end of the result.”
The loss comes at the start of a trying week. The road match vs the Revs was the first of three matches in eight days. The formation clearly was creative, but it almost felt like it played right into the Revs plans. Revs head coach Brad Freidel, a rookie coach who inherited a seemingly ramshackle squad, did get enough from HIS game plan. “We felt bringing a smaller, little bit different type of midfield suited this game because they try to swarm around the ball. I thought Kelyn [Rowe] and Diego [Fagundez], and Luis Caicedo did an exceptionally good job in the center of midfield. And then Gabriel Somi failed a fitness test this afternoon, and I thought Claude Dielna did an excellent job of filling in at left back,” said Freidel.
Sometimes that’s all a team needs. Instead of taking advantage of a Revs club that played at midweek, New York was left wanting. With their Open Cup schedule opening this week, one has to wonder if they were looking passed this match and thinking of the bonus Hudson River Derby match. Either way, this is definitely not the kind of start they had hoped for. “We knew that going into this two-week-stretch that it was going to be very difficult. We got to call on a lot of different guys to be prepared, and be ready to go and have better performances. Not a good start to the four-game-stretch, but we’ll find a way to learn from it and get better and be ready for Wednesday — a big Open Cup match against New York City,” said Marsch.
The Red Bulls open their USOC schedule facing NYCFC at home on Wednesday, June 6th.