April 14, 2016
5 takeaways from Red Bulls' latest loss
By Michael Lewis
If you stayed up late and watched the Red Bulls' latest setback, a 2-0 defeat at the San Jose Earthquakes Wednesday night, you are one brave and tired soul this morning.
If you caught Kobe Bryant's historic final game or the Warriors' record-setting performance or went to sleep early, well, at least you didn't have be tortured watching 90 minutes. You can always catch the highlights.
The Red Bulls are playing without any confidence. You can see on the field. They try not to make mistakes and it has affected their game on both sides of the ball. They need a break, an own goal by the opposition, a ball going off the rear-end of one of their players or even a bad referee's call going in their favor.
Try something different
Since the Columbus Crew showed the Red Bulls the door in the MLS playoffs last year, New York has gone 1-6. Except for the four-goal outburst in that comeback win over the Houston Dynamo, they have done nothing offensively with their pressure-attack this season. Perhaps it is time to some new wrinkle or two because it sure seems that the rest of the league has figured out the Red Bulls.
Shaking up the lineup was one way of head coach Jesse Marsch trying to shake his team out of its funk, but it did not work. Nice try. On Saturday night against the Colorado Rapids, I would like to think he would field a team closer to his usual Starting XI. It also would be nice to have Ronald Zubar back at one of the center back slots and Kemar Lawrence return to left back.
Last year Mike Grella and Sam Lloyd ate the opposition alive on the left and right flanks. This season, it has been non-existent. Shaun Wright-Phillips started for Grella on the left side Wednesday with Sam on the opposite side. It still wasn't good enough.
Bradley Wright-Phillips came on at halftime and he continued to have problems finding the net. He was denied by David Bingham early in the half and you could tell by his expression: here we go again. Sooner or later they will drop. The best tonic for BWP is to start Saturday.