June 30, 2015
COSMOS, PART II
Red Bulls plan to use as many first-line players as possible vs. Cosmos in Cup
By Kristian R. Dyer
Sacha Kljestan could very well be in the Starting XI for the Red Bulls against the Cosmos Wednesday night.
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BigAppleSoccer.com Contributing Editor
HANOVER, N.J. – It will be another chance for Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch to back up his statement last January that his team will take the Lamar Hunt/U.S. Open Cup seriously. And with the Cosmos coming into Red Bull Arena, the emotions of the match will be charged.
From the sounds of things, Marsch wants to go strong with his lineup selection for this match.
Last year, it was the Cosmos, the juggernaut of the NASL and a team that could very easily compete in Major League Soccer, who knocked the Red Bulls out of the Open Cup with a 3-0 win at Shuart Stadium.
The Red Bulls come into Wednesday's match, this one at their home stadium, who will come in with momentum after a 3-1 win over New York City FC. Sunday. This upcoming match represents a second big test over the span of four days for the Red Bulls against another rival.
The squad that got knocked out of last year's tournament lacked some big names, including Thierry Henry who was away doing television coverage for the World Cup as well as Jamison Olave and Dax McCarty among others. Marsch is sounding like he will put close to a first-team out for this match as the club has underscored this tournament as a way to get silverware.
Sacha Kljestan, who missed last Wednesday's win Real Salt Lake with a red card, started on Sunday but is relatively fresh. The same goes for a number of other regulars.
“I think we will have to make a couple, a few changes. It's not going to be widespead. Because even if you look at it, going into Sunday, Sacha had fresh legs, Damien [Perrinelle] only played 45 [minutes], [Chris] Duvall had fresh legs,” Marsch told BigAppleSoccer.com Monday. “Connor [Lade] played on Wednesday but Connor's probably going to factor into this game. The rotation means there will be enough guys to be fresh enough to be ready to go. And Lloyd [Sam], Lloyd will be fresh legs as well.”
It will be an emotional match with the Cosmos expected to have strong numbers in terms of support at Red Bull Arena. While the match won't be a sellout, it should be as intense of a home match atmosphere as the franchise has ever hosted for this tournament.
And coming off a match where the club invested so much energy to beat NYC FC, Marsch wasn't concerned about a letdown.
“I don't think there is a need for much of a message because I think they know we're going after this tournament, going after this cup so they know it's one game at a time,” he said.
“I think they know New York is going to come here with a lot of emotion. So we have to recharge our batteries and be ready for another game that's just like Sunday. We're going to put a good team on the field and be ready to go after it, that's for sure.
“We're expecting the Cosmos to be their best team on the field and really put a lot of emotion into the game, a lot like this last one. Hopefully we're better for Sunday and now we go and put it on the test come Wednesday.”
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