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LAMAR HUNT/U.S. OPEN CUP

July 20, 2015
A FULL HOUSE?
Marsch said he will field a team as close as possible to a Starting XI vs. Union in Cup


Jesse Marsch: "It's just trying to see on a hot day, with a quick turnaround, what fresh legs on the field help us.”
Jesse Marsch: "It's just trying to see on a hot day, with a quick turnaround, what fresh legs on the field help us.”
Photo courtesy of the Red Bulls
By Kristian R. Dyer
BigAppleSoccer.com Contributing Editor

HANOVER, N.J. – Since he was hired in January, Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch has talked about making the Lamar Hunt/U.S. Open Cup a priority. So far through two matches in the tournament, he has done just that.

In Tuesday's quarterfinal meeting with the Philadelphia Union at Red Bull Arena, he will get the chance to show just how serious he is about chasing hardware. So far, it looks like Marsch will back up his words from seven months ago. The lineup will be as strong as the circumstances will allow.

It looks like a very solid lineup will roll-out on Tuesday afternoon for the Red Bulls who face a quick turnaround from Saturday's 2-0 win at Orlando City right into a match three days later in a tournament that they have prioritized. That they are choosing to field a strong lineup for the cup, this over Wednesday's International Champions Cup match against Chelsea, is just another sign that Marsch and the Red Bulls want to win this cup and not a friendly.

Expect the Red Bulls to take on the Union with close to a full Starting XI.

“It'll be a version of it, it's just trying to see on a hot day, with a quick turnaround, what fresh legs on the field help us,” Marsch said.

“But you know the strategy is to go in with a really good team, go after the game with our best team that we think is fresh and ready to go. We'll get through that and move on to the next day with Chelsea.”

He called the heat at the 4 p.m.. kickoff at Red Bull Arena a “factor,” something that will affect both teams. But from the sounds of the players and their head coach, it sure sounds like the Red Bulls will be rolling out with a very strong match against the Union.
 
   
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