The international break has come and gone with the US Men’s National Team winning the first CONCACAF Nations League title, spanking Costa Rica with a four-goal clean sheet victory, and now it’s time to get back into the club season as the New York Red Bulls should be fit, relaxed and ready to go for their next opponent.
For the first time in the history of the Red Bulls, they will be facing Nashville SC who is placed in the final playoff spot in the east and, are undefeated as well with two wins and five draws. This Nashville SC team has made themselves a name within MLS, but most importantly, inside the Nashville sports scenery.
But the one person everyone is waiting for to make his return to Red Bull Arena is the Manhattan native Alex Muyl who made his debut and scored his first MLS goal in the Red wedding seven-goal destruction at Yankee Stadium. There aren’t a lot of players that are left on the roster who played with Muyl, but the Captain & defensive midfielder Sean Davis remembers his former teammate very well.
“You know Alex is one of my great friends, we shared a lot of awesome moments with the club. When he went to Nashville you can see that he is a winner on the field.” said Davis, “He makes your team better and he is a winner. He does a lot of the dirty work, that many people don’t always appreciate, but it’s not always what you want to see, but he is appreciated for the work that he does.
“It’s no surprise when he went to Nashville last year, it’s not a surprise how well that club had in their run to the playoffs and he made them better on the attack.”
The Red Bulls are missing Christian Casserers Jr. who is on Copa America Duty with the Venezuelan National Team, As we all know he brings plenty of energy to the squad as a winger in the midfield. He is second on the club with three goals as Caden Clark leads with four, the club is going to have to find a way to replicate his production on the pitch.
There have been reports that the Venezuelan National Team has lost players and members of the coaching staff due to the coronavirus running rampant in some areas of South America, while the names weren’t given at this time as to who has been infected, thankfully he was playing in the match against Brazil in the Copa America, and hopefully he can return to the Red Bulls as quickly as possible to continue his fantastic start to his league season
But the Red Bulls are going to have a big challenge in front of them as they will face strong attacking players like former Philadelphia Union striker C.J. Sapong, Dax McCarty, and of course, their most potent goal scorer in Hany Mukhtar who came over in a Designated Player deal from Danish club Brondby and scored four goals last season with Nashville, and is on a good start with three goals this season.
This match will be a real challenge for the Red Bulls as former Colorado Rapids head coach Gary Smith led that side to an MLS Cup Championship back in the 2010 season, so at this point in time, this Nashville SC side can become an issue for the Red Bulls if they aren’t careful. But it will be great to see Alex Muyl return home and perform at Red Bulls Arena, which I believe he will enjoy seeing family and friends again in his only visit back to the New York City area.