The New York Red Bulls are about to get ready for their next opponents as they will take the bad taste out of their mouths on the draw they got in their last home game against the Philadelphia Union where they were up a goal and a man until they allowed an equalizer with five minutes left in regulation. So after dropping two points, they want to get back on track at home as they host a struggling Inter Miami at Red Bull Arena.
The second-year side representing South Florida with a star-studded lineup is trying to dig themselves out of a hole, that they created, to climb the ladder in the Eastern Conference. Big-name stars like Blaise Matuidi, Rodolfo Pizarro, Brek Shea, Victor Ulloa, and many more, are having a bad season under current head coach and former Manchester United defender Phil Neville.
The club is currently tied for dead last with Toronto FC with eight points but slightly better points per game that has them in 13th place, yet there is still talent on this roster that can turn things around in a heartbeat if you give them the chance to steal the full three points. That means the Higuain brothers of Federico and Gonzalo have shown to be dangerous and strong when given an opportunity to take over with the snap of their fingers.
“Yeah, what I say in the beginning. I think that we have to be very clear and very focused, and we have to be clear to give the Higuain brothers and other big players no hope to develop the game. We have to kill every moment when they come on the ball and when they come on transitions for that we need a very good organization, very good rest defense, and very good communication that everyone is ready to handle and manage the transitions from Miami in our way. I think when we are ready for that, then it is a big advantage for us.” said Gerhart Struber.
John Tolkin who has recovered from his injury against the Union is fit and ready to go, He knows what he is up for and what he needs to do against a player he has watched many times on Television and how to prepare for a big named star in world soccer. “Yeah, I think it was kind of the same thing against Nani, you see these guys on TV, winning the Euros and playing in European competitions.” Said Tolkin, “Yeah, it is definitely pretty cool, but you need to still realize that their another player and you just need to get the job done, but it is definitely going to be pretty cool seeing them in the tunnel before the game because obviously, I’ve watched him since I was young, so it is going to be pretty cool.”
But once again, it’s going to be a big moment for this club, because you don’t want to be the ones to give them that spark of hope to allow them to start a winning streak on you and at your home at Red Bull Arena. One positive moment and it’s off to the races they go. That will be the big key to stop Inter Miami from earning a win on the road.
“Yeah, we know that Miami has from the results have not had a big success in the last few weeks or month. I think when looking deeper into the roster or the squad from this team, I think they have special key players, they have players that can decide a game with one, two, or three good decisions.” said Struber, “I think for us it is so important against a team like Miami that we are completely focused and concentrated on our style of play and our identity, then I think it is difficult for Miami, but I think for us it is so important.
“We look very deep in our principles and in our tasks for this game and then in the end, when we are ready for that and we have the right attitude, I think it will be very clear that we create a very good performance.”
So get ready for a big matchup and another tough matchup in MLS as this Inter Miami side is going to scratch, fight and claw their way to a result, but it’s up to the kids of the New York Red Bulls that will have to show that they are ready for the challenge that is ahead of them and earn the full three points, by playing the full 90 minutes of this on.