Since the start of the 2021 Season, the Red Bulls began with a two-game losing streak, then went on a two-game winning streak, as they try to continue this current winning streak that is currently at two games. Their next match will be on the road and not too far away, as they head down the New Jersey Turnpike to take on the Philadelphia Union who are currently in ninth place in the East with five points.
The lone MLS representative in the CONCACAF Champions League, the Union got off to a hot start by defeating Deportivo Saprissa in the Round of 16, then shocked the region with a three-goal clean sheet win at Atlanta United in the Quarterfinals, then advancing to the Semi-Finals with an August date against Club America of Liga MX. The danger man to watch out for is the Polish striker Kacper Przybylko and let’s also not forget US International Alejandro Bedoya who makes the midfield strong.
“Philly is one of the biggest teams in the MLS. they are still in the Champions League.” said Gerhard Struber, “We know they have many games in their brains and bodies, they have a clear identity to play successful football. For us, it is very important as we know the strength and the weakness of the team. For us it’s very important to make the next step in our principles.
“The last two games show us in many times we are on the right way, the whole roster makes a very good job in our principles, we believe the spirit and the energy of the team are on a very good level. This is going to be very helpful on Saturday against a big team like the Philadelphia Union.”
The number one concern for the Red Bulls is defending against a tough-nosed striker like Kacper Przybylko who is on a roll with scoring five goals in the CONCACAF Champions League and leveling the score in mid-week action against the New England Revolution. While the Union only has five points in five matches, this will be a tough job for the backline and for Carlos Coronel to keep that ball out of the net.
‘”I would say it’s just like defending any other attacker. You just go into the game and trust your abilities. Przybylsko is an attacker, I’m a defender, it’s my job to try and stop him from getting clear chances.” Said Kyle Duncan, “You have to treat it like any other away game, they will have their fans there, so they will be motivated from that. I feel like when we go into that game, we just have to trust our tactics and play the way we have in the last two games.”
We hope to see the Red Bulls try and earn revenge on the Union after getting swept by them last season. A 1-0 loss at Subaru Park, then a three goal loss at Red Bull Arena, when Bradley Carnell took over as interim head coach of the club. The good news is that the Red Bulls didn’t play in mid-week and let’s hope they can take advantage of a tired Union side who were behind the Revolution on Wednesday, and get the full three points on the road.