The Red Bulls wanted to play in their last match against a struggling Inter Miami, but the thunder and lightning show continued on from the middle of the afternoon till 1 AM, so there was no possible way the match would get started. So for the Red Bulls, they got an extra day of rest, to get ready for their next match against Toronto FC which will be played at BMO Field in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Toronto FC are very grateful they have returned home to play in Canada and in front of their fans since the pandemic closed the northern border, of course, if any American MLS Team comes to play against Toronto FC, they must make sure that all their players are vaccinated or else they will be ineligible to fly into Canada, due to the Coronavirus that has plagued North America for over a year.
But this time the Red Bulls are going to face this Toronto FC side in a different light as Chris Armas is no longer the head coach of the club and they are under the leadership of interim head coach, Javier Perez, as he led the club to a one-goal draw against Orlando City as Jozy Altidore converted in the 72nd minute, but the visitors equalized from the spot five minutes later from Nani.
But this could be an advantage as I have said for the Red Bulls as the Thunderstorms that hit the Harrison & Newark area forced the postponement to host Inter Miami may have saved their legs, but this team is still going to be a tough side to face with those big-time Americans playing as we will see Jozy Altidore & Michael Bradley become the dangermen that make this side tick.
“Yeah, so to start with Michael [Bradley] and Jozy [Altidore], they have done a lot for our country at the national team level and obviously players with a ton of experience. They have been extremely good for Toronto over the years and have been very important in their success, so again two players that we have to be mindful of at all moments.” Said Sean Davis, “When I think of Michael [Bradley] and his career, it is very admirable, and we just have to be on high alert when he has the ball at his feet. He likes to control the tempo of the game and he likes to get on the ball and another player that really makes them tick.
“Then you have Jozy [Altidore] who has different threats higher up the field and he scored in their last game, and again they are a team with a lot of momentum right now, so if you focus too much on one player, they have other weapons, so we just have to be on high alert at all moments. Again, we have a lot of respect for their team, and we are going to have to be at our best to get a result.”
The Red Bulls are currently on a two-match unbeaten streak on the road with a draw at Atlanta United & the victory at Orlando City. Since the start of the season, they haven’t done well on the road till those last two games. It is important for this club to continue to build and gain confidence to do very well away from Red Bull Arena, as they continue to show why they are an up & coming side in the Eastern Conference.
Yeah, I think everyone realized in Orlando, when we are on the same page with our style of play, I think we can pick up points and I think this was very helpful for our self-confidence that everyone understands and get the self-understanding that we can win also away with our game style and with our game idea.” said Gerhart Struber, “Right now, we have the next two games for our chest, the big focus is on Wednesday against Toronto.
“We realize it is a big team in the MLS. I think it is one of the biggest and the massive opponents that we can have. Yeah, but right now, they have I think some topics and for us it is important we find our focus in our way of style, and then we are ready for the next points.”
Going back to the Thunderstorms that hit our area, no one wanted to be on the pitch more than the New York Red Bulls as well as Inter Miami. Especially for Wiki Carmona who has been playing very strong and has done some good things, not just being dangerous on the pitch but forcing the opposition to make an error. When he drew the penalty and sent off the backup keeper in their last home match against the Philadelphia Union that Patryk Klimala converted.
“Although we shared that moment [with the teammates], it was a very funny moment because we would go out to warm up, then head back in, the coach gave his talk, and so when the moment came when both teams were in the tunnel, they told us that another lighting struck, we need 30 more minutes [to stay inside]. So, we waited and talked, and then we would head back close to the tunnel and another lightning would strike, and so the anxiety kicked in because I wanted to play. It was a unique moment because we tried to enjoy it. All my teammates wanted to play, and in the end, someone made the decision to cancel the game, and we all headed home.” Said Carmona.
Now it’s time to prepare for the mid-week battle against Toronto FC and afterward to take on DC United at our Nation’s Capital, but when I get news on the make-up date for the home match against Inter Miami to be rescheduled, I will let you know when that time comes, but for now, the Red Bulls move on to challenge Toronto FC in Canada.