A shaky start for Chris Armas at Yankee Stadium, but he managed to regain composure with a win at home against Sporting Kansas City.
Preview: Red Bulls out for revenge against Revs
Armas’ smart, tactical substitutions allowed the Red Bulls to come back and win 3-2 Saturday night. One substitution stirred controversy, but paid off huge dividends. Marc Rzatkowski came on for Kaku at the 60th minute. He brought the Red Bulls back, and scored two amazing goals, earning a brace on the night.
Armas commented on Rzatkowski’s performance in the post game press conference.
Marc, he had a great week of training. In every session, he brought energy and he always has quality, but he showed a lot of life this week. Going into the game, we thought that he would be a guy we’d rely on in some capacity….
Marc has had plenty of great games for this club. So you hit the first goal like that, and all of a sudden you can see that almost every possession, every play, it just was a lot of confidence, and we know that players grow in those moments.
Rzatkowski commented on his performance this season and his first MLS goal.
There were a lot of ups and downs in this season for me. I think I played good games but also had things when I was injured and was not coming into my game. So, yeah. I wanted to show what I can. But, I know what I can do, so I’m really happy to show it today.
This Saturday, the New England Revolution come to Red Bull Arena. Currently, the Revolution are 1-4-1 over their last 6 games and 7-5-7 overall. The Revs currently sit in 5th place in the Eastern Conference Table.
The Revolution come in on short rest as they played and lost 2-1 Minnesota United July 18th. Brad Friedel has a tough road ahead of him, and dropping points against a conference rival is dangerous. The Red Bulls will be out for revenge as they were defeated 2-1 at Gillette Stadium back in June. Chris Armas had the following to say after Thursdays training session about New England Revolution
…. They are combative, they are vertical, sounds really familiar…. They have a great way about them, and they have a clear style of play…. We’ll be ready on our end, to expect a tough match against a conference rival and a team that’s always up for it, and it’s the same for us.
Key notes; due to the fluidity of how training goes Murillo may see time on the field instead of Lade, or also Rzatkowski in place of Muyl. It’s up for Armas to decide how he wants this team going forward into Saturdays game.
Players To Watch
Despite lacking playing time this season, Rzatkowski should see more time on the field against the Revs. He needs to prove that his brace against Sporting Kansas City was not a fluke. He could see more time in the second half of this one.
Having his best goal scoring season in his career to date, Bunbury is the Revs player to watch. Despite only scoring 2 goals in his last 6 games, Bunbury is still a dangerous player in the box, and has punished the Red Bull defensive line before.
Photo by Bill Twomey Photography