It’s back to business for the New York Red Bulls as they prepare for a tough opponent against the Los Angeles Football Club.
Three points the only focus against LAFC
Following training Daniel Royer talked about recovering from the loss. The rare home loss is not something the Red Bulls want to repeat.
“After a loss at home you always want to prove something and you always want to bounce back no matter what team will come to RBA,” said Royer. “This will be a big test on the day. As I said they have a compact team with really good individuals, but they also play really good as a team and as you can see the entire season they are really dangerous in their offense and they have a strong defense as well. It will be a big test as I said, but if we succeed and we bring our things to the pitch than I think we can be successful.”
Big match = big performance
LAFC are having quite a season. They are second in the Western Conference with a record of 10-5-6. Five of those wins came on the road. LAFC have produced great results in their first season in MLS, relying on a good balance between star power and MLS role players.
The Red Bulls know how important it is to keep pace with the top of the Eastern Conference, and points get harder to come by as the season marches on. LAFC’s star power brings much-needed attention to the Red Bulls, and the players thrive in those situations. The bigger the opponent, the bigger the result for the Red Bulls.
“That’s not the first good team that comes to RBA,” said Royer. “Or the first good team that we play. I think as I always say the league develops in a great way and there are plenty of good teams, plenty of great teams actually. It’s just another task on the day and another game, but it’s definitely a good moment after a loss, to play at home again, play a great team, you got to show up again. Those moments could help us to have a good time under pressure and those times will come in the playoffs for sure.”
LAFC and Bob Bradley have surprised many people this season, but not head coach Chris Armas. Bradley coached Armas in his MLS coaching job at the Chicago Fire. The pair won MLS Cup and two U.S. Open Cups together. Though they have a long relationship, Armas’s focus is on the match Sunday.
“Well their entire staff has a special place with me and friendships and soccer relationships. We all go way back. And in all reality, I think what I’m focused most on is three points at home,” said Armas. “We know that Bob and his staff are having an amazing season, they’re surprising some people, but not us over here. We know what they are capable of and it’s really no big surprise.
“It’s always special, I don’t get to see Bob, Ante Razov, I don’t get to see those guys enough in general, so it’ll always be good to battle with those guys on the day.”
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