New York Red Bulls had a bit of a different training regiment this weekend, taking the show on the road to West Point and helping the team get even that much closer with the impending game against Orlando City on the horizon.
Red Bulls Train at West Point and feel “Togetherness”
“There’s a certain spirit in the group and the togetherness – you can feel that,” said head coach Chris Armas after training. “It’s a good thing, so knowing we were going to take the group away for a night outside of here, have a training outside of here, we knew that minimally the spirit would be high.”
The trip wasn’t just a training session far from home. It was a chance for the team to attend a leadership and character building program at the Thayer Leadership Development Group. The mission of the group and the academy is to educate, train and inspire the corps of cadets. Those same principles apply to the soccer field as well. Not just a training of the body but one of the mind as well.
Bradley Wright-Phillips and Derrick Etienne Jr. were two players who participated in the program and training.
“It was nice. I’ve never been here before,” said Etienne about the experience. “I know the guys haven’t been before so they were able to go there and see how nice it is and some of the things they’re able to do out there is very eye-opening and very good that everyone learned.”
The trip might have been one for growth with the club but their focus is still on Orlando City SC. The team has one game to make their claim for the 2018 Supporters Shield and Orlando City doesn’t want it won at their expense. Captain Sacha Kljestan is not pleased with how the season has gone for the Florida side, going so far as to claim it has been one of the most difficult seasons of his career. Red Bulls know they are a target and are hoping to be as prepared as possible for the game.
New York concludes the 2018 MLS season against Orlando City at Red Bull Arena on Sunday and will have a bye from the knockout stage of the MLS Cup Playoffs.