Righting the Red Bull Ship

With two losses in as many weeks, the Red Bulls need to act quickly to regain momentum. Their decisive win at home against San Jose and tough road point in Columbus are already fading memories. Here’s what the team needs to bring the season back around.

Clear the air

There’s too much conversation about what Alejandro “Kaku” Romero Gamarra means when he posts on social media. It colors what fans see on the field. What was once maybe considered travel fatigue or position confusion is now toxicity and dangerous laziness. So Kaku had zero shots in the match against Chicago. This is also true of Daniel Royer. No one has had a chance to let Kaku speak for himself, between his hiatus and the International Break. Even if he doesn’t address the issues with the press corps, something needs to be said and the on-field action needs to reflect that resolution.

Change up the attack

Run the ball up the channel– usually the right side of the field– cross when almost at the endline, tap in at the face of the goal. This is simply no longer working. With Andreas Ivan and Mathias Jorgensen as attacking options should come a distinct shift in tactics. This team has the talent to surprise the opponent and the strength to make plays from a variety of angles. Fans commenting on Bradley Wright-Phillips should really be asking about the next man up. There may still be a number of goals that BWP has to offer this season, but it is time to consider how the torch will be passed.

Bring in someone new

One need only look at Tyler Adams’s stellar performances in the Bundesliga to know RBNY is missing an important piece. While Sean Davis and Marc Rzatkowski have done a lot to drive the midfield, overall creativity is faltering. The primary transfer window is still open; if the team has a target, they can make the signing before May 7. But if RBNY does not have a target, they may want to find one. The Red Bulls have made great strides with homegrowns and international players. The time has come for the next step.

Photo by Bill Twomey Photography

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