After a wild match that ended with a 2-2 draw in Kansas City, the New York Red Bulls head up to Foxborough, MA on Saturday to take on the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium, a place that has proven difficult to gain points in recent years.
First and foremost, just getting all three points at the place they call “The Razor” is easier said than done. Aside from a 2-0 victory last season, the team’s overall record at the facility is 7-25-9. It’s a tough assignment, made tougher for a team with scoring issues like the Red Bulls.
On top of that, the Red Bulls will be without Kaku, thanks to an appallingly ill-advised red card he picked up at the end of the Sunday’s match against Sporting Kansas City. His teammates will now have to pick up the slack in the middle of the field.
Players to Watch:
Carles Gil – Midfielder
Carles is currently topping Revs’ score-sheet with 3 goals in 6 games played. The Red Bulls defenders would be wise to keep a keen eye on him for he can be very dangerous in set-piece situations. Along with with Gil, the trio of Teal Bunbury and DeJuan Jones can cause some problems in the Red Bulls back-line. He also leads the team with 15 shots second only to Bunbury.
Diego Fagundez – Midfielder
Deigo is another man that needs to be closely marked by the New York defense. For one, he can be a very incessantly disturbing pest around the box, and should he be in a dangerous position where the ball is free, he won’t miss an opportunity to cash one in.
Vincent Bezecourt – Midfielder
Vincent has stepped up this season when Kaku hasn’t started and could be next in line to start this Saturday. Beze’s performance on the pitch could prove very critical against the Revs.
Keys to the Match:
Getting it Together:
Even during the losses during this streak, Armas’ crew has shown some signs that they are finally getting it together to put in a performance that will get them back on track. The key to it all – The midfielders. They are tasked to making “the system” work in tandem. When it works, they impose their will all over the field. However, should they find themselves overwhelmed by the Revolution midfielders, it could be a long night for the visitors.
Which Team Will Show Up?
The team’s slow start this season has the supporters concerned about whether they can effectively defend their Supporters Shield title, or even making the playoffs at this point. However, since we’re very early in the season, such worries are a little overblown. One only has to look at the standings to see that the team is just only 2 wins away from getting back in the hunt.
All that matters is for the team’s ardent supporters that will be making the trip is this: Which team will show up in Gillette Stadium, the team that gained a record-setting 71 points last season, or the woefully under-performing team that’s still somehow stuck in pre-season mode.
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