Red Bull Update
New York’s Young Designated Player Kaku will be suspended for Saturday’s match against New England due to a red card against Sporting Kansas City.
• Alex Muyl (Ankle) and Kemar Lawrence (Hamstring) are Probable for Saturday’s match against New England.
• Saturday’s match will be the 73rd league meeting between New York and New England and the 38th time in Foxborough, Mass. during league play. The Red Bulls have had recent success at Gillette Stadium, owning a 2-4-0 mark in the last six matches. Prior to New York’s 2-0 win at Gillette in 2014, the Red Bulls were 4-18-7 when visiting the Revolution. The last five matches in New England have been decided by one goal
.• The Red Bulls concluded their first back-to-back league road games in 2019 and are scheduled to do it three more times. New York picked up one point at Sporting Kansas City and tallied at least three points in four of six back-to-back road trips, while finishing with a 6-3-4 mark in 2018. The Red Bulls are 0-1-2 away from Red Bull Arena with draws at Columbus and Sporting Kansas City and a 1-0 loss to Chicago.
• Brian White, a 2018 MLS SuperDraft First Round pick, made an immediate impact in his first MLS match of 2019, scoring three minutes after being subbed in for Bradley Wright-Phillips against Sporting Kansas City. Prior to Sunday’s match, White needed just 55 minutes of USL Championship action to score his first goal of 2019 against Nashville SC on March 24. The Flemington, New Jersey, native has tallied two goals on two shots in 161 minutes across all competitions (MLS/USL).
What are his general thoughts about gaining confidence after the KC game?
“The days leading up to the Kansas City game, the vibe around our team and the energy, if you hadn't known the record or the previous results you'd say it's a team that's done really well because there's a lot of belief within these walls over here in what we were doing and who we are and I think we, we are able to see that in a big way on Sunday against Kansas City.”
How do you overcome not having Kaku in the next game against New England?
“We've had to fill gaps, many times right with Kemar if he's not in or whenever you have a guy that's missing from the team, especially an important guy so we have other weapons, we have other guys that have proven that they can make plays and fill in with a real understanding of what we expect with and without the ball so we've thought hard about it and we will look over it next couple days. And, we'll be ready to throw everything at New England.”
How important is this week’s game?“Yeah, I think every week is important for us. It's a long season, you have to take it game by game, I think we're happy with the performance against Kansas City, I think it's a step in the right direction. But now we're going to a tough place to play and it's going to be difficult, especially with their style. They have a lot on the line, they're playing at home. We know they're looking for three points. So we're going to have to be prepared to match their mentality.”
How to do you get around not having the greatest amount of success in New England?
“Yeah, I think we've actually had some strong performances in New England the last few years. I remember we beat them, I think two years ago in New England, and we beat them in the Open Cup that same year. Some teams have gotten results there as well. But again, they're a desperate team. And so you can look at other teams and just assume that this is going to be an easier game in New England. It's going to be very difficult. We all know that we're wrapping our heads around that early on. It's like I said a game by game approach. And we know that this is going to be a tough test.”
What do you see it as far as traditionally and what New England can do?
“Bunbury is pretty dangerous up top. I think Fagundez has had success against us in their building. Penilla, last time we played there was very good. So I'm guessing those front three are probably going to be our main focus, but I've heard that they've been changing their lineup every game. They've been starting with different guys. So we really don't know who they're going to play and what formation they’re going to play. We just know they're going to work hard.”
What is the approach against the New England offense since a lot of their stars haven’t scored?“We want to keep it that way. And I think, regardless, it's hard to play up there on the road, but we want to get back to obviously keeping clean sheets and making it hard for teams.” Do you think that starts with one dominant game defensively?“Yeah, I think there's a lot that goes into it. It’s a total team defending, it's a little bit of individual mistakes, but we just got to look at it and obviously set that bar high.”