Red Bulls' Chances Of Making MLS Playoffs
New York (12-12-5, 41 pts) currently sits fifth in the Eastern Conference and just one point out with a game in hand behind D.C. United (11-10-9, 42 pts) for a home playoff game. If the Red Bulls record nine points in the final five games, they are guaranteed a spot in the MLS Playoffs.
News and Notes
• Forward Brian White is still recovering from a high ankle sprain that he sustained against the New England Revolution on August 17.
• Aaron Long (USMNT), Kemar Lawrence (Jamaica), Michael Amir Murillo (Panama), Kaku (Paraguay), Omir Fernandez (U-23 USMNT), and Kyle Duncan (U-23 USMNT) are all away with their respective National teams during the September FIFA window.
On talks following last match…
Look, I mean we’re, we went into the night in fourth place right. We’ve been in that position three or four months straight and we’ve dug ourselves out early on to put ourselves in a good spot. No, there’s no discussion internally here and I know I could say one thing that since the time I came to the club, five years ago let’s say, Jesse and now as I’m leading the charge here, every day I’m fully committed to trying to help us lift that trophy. And there’s nothing that I haven’t done or will not do to get this reward for the players, for the people I’ve met selling tickets and for the supporters that have come since early on and that hasn’t wavered. And when I don’t have the answers, I work hard to get the answers and demand that from everyone around me. So the thing I say around here is what we’ve always said, to give everything every day, that’s what I’m doing. And I want to win bad for everyone involved and I’m last on that list, far down, you know it’s a real long list and the supporters are in there. So that’s what I’d say about that.
On the challenges Seattle and Portland bring...
You just said it. It’s two good teams. Everyone’s fighting for points. Two really difficult places to play with turf, the support that they get, and the stadium is excellent. So as difficult as those games are, those are the ones that we love. We’ve always loved those games and they’ve always been good games and we’ve done well in those buildings, we’ve shown up so we’re really looking forward to both challenges.
On the result against Colorado...
It was a really frustrating night for us, disappointed that we didn’t pick up three points, let alone one. It’s been frustrating for sure but we’ve taken a hard look at it, we continue to. There’s not much else we can do; we can just look in the mirror and figure out what we can do better. You know, even though we felt like we created a lot of chances, especially in the first half, it was frustrating to lose to them and you know again, it’s at that point in the season where every game is really important and you know that would have been a huge win but it’s time to turn the page and focus on Seattle.
On the break before next game...
Yeah, I mean on one hand you kinda want to get back on the field and play, you know, that would be ideal, but at the same time we’re missing a lot of guys for international duty so I think it makes sense that, you know, we have this weekend off and then we can get the group back together. You know, we can train as a smaller group this week, get a lot of touches on the ball and then, you know, get into next week, get a few guys back and then get ready for a big week away on the west coast. You know, I think the group still feels really confident, I think the energy is still there and we’re looking forward to this and end of the season, five game stretch, it’s going to be exciting.