Wednesday, June 13th, the New York Red Bulls beat the Seattle Sounders 2-1 at Red Bull Arena. Here are three things we learned from the contest.
The New York Red Bulls came home to Red Bull Arena for their second of three games in eight days. Against the Columbus Crew, a game which ended in a 1-1 tie, the Red Bulls were outshot 18-11 and Luis Robles was forced to make five saves. Nonetheless, the Red Bulls walked away with an away point ahead of a favorable date with the Seattle Sounders.
Seattle entered Red Bull Arena on 11 points through 12 games, their worst start to a season in club history. Just one of Seattle’s 3 wins came away from home, and at Red Bull Arena their road woes continued.
From the opening whistle, the Red Bulls dominated possession and controlled the flow of the game. Early chances went by the wayside until the 37th minute, until Florian Valot’s cross found Daniel Royer on the back post, 1-0.
While The Red Bulls created most of the opportunities, the Sounders managed some goalscoring chances as well but failed to capitalize. Bradley Wright-Phillips’ header put the game out of reach in the 52nd minute.
Florian Valot, Daniel Royer and Alex Muyl all had chances late to get on the score sheet but to no avail. Harry Shipp’s 89th-minute finish was too late for Seattle to mount a comeback.
With the 2-1 result, the Red Bulls remain in fourth place with an 8-2-4 record. Even though the Red Bulls were the favorites, there were several performances and quotes that stuck out.
Here are three things of note to consider.
3. Marsch and RB Leipzig
As the weeks pass by, reports of ‘Will Marsch stay?’ have turned into ‘When will Marsch go?’ Zsolt Low, the former RB Leipzig assistant coach, confirmed he was offered the New York job, but instead chose the assistant coaching job at PSG.
After New York’s 2-1 win Wednesday night, Jesse Marsch was asked whether this was his last game as the Red Bulls’ head coach and whether he will be on the touchline against the Philadelphia Union on Saturday:
“Yeah, this is not the last game I’m coaching. I’ll be there.”
Take from that as you will. His departure will surely hinder the Red Bulls midseason, but his potential position could be too hard to pass up.