Chris Armas’ first game in charge didn’t go as planned, the Red Bulls lost 1-0 to NYCFC off a clumsy error in the 85th minute. Chris Armas’ late and only substitution was Derrick Etienne’s 88th minute entrance which proved too little too late to scrap a point at Yankee Stadium.
While the lack of substitutions were questionable, Derrick Etienne Jr was the only attacking option on the bench for Armas. Just days into Chris Armas’ tenure as New York Red Bulls head coach, he already faces a new challenge to spark the Red Bulls midfield.
On July 5th, Red Bulls midfielder Florian Valot suffered a torn ACL at training putting an end to his breakout 2018 season. After standout performances in CONCACAF Champions League, Valot took over the starting right attacking midfield role and made it his own. Valot started 13 MLS regular season games and finished with 3 goals and 5 assists.
Carlos Rivas officially joined Colombian club Atletico Nacional on Monday July 9th via a one year loan with an option to buy. Rivas’ time with the Red Bulls did not go as planned, the striker/midfielder never settled in struggling with form and fitness. Rivas’ sole contribution to the Red Bull season came in early March against Portland when he scored twice in a 4-0 win.