By, Kyle Gibson
This isn’t going to be a scientific blog.
It’s more of a “Hey, we should be paying more attention to these guys,” kind of blog.
After all, in all the fuss over the LA Galaxy signing Giovani Dos Santos and NYCFC trying to fit old men Frank Lampard and Andrea Pirlo in its midfield, one team is performing great right in front of our eyes and we aren’t seeing it.
It’s the New York Red Bulls.
They defeated NYCFC handily, 2-0 on Sunday, winning all three of the games in the first season of the New York Derby.
But It still seems like the Bulls are the Rodney Dangerfields of the MLS.
It may be that there are no earth-shattering signings. Here’s the thing, though. This club seems to make the right signings.
Bradley Wright-Phillips is a star and proven goal scorer. Yeah he started off slow, but he’s really catching on fire and now has his brother Shaun to play with.
Sacha Kljestan may not score a ton of goals, but he does a great job setting up his teammates.
I’m also very partial to Dax McCarty, the diminutive midfielder that has a knack for helping his teammates and doing a solid job in the midfield.
The entire team is solid and the credit should partly go to manager Jesse Marsch. Last year the team caused a stir for firing manager Mike Petke after narrowly losing in the semifinals. However, the team’s vision now looks clear and Marsch has this team playing some of the best soccer in the league.
They sit in second place of the Eastern Conference, just eight points shy of DC United. The kicker is that they have played three less games than United.
Take a look at the Red Bulls last five MLS games. They are 4-0-1. This team is heating up at the right time.
They may very well win the title. I did a similar blog on LA last time year and they won the whole thing.
You’re welcome, Jesse Marsch.