Despite a bumpy start the New York Red Bulls look to kick it into overdrive in the second part of the season.
- Form (after 15 games):
- 2015- 5W-5D-5L (13 wins in second half of season)
- 2016- 7W-1D-7L (9 wins in second half of season)
- 2017- 6W-2D-7L
The New York Red Bulls will undoubtedly look to improve their record for the second half of the season. Historically, RBNY are not in an unfamiliar position. With more wins than 2015 and one less than 2016, the New York Red Bulls are in prime position to make one of their well-known runs.
In 2015, after four straight losses going into the 15th game RBNY turned up their play and came away with 13 wins. Similarly, in 2016 after a horrific six losses in the first seven games, RBNY finished with nine wins.
In 2015 and 2016, the New York Red Bulls have a habit of making late runs with propelling the team to a Supporter’s Shield or first place win.
In 2017 I expect no different. While in previous seasons doubt accumulated around mid-season point, RBNY always seemed to prevail.
Key matchups for the second half of the season will come early. RBNY’s matches against NYCFC will be undeniably important. Starting the 24th (not including US Open Cup) RBNY will face NYCFC three times. NYCFC currently sit in third place. If RBNY want any shot at the Supporter’s Shield or MLS Cup, they will have to go through NYCFC.
East leader, Toronto FC, will be faced once and fourth place Orlando once. These matches will be vital to change the current standings in the East.
The good news is RBNY will be facing DC United (currently last in East) twice and Philadelphia twice (currently ninth in the East).
While no game is certain, especially near playoff time the New York Red Bulls have possibilities.
RBNY possibilities come not only in the form of opponents but transfer opportunities. The release of Gulbrandsen opens up space in the roster for an attacking transfer. Hopefully, if this transfer season is fruitful for RBNY they can see they attacking numbers increase.
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