New York Red Bulls Buzz, 7/22/17: Big Wins, Quotes, and Transfer News
Jul 19, 2017; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York Red Bulls midfielder Felipe Martins (8) celebrates with midfielder Tyler Adams (4) after scoring a goal against San Jose Earthquakes during second half at Red Bull Arena. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Red Bulls slid into playoff position with huge win against San Jose and look to add game changers to their roster.

Big Wins

RBNY saw a massive win at home against San Jose Wednesday night. 5-1 was the final result with several point contributors. Davis, Felipe, Royer, and Kljestan all scored. RBNY bench players also contributed greatly to the gigantic five goal tally.

See the highlight and goals from the game here.

This win propelled RBNY into fifth place in the East. Here is how the standings now look.

Bold is above red line:

  1. Toronto FC – 39 pts., 20 MP
  2. Chicago – 38 pts., 19 MP
  3. NYCFC – 34 pts., 20 MP
  4. Atlanta United – 33 pts., 20 MP
  5. RBNY – 29 pts., 19 MP
  6. Orlando City – 29 pts., 21 MP
  7. Columbus – 28 pts., 20 MP
  8. Montreal – 24 pts., 18 MP
  9. Philadelphia – 23 pts., 19 MP
  10. New England – 20 pts., 19 MP
  11. DC United – 18 pts., 20 MP

RBNY are primed for competition as they received a big win on Wednesday and look to advance to the semi-finals in the US Open Cup.

Big Quotes

Here are some big quotes from Wednesday’s post game interviews:

Jesse Marsch commented on RBNY’s big performance against San Jose.

“Well, I think in general, yeah. In terms of a comprehensive performance, yeah. It was good. I feel like the game was in grasp. The now there are dangerous encounters a couple times so it could have been tied at some point. But, you know, I think it was very good, and we’re moving in the right direction. But I still believe there is plenty of room for improvement.”

His modest comments certainly do downplay their major win over a comparable Western opponent. While modest, Marsch does not hide the fact that the season is nowhere near complete. With the US Open Cup semifinals and playoff games in sight, they cannot afford to let off the accelerator.

Marsch further reassured fans that they are continuously working for the ultimate prize by commenting:

“The .500 part, I try not to look at the table too much. I know we’re over the red line now. I didn’t see the other results, but we try to stay focused on what we’re doing knowing that if we take care of things, that the table takes care of itself. I haven’t sweat the fact that we’ve been out of the playoffs. Like there’s plenty of season left, right? So, what’s been more important is the daily work.”

In the end, Marsch also lauded Kljestan’s performance and his first goal of the MLS season. He hopes that this could be the spark that he needs to lead his team into a US Open Cup and MLS Cup title run.

Big Transfer News

Sources have linked Muhamed Keita to a possible signing for RBNY. Thought to be signed this week, he is an attacking player. 26 years of age, Keita has played on several teams in Norway and Poland.

Keita has 48 career goals in 223 appearances.

This addition would provide further attack to complement BWP. While a promising signing, I do not think it is the big-name transfer fans were awaiting.

Chris Sudol is a former college soccer player who now avidly supports the New York Red Bulls, Arsenal, and Barcelona, among many other soccer teams.