New York Red Bulls – MLS Team Preview 2019

New York Red Bulls - MLS Team Preview 2019

New York Red Bulls - MLS Team Preview 2019

Another yet another early exit for New York Red Bull in the last season’s MLS Playoffs, what do they need to change in the upcoming season to finally reach the top? Since 1996, the New York Red Bulls have never won the MLS Playoffs. The closest they got to winning the MLS was 2nd place in 2008. As for the U.S. Open Cup, Red Bulls were in the finals in 2003 and 2017, however, never lifted the trophy.

 

Head Coach: Chris Armas

In his coaching career, he was an assistant at Chicago Fire in 2008, head coach of Adelphi University from 2011 till 2014 and worked as the assistant at New York Red Bulls from 2015 till 2018. Now the former assistant at the New York Red Bulls and the head coach since 2018, Chris Armas hopes to lead his team through the playoffs. In his coaching career, Chris Armas has only won 1 silverware, that one being the MLS Supporters’ Shield in his 1st season with the Red Bulls.

 

Transfers

DateNameMoving fromMoving toMode of Transfer
February 12, 2019 Mathias Jørgensen OBNew York Red BullsTransfer
December 11, 2018 Amro TarekOrlando CityNew York Red BullsTrade
December 12, 2018 Marcus EppsPhiladelphia UnionNew York Red BullsWaiver Draft
January 26, 2019 Omir Fernandez Wake Forest Demon DeaconsNew York Red BullsHomegrown player
December 11, 2018 Hassan NdamNew York Red BullsFC CincinnatiExpansion Draft
January 1, 2019 Tyler AdamsNew York Red Bulls RB LeipzigTransfer
January 22, 2019 Aurélien CollinNew York Red BullsPhiladelphia UnionFree
February 8, 2019 Kevin PolitzNew York Red Bulls Greenville TriumphFree

 

Expectations for the 2019 season

So, what went wrong with Red Bulls last season? After losing to Atlanta United 3:1 in the playoffs, there are a lot of questions to answer. Some suggest it’s the defensive end that needs some fixing. At the end of the day, they did concede 3 goals. But I would have to disagree. The team has a strong core at the back. Luis Robles, who will turn 35 soon seems in shape and does not show any signs of slowing down. With his leadership skills and commands, Robles has become irreplaceable and I don’t believe he will change in the upcoming season. Moving up the field, Red Bulls seem fine as well. Michael Murillo, Tim Parker, Aaron Long and Kemar Lawrence are all under 26 years old and prove to work as a solid line which kept Red Bulls at only 33 goals conceded in the season, which was the least goals any team in the MLS conceded. So where is the problem for Red Bulls for the upcoming season? It’s the midfield. Since the departure of Tyler Adams, Red Bulls will tack at the midfield and finding a replacement for a player like him is not an easy task. If Red Bulls fail to find a replacement, there will be a huge void left behind Adams.