New York Red Bulls striker Tom Barlow is one of many on the team that was finding it hard to score goals but an outburst that helped lead the team to victory over Montreal may be what the 25-year-old American was looking for. Both efforts represented his first two goals of the season and could boost his confidence as New York hopes to secure their playoff aspirations.
"It was tough for a little while," said Barlow after the game. "I felt like I was getting into some good positions but it just wasn't falling. I'm lucky that my coaches and teammates keep encouraging me, telling me I'm getting into the right spots and eventually it'll fall. Just keep working."
Barlow is yet another USL product as he was effectively knocking in goals for New York Red Bulls II over the past two seasons. Now, as a full fledged member of the MLS roster, the stakes are much higher and Barlow knows that a prolonged drought could lead to the loss of his position.
Still, like Barlow said, the team has been encouraging. Head coach Bradley Carnell has continued to be positive during the team's rough stretch much like Chris Armas was earlier in the campaign. The past two games have seen New York find the back of the net eight times, a positive sign from the club and one that may indicate that the pieces are there after all.
"Once the goals start going, the confidence starts to turn up," said Barlow. "After the game in Miami, that was a little bit of weight off the shoulders. It was nice to get that big win against them. We just talked about keeping the momentum going into tonight."
Next up will be a major test for the Red Bulls as they will play Orlando SC. Currently in fourth place in the Eastern Conference, New York will have a chance to cut the difference between the two, points-wise, in half.