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Carnell Still Sees Positives as NYRB Find New Ways to Lose

(photo by Matt Kremkau)

New York Red Bulls interim head coach Bradley Carnell still continues to push the narrative that there are positives around the team's recent run of performances despite the team finding new and interesting ways to lose games. The latest was a late Olimpico from Haris Medunjanin that handed the game and the season series to FC Cincinnati.

"I took away a lot of positives tonight," said Carnell. "I saw a lot of belief in the players. I saw a lot of energy in the players. The first 15 to 20 minutes it tooks us a while to find out the kind of game that they're going to put us in and we expected that when we saw Vasquez up top with Locadia. So we knew it was going to be more direct."

It is the same kind of rhetoric that came from former head coach Chris Armas and the results have remained the same. Carnell has changed the lineup some what but has found little success. The team is now adrift and is in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time in 11 years. 

Unlike previous games, the Red Bulls did not dominate the statistics. They were outshot by Cincinnati and had fewer goal-scoring attempts. Poor passing gave the opposition key chances that required panic defending or spectacular saves by the Red Bulls goalkeeper David Jensen. On the other end, few chances came with unlikely players like Kyle Duncan finding the best opportunities.

"We would like to be a little bit more threatening," said Carnell. "We would like more movement off the ball. We would like people to take more shots. There's a lot on our agenda. There's a big to-do list and we keep filing away at it. It's not for lack of training, it's not for lack of trying.There are guys staying after. They're doing their extra bit. We have to feel its' a matter of time."

Red Bulls may not have too much time left. Little is known about when the MLS playoffs will begin but a full season seems impossible at this point. New York will travel to Miami for the first time this season and are in desperate need of goals in order to grab a win to keep them in the playoff hunt.


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