(photo by Matt Kremkau)
New York Red Bulls have accomplished their first goal by qualifying for the 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs and hope to use this victory as a springboard to continue to surpass expectations. A year where the team lost their all-time leading striker, team-leading goalkeeper and a head coaching change, left many thinking that their decade-long playoff qualification run would come to an end. The team met that challenge and now hopes to do more and raise MLS Cup.
"This should only inspire us for more," said head coach Bradley Carnell. "It didn't start off too well. All of a sudden we get a grip on things and tighten a few screws. Now life looks totally different."
New York has corrected course. The team has garnered at least a point from their last five games and grabbed two clean sheets along the way. In only one of those games did they allow more than one goal, showing that the team has fortified their defense and made it difficult for even the best of teams like Toronto. All of this while bringing along players like Caden Clark and Mathias Jorgensen.
"Our ambitions, now, start creeping higher," said Carnell. "Our expectations also want to drive the best possible results. We're just thinking about how good we can get towards the ending of the season, how competitive can we be and how hard can we be to play against."
The schedule isn't going to relent with a big game against NYCFC on Sunday night. The two teams are running closely in the table which was not expected considering City's first place finish last season. This year the teams have already played once and the Red Bulls took a 1-0 win at Red Bull Arena. The setting now changes to Yankee Stadium but the goal the same, defeat City and push higher up the table.