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Marsch Bangs the Drum: "Most Strength in Depth in the Bundesliga"

photo by Matt Kremkau New RB Leipzig manager Jesse Marsch wants you to know that his club has the strongest depth of any team in the Bundesliga and he may not be wrong. Leipzig has had one of the best transfer windows this off-season and strengthened in key areas while also moving players out for premium transfer returns. "Theoretically, we could send out two Bundesliga teams," said Marsch about the confidence in his team. "I think we probably have the most strength in depth in the Bundesliga." When you look at the team, it is hard to argue against Marsch. On offense the team brought in Bundesliga Golden Boot runner-up Andre Silva into the club. It was a point of need for the team following the departure of Timo Werner at the end of the 2020 campaign. Despite attempts with Alexander Sorloth and Hwang Hee-chan, the team hasn't been able to find the goal-scoring of years past. Now, they believe that have that with the depth below to do what they have in previous s

Preview: New York Red Bulls Seek to Improve Against Revolution

photo by Matt Kremkau Sunday night's disappointing 1-0 loss against their bitter rivals, D.C. United left a very bad taste in the collective mouths in both the team and supporters alike. Now, they focus their attention on the New England Revolution, a team that is sitting on the top of the Eastern Conference and firing on all cylinders as they invade Red Bull Arena on Saturday. During Thursday's Media Availability at the Red Bulls Traning Facility, head coach Gerhard Struber spoke about his team's matchup against New England, and in particular, containing midfielder Carles Gil: "Yeah, I think we realized that they have with [Carles] Gil, an outstanding good player. He can handle the many moments under pressure without time, also in a successful way. Yea, we do not only play against him but they have not only [Carles] Gil, they have also other very interesting players with high talent and with high quality and we have to be very smart and very focused in our style of pl

Recap: Salzburg Top Atletico Madrid in Friendly 1-0

Red Bull Salzburg dominated a mostly reserve Atletico Madrid team on Wednesday with the only goal coming from Karim Adeyemi in the 34th minute. The game played at Red Bull Arena in Salzburg, Austria was an early litmus test for what the team could potentially do in Europe during the Champions League. "We can't allow ourselves to take the wrong conclusions," said manager Matthias Jassle. "We have to keep it in perspective. To way we played today really pleased me though." The game was extra emotional for Salzburg and their fans as it was the return of supporters to the stadium. The packed house fired up the reigning Austrian champions, pushing them to victory. Centre back Kamil Piatkowski was especially impressive, moving the ball well out of the back and springing the midfield forward. The young Madrid team wasn't completely helpless as they pushed for the game's opening goal in the 25th minute. German Valara laid off a pass to Giuliano Simeone but could

Recap: New York Red Bulls Fall Flat to D.C. United 1-0

photo by Matt Kremkau In a match that featured an underperforming effort and uncharismatic mistakes in the first half, a particular one was made that wound up being the game's only goal as D.C. United beat the New York Red Bulls, 1-0. Handing them their first loss in four matches. The win gave D.C. United some well-deserved bragging rights in this latest chapter of the long-standing rivalry. Despite the deflating loss, and being leapfrogged in the Eastern Conference standings as a result, neither team has claimed a playoff spot as of yet.  Both teams eased into the match, with the game's first shot coming after 27 minutes. That chance ended up becoming the game's first goal, allowing the hosts to take the lead. Julian Gressel won the ball off of the Red Bulls' Amro Tarek yards from the penalty area, and then made a pass from the right side of the box. Ola Kamara made a run towards the penalty spot and scored from close range. The uncharacteristic mistakes continued for

Marsch Played Key Role in Bringing Silva to Leipzig

RB Leipzig manager Jesse Marsch played a big role in bringing the Bundesliga Golden Boot runner-up Andre Silva to the team according to the player. The Portuguese striker has seen his career blossom in Germany and was a key part in Frankfurt's success last year. Now, he has a chance to push Leipzig over the top as potential league champions. "He laid out to me how he would involve me," said Silva about his constant communication with Marsch in the off-season. "It was a good exchange with the head coach and was definitely one of the factors that led me to choosing to come to RB Leipzig." Silva joins Leipzig at a critical time. The team was in desperate need of a striker following the departure of Timo Werner. Despite bringing in Hwang Hee-chan and Alexander Sorloth, the team could not produce in front of goal the way they did in previous years. Now, Marsch and the sporting team have gone out and made of the more significant moves in the Bundesliga this off-season

Recap: Late Comeback Sparks First Win for Salzburg

Two goals from up-and-coming striker Karim Adeyemi led the comeback for Red Bull Salzburg in week one as they defeated SK Sturm Graz at Merkur Arena on Friday. The win is the first for new manager Matthias Jaissle and showed just how strong Salzburg still is despite the departure of many key players. "This kind of win in an opening match always gives you a boost," said Jaissle about his team's performance. "The boys are developing really well. I am very pleased with the performance." One player who stood out above all was Adeyemi. The young German striker turned heads with two goals. The first was to equalize the game in the 69th minute. A cross from veteran midfielder Zlatko Junuzovic found the chest of Adeyemi who put the ball way for the team's first goal. Defender Rasmus Kristensen gave Salzburg the lead in the 76th minute before Adeyemi added a brace to guarantee the victory. Salzburg looked strong on the field, pursuing the action and pressing Sturm Gr

Recap: Riverhounds Drop New York Red Bulls II 3-1

Photo courtesy of New York Red Bulls II Powered by two second-half goals and two assists by Kenardo Forbes, the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC continued their ascent up the Atlantic Divison standings, beating the New York Red Bulls II, 3-1.  With both unbeaten in their last three matches, the Pittsburgh Riverhounds came into MSU Soccer Park to keep pace with the leaders in the Atlantic Divison table. Meanwhile, the New York Red Bulls II were looking to get back into playoff position by winning a key match in front of their home supporters. New York Red Bulls II was looking to put the match on their terms, right from kickoff, and they nearly had a chance to get on the scoreboard just eight minutes in, but Jeremy Rafanello's freekick clanged off the post. But then two just minutes later, the Riverhounds would strike first with the game's first goal, Kenardo Forbes delivered a great pass to Alex Dixon, and he slotted past New York goalkeeper A.J Marcucci, scoring his first goal of the

Preview: Salzburg Begin Title Defense Against Sturm Graz

Red Bull Salzburg will begin their defense of the Austrian Bundesliga title on Friday against SK Sturm Graz with new players and a new manager in charge. Matthias Jaissle has taken over for Jesse Marsch with the hopes of getting the team even further in Europe than in years past. All of that will begin with maintaining their place in the Austria. Jaissle is another young manager that has come through the Red Bull system having been pushed through the youth system and then with FC Liefering. While with the second division club, he finished with a record of 11-3-3. Known as one of the earliest pipelines for teams like Salzburg and Leipzig, Liefering has proven to be a strong proof of concept for both coaches and players.  Salzburg won't be starting with an easy fixture. SK Sturm Graz finished third in the Championship Round and qualified for the UEFA Europa League last season. They are expected to perform even higher this season and could push the ever transitional Salzburg club to t

Recap: New York Let it Slip Away in 1-1 Draw

photo by Matt Kremkau The New York Red Bulls are undefeated in their last four matches, but to Head Coach Gerhard Struber, this match felt like a lost opportunity to build some much-needed momentum as Ralph Priso canceled out Patryk Klimala's opening strike as Toronto FC rallied to a 1-1 draw at BMO Field. The Red Bulls put Toronto FC right on their heels right from kickoff. They nearly got on the scoreboard in the first minute of the match as Wiki Carmona took a great pass from Kyle Duncan, found himself in front of the net, and Toronto goalkeeper Alex Bono. Still, instead of passing or shooting the ball, he slammed directly into Bono, killing the early scoring chance. New York would spend the next 44 minutes control the game but could not get on the scoresheet as the first half ended with no goals scored by either team. All the Red Bulls' pressure extorted to Toronto FC paid off just a few seconds into the second half. Edwards served a beauty of freekick, which bounced in fro

Leipzig: Orban Returns to Training Ready with "High Goals"

Former RB Leipzig captain Willi Orban returned to training with the team, following his stretch at the European Championship with Hungary. The 28-year old centre-back had a productive season, playing in 29 games, following a difficult season where he made just 12 league appearances. "I want to lead from the front," said Orban. "I want to make a lot of appearances and stay fit, because it's going to be a long season." Leipzig will be participating in the UEFA Champions League for the third straight season with appearances in the knockout stage in the past two attempts. The club has set higher ambitions following a second place finish in the Bundesliga, bringing in Golden Boot runner-up Andre Silva to improve the offense. Orban himself will be essential to help compensate for the loss of highly touted centre-back Dayot Upamecano to rivals Bayern Munich. "We want to win a lot of matches," said Orban. "First we have to see if we can have a good start

Recap: New York Red Bulls Battle to a 1-1 Draw with Union at Home

photo by Matt Kremkau Sergio Santos' goal late in the match denied the New York Red Bulls three points at home, resulting in a hard-fought draw with the Philadelphia Union, 1-1. With both teams featuring similar attacking styles, scoring chances were sure to be few and far between. The Union was the first to try to get on the scoreboard early in the 8th minute, but Daniel Gazdag's chance was easily thwarted by New York goalkeeper Carlos Coronel, who came up with a big save during the run play. Red Bulls tried to answer in the 17th minute as Fabio darted toward the box after taking a pass from Patrik Klimala at the center of the box, but his effort was denied by the Philadelphia goalkeeper Matthew Freese who cooly made the save.  While the end of the first half ended in a near calamitous fashion with four members of the Union defense standing in the box, with chances to score the first goal before Carlos Cornel put an end to it by making the save, the second half began with more

Marsch on Leipzig: "The Team is Simply Incredible"

RB Leipzig introduced Jesse Marsch at his first team press conference yesterday with the former New York Red Bulls and FC Salzburg coach delivering pleasantries about his current team. Marsch is stepping into a club that is expected to rival Bayern Munich and compete for the top prize in German football. "The team is simply incredible," said Marsch. "I watched RB Leipzig games for the last two years as a fan. I will definitely try to understand what has grown in importance for this group during that time, both on and off the pitch, and continue that philosophy." Few coaches are more equipped to take over Leipzig than March. He was a major part of the Red Bull organization when Ralf Rangnick left his mark on the clubs globally. The high-pressure tactics spilled down from Leipzig to Salzburg and New York. Marsch, who found regular season success with New York Red Bulls, moved to Leipzig under Rangnick as an assistant coach in 2018. From there he helped Salzburg contin

Match Preview: Red Bulls looking to build momentum against Philadelphia Union

photo by Matt Kremkau Returning home after picking up their first road victory against Orlando City SC on Saturday, The New York Red Bulls now set their sights against the Philadelphia Union at Red Bull Arena Thursday night. Head Coach Gerhard Struber and his team are well aware of the Union’s offensive strengths from the last time they met in May at Subaru Park. They lost 1-0 by an early goal no-thanks to a momentary defensive lapse by goalkeeper Carlos Coronel. “I think Philadelphia plays in a similar direction like us. On the ball and against the ball, I think we have to change something or be flexible in some moments. We know that Philadelphia is an outstanding team with a very good balance between defense and attacking moments. They have many key players.” said coach Gerhard Struber during Tuesday’s press conference. “It’s a completely different game, like the game against Orlando City. It’s a challenge from the physical side and the tactical side that we are in our execution in

Recap: New York Red Bulls Earn First Road Win Over Orlando

photo by Matt Kremkau The New York Red Bulls, after getting their first point on the road against Atlanta, traveled further south to Central Florida to face off against a hungry Orlando City SC team, unbeaten at home, looking to win their fourth match in a row and gain a measure of revenge after suffering their first loss back in May. The Red Bulls would start pressing Orlando City right from kickoff, and in the sixth minute, it would pay off. Patrik Klimala darted deep in the Orlando City defense and passed the ball to an open Cristian Casseres Jr, and he let loose a blistering shot that curled into the back of the net, scoring his fifth goal the season. It would be the team's fourth goal scored outside the box. Orlando City SC nearly equalized in the 12th minute from a corner kick from Marucio Pereyra, but the goal was disallowed after Daryl Kike was whistled for a foul in the box. From there, the action was a wide-open and testy affair, with both teams trading hard tackles, and

Leipzig Take Major Step in Signing Proven Striker Andre Silva

RB Leipzig have taken a major step towards winning their first Bundesliga title with the signing of proven-striker Andre Silva. The 25-year old Brazilian had success with Eintracht Frankfurt, scoring 29 goals last season in all competitions. "Andre Silva is one of the best forwards in the Bundesliga," said Technical Director Christopher Vivell. "He is a good fit for our team and our style of football both as a person and as a player. Andre is a proper goal-getter, something his tally of 28 goals from last season demonstrates. He is a complete forward as well though - he can finish with both feet, he's strong in the air and he's technically gifted." This signing fills a major hole for the team since the departure of Timo Werner. Last season Leipzig lacked a killer instinct in front of goal, despite signing both Hwang Hee-Chan and Alexander Sorloth. Neither took to the job quickly enough but now Leipzig have a proven commodity that should make them favorites i

Recap: NYRB II earn a draw with The Miami FC 1-1

The New York Red Bulls II and Miami FC exchanged goals early, and both hit the woodwork late as they shared the points in a 1-1 draw on a stormy Friday night at MSU Soccer Park that was twice halted by lightning during the contest. Head coach John Wolyniec often stressed the importance of his young team taking control of matches right from kickoff, and in the 7th minute, midfielder Jake LaCava did just that. Taking a great pass in transition from Juan Castillo and he scored his third goal of the season as his shot slipped through the hands of Miami FC goalkeeper Connor Sparrow to put the team ahead, 1-0. However, the early lead would not last long. Miami FC midfielder Christiano Fran├žois got around the New York defense and bounced the ball over to Othello Bah at the center of the box, and he slammed home the equalizer in the 24th minute. The game was then briefly paused for about twenty minutes due to heavy thunderstorms in the Northern New Jersey area. As the darkened skies over MSU S