|photo by Matt Kremkau
New York Red Bulls have gone eight games unbeaten and become one of the more formidable teams defensively. That run has put them into playoff contention and a result against Columbus away from home could solidify their mentality heading into the end of the season.
"I think the results give us a big power," said head coach Gerhard Struber. "It is a big boost to create a very good performance in Columbus. We know this is a very good opponent with special key players like Zelarayan or Zardes, many other players in their squad."
The Crew have had a tough season following up their MLS Cup win. Currently they are two points back of New York with a game in hand. A loss could see their playoff hopes diminish and the Red Bulls become more and more capable of qualifying for a 12th straight season.
One issue for New York has been their lack of goal-scoring. Many of their games over this run have been 1-0 with the Red Bulls only scoring more than a goal in the blowout win over Miami. Both the coach and players are aware of this but that doesn't appear to be an issue with their confidence.
"We can be more comfortable and confident with this," said striker Patryk Klimala. "We like our strikers, midfielders or wingers wherever. We feel confident with this."