|photo from Matt Kremkau
The Red Bulls are preparing to take a break from league action and move back into the US Open Cup with a big 5th round match against their next opponent whom they have never faced before until this coming Wednesday, as Charlotte FC will be visiting the NYC/NJ area and you can see it live in front of you at Montclair State Univesity's Soccer Park where Red Bulls II play their home games.
After going thru Hartford Athletic in the 3rd round and running over DC United down in our Nation's capital in the 4th round, this match will be hotly contested with a side that is in its expansion season within Major League Soccer. We are aware of defender Christian Fuchs who was a part of that historic Leicester City side that shockingly won the English Premier League in the 2015-16 season. Yordy Reyna spent four seasons at the Vancouver Whitecaps and seems to like his new home in Charlotte.
The man who they really have to worry about is the club's leading goal scorer Karol Swiderski as he has already scored four goals. But the reality is that the man who puts the game plan together and has shown to be a dangerous tactician is the Head Coach Miguel Angel Ramirez who has seen his share of success down in South America, including a Copa Sudamericana title with Independente del Valle of Ecuador back in 2019.
So while it is still an expansion side, you can say the Red Bulls need to be careful against the new kids on the block, since this is a one-and-done game. You can't automatically assume this will be an easy win since they won't face this club again in league action on June 11th at Charlotte. Look at what they did to the Richmond Kickers in the last round with a five-goal destruction at City Stadium in downtown Richmond.
"Yeah, I think it is an interesting team. A team with experience, with a clear strategy especially on ball, we can see they have a big definition to play and break lines in possession and create out-of-possession chances." said Gerhard Struber, "I think it is a team that is very new in the MLS and the Open Cup, but very interesting on the same time and also, we can see in the last two weeks interesting games from that and I think they give the league a good value, a high value and for us, it is tomorrow, a massive opponent here at Montclair, hopefully with a top atmosphere and then I think it is I would say a pressing against a possession team."
Gerhard Struber and his boys need to plan accordingly and must get the tactics right to not only play a strong game but advance to the Quarterfinals so they can host that match at Red Bull Arena in June. The quest to win the National Championship of American Soccer is up for grabs, and the Red Bulls are making a run, they need to stay strong and get that home victory this Wednesday night.