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Struber: "The Expectation is High" with Regard to 2023 Season

photo by Matt Kremkau

by Anthony J. Merced

New York Red Bulls head coach Gerhard Struber spoke to the media for the first time in 2023 on Tuesday, setting the table for what will be a very interesting season. Struber has been with the club for two full seasons and expectations are growing for the club to deliver their first major trophy in their history.

"I can say the expectation is high," said Struber when asked about the potential of winning a trophy. "We are growing in every direction. First of all in the performance and then it's normally the consequence in the results and also in the table and all the competitions."

Despite what many believed was a weakened squad over the past two campaigns, Struber has led New York to the playoffs. Last season they finished fourth and hosted a game. While results in the playoffs have continued to lag, the team is gaining much needed experience and head into 2023 with youth but not with lack of knowledge.

"The goals are high," said Struber. "We want to grow. We want to especially show our fans and supporters also in our home games more stable results and better performances."

The Red Bulls had a fantastic road record which carried them to the playoffs but lacked the finishing touch at Red Bull Arena, a place that was once considered an fortress for visiting clubs. Last season, six of the team's 11 losses came at home.

"In away games we did well. We created a record but also we have to reproduce the performances from away games in home games. We know what we have to do in this direction."

The team's goals are clear for 2023. While Struber would not commit to a title-or-bust season. The expectations have grown and New York will consider themselves one of the teams that should be contending at the end of the year.


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