As the 2016 MLS season edges closer, we’ll be publishing each team’s MLS 2016 Season Preview. Today we take a look at what New York Red Bulls will be hoping to achieve this season.
New York Red Bulls come into the 2016 season with a squad in solid shape, who will be hoping to improve on last season’s bow out at the Conference Finals stage of the playoffs. Jesse Marsch has a strong squad ready for the new campaign and will be looking for his side to challenge for the Eastern Conference title once again. His side are the holders of the Supporters’ Shield and will be hungry to try and retain their title with a squad that hasn’t changed too drastically. Their 60-point tally last term was a brilliant effort and as the new season comes closer they will be itching to get going and look to get off to a strong start.
Last season’s finish:
Western Conference – Position: 1st – P34 – W18 – D6 – L10
What needs to change this year?
There isn’t an awful lot for New York Red Bulls to improve on. They were unlucky in the Playoffs and as we know, knockout rounds are a lottery. Losing less games is something that they can prioritise, as although they won the Supporters’ Shield, they still lost on ten occasions during the regular season. They won five home games on the bounce and six home games on the bounce on two separate spells in the 2015 season, showing that Red Bull Arena can be a fortress and an essential place for Marsch’s side to pick up a lot of points. This is something they have to keep doing in the coming season.
Key changes to squad:
Ins: Tyler Adams – Defender, Scott Thomsen – Defender, Gideon Baah – Defender, Derrick Etienne – Midfielder, Chris Thorsheim – Midfielder, Mael Corboz – Midfielder, Brandon Allen – Forward & Alex Muyl – Forward
Outs: Santiago Castano – Goalkeeper, Matt Miazga – Defender, Shawn McLaws – Defender, Roy Miller – Defender, Anthony Miller – Defender, Leo Stolz – Midfielder, Marius Obekop – Midfielder, Dane Richards – Midfielder & Manolo Sanchez – Forward
One to Watch:
Gideon Baah – The new signing has some big boots to fill following Matt Miazga’s departure to Chelsea. The 24 year old has made just one appearance for his national side, Ghana, but has shown the potential for international recognition. The NYRB defence was solid last season, and parterned with their attacking options, boasted the best goal difference in Major League Soccer in 2015. Baah has a lot of pressure coming into the side but that sometimes helps new signings to up their game from the outset.
Eastern Conference – 2nd – New York Red Bulls should be battling at the top of the Eastern Conference in 2016 and will be aiming for a solid performance in the playoffs. We’ve predicted NYRB to drop into second place come the end of the season, simply because they have lost a star man in Miazga and they haven’t yet made a standout signing. Jesse Marsch does however have a strong squad at his disposal and will be expecting another strong campaign from his side in 2016.
What are you expecting from New York Red Bulls in 2016?