Preview: New York Red Bulls Prepare for Tough Test in Salt Lake City

If the Red Bulls want a result on Matchday 2 against Real Salt Lake, they’ll need to repeat their first half performance against Cincinnati for the full 90 minutes. The boys in black came out attacking and full of energy with the intensity that we have seen from the team over the years. Defensively, however, the Red Bulls will have to be much stronger after conceding two scrappy goals from defensive mistakes, something Real Salt Lake will look to capitalize on.

The possibility of Aaron Long coming back into the team will be a positive for Red Bulls fans and could see the back line shift. Amro Tarek has filled in at left-back before and if Chris Armas decides to go with experience, it could mean Patrick Seagrist moves to the bench and the partnership of Tim Parker and Long return. Regardless of who’s in the back line, it must be stronger against better opposition and Real Salt Lake will make teams pay once they have their full lineup.

Real Salt Lake are coming off a 0-0 draw against Orlando City at Exploria Stadium. With only one shot on target, Freddy Juarez will have plenty to think about regarding his team selection this weekend. It’s almost certain that they will go with a completely different attacking lineup, which could include their two new signings, Justin Meram, and New Jersey native, Giuseppe Rossi.

The two came on late against Orlando and struggled to make a real impact. Rossi, who hadn’t played a game since 2018, will be very motivated to face the side who he trained with in June 2018 and will want to make an impact on his home debut. The same goes for Meram, who has a lot to prove at his new team and is not only getting used to new teammate, but the altitude as well. “I’ve felt the altitude the last couple of days here, which is good. It puts your body through a different type of stress and you build more fitness,” stated Meram.

With the crowd and altitude against them, Saturday will no doubt be a challenge for the Red Bulls.

Match Information

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020

Kick-off: 14:00 (EST) | 20:00 (CET)

Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium (capacity: 20,213)

Referee: Rosendo Mendoza

Broadcasting: MSG Network (New York)

Head-to-Head

06.23.16: Real Salt Lake 2-1 New York Red Bulls

01.31.17: Real Salt Lake 1-0 New York Red Bulls

03.25.17: New York Red Bulls 0-0 Real Salt Lake

03.18.18: Real Salt Lake 1-0 New York Red Bulls

06.01.19: New York Red Bulls 4-0 Real Salt Lake

Current Form

Real Salt Lake

Seattle Sounders 2-0 (A) | Sporting Kansas City 0-0 (N) | Houston Dynamo (N/L) | Phoenix Rising 3-2 (N/L) | Orlando City 0-0 (A)

New York Red Bulls

Phoenix Rising 2-1 (A) | Houston Dynamo 1-1 (N) | Columbus Crew 1-1 (N) | Sporting Kansas City 2-1 (N/Win) | Cincinnati 3-2 (H)

Team News

Real Salt Lake

Injured: Sam Johnson (knee), Kyle Beckerman (leg)

New York Red Bulls

Doubtful: Ryan Meara (groin), Aaron Long (hamstring)

Predicted Line-ups

Real Salt Lake

MacMath – Glad, Silva, Onuoha, Toia – Besler, Luiz – Herrera, Rusnák, Meram – Kreilach (4-2-3-1)

New York Red Bulls

Jensen- Duncan, Parker, Tarek, Seagrist – Cásseres, Davis – Valot, Kaku – Royer, White (4-2-2-2)

Press Conference

Chris Armas:

“We’re a pressing team, so we sometimes know what types of passes we like to press, not getting into it. Short, quick passes always with an eye forward, and then that sets up that if we lose the ball, we can kind of press, that’s the rhythm we want.”

“And I think we can see, even in this game, the way we set up in that 4-4-2 or 4-2-2-2 that it offers Kaku and Valot, and other players in the spaces two strikers as options. It’s a lot of this real quick play that we talked about that can cause teams trouble.”

Source: New York Red Bulls

Aaron Herrera:

“We know Rio Tinto is our fortress. It always has been; last year it was, and the year before that it was. I think teams are a little intimidated to come in here, and that’s due to the elements and the fans. We’re always excited to come home.”

Source: KSL

Score Prediction

Real Salt Lake 1-1 New York Red Bulls

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