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SBI MLS Team of the Week: New York Red Bulls

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Having spent the past few weeks talking up the benefits of the team’s high-pressure system, the New York Red Bulls promised they would go into MAPFRE Stadium and press the Columbus Crew into submission, and that is exactly what they did.

The Red Bulls sent out a resounding statement that the club can still compete with the best, toppling the Crew 2-1 Saturday to earn SBI MLS Team of the Week.

On the road against an Eastern Conference contender, the Red Bulls remained confident in their system, despite a less-than-stellar opening half. The visitors emerged for the second stanza rejuvenated, starting with a Bradley Wright-Phillips finish from the penalty spot. Although a finish from the Crew’s Tony Tchani soon followed, the Red Bulls emerged once again through substitute Mike Grella, whose chipped volley proved to be the icing on the cake to top off an impressive Red Bulls performance.

The Red Bulls beat out Sporting KC, Real Salt Lake and Orlando City for this week’s honors.

What did you think of the Red Bulls’ performance? Which team stood out to you in MLS Week 4?

Share your thoughts below.

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  1. This start has been a pleasant surprise but it’s only three games in. Long may it continue but this team doesn’t have a lot of depth and I think that will eventually come back to haunt them.

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    • You may be right but I hope you not! 🙂 The Bulls definitely need another striker, a pair of center backs and another d-mid at least.

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  2. It’s only been three games.. This isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon. Chill. Can we at least make it out of April and see them play this style in hot / humid weather before drawing any logical conclusions?

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  3. As impressive as this start is from the red bulls I still don’t see this being a great season for them. I may be off-base/negative but I don’t think this team can adjust themselves as well as others but we’ll see.

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  4. Sam,

    You are correct,…if BWP can keep this up he certainly would be an MVP candidate (see R. Keane). I hope he does.

    Very surprised by Red Bulls strong start. BWP, Sam, McCarty and Robles are leading the way. I am very surprised that Colimbus wilted the way they did under the Red Bulls high pressure.

    BTW – MLS doesn’t use the single table system (sadly),…so ‘top of the table’ doesn’t apply. Pity.

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  5. I think the New York Red Bulls could be one of the best teams in MLS this year, even without the two mainstays of Thierry Henry and Tim Cahill. Bradley Wright-Phillips, if he can improve the assist numbers, like he’s doing right now with 2 goals and 2 assists, could in the running for an MLS MVP. He and Lloyd Sam are lighting it up right now. For this team to be at the top of the table, I know its early, is huge considering all the negative changes this offseason.

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    • I couldn’t disagree more.

      I was just going to post, watch them be at the top of the Power Rankings tomorrow, with Dallas having to win MLS Cup to get on top.

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      • The Red Bulls deserve to be in the top 3 of the power rankings for sure with Dallas as #1. But it would be foolish to disagree with what Samuel wrote: “For this team to be at the top of the table, I know its early, is huge considering all the negative changes this off season.” The only tweak is to say they are top of the Eastern Conference table. Nonetheless, I am very impressed with what Jesse March has done so far and hope the Red Bulls continue to move on up!

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