5 Bold Predictions For New York Red Bulls’ 2014 MLS Season
New York Red Bulls: 5 Bold Predictions For The 2014 MLS Season
The New York Red Bulls are heading into the new MLS season following a fruitful 2013 which saw the team finally winning a significant trophy. The team also ended the dubious distinction of being the only original MLS franchise that hasn't lifted a single cup. Understandably, the team and its fans continue taking immense pleasure with this achievement and rightly so.
The victory also meant a lot for the two biggest players on the team, Frenchman Thierry Henry and Australian Tim Cahill and both of them would no doubt be itching to repeat the feat this season.
The team is gearing up for its first match of the season on March 8 against the Vancouver Whitecaps while almost a feet of snow is being removed in the Red Bulls Arena in time for the first home game on March 15, when the Colorado Rapids come to town.
Red Bulls management made two important defensive acquisitions in former Barcelona B captain Armando Lozano Sanchez and Richard Eckersley of Toronto FC, but the most important move is the contract extension of team Defensive Player of the Year Jamison Olave.
Let us now take a look at five bold predictions for the team's upcoming season.
5. Another Year With Thierry Henry
Former Arsenal striker Henry is entering the final year of his contract and will be turning 37 this August. Given his love for the game, there is no doubt he would relish a chance to prolong his career with the club for another season.
The Red Bulls management is already open to bringing the player back for another year, and it could be a treat for the fans if this indeed materializes and the player ends his storied career in Red Bulls Arena.
4. Make Considerable Noise In The CONCACAF Champions League
After a four-year gap, the team qualified for the CONCACAF Champions League again. Its last venture in the tournament was fruitless as it did not progress out of the preliminary round. This time around, the team is favorably seeded in Pot A and can fancy a good chance of going deep in the tournament.
3. Arrival Of A Premier League Star
Club superstar Henry has the power to attract pals from the Premier League, and there are rumors abound of Ashley Cole making a move to the Red Bulls, which would of course be a fantastic thing if it does happen.
2. Retaining The Supporters’ Shield
The team won its first major trophy last season after finishing with the best regular season record. Winning can be a contagious thing and with Henry finally getting his hands on the Shield, he would no doubt be raring to repeat the feat.
1. Winning The MLS Cup
The team has not made it past the Conference semifinals in the last three years, but this could be the year when it might be able to go all the way and win the MLS Cup.
The management's decision to avoid tinkering with a winning core group of players might pay dividends as the team hopes to build on its first taste of silverware. Familiar faces and strong chemistry might finally propel the Red Bulls to glory in the playoffs.