After yet another draw, the New York Red Bulls continue to struggle to find any sort of solid ground to build their season on. Since losing their opening game of the season to the Vancouver Whitecaps, the Red Bulls have tied their last four games, including today’s 2-2 draw against the Montreal Impact. So what seems to be a big problem for the Red Bulls and all these ties?
New York certainly has had no problem scoring goals, as the team has tallied six goals in their first five games. Today’s match against the Impact certainly showed once against, that the club is capable of scoring goals but still has issues on the defense. Midfielder Jonny Steele was one of the only positives for the club today, as he scored and assisted during the match. Steele has been rather quiet this season after making a lot of noise last year for the Red Bulls.
The Red Bulls were the best team in MLS last season, winning the Supporters Shield by tallying 59 total points on the season. Although the club did not live up to the hype during the playoffs, the amount of dominance shown throughout the regular season cetainly was something to build in this season. It has really developed as one of the great mysteries of the 2014 season as to how teams like the Portland Timbers and Red Bulls, who did so well last season, have struggled so far this year.
Overall, the Red Bulls need to show more focus on the defensive side of the ball, especially goalkeeper Luis Robles. If Robles can keep the backline of New York on track, then the rest of the club will follow and the Red Bulls will be able to find some needed consistency as the season goes along.