Red Bulls Report 4/17
The New York Red Bulls have shown spurts of offense throughout the season, including five goals versus Montreal, four against Columbus, and another four while hosting Colorado. Overall, New York is first in the league by far in terms of goals scored with sixteen tallies on the year; after them is Real Salt Lake who sit with eleven marks. There is one issue surrounding the Bulls however, the offensive production has largely been due to the performance of only two players: Thierry Henry and Kenny Cooper.
Sure, you could make the argument that who cares, especially since the defense is a larger area of distress; but it appears that for the Bulls to be successful, the offense needs to lead the charge. New York is not going to be a team that wins a handful of 1-0 affairs; they will be a club which overpowers opponents with their “O.”
Thierry and Kenny have assisted, scored, or both on every tally thus far. This raises some concerns for the future because if one of those two gets injured or loses the terrific form they have been in, the attack will collapse. After Saturday's draw versus San Jose, Coach Hans Backe shook off any doubts over the offense.
"I must say. It's definitely no concern. It's two guys scoring 14 goals and a number of assists. You should be happy as a coach with that," Backe said.
While he may be pleased with their performance, there has to be displeasure with the lack of support from Joel Lindpere, Dane Richards, and Mehdi Bellouchy. The biggest name which sticks out from that list is Lindpere, who notched seven goals and seven assists last season. This year, the midfielder has contributed to only one goal with an assist.
Luke Rodgers looks unlikely to come back after getting his Visa denied, and Juan Agudelo will come back from knee surgery in a few weeks, but it may take some time for the seventeen year old to get back to one hundred percent. Coach Hans Backe needs to find a way to let Dax McCartney play more up the field, as his rigorous effort in the offensive half will generate more chances on net.