Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Battle for the Top of Group E: Columbus Crew vs. NYRB Preview

 COLUMBUS CREW (2-0-1)- 7 POINTS / GF: 6 GA: 1 


 NEW YORK RED BULLS (2-0-1)- 7 POINTS / GF: 5 GA: 3

Thanks to Kaka's brillant pass that led to a simple finish from Florian Valot (ask Agudelo, Chicharito how simple, a simple finish really is) the New York Red Bulls 4th minute strike in their #MLSisBack opener was enough.

NYRB are ready to be crowned legends.

In contrast, a common and perhaps irritating question occurs for Columbus. Is Columbus really that good or are Dutch Lions Cincinnati just that bad?


Well think if you are going to point that question at the Columbus Crew, who tied the reigning Champions away (50 months ago?), you have to ask the same of NYRB. 

New York Red Bulls limped by FC Cincinnati at home in their season opener, tied Real Salt Lake on the road, and then with one or two more usual starters Saturday beat a Josef Martinez-less Atlanta United. 

Further NYRB have been questionable defensively at times. 

In their Game 1 of the tournament, NYRB loses if Atlanta United's Bello and company could finish. Atlanta United had more chances (14 shots to 6) and well more of everything (70% possession, 590 passes to 262, and won every other statistic but fouls and clearances).

Yet who won? 

Therefore, the team that puts it together on Thursday night will defer questions for a while on whether or not they are good.

"We'll see how good we are." -Caleb Porter

Red Bulls, Crew Lineup and Tactics

Long, Kaka, and Royer are the only players on NYRB's Game 1 roster that I would rate highly. 

Never heard of Tom Barlow or three of their other players.

New York just randomly have players come up from their academy and it works for them. They won their opener regardless, dangerous no matter if their keeper looks like...

Sure Atlanta completed over two times the amount of passes in Game 1 compared to NYRB.

And maybe all of NYRB's possession in the Game 1 incapsulated their goal drive.

But it worked. So more of the same. Doesn't have to be pretty and rarely is for them.

Columbus will be looking a bit different (at least in a Wormgoor sense):

I'm also guessing either Valenzuela or Francis will be good to go tomorrow.

If Pedro Santos is good to go I would still give Mokhtar the start as Youness had a strong first game with a goal. 

Perhaps instead give Santos the start in Game 3. When Columbus could already be qualified.

Game Result:

Atlanta had their chances against NYRB in Game 1. But, they couldn't finish.

Gyasi Zardes in Game 1 against FC Cincinnati had 2 shots, 2 goals. 

If Zardes and the rest of Columbus can continue that I see another W. 

2-0 win for Columbus (goals by Lucas Zelarayan and Gyasi Zardes)
Posted By: Ryan Kozlowski

Battle for the Top of Group E: Columbus Crew vs. NYRB Preview


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