MLS week 7

Two strong MLS clubs struggling early on in the MLS season faced on Sunday. Sporting Kansas and New York Red Bulls were hoping to grab three points but will have to settle for a draw. 

After 6 games played, SKC ranks 7th in the Western Conference with just 2 wins and the NY Red Bulls dropped to 9th place with just a win in their first 6 games played, well below their MLS season’s expectations. 

SKC coach Vermes on the match:

“We played very well in the first half. We created a lot of chances. We needed to score more than one goal. Those chances came back to bite us a little bit. It’s unfortunate because I think over the course of the game, we were the better team.

I thought we came out strong and we got tired I guess at the end of the first half. We were kind of sleeping coming out to the second half but we picked it up at the end there. We could have won the game. The energy at the end was really good from us.”

NY Red Bulls head coach Armas on the match:

“We thought Kansas City would put a lot into it early on and we thought, maybe if they went with their starters again, they would fade a little bit. We felt it was two different halves for us. We were a little bit late to plays. Some of our pressing and some of our defensive posture in the first half we let get away from us.

Kansas City is good at what they do. No matter what we do, with and without the ball, we remain aggressive. No matter what structure we play. When we’re aggressive, things look so different for us. At halftime, we made an adjustment to release our outside midfielders and outside backs in more of an all out press, which we thought caught them by surprise and certainly helped us be more like us.