Red Bulls Experience Slight Drop in Power Rankings

10 July 1:39 pm

Red Bulls Experience Slight Drop in Power Rankings

By Frank Della Femina

The Red Bulls experience a slight drop in this week's power rankings after Sunday's 2-0 loss to the New England Revolution.

It's more than understood that the loss on the road did not sit well with the team, but the upcoming three-game home stand could potentially alter the course a bit. New York remains an undefeated 5-0-2 when playing at Red Bull Arena, a place they've openly declared a "fortress" throughout the course of the season. With three games on tap July 15, 18 and 21, the third place Red Bulls may not only see a jump in power rankings, but also in the Eastern Conference standings as well.

Coming off a 2-0 loss, any drop in the standings is justified. Here's what MLSsoccer.com had to say about the demotion that sends the Red Bulls from third place to fifth:

"Like Sporting KC, the wheels are spinning a little bit for the Red Bulls, who’ve won just once in their last six outings. They were pretty thoroughly outclassed at New England, but now have a nice little homestand – and hopefully a healthy Thierry Henry – to look forward to."

Sports Illustrated sends the Red Bulls down the rankings to sixth place, saying:

"All of the player absences are starting to catch up with the Red Bulls, which have taken just five points from their last five matches and extended their winless streak in New England to 18 matches. With the summer transfer window open, it seems to be an opportune time for New York to make its anticipated big splash."

Not many teams budged in the ESPN power rankings, where the Red Bulls maintain their lock on third place:

"Gillette Stadium continued to be a house of horrors for the short-handed Red Bulls, as they fell to New England 2-0 and extended their road winless streak against the Revs to 18 games. "

Similar to SI's assessment of injuries, Soccer by Ives sends the Red Bulls down to sixth:

"Missing Thierry Henry, Rafa Marquez and Heath Pearce, among others, New York was always going to have a tough time ending its decade-long drought in New England. After a hot start, Kenny Cooper hasn't found the back of the net since May."

The Red Bulls return to action Sunday, July 15, when the host the Seattle Sounders for a 4 PM kickoff. Get your tickets now at Red Bulls Ticket Central, or by calling 877.RB.SOCCER.