Red Bulls midfielder Dane Richards spoke with NewYorkRedBulls.com Wednesday following the team’s training session at Montclair State University to talk about New York’s latest match against D.C. United and their upcoming fixture with Toronto F.C.
You missed the last game with your suspension [due to yellow card accumulation], what did it mean to you to have to miss out on the rivalry match with D.C. United?
Watching the game was unbelievable. The team put on a great performance to beat the D.C. rival so it was great watching from the stands.
The game was played in front of a sold out crowd, what did you think of the atmosphere that night?
It made me mad because I wasn’t playing (laughs). But no, I loved it, it was unbelievable. I sat in the stands for the first half and I thought it was unbelievable. When we went one down, they were still behind us, so we got the lead before halftime.
What can you say about Brandon Barklage’s performance in the game?
He was on fire, that’s all I can say. He was unbelievable, he got his first goal to equalize and then an unbelievable volley for the second goal. So, an unbelievable performance and I hope he can continue that into the next game.
You guys are going to Toronto this weekend, what are you expecting out of them?
Well, they were losing every game and then they tied two in a row, so I’m sure they’re looking for the victory. So, we just have to go there and be disciplined and just try to get the three points.
Is there anything in particular that you are going to try to exploit in their defense or just play your normal game?
We’re just going to play our game. Once we play our game, the team is going to get chances and just got to put them away.
With his next start, Richards will pass Carlos Mendes for second place on the all-time games played list in franchise history with 147 games.