This Saturday the New York Red Bulls will host Inter Miami CF at Red Bull Arena. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m ET.
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Close Games Down
Last Thursday the Red Bulls were close on claiming their fifth consecutive home win at Red Bull Arena, but an 85th minute goal scored by Philly’s Sergio Santos tied things up 1-1.
After the game Head Coach Gerhard Struber highlighted several positive takeaways, for example, how close his young team was on defeating a tough Eastern Conference team.
“We improved so many things in the last few weeks, and especially we can see today against the opponent on this level how close we are to beat the opponent with our young team,” said Struber. “Yeah, I am very happy with so many things, but in the end, I am a professional coach and I will win; I cannot always speak about development.
“This is nice to have, but in the end I will win every game. Yeah, there’s more disappointment with the result, not so much with the performance. The performance I saw 70 minutes of a top team from Red Bull, and then we lost a little bit of hunger.”
Closing down games like the one against Philly is something that the Red Bulls need to work on in the upcoming weeks.
Striker Partnership of Fábio-Klimala Keeps Growing
As of now, Fábio and Patryk Klimala combine for ten assists. Klimala has recorded a goal or an assist in all three matches he has played at Red Bull Arena.
has been directly involved in eight goals since May 1 (2 goals, 6 assists).
The growth of this partnership continues to be one of the main positives in the present season.
Miami Have Lost Last Five
After 11 games played, Miami have the weakest offense in the Eastern Conference with 9 goals scored.
Striker Gonzalo Higuaín has scored five of their goals.
They’ll visit Red Bull Arena for a second consecutive week after losing 1-0 to Montréal on July 3.