Jesse Marsch described this week as "difficult."
From losing the 2017 U.S. Open Cup Final, to a 3-2 loss to Columbus Crew SC, the New York Red Bulls had to go through a lot.
"We’ve had to manage a lot of different things, emotions, fatigue," Marsch said. "But in the end, right now, where we are, we’ve just got to be fighters. We got to find a way to get our momentum going, and find a way to start to pile up some results because the table is getting very tight. Everything is still in our hands, but we’ve got work to do."
New York, with 29 games played, have 42 points (1.45 PPG) at 12-11-6.
Sean Davis said the team knows exactly where they stand and what needs to be done.
"We know right now it’s not going to be easy -- that’s the bottom line -- and that’s something we have to embrace and really own," Davis said. "It’s time for us all to grow up, be men and stick together. I think that’s the most important thing—in the years past it’s been easy but now it’s time to show what we’re made of really. In a sense we are still in a decent spot, but our destiny is in our own hands and we need to do everything we can do to prepare these next few weeks and leave everything out on the field."
The Red Bulls return home on Wednesday to take on D.C. United, before quickly making the trip up to Toronto to take on the top team in MLS on Saturday.
"We’ve just got to find ways, we got to turn around again, so there’s no time to feel sorry for yourself," Marsch said. "You just got to find a way to physically regenerate and then put a group out on the field. That can go after it in the biggest way possible."