“What a great problem to have,” Jesse Marsch said.
That problem? Too much quality.
“I told the team at the beginning of preseason, our first meeting, that I felt like this was going to be our best group yet, from top to bottom, and this team was going to be able to play our way better than any team we've had,” Marsch said.
Marsch was able to rest some regulars on Saturday night as the team prepares for Leg 2 of the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinals. The Red Bulls went out and beat the Portland Timbers 4-0.
“We have to now -- especially with Tuesday around the corner -- we have to stay very grounded and make sure that, you know, we stay true to the fact that we want to continue to work very hard every day to get better, and I feel confident that we will, but I will make sure that that is the emphasis,” Marsch said.
Through 360 minutes of CONCACAF Champions League and MLS action, the New York Red Bulls have not trailed. They've outscored opponents 9-1, only conceding on a penalty kick.
Only a handful of competitive games into their season – with just one MLS game under their belt – the team is far from set in stone.
“We've got a long way to go, and we're going to improve a lot with this group because there's a lot of young players, a lot of eager players and a lot of guys who are going to continue to adapt, which is exciting,” Marsch said.