Rzatkowski Provides Spark Off The Bench

If you ask Marc Rzatkowski, he'd be the first to say how his season has been full of ups and downs. Having to deal with injuries early in the season, has prevented Rzatkwoski in getting into a rhythm, but he hasn't allowed that to affect his mentality when on the pitch.

"There were a lot of ups and downs in this season for me," Rzatkowski said. "I think I played good games, but also had things when I was injured and was not coming into my game. So, yeah. I wanted to show what I can. But, I know what I can do, so I’m really happy to show it today."

Saturday night against Sporting KC, showed the kind of spark plug Rzatkowski could be offensively for the New York Red Bulls, which didn't come as a surprise to Head Coach Chris Armas. 

"Marc, he had a great week of training," Armas said. "In every session, he brought energy and he always has quality, but he showed a lot of life this week. Going into the game, we thought that he would be a guy we'd rely on in some capacity."

Rzatkowksi came on as a sub in the 60th minute, and his impact was immediately felt, recording his first career MLS brace, in a span of six minutes, which propelled the Red Bulls to a 3-2 win on Saturday night. 

After the game, Rzatkowski spoke about wanting to contribute any way he could to help the team win, but didn't want to take sole credit for the second half surge by the Red Bulls.

"I just wanted to help the team, wanted to improve the whole game from us," Rzatkowski said. "And, it was not only me. I think also Derrick [Etienne, Jr.] and Amir [Murillo] when they came in, we tried to give more spirit to the game and we are all happy that it was all going this way."

Although it was a career night for Rzatkowski, getting the first career win for Armas, against a good Sporting KC team, meant just as much.

"Everyone is excited for the first win from our coach," Rzatkowski said. "Yeah, last week we were very sad because we wanted to give our coach the first win. But, today’s the day, and it’s a great night for him and for us."