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Adjustments Pay Off For Red Bulls

The New York Red Bulls are a team that use their halftime to make the best adjustments for the rest of the match.

The Red Bulls got off to a slower than wanted start, but were holding their own defensively.

"We were hoping to keep things under control and in control of spaces, which we thought we did," Head Coach Chris Armas said. "I think in the first half we limited them to two shots. Toward the end of the first half, we started picking up and getting a little rhythm and held on to the ball a little bit more and we are counter pressing and it started looking a little bit more like us."

Entering the break all even, New York took the time to address their issues in the first 45 and make sure they came out with a gameplan on how to attack the Chicago Fire team in the second half.

"At halftime, we start out talking about some of the frustrations we have on the road," Armas said. "We talked a little bit about adjustments up the field with some spacing and getting Marc [Rzatkowski] and Danny [Royer] involved a little bit more, playing forward a little bit more. Again, trying to play quicker and with a sort of rhythm we were hoping to get."

New York came out after halftime with their adjusted approach and needed only 10 minutes before Bradley Wright-Phillips scored the eventual game-winning goal.

"Certain times you fall behind in games and you lose and you can pull away in some days," Armas said. "I've been around long enough to know that every game is difficult and every team poses trouble for us. There are no easy games with this league, and certainly not in my first seven games."

The striker knows that this sort of victory -- on the road, playing less than perfect, but still grinding out a win after making necessary tweaks -- could pay dividends down the road and into the postseason.

"It helps when in other games on the road, when it is getting tough, you think back to games like this and what you've done to dig out of the hole," Wright-Phillips said. "I think we can use this in the future with away games."