On Saturday, the New York Red Bulls will look to get back to their winning ways when they take on Toronto FC at Red Bull Arena.
The Red Bulls took the first meeting against Toronto 1-0, at BMO Field, and now with Toronto continuing to make their playoff push, the Red Bulls know they can’t take this team for granted.
"I mean, they are the champions,” Head Coach Chris Armas said. “I don’t think that they are sneaking up on us in any way. It’s a home game we haven’t won in two games, we are looking to get back on track and sort out ourselves the best way we can and again, Toronto are the champions, they are the champions and they knocked us out of the playoffs last year. There is no two ways about it.”
Even though Toronto is on the outside looking in, in terms of playoff positioning, Danny Royer feels their record doesn’t fully reflect how good Toronto really is.
"I think they are way better than the table shows,” Royer said. “They have really good players, quality players. I think people expect us to be way better, we’re better on the table, but I don’t think that is how we should go into this game. I think Toronto is a really good team, they are really dangerous in their attack and we know that we have had difficulties with them in the last couple of years, so we know they are really good.”
While speaking to the media after training, Luis Robles was asked if there’s added motivation to defeat Toronto after last season’s playoff loss, but Robles believes what’s more important is getting back to playing their best football, regardless of who the opponent is.
"A little bit,” Robles said. “At the end of the day, of course what happened in the playoffs is always going to be a talking point, but I think for us we are really focused about our own game. Our last two games have not been our best representation. You look at what we have been able to accomplish this season with 17 wins, that’s the team that we want to be, so when we look up and see that we are playing against Toronto and see there is going to be all sorts of storylines, but internally for us it is about getting back to the way that we want to play and getting results that we know that we are capable of.”