The New York Red Bulls are heading west to take on a San Jose Earthquakes club that has won a total of four games all season.
After an impressive 2-0 win over Atlanta United in their previous match, which now places New York a point back in the Eastern Conference and Supporters’ Shield standings, the club will be looking to carry the momentum from last Sunday’s match into Saturday’s game against San Jose, as they continue to pursue the top spot in MLS.
“Like always, we’re going to take one game at a time and try to make progress each time, and maybe now more than ever, take some of this momentum from this previous game and throw everything we can at San Jose,” Head Coach Chris Armas said during his media session on Wednesday. “We feel like we have a lot to lose and a lot to gain, so we’re going to go there and look to give everything once again.”
With San Jose struggling this season, one may view the match against the Earthquakes as a trap game for the Red Bulls, but Armas knows regardless of record, Saturday’s match will be a tough one for New York.
“People are going to come out to the stadium and pay money to watch the team and they’re going give everything,” Armas said. “Look what they did with Atlanta, they gave everything to them – a good team. We’ll expect another tough road game, there’s no easy ones out there. We’ll be ready to get their best for sure.”
Although the Atlanta win was important, Sean Davis believes the team has to turn the page quickly and focus on a San Jose club that has played better since their coaching change, even though the results may not show it.
“It was a really great weekend for us, but it’s important that we turn the page as quick as possible and put that behind us,” Davis said. “I think that they’re a better team now. Even though they’re out of the playoffs, it seems like they’re playing a little more free and they’ve actually had some strong performances despite the results. I think that it’s a tricky game for us for sure and we have to be up from it from the first minute, or else it could turn into a really, really challenging game.”
Kickoff in San Jose is set at 10:30 PM/ET, and can be seen on MSG, MSG GO and heard on New York Red Bulls Radio in English and Spanish on TuneIn.