Ben Solomon

Red Bulls 'Know What We Have To Do At This Point'

The New York Red Bulls dropped Leg 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, 1-0, in Ohio. 

The Red Bulls gave up a second-half goal to Gyasi Zardes -- set up by Federico Higuaín -- which Columbus Crew SC held on to for the Leg 1 victory.

"It's obviously not the result we wanted," Aaron Long said. "We want to win – away, home, doesn't matter -- so we're definitely disappointed in the result."

They're ready to take the fight back to Red Bull Arena.

"We love being at home and we have a great record to show for it," Sean Davis said. "We know this is the playoffs and we'll have our backs up against the wall. This team's been through a lot. I'm confident in the group and in the experiences that we've had throughout the past two years to get a result. We're all eager and looking forward to being back home."

New York knows that playing an incredibly long season will pay it's dividends -- being able to lean on experiences in difficult matches.

"When we look at ourselves, that wasn't our best," Captain Luis Robles said. "That's tough to swallow right now. I look at this group and see that we've been in some great experiences – we've had our back against the wall before. The belief is high and the confidence is great that we're going to do something special and we have what it takes to overcome this obstacle. We know that we need to go back, regroup, and look at the video at how we can do things better, but there isn't discouragement in this group.

"There isn't this thought that it's such an overwhelming task to overcome. I just know that it's halftime and we know that we can be better. I know that next week, when we play them at Red Bull Arena on Sunday, we will be there."

The Red Bulls will look for a victory at Red Bull Arena on Sunday, November 11, to advance.

"This is a great group. This is a special group. Because the belief is so strong within this group, there's nothing within me that thinks we can't overcome this," Robles said. "When we go back to Red Bull Arena, this is the formula we have to stick to: not give up much and make sure we get a couple of goals, because that's what it's going to take for us to get to the next round."

New York already knows what needs to be done.

"We know what we have to do at this point," Davis said.