Red Bulls 2 put 6 (SIX!) goals past Philadelphia Union 2 in the USL earlier this week, with RDS graduate Jake LaCava putting on a man-of-the-match performance.
19-year-old Jake (number 64) creates multiple chances for himself (and others) from the left wing position, and displays a number of skills that make him a dangerous player in 1 v 1 situations.
Watch him closely, and try to answer the following questions:
- What is he trying to do to the defender's speed when he approaches them? Why do you think this is?
- What is he looking for in the defender's body shape, that tells him the best time to try and beat them?
- What are the different surfaces he uses to execute his final action? Can you list them and explain why he varies it?
- Can you think of any skills in this weeks Train @ Home videos that might help you beat your defender like Jake does?
Three points. Two goals scored. One league rival. Zero goals against.
In case you missed it, RBNY recently delivered an impressive 2-0 win against league rival’s DC United. Did we mention it was at Audi Field?
One of the goals in this match came from an unlikely source in defender Aaron Long so this week we’ll break down some of the details that lead Aaron to opening his goals account for the season.
Watch the video below and focus on the time from 1:35-1:40 when Aaron scores his goal. You may have to watch it back a few times but see if you can answer these six questions –
- As Kaku lines up to take the free kick, where is Aaron’s starting position?
- Where is Aaron’s end position when he makes contact with the ball to score?
- When does Aaron start to make his run?
- Which direction does he run in? (Backwards, diagonally, forwards)?
- Does his speed change at all during his run? Did he stop at any point?
- Based on your answers to the questions above, which part of Aaron’s run do you think was most important in allowing him to score the goal?
The Red Bulls bounced back this past Wednesday with a convincing score line against Inter Miami CF beating them 4-1 on their home turf.
Out of our four goals, the second goal scored by Brian White was particularly important. White’s goal not only regained the lead for us, but it was also a great example of our team’s defensive strategy resulting in offensive productivity - a goal!
This week’s task is to watch the second goal from 3:25-3:37 and see if you can answer the following questions:
- In which part of the field do we win the ball? Near our own goal, in the middle of the field, or near Inter Milan’s goal?
- What does Mathias Jorgensen (#25) do to force Inter Milan’s goalkeeper, Luis Robles, to play a sideways pass?
- As soon as Robles plays the sideways pass, what does Jared Stroud (#8) do?
- Besides Jorgensen and Stroud, how many other RBNY players are involved in scoring the goal? (Bonus points if you can name them)
- Based on your observations above, how would you summarize the way RBNY’s defense at the start of the clip created the goal at the end of it?