On Sunday September 27th we welcomed former Red Bull super striker Thierry Henry back to Red Bull Arena with a different team and a different title.
While Henry’s return as head coach of the Montreal Impact may have been the pre-game headline, Kaku (#10) had stolen the story with a brilliant performance by the time the final whistle had blown. Let’s take a closer look at how Kaku managed the midfield in this game so well:
Watch the following clips from the highlights link above and see what you notice about Kaku’s behavior before, during, and after he receives the ball in each situation.
Before - What do you notice about Kaku’s movement before he receives the ball? Focus on when he moves and where he positions himself in relation to the defenders around him.
During - What do you notice about the space that Kaku has around him when he receives the ball? Look specifically at his body positioning and first touch.
After – What is his immediate action after receiving the ball and what is the ultimate result of the play?
On Wednesday October 7th RBNY suffered a narrow 2-1 defeat to Inter Miami at Red Bull Arena. While it may be easy to look at the negative side of a loss, it’s important to look at the positives as well. So even though we didn’t get the W, we’ll use 6 other W’s (Who, What, When, Where, Why, What If) to analyze some positive moments from the game. Many of these positive moments came from Tom Barlow and his ability to cause problems for Inter Miami’s defense with his runs. Watch the following moments focusing on Tom Barlow and see if you can fill in the 6 W’s.
- Moment 1 - 00:09-00:20
- Moment 2 - 00:47-00:57
- Moment 3 - 01:32-01:45
WHO? Who are we focusing on? (Which player and position)?
WHAT/WHEN? What signs does Barlow look for from his teammates that tell him when to make his run?
WHERE? Where does Barlow position himself in relation to the defenders?
WHY – Why is his positioning in relation to the defenders important?
WHAT IF – What if Barlow hadn’t received those passes? What could/should he have done next?
17-year-old Caden Clark has had quite a week.
On October 10th he signed his first professional contract with RBNY, started in the game versus Atlanta United later that night, and scored the game-winning goal.
And that was just on Sunday...
Only a few days later on October 14th in RBNY’s game against Conference rivals Toronto FC, Clark came off the bench to score another jaw-dropping goal to salvage a point on the road.
While Clark’s volley against Atlanta was a display of technical skill at its best, his goal against Toronto demonstrated his full range of skill – technical, tactical, physical, and psychological.
See if you can analyze each skill from the goal by watching the highlights and answering the questions below:
- Tactical – From 5:28-5:32 – How many times does Clark look over his shoulders before receiving the pass? What information does he gain by doing this?
- Technical – At 5:32, which foot (Front foot or back foot) does Clark receive the ball with? *Hint: In this situation, his front foot is his left foot and his back foot is his right
- Technical – What does receiving with this specific foot allow him to do with his first touch?
- Psychological – Looking at where Clark is on the field at 5:33, what do you think he is thinking at this moment?
- Physical – At 5:33, how does Clark’s body positioning help him get his shot off?