The New York Red Bulls are now one of two MLS teams in the Semifinals of the CCL.
From their opening team lineup against the Portland Timbers, it was clear that the Red Bulls wanted to play for the CCL title. The lineup starred a number of young players, including Ben Mines who got a goal the same night.
An unbelievable atmosphere last night and amazing to make my debut. Buzzing to have scored as well but couldn’t have done it without my incredible teammates who have helped bring me into this team. Thank you so much to everyone for making this a night to remember #RBNY pic.twitter.com/UwJX2FbboH
— Ben Mines (@bmines10) March 11, 2018
Without taking any credit away from the Red Bulls, they faced a poor Portland Timbers team. Three days later, New York played Club Tijuana in the second leg and won 3-1, 5-1 on aggregate.
Four days after that, they traveled to Rio Tinto Stadium to play Real Salt Lake to a 1-0 loss on the road, their first of the season.
Ultimately, you can chalk this up to a CCL hangover. As the Red Bulls try to find a balance, games like these are to be expected.
Red Bulls fall to RSL 1-0 at Rio Tinto. CCL hangover? Maybe. Not sure you can take too much from this one positive or negative. Btw, both Toronto FC and RBNY suffer league losses after CCL wins on Tuesday. #RBNY
— Dylan Butler (@Dylan_Butler) March 18, 2018
With Dylan Butler’s tweet, you can make an even stronger case that there is a hangover that dips into the league from CCL. It is more than just coincidence that the two teams remaining in the CCL both suffered in domestic play.
With the CCL currently in a halt for the semis, there is time recuperate for the Red Bulls.
New York was able to turn the ship around and win 3-0 at home to Minnesota United. Red Bull Arena continues to be a stronghold for the Red Bulls. At home, they are outscoring all opponents 10-1 since the season started.
But now, the question has to be asked, what kind of decisions must be made for the starters? Do they play the game against Orlando? Or do you rest those players entirely?
New York will now travel to Orlando before heading to Chivas in Mexico for the first leg of the semis.
It’s just the beginning of the MLS season, and the Red Bulls are already in crunch mode.