The New York Red Bulls welcome The LA Galaxy to the Red Bull Arena on Saturday as they look to make more progress after their defeat of FC Cincinnati 1-0.
According to key defender Aaron Long this has the team feeling great and high on confidence going into the next game against the Galaxy. Long says;
“It feels good to get a shutout,” Long said. “We feel good on that end, and we’re trying to keep it rolling at home again. Another shutout, another three points.”
One way to get that shutout will be slowing down and limiting the space for Ibrahimović, who leads the team with eight goals in seven games this season.
“He’s a great player, his pedigree shows that,” Long said. “The amount of goals he has per game and how he’s doing it this year, he’s going to be tough. We’ll just try to limit time and space.”
How do the Red Bulls stop a player who has plied his trade in some of the world’s greatest teams?
Tim Parker (below) reverberated his thoughts about the mighty Swede.
Tim talks about the team needing to make like difficult for the former Barcelona forward and make opportunities to score difficult. According to www.newyorkredbulls.com Tim says,
“I think whenever you play against someone that can score goals like he can, you want to obviously limit his chances and if he gets a chance you want to make sure it’s not an easy one,” Parker said.
Even when Ibrahimović isn’t scoring goals, the Red Bulls know they have to be aware of him at all times during the match. And if New York plays the way they’re accustomed to playing, they should find success against Los Angeles.
“He really makes a difference for his team and even when the offence is not necessarily running through him it ends up ending with him,” Captain Luis Robles said. “These are things we have to be consistently mindful of, and if we can play defensively as a group and take care of our offence, it puts us in a great position to do well against LA”.
It is sure to be a terrific game when the two teams line up for the first time since the Red Bulls nicked a 3-2 result at Dignity Heath Sports Park.