New York Red Bulls frustrated with offensive effort

After a 2-2 draw with the Colorado Rapids, manager Hans Backe and the team were not pleased with their offensive effort.

HARRISON, N.J. – Following an exciting 2-2 draw against the Colorado Rapids at Red Bull Arena on Wednesday, the New York Red Bulls increased their total to only three points in their last three matches. They have yet to record a win this month.

For a team that once looked like the front-runners in the MLS, New York has been lagging in the race for the Community Shield, currently 10 back from the Galaxy. And with five key players leaving for the Gold Cup, the team may have reasons to be concerned.

Manger Hans Backe reflected on the game post match, saying “I think we started well, but it was a frustrating game. The penalty was not a penalty… we made a mistake on their free kick.”

He added that the Red Bulls' passing “wasn’t good enough” and that the team “didn’t look sharp.

"We were not creative enough,” he said.

This has been the story of late.

The gaffer’s critiques were seconded by defender Jan Gunnar Solli, who said, “Sometimes a tie doesn’t feel too good.”

But added, “We need to stay positive”.

“We have a long flight to Canada and we are going to play on artificial grass,” he said, stressing that the road ahead will be difficult.

New York produced two quick-strike goals, but apart from that could not link up. They could not find rhythm in the last third of the pitch. No attackers could combine or produce any of the chemistry necessary in the attacking third.

The Red Bulls travel to Vancouver for a game on Saturday, so the team will have to fighter further fatigue and lack of sufficient training time to try to work out the kinks in their attack.

Marquez, Agudelo, Ream, Richards, and DeRosario will be the absentees for the Red Bulls during this summer's Gold Cup. These guys ring any bells? The Red Bulls may be facing some lean weeks ahead.

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