Are the New York Red Bulls ready for the new MLS season?

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The Major League Soccer season is only two weeks away from kick off and all eyes will be on the new look New York Red Bulls side. Multiple questions remain to be answered amid the crisis left after sacking of fan favorite Mike Petke.

Is Jesse Marsch the right man?

Since the sacking of Petke, which left fans disgusted, Jesse Marsch has had to deal with a lot of stick.

Some see his record with the Montreal Impact as average at best leaving many to wonder exactly why Petke was fired after leading the Red Bulls to their first trophy and a near successful run in the MLS Cup playoffs. 

Ali Curtis, the man behind the hiring of Marsch, believes that he will provide much needed tactical awareness to the squad while also using his experience from the United States national team to guide the Red Bulls to their first MLS Cup, only time will tell if he has made the right decision.

A New Talisman

The retirement of Thierry Henry has left a gaping void in the New York Red Bulls squad, at times last season Thierry would pull the Red Bulls out of tight spots single-handedly and provide much needed creativity to the midfield.

Henry undoubtedly was one of the best footballers to grace the field, he brought goals and creativity to any team with Alan Smith stating "When he's in the mood there's no stopping him". 

Peguy Luyindula remains in the squad while the new additions of Felipe Martins and Sacha Kljestan should provide able enough cover. But like retired legend Zinedine Zidane stated "Thierry Henry is probably technically the most gifted footballer ever to play the beautiful game" the chances of the Red Bulls finding another remain slim.

Time will Tell

With the season just about to start, all eyes will be on opening games and to see who will be where in the table, the additions of New York City FC will provide some much added spice to the Red Bulls franchise with a needed rivalry.

Come December this year, who knows where the Red Bulls could be. 

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