Jesse Marsch: “No one wants to give this group credit and or acknowledge that they’ve been a good team especially in the last two to three months.” (Aaron Doster/USA TODAY Sports)
By Michael Lewis
The Red Bulls have done just about everything right in the past two months.
They have won eight of their last nine games spanning two competitions.
They have moved into fourth placed in the MLS Eastern Conference with a 12-9-2 after another slow start.
Yet, head coach Jesse Marsch felt his team has not received enough credit of late.
“I’ll say this, no one wants to give this group credit and or acknowledge that they’ve been a good team especially in the last two to three months,” Marsch told reporters after the Red Bulls’ 3-2 comeback victory over FC Cincinnati in the Lamar Hunt/U.S. Open Cup semifinals Tuesday night.
“No one wants to tip their hat to what’s been happening here at Red Bull and the only way to force people’s hand is to win so for us again, I think it’s a really big moment, we always try and let our work do the talking and we’ve got one more really big step to put a stamp on a lot of things that have been done at Red Bull.”
Of course, the Red Bulls could get a lot more credit if they best Sporting Kansas City in the Open Cup final in Kansas City, Kansas Sept. 20.
“We’ve had a good 2 1/2 years, this club,” Marsch said. “We’ve been very successful, we’ve had a good run but ultimately teams and players are judged by championships and you know that’s something that’s been barren in this club and when I first was brought in here to do a job it was to try and create a championship environment and ultimately to win championships so for us to take a huge step for us to get to a final.
“It’s a big moment for us, you know the energy in the locker room and the people within our club, it’s at an all-time high and I think there’s almost disbelief. I’ve got to remind everybody that we’ve got more work to do but the feeling right now is one of euphoria and we can use this to continue to galvanize our team.”