By Michael Lewis
HARRISON, N.J. — Ahem, don’t tell Jesse Marsch that the Red Bulls are the best team in Major League Soccer. He will shoot down that theory quicker than Bradley Wright-Phillips can score goal.
After his Red Bulls played the Philadelphia Union to a scoreless draw at Red Bull Arena Saturday night, Marsch was told that opposing head coach Jim Curtain said that New York was the No. 1 team in the league.
You know, I don’t — like feeling like we’re the best and I don’t like people saying that we’re the best, I truly don’t like that,” he said.
“I like to feel like we always need — we always have something to prove, right, and we always have more to do and more room to grow and further improvement. So, it’s key for us to maintain our hunger. You know, the group was disappointed in the locker room afterward but you know, we’re not going to win every game. That’s not reality.
“But as long as we have a real concentration and a work ethic to prove and do more and do better each day, then we will continue to establish ourselves as a good team and give ourselves a really good chance to really play for something and that remains the goal. The goal is to not to be good in May. The goal is to put ourselves in position to be good in October and to really go after the playoffs.
“I appreciate Jim saying that. He’s a good friend, maybe that’s why he’s saying it, but we’ve still got a long way to go, that’s for sure.”