Saturday, January 19, 2019

Preseason Look: NY Red Bulls

For the 5th Eastern Conference team evaluation, we've got 2019 Supporters' Sheild winning Red Bulls who have been mostly good for years now. Before we get to the roster, let's update some team vitals:

Player RatingsTransferMarkt Value (000)
1ATL70.965.9$ 40,695$ 4,703
2NYR69.764.9$ 15,653$ 2,903
3CLB69.366.2$ 19,125$ 3,240
4PHI68.056.1$ 8,015$ 4,106
5FCC67.564.7$ 8,538$ 3,398 

Atlanta is still on top of my leaderboard, with NYRB and Columbus not far behind. I've got that table sorted by "Starters" average player rating, which is why NY are edging out Columbus. Looking over to the right you see that the Crew have a better bench and more value on the roster.


New York has a hole to fill with Tyler Adams getting promoted up to RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga and their bench being slightly thin in the central midfield department. Right now I've got Florian Valot or Alex Muyl trying to fill Adams' shoes, but both are a measurable drop off. 

It is entirely possible that this opens the door for 18-year-old Ben Mines, who is with the U19 US National team, to move in and get regular time. The Red Bulls, more than any other MLS team perhaps, are comfortable inserting young players. Particularly regional ones. Mines seems to have a bright future.

72Bradley Wright-PhillipsCentre-Forward717872
71Kemar LawrenceLeft-Back667471
71KakuAttacking Midfield687571
71Aaron LongCentre-Back677371
71Michael MurilloRight-Back657271
71Tim ParkerCentre-Back687371
70Sean DavisCentral Midfield697170
69Luis RoblesGoalkeeper687469
68Daniel RoyerLeft Winger657468
67Amro TarekCentre-Back677166
67Connor LadeRight-Back696767
67Florian ValotRight Winger596772
67Ryan MearaGoalkeeper666769
66Alex MuylRight Winger666667
64Derrick EtienneLeft Winger576864
63Anatole AbangCentre-Forward646263
63Vincent BezecourtAttacking Midfield616366
63Brian WhiteCentre-Forward576363
62Andreas IvanRight Winger586462
62Kyle DuncanRight-Back596273
62Cristian CásseresCentral Midfield576262
57Marcus EppsRight Winger5763
56Ben MinesRight Winger5659
56Jean-Christophe KoffiMidfielder5659
53Evan LouroGoalkeeper5359
0Rece BuckmasterDefender
0Roy BoatengDefender
0Sean NealisCentre-Back
0János LöbeLeft Midfield

As far as the rest of the roster, they are returning a bunch of starters and MLS familiar faces like Robles, Bradley Wright-Phillips, Tim Parker, Aaron Long, and Kemar Lawrence. I think the biggest battle for the team will be whether or not they want to climb the mountain again. They will be a hard out with the defense they have right now. All of them rate above 70, which means good and no weak links.

One final note here: There are a few reports that Kaku might be on the way out. If so, then it's another team in the East that will be missing a number 10. Either way, NYRB seems to find a player that fits in well enough, often even within their own team dev system. This team is a comfortable playoff team.

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