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New York Red Bulls Shift Focus to Montreal

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After a disappointing home opener against Toronto, the New York Red Bulls look to bag their first win of the 2016 MLS campaign against Montreal Impact this weekend.

And despite the 0-2 loss to Toronto, captain Dax McCarthy believes that the Red Bulls are on the right track, “I thought we played fairly well. On the day, we weren’t sharp and that’s what ultimately cost us.”

The Red Bulls’ confidence has not wavered since Sunday, but coach Jesse Marsch is weary of the threat that Montreal Impact pose ahead of this weekend’s encounter, “We’ll know how to scout them and deal with them, but it’s not easy. In the end, it’s down to execution and making a couple of plays on our end.”

Despite the absence of Didier Drogba, New York will still have their hands full as they look to stop Dominic Oduro, who has caused many problems for the Red Bulls’ back line in the past, and Ignacio “Nacho” Piatti, who opened the season in sublime form, with two goals and an assist.

The Red Bulls will be able to count on midfielder Lloyd Sam, who received a knock on Sunday but has recovered well, and Ronald Zubar, who has recently returned from injury and played 85 minutes against Toronto. Meanwhile, designated player Gonzalo Veron is still recovering from a hamstring injury he received during preseason and is doubtful for the team’s match against Montreal, this Saturday at 4pm eastern time.

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