MLS Cup: The Case for the New York Red Bulls

Liam B@sportreport67Correspondent IIAugust 9, 2010

HARRISON, NJ - JULY 22: Theirry Henry #14 of the New York Red Bulls plays the ball while being defended by Niko Kranjcar #21 of Tottenham Hotspur during their game at Red Bull Arena on July 22, 2010 in Harrison, New Jersey. Tottenham Hotspur defeated the Red Bulls 2-1. (Photo by Andy Marlin/Getty Images for the New York Red Bulls)
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Yesterday's game between the Fire and the Red Bulls may have been one of the most anticipated games in the league's history. The Red Bulls controlled the tempo for most of the game and got opportunity after opportunity to score. Although they didn't score, we got to see what they were made of. And trust me, it will only get better from here.

Over the span of about a month, Red Bull GM Erik Soler has signed former Barcelona stars Thierry Henry and Rafael Marquez. Making these moves shows that the Red Bulls believe they can win the MLS Cup this year. And now that they have made these moves, they should win the MLS Cup.

Pairing Henry up front with Juan Pablo Angel (one of my personal favorite players) gives a dynamic duo that will give defensive lines nightmares. Right now, Angel has twelve goals and one assist.  

With Henry giving teams more to worry about, those numbers will grow, and in time, they will learn each other's tendencies (such as Angel holding the ball for a split second before shooting). I think this is the best forward combo in the league.

Adding Marquez into the mix gives the Red Bulls another world class player who is a great passer and can control the tempo as well as anyone in MLS.  If the Fire game is any indication, he will be a big star in this league. And as he gets fitter and fitter, the Red Bulls get better and better.

Putting these two great players into a team that was already second in the East makes them a threat to win the title. And if they don't, I think that will be a disappointment.  

This will be the most exciting team in the league and as long as Angel, Marquez, and Henry stay, they should be in the title hunt for years to come.


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