The quasi dark side of RBNY fandom.
About a month ago, my family and I visited Red Bull Arena for their annual Holiday Open House. My kids drank hot chocolate, had their picture taken in the goal and did some skills courses. All seemed right in my relationship with the Red Bulls. My family had a nice day out, Marquez and Backe were gone and the new Director Andy Roxburgh seemed to be talking sense. I was optimistic that the 2013 season could be different.
Now we are less than two weeks from the Superdraft, the roster has been cleaned out, we still don’t have a coach, my favorite player was traded and the Euro-brass in charge seems as clueless as ever. My confidence is shaken. I fear that people in charge of NYRB will never figure out what they need to do to succeed in MLS. Here is what they are missing.
These would both seem to be pretty simple but the leadership is rather obsessed with doing it their way. At some point, something has got to give. There are several ticking clocks that demand for the Red Bulls ownership to wake up. Henry departing or retiring before they win a title will see his tenure as a failure. Not because of his play particularly but decisions that limited his contributions toward a title. The arrival of New York 2 is ominous if the Red Bulls cannot win the MLS Cup beforehand. The Red Bulls will be forced to take a back seat to the brand new club. If by chance that club is the NY Cosmos, fair weather fans will flock to Queens and the Red Bulls will be the New York Jets of MLS.
As a fervent fan, I hope that this is all just my imagination and the club is in a good position. At the moment all evidence is to the contrary. Get it together NYRB, your fans deserve better.