The quasi dark side of RBNY fandom.
Although it took a little longer than expected, the Red Bulls seemed to begin to find themselves against Philly. Unfortunately as the Petke era takes hold there is a problem that the skipper must face which will test his managerial sense. Unfortunately this is a typical Red Bull problem, star power over pragmatism.
Tim Cahill had the best game that I’ve seen him play since joining the team. He was extremely effective in the build up of most attacks and looked like a threat several times in the box. Unfortunately with the emergence of Luyindula and the recuperation of Henry, Cahill’s time up front will be short-lived. Juninho and Dax seemed to form a decent partnership. So Cahill seems to be the odd man out again. This creates the classic Red Bull problem. Where do you put the stars?
Petke will have to conjure up some managerial magic to put all of his stars on the field while getting the best results out of them. I’ve been impressed with Petke thus far. He seems to have his head on straight and doesn’t play favorites. The problem comes when the payroll and the roster sheet meet. At this point there is a mismatch between what the team is paying for and what they truly need. Cahill seems to be the piece that doesn’t fit. Although I like him as a player, his abilities are redundant. Now Petke will have to figure out where to put him and find success.
This difficult problem should only take about two months to get itself completely worked out. Then the June transfer window will open and the Red Bulls will acquire someone like Frank Lampard. The joy of being a Red Bull fan: style over substance.