The Red Bulls have never lacked the pieces. It's just about getting them to work, which, even with Thierry Henry and Tim Cahill, is more like rocket science than one would expect. Hans Backe failed in that regard, but Mike Petke's made leaps and bounds.
Not to say it didn't come without some growing pains. The Red Bulls faltered early, starting the year 0-2-2. But Petke's adapted his game -- dropping his favored 4-3-3 for a 4-4-2 -- something Backe never did. Whatever the reason -- coach, time, other -- the Red Bulls are playing well. Hell, they're not even firing on a cylinders yet. There's still plenty of rough edges on their game.
Q: The Whitecaps say they might use a reserve heavy lineup this weekend. What's your reaction to that?
Then again, they do have Corey Hertzog, and everyone fears the scorned former player coming back and beating up on his old team. Maybe I shouldn't be so confident...
Q: Who are some underrated Red Bulls the Whitecaps should keep an eye on?