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It is a clash between two teams seeking their first win of the new MLS season as New York Red Bulls host Chicago Fire at the Red Bull Arena. Both teams have shown defensive frailties in the early stage of the campaign and should offer up goals on Saturday.
New York Red Bulls suffered a 3-2 defeat at LA Galaxy in their previous MLS fixture. A string of defensive errors saw them concede three goals as efforts from Andrew Gutman and Cristhian Casseres proved futile.
It has been a disappointing start to the season for the Red Bulls as they are still seeking their first win of the campaign. Gerhard Struber’s men began the season with a 2-1 home defeat to Sporting Kansas.
Although it is still early days in the season, New York will be disappointed to find themselves rooted to the bottom of the Eastern Conference after two matches. A shaky defence has been their major problem this term with five goals conceded in two fixtures.
Chicago Fire are also coming off a defeat as they were beaten 3-1 at Atlanta United last time out in the MLS. They were second best throughout the contest with Luka Stojanovic’s second half effort proving to be a mere consolation.
Marsch, 47, joins the 2020 Champions League semi-finalists from Red Bull Salzburg, where he spent the past two seasons as manager. Salzburg won the double (Austrian Bundesliga and Austrian Cup) in Marsch’s first season in charge and is in position to do so again this year. He previously coached the New York Red Bulls and Montreal Impact.
Marsch played 14 seasons in MLS for D.C. United, the Chicago Fire and Chivas USA. He then joined Bob Bradley’s staff as an assistant coach with the U.S. men’s national team for the 2010 World Cup. He was hired by the Montreal Impact in November 2011 but spent just one season there before departing.
He was hired by the Red Bulls in 2015 and spent three seasons in New York before joining RB Leipzig as an assistant coach under Ralf Rangnick for the 2018-19 season.