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After a solid 4-1 win over Tigres UANL, New York Red Bulls coach Erik Soler has turned to his two former players for additional help as the team tries to bounce back from their 1-1 draw with SKC in the Concacaf Champions League.
Soler and defender Sacha Kljestan, who have been his midfield anchor since his arrival in New York in 2012, could be called upon for a role playing off of the wing to help out Soler.
Red Bulls coach Erik Soler talks about playing a central role in the midfield against SKC by playing Sacha Kljestan & his former teammate Tony Tchani (photo by Jonathan D. Edmonds/Getty Images)
“If you look at the whole team today it was a midfield which was very compact, well organized and we played very well together,” he said of the match. “I think at every position it is hard to find a true balance because there are always going to be players who are better at one position and better at another, but I thought our team today had a lot of depth.
“We need to win games. We need to get wins. I think we will need to win the next two games and have confidence, but there are also other things,” he said of the four-game swing between the Concacaf Champions League and MLS Cup.
Soler, who moved from D.C. United in December 2016, has been in the spotlight for New York’s early struggles after the Red Bulls were upset 1-0 at SKC. They got off to a bad start when goalkeeper Andrew Wiedeman was caught diving in the box for a corner kick after a foul on forward Bobby Wood shortly after halftime on March 10. SKC had taken the lead before the second half started, when Red Bulls defender Kemar Lawrence’s shot deflected into the net.
Soler said that SKC is a good team, but that