New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips (blue jersey) is tied with two other players for the most goals in MLS with 16. (Photo: Mexsport)
HARRISON, New Jersey -- On the surface, the New York Red Bulls' 11W-7D-9L record may not appear to be overly impressive.
Then again, you have to consider where they have come from and how well they have dug out of the 1-0-6 hole to start the Major League Soccer season.
Since then, the Red Bulls have registered a 10-6-3 mark and are unbeaten in their last nine league matches (4-5-0), with their last loss coming at New York City FC, 3-0, on July 3.
That doesn't include a 1-1-0 record in the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League as the Group F leader. New York next plays in the competition on September 15, when it hosts El Salvador’s Alianza (0-2-0, 2).
New York is tied for third place in the MLS Eastern Conference, trailing table-topping Toronto FC (12-7-8, 43) by three points.
"You look at result-wise where we're at after our 1-6 start, the team's been in a good way for a while and been pushing hard," head coach Jesse Marsch remarked after the team's 1-0 home win over the New England Revolution on Sunday. "I think in many ways we're as good as we've been in my year-plus here.
"So I think the ability for us to keep our foot on the pedal and look forward and know that we're a good team and now find ways to keep pushing to get results every day will determine our success at the end of the year."
The Red Bulls are a sterling 10-1-2 at Red Bull Arena, but are looking to improve on a 1-6-7 road mark. The next away test will be at the Vancouver Whitecaps, another SCCL side, Saturday night.
"It seems very difficult to play us at home," commented striker Bradley Wright-Phillips, who connected for his 16th goal of the season against New England. "We're getting our wins. And, you know, we have to, because on the road we've been letting some points drop. But, you know, draws away from home and wins at home tend to be a good season."