HARRISON NJ - JULY 10: A Red Bull supporter looks on during the game between the New York Red Bulls and the D.C. United on July 10 2010 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison New Jersey. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images for New York Red Bulls)
If there is a club in MLS that is more desperate to get some silverware this year than any other, that team is the New York Red Bulls. With Colorado taking the MLS Cup last season, the once named Metrostars remain the only original MLS Franchise who still exist that do not have a single trophy to their name. The solution, as always in football it seems, is money.
New York currently leads the league in designated players, with such big names as former Arsenal star and French international Thierry Henry and Mexican captain Rafael Marquez leading the way for this squad. Not to be made into the Yankees of footy, they have a fine internal youth movement as well with guys like US national team member Juan Agudelo and last season's rookie of the year Tim Ream filling out the squad. Faced with a problem with their playmaking in the midfield - their starter in the midfield for that purpose was Mehdi Ballouchy, if you remember him (ugh) - they took advantage of a weakened Toronto FC to get rid of some of their young depth for Dwayne De Rosario.
With 16 points right now, New York's powerful squad has them second in the table. They've had some maddening results - typical New York, one could say - such as the 3-2 loss at home to the weak Chivas USA, but they still remain possibly the most powerful team in MLS. No silverware this year for this team would have to go down as the most disappointing in the history of the Red Bulls.