New York Red Bulls

Gerhard Struber looks forward to 2022 trophy run with NY Red Bulls

Lizzy Becherano
Gerhard Struber on the New York Red Bulls' 2022 success
Gerhard Struber on the New York Red Bulls' 2022 success / Ira L. Black - Corbis/GettyImages
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New York Red Bulls head coach Gerhard Struber is confident his side can still qualify for the MLS playoffs, but declares “next year we want to go on the offensive and win it.”

The NYRB will be looking to extend their streak of consecutive MLS Cup playoff appearances to 12, second only to the Seattle Sounders with 13 straight. The Red Bulls currently sits in ninth place with 40 points in 29 games, tied with local rival New York City FC. 

The race remains tight in the Eastern Conference as one victory differentiates the Red Bulls from a playoff position, but Struber isn’t worried. 

“We totally believe that we can still reach the playoffs. We can do it, despite significantly lowering the average age of our team and the new situation – and then we want to get as far as possible,” Struber told transfermarkt.us

"But what is more important to me is, what happens afterward, to achieve it all and play for trophies. That is the next step. When I look back at all our games and how close we were at times, then I think it is realistic to go for it next year.”

Without discarding the current MLS season, the head coach is already looking to January to make several additions to the team for his second season with the club. 

Struber arrived to the Red Bulls on October 6, 2020 to take over for interim head coach Chris Armas. 

“The project here in New York is very interesting, and I have a very close and trusting relationship with my team. I can certainly imagine staying for a long time to achieve our ambitious goal that we all have, to win the MLS Cup.

"We are dreaming about it. Next year we want to go on the offensive and win it. If we keep developing and make the right transfers in the next window, sign one or two good players, then we can be ambitious about winning the MLS Cup.”

The Red Bulls defeated NYCFC on Sunday 1-0 to extend their unbeaten run to seven matches. With five MLS regular-season matches remaining, the NYRB still have time to make an impact.

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