The New York Red Bulls have yet to clinch a spot in the MLS Cup playoffs this year, but we know for certain there is one honor that could they won’t be able to capture.
Best Dressed Coach.
Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch was in the running for ‘Best-Dressed MLS Coach,’ a tongue-in-cheek poll that is currently running on the league’s website. For the third straight year, Marsch made the semifinal round of the poll before bowing out.
The hope for Marsch was for him to make a run at the finals of the fashion award. Marsch, known for his dapper suits and recently donning a rainbow tie a few weeks ago, doesn’t think he deserves to be in the running.
“If you were to ask me, I think who is the best-dressed coach in the league, it’s Jim Curtin,” Marsch said following Friday’s training session.
“Not only does he put a lot into his dress but he has a style – he’s preppy. Not only do I not have a style, I don’t put much into it. I don’t deserve to be here – not in the final four.”
This year in the semifinals, Marsch fell to Mike Petke. As a player with the MetroStars and then later the Red Bulls, plus a successful head coach here in New York, Petke is loved by the fanbase.
The matchup pitted Petke’s sweater vests against Marsch’s ‘Mad Men’ style.
“[Petke] is a snazzy dresser. Snazzy. Is that used in New Jersey? I know it’s used in Wisconsin. Snazzy,” Marsch said.
“He’s snazzy. And he likes sweaters. I’m not as big on the sweater front. I think I’ve been final four both years – that’s my threshold. I don’t even deserve to be in that category but I appreciate anyone who has voted for me… mostly family. I think my mom has registered thousands of votes to get me this far.”
RED BULLS NOTES
– Injury news might be taking a pleasant turn for central defender Aurélien Collin. Out for the past several weeks with plantar fasciitis, it seemed as if the French defender might be shelved for the season. On Wednesday, Marsch said that Collin would be under evaluation as the original prognosis of his returning to the field last week and then this week was pushed back.
“He’s on the AlterG so he’s running. We’re hopeful to earmark him out on the field next week so we’re going to be a little bit more aggressive with him,” Marsch said.
“Then, fully training and hopefully in matches before the end of the season. There’s obviously not much time but we’re hoping to accelerate the process for him.”
– Injured winger Mike Grella, thought to be out for the year following knee surgery in July, is still a possibility to see the field sometime this year. And while a return isn’t around the corner, perhaps he becomes an option should the Red Bulls make a playoff push.
“Mike is still a ways away,” Marsch said. “I don’t want to rule him out yet but he’s a ways away.”
– The Red Bulls will be without Fidel Escobar and Michael Amir Murillo this week as both players are away with Panama’s national team.
Their absence might make it difficult for the Red Bulls to roll out the 3-2-2-1 formation that has worked well over the past couple of months.
– “We have guys who are ready to play, we have guys who we count on. We have guys who have been here a long time and know the system. No surprises, no changes. Same approach and we know this is a must-win for us,” midfielder Felipe said.
“In our head, we know that we have to start to win games in order to achieve what we want.”
– Earlier this week, Italian national forward Giuseppe Rossi was training at the facility. Having grown up in Clifton, Rossi took advantage of the team’s facility to do some individual work as he rehabs from surgery.
Rossi did not work out or train with the Red Bulls and was at the facility in the evening by the time that players and coaching staff were home. He utilized his own trainer for the sessions.
“We tried to still with people and players in the community, we want to have an open door policy,” Marsch said.
“I’ve never met Giuseppe. I know he’s been training here three to four times a week.”
The 30-year old Rossi is currently unattached to any club.