Saturday, July 26 2PM PT/5PM ET/10PM BT
Red Bull Arena
SBN NYRB Coverage: Once A Metro
The day has finally arrived. Arsenal haven't played in the US since before a lot of y'all were born, and since before another lot of y'all discovered the joy that is soccer fandom. But now they're here, they're playing one of the highest-profile teams in MLS, and a whole new generation of American soccer fans will now be American Arsenal fans. While I wish they'd have come closer to the West, there's time for that in coming seasons; for now it's just great they came to the US at all.
ME: Age, for one. Thierry Henry is 36 now, and while he was never a speedster in his tenure at NY, he picks his spots even more carefully now as he attempts to conserve his energy. Tim Cahill is 34. The other main issue the Red Bulls have had this season is a tendency to start games slowly; they come out a bit tentative, and sometimes take 20-25 minutes to get into top gear. Against lesser teams, that's survivable, but against a team that comes out attacking, it's a recipe for dropped points.
TSF: You talked about Henry and Cahill; who else is a threat for the Red Bulls?