This is absolutely the most doom and gloom take on the club I have read. We won three Shields and made a US Open Cup final in the 2010s, and never missed the playoffs. Not a dynasty but among the best performing clubs in MLS. Where did we rank in wins? We are only two years into this decade and have regressed, but we still havent missed the playoffs. I think we are at least 7th and playoff bound just on the strength of our defense and goalkeeper. MLS Cup playoffs are a four game crapshoot. We could win it in 2022 with the team we have, or we may never ever win it. Look at all the luck NYCFC had. Shootout wins. An utterly depleted Philly squad. Everything that everyone whines about would instantly go away with one Cup win. I dont know. Roster building isnt complete. I guess I just keep this in the proper perspective. We are far from the worst team in MLS, and I would much rather be us with our stadium, training facility plans, academy, USL/MLS Next setup, and future, than our neighbors across the river.
I look back at the 2010s as a missed opportunity that Red Bull couldve established themselves as a dynasty within major league soccer a decade of dominance and perhaps being up there in the convo of most mls cups and shields but ultimately they failed for a variety of reasons and I think ultimately Leipzig rising up the German ranks, buying bragantino didnt help and were now the afterthought in the food chain of Red Bull soccer even though we use one of the biggest cities in the world as our location and instead we operate like this Id argue a team without the Red Bull moniker based in and calling themselves New Jersey would be more ambitious than them. Ive seen a team that used to be smart with their business that started around the late early to mid 2015s and then a club who literally lost its way after its greatest season ever to changing tune and starting a mediocre underachieving movement that I can only seen ending in mediocrity to even failure if things dont change. Look we can abide by the system but the day the system fails lets be honest we dont have the players or talent to really win games and its been lacking for longer than the KT era.
We traded for Lewis Morgan, signed out of the academy/college for some players, signed a mls reserve depth outside back, and brought in another project from Venezuela and also brought coronel back. Theres still a lot of window left yes. The problem is most of the teams that havent made moves this offseason are either gathering money in trades or international sales to make moves and its pretty clear they wont sit and do nothing nobody is as foolish as RBNY to sit on a bunch of funny money and still sign academy and usl projects where maybe one every two seasons is successful and the rest are dumped to usl/retire or traded for minimal funny money to other mls teams or they even leave in free agency smartly like Davis did to progress their career. Personally if its that KT is striking out in the market again for finding players I ultimately see us adding maybe another project player under 23, two guys on loan under 25 and maybe another inter league trade for a younger player under 25 that hasnt been bad but also hasnt been spectacular kind of like Morgan and finally bring edwards back on loan.
I dont think the roster were looking at right now and even if we bring another 3 project players under 25 who are from other leagues and if we get edwards back and make that move in league will be enough to achieve 7th in the eastern conference. Id be especially concerned if we dont add someone or two in the attacking end as this club didnt even score 40 goals last season and had no ideas going forward. Club could be in for a dark season and honestly with the current philosophy and mentality within the club its been a long time coming. You look at the teams who finished above and below us in the east Ill start with above us everyone and I mean all 6 teams whether theyve made many moves or not and some are still finalizing moves for potentially impactful players I believe will be competitive I mean one might fall off if injuries present themselves but on paper I pick all 6 teams over us. I think Montreal and Columbus will be good in 2022 I think Columbus bounce back theyve made a few moves and I think Montreals young core is stronger and more promising than ours and they brought in guys as well to improve that team. Below us as well I think youll see us in the category of the fringe teams which will be Miami, Chicago, Cincinnati and us. Toronto depending on what they do could also fall in this category but are still pretty unpredictable right now. Mls is impossible to predict but talent wise our roster is bottom 5 right now in the eastern conference and I just dont think the system will bail us out this time the league is improving and academies are even improving and I think even with a new facility Red Bull if they dont change their mentality and approach to the first team and treat this team as more of a priority than I dont believe will be all that much impactful. Personally I dont think we even have the best academy in the eastern conference anymore let alone mls. The regression of the New York club for Red Bull is pretty astounding.