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Backe urges NYRB players to take Emirates Cup momentum with them

New York Red Bulls coach Hans Backe hopes his players can take their Emirates Cup form back to Major League Soccer with them.

Yesterday, the Red Bulls drew 1-1 with Arsenal to finish top of the table, taking the trophy ahead of the English Premier League club as well as Paris Saint-Germain and Boca Juniors.

New York are currently sitting third on MLS' Eastern Conference table, eighth overall, and Backe feels that their performances over the weekend will hold them in good stead for the rest of the season.

"The players must take this momentum boost back with them," Backe told MLSsoccer.com yesterday. "I said to them yesterday anything could happen in this Emirates Cup.

"We could lose 6-0 both games and embarrass ourselves; but to pick up a 1-0 win yesterday and tie a game with Arsenal, even after only having 20 percent of possession, it shows that we can defend well and we will take that with us."

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