Ex-Liverpool, Hibernian midfielder Palsson determined to improve on NYRB debut

Victor Palsson admits he was not as his best when making his starting debut for New York Red Bulls recently.

The former Liverpool and Hibernian midfielder was subbed off at half-time of the 2-0 loss at Real Salt Lake on March 17 but could get another chance to start this weekend in the likely absence of Rafael Marquez, who may be suspended, and the injured Teemu Tainio.

Palsson is aware his opportunity may come against DC United on Sunday and he acknowledges he will certainly have to increase his output if he wants to be considered down the track.

“Obviously at Real Salt Lake I played very poorly so understandable that the manager took me off and put me on the bench,” Palsson told MLSsoccer.com. “But I’ve been waiting now for my opportunity.

“Been training well, training hard, doing extra work on those things that I need to improve on so hopefully I’ll get a chance.”

And Palsson says he is still adjusting to the hectic travel schedule that comes with being a MLS player after his days in Europe.

“For me it’s difficult to say because I’m not used to all this traveling,” Palsson adde. “I’m not used to flying five hours to play one game.

“I’m still getting used to it. It’s difficult getting used to it, so you know it takes a while to learn in this league because there’s so many rules, so different from Europe. Give me four or five months.”

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