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New York captain Angel happy with goal output

New York Red Bulls captain Juan Pablo Angel is happy with his own goal output this season.

Despite the Bulls having the worst record in MLS, Angel sits equal-sixth on the goalscoring table, just two from the leader, Colorado Rapids forward Conor Casey.

"I've said it all long. In terms of goals, I'm not really disappointed with my goal [production] this year," Angel told bigapplesoccer.com after practice on Wednesday.

"It was been a very tough season. We have not been able to create nice chances as I would have loved to. But I am still hanging in there in the goal charts. I would say that any striker will take nine or 10 goals in a year. Obviously, you set your targets to be higher.

"In a difficult year like this, I am pretty pleased with it. I'm not saying that I wouldn't want to have more goals by now. Being probably the worst team in the league right now and still being up there with the top scorers in the league is important."

Asked if his confidence had suffered during this long season, Angel replied, "My confidence hasn't been deteriorating what-so-ever. Obviously, it's hard when the results aren't going on. I'm a guy who works every day, trying to find an opportunity in every single game and that's what I have been doing. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't.

"Obviously, I would sacrifice my own performance for the performance of the team. I wouldn't mind to have probably one or two goals this year and be up there in the table. I will handle the pressure of not scoring the goals and being able to have some success as a team."

Andrew Slevison
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