New York Red Bulls players and coach urge fans to not get carried away
New York Red Bulls players and coach Hans Backe have reminded supporters that they have achieved nothing yet this season.
If the Red Bulls can overcome San Jose Earthquakes on Thursday, it will mark the first time the club has managed to secure a home play-off.
New York need to keep their one-goal advantage over the Quakes to set up a Red Bull Arena conference final with either Columbus Crew or Colorado Rapids but captain Juan Pablo Angel is not getting carried away.
“We played a great game against San Jose away and got a good result, but I keep saying the league is far from over. There's still a lot of work to be done,'' said Angel.
“The game is home, and we want to make sure we finish up what we started on Saturday. We need to show the same urgency, the same character and hope we play as well as the other day.''
Star striker Thierry Henry was also keeping a lid on things: “It's going to be a tough game. Hopefully the team won't think that it's done. San Jose is going to come here and play for their life basically.''
Whilst head coach Backe said he has experienced stranger things in throughout his career and is not banking on anything just yet.
“I've been involved in Europe with nightmares where you have good results away and you play one week later against the same team and they're (up) 3-0 and you're wondering what happened. That’s the job to do Thursday, to get them focused,” the Swede said.