Real Salt Lake treating NYRB stars with caution

Real Salt Lake coach Jason Kreis is well aware of the talent the New York Red Bulls have added to their squad in recent times.

Real Salt Lake coach Jason Kreis is well aware of the talent the New York Red Bulls have added to their squad in recent times.

This weekend, the reigning MLS champions take on the Red Bulls, who now have players like Thierry Henry and Rafael Marquez in their midst, but Kreis knows that when big-name players are around it makes the rest of the playing group step up.

“First and foremost is that when you add players of their stature, you get a bump from the rest of the players around them,” Kreis said. “I think everybody knows that Thierry Henry and Rafa Márquez have come in. It’s not only what they’ve been able to produce, but the players around them.”

Kreis was full of praise for the duo who have helped the Red Bulls to a 6-2-2 record since their arrival.

“Just the sheer quality in Rafa Márquez – with his leadership ability and the experience that he’s just been through – to have a guy like that in the midfield to calm things down for you and be steady on the ball, is immeasurable,” he added.

“Thierry Henry just with his intelligence in the offensive third is the largest reason why they are creating so many chances. They may not all be coming to him, but I think he’s doing an excellent job of providing the players around him with opportunities.”