The sad fact of the New York Red Bulls’ season this year is they have clearly taken a step back after a prolonged period of success under former coach Jesse Marsch. They currently sit eight points out of first place and are looking up at four teams standing in their way with the Philadelphia Union holding on to the top spot for now. Due to the Red Bulls not performing to their usual standards, their odds for winning the MLS Cup have dwindled substantially.
The story of New York sports teams being unsuccessful and ultimately failures is a sad but quite realistic story in the state of New York. The New York Knicks are probably the biggest proponent of that particular narrative. Despite a series of underwhelming seasons for the New York Giants, they have two Super Bowl trophies to their name in the last 12 years and most importantly to New Yorkers, those two wins came against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.
The New York Red Bulls Odds for the MLS Cup are a little daunting at the moment, with sportsbooks begging the Red Bulls’ odds at +1600. Compare that to last season when they were the second favorites to win the MLS Cup, trailing only the Atlanta United in October with MLS Cup Odds of +300.
It was just last year that the New York Red Bulls had the best overall record in the MLS and subsequently won the 2018 Supporters’ Shield. Another strong showing in the regular season ended in heartbreak once again in the playoffs after losing 3-1 on aggregate in the Conference Finals to eventual MLS Cup winners, Atlanta United.
The loss of both Marsch and promising young midfielder Tyler Adams to RB Leipzig has hampered the team alongside the injury problems of club record goal scorer, Bradley Wright Phillips. Philipps has only played in 9 games this season and is 34 years old now and the Red Bulls must pray that he’ll be back for the playoffs if they make it.
The Eastern Conference is highly competitive this season and four teams in the conference has higher odds to win the MLS Cup than the New York Red Bulls. Those teams are the defending MLS Cup Champions Atlanta United, Wayne Rooney’s DC United, the current Eastern Conference leaders Philadelphia Union and city rivals, New York City FC.
New York City FC were founded just three years ago, however their stock is building in the MLS and are currently one point ahead of the Red Bulls this season with two games in hand. Not only are the Red Bulls no longer the best team in the Eastern Conference, if they continue their downfall, they might not even be the best team in their own city.
The Red Bulls are one of their original founders of the MLS (New York/New Jersey MetroStars) in 1993 and have been in the league since the inaugural season in 1996. They’ve been to one MLS Cup Final in 2008 which they lost to Columbus Crew. They’ve been a perennial playoff team, but their drought is rising to 23 years this November without an MLS Cup trophy.
Trophy droughts are nothing new to New York sports fans. The Knicks haven’t won an NBA championship since 1973, the New York Rangers haven’t won the Stanley Cup in 25 years and the New York Jets haven’t won a Super Bowl since 1968. One franchise New Yorkers can be proud of, however, are the New York Yankees who have won 27 World Series, the most of any team in the history of the MLB.
They’ve had many impressive regular seasons with winning 6 Eastern Conference regular seasons and 3 Supporters’ Shields in 2013,2015 and 2018. Despite a lacklustre regular season, there are 9 more games to play in the regular season and if they make the playoffs, a +1600 bet on the Red Bulls might be a bet worth making.
For more realistic fans, they might think betting on the New York Red Bulls would be too much of a long shot, however New Yorkers might keep the faith and just pray one of their sport teams ends a season as a winner.