New York Red Bulls head coach Hans Backe has turned up the heat before the most-anticipated match of the Major League Soccer season by claiming his club is ready to overtake the Los Angeles Galaxy as the United States’ highest-profile soccer team.
Backe’s Red Bulls, without the injured Thierry Henry but including designated players Rafael Marquez and Juan Pablo Angel, will take on the Galaxy – which boasts David Beckham and Landon Donovan – in a nationally televised clash at the Home Depot Center on Friday.After seeing the Red Bulls thrive since he took over in January, Backe is confident the New York club is poised to become the biggest force in the league.
“I feel sure we can get there,” Backe told Yahoo! Sports. “Certainly by next year, we will have the players and the squad and the structure. Winning the championship must be our target.
“Bringing in players like Thierry and Marquez has increased the level. That works both on the field and away from it. People can see this is a club that is moving up, and we are working to make that happen, too. We want to be the best.”