The New York Red Bulls’ scoreless draw against Nashville SC has pros and cons.
A roster missing a lot of players earned a point. A team that needs more points in the standings was held to just one.

New York had plenty of chances but couldn’t convert any.

However, they are still unbeaten at home this year, and Ryan Meara earned his second clean sheet this season.

With eighteen games played, New York sits third in the Eastern Conference with 30 points. That’s multiple games behind FC Cincinnati and leaders Inter Miami CF.

New York City FC, which has a game in hand against RBNY, is one point behind in fourth place.

Head coach Sandro Schwarz told the media after the match that he really wasn’t frustrated by the result on Saturday night.

“This season, we’ve scored a lot of goals, and today it was 0-0. If you don’t score, it’s necessary that (we don’t) concede a goal,” Schwarz said, noting that he wasn’t worried about the output of his forwards.

Schwarz and the players’ attitudes after the game are pretty understandable. Aside from the injuries, goalkeeper Carlos Coronel and midfielder Lewis Morgan were unavailable due to international duty.

Star striker Emil Forsberg was back after being with Sweden, however a right foot injury left him off the game day roster.

Schwarz explained further Forsberg’s situation after the match.

“With Emil, the situation is we will have to check him the next two days, if it’s possible, against Montréal or the next home game against Toronto next Saturday,” the head coach said.

“So, we will see. He had some problems after his national game with Sweden and problems with his foot on the right side, I think.”

On the field, New York took over 20 twenty shots but only forced Nashville keeper Joe Willis to make five saves. NSC, for their part, only lodged five shots, with non needing to be saved by Meara.

Dylan Nealis had two potential go-ahead goals that were called back in the first half. The first was for running into Willis, and the second was for inadvertently using his hand on the ball. Elias Manoel also had a goal called back in the second half for offside.

Still, Dylan Nealis played a phenomenal game. Besides defensive work, he worked as both an offense and a systematic transition player in multiple deep runs.

Other key players included Cameron Harper and Noah Eile, who both stepped up into the starting XI with solid connecting plays. 

“I think the chances were there,” Eile said after the game.

“The finishes that were there were at a time when the goal gets called back, so I think sometimes soccer is like this. We had a similar game against them in Nashville, so I think maybe it’s something to do with them. But no, I think we did enough to win the game, and sometimes you don’t score the chances, and that’s what happened, and hopefully, we can do it in the next games.”

It will be a busy week for the Red Bulls, who are playing against Canadian teams.\
On Wednesday, They head to Montreal to play CF Montreal. Then, on Saturday, they welcome Toronto FC to Harrison.


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