POLL: Cup Qualification v. League PositioningBy: Dave Martinez | April 19th, 2010
This week presents a new wrinkle in the years schedule. The Red Bulls will be playing back to back games at Red Bull Arena against the Philadelphia Union; one in regular season play, the other in US Open qualifiers.
Now, last season, fans and media alike suggested that Osorio’s roster moves were being done to stay competitive on both fronts. Their tumultuous season was made that much worse then, when Trinidadian team W Connection handed a humiliating loss the Bulls way.
This season, Hans Backe has already declared that the Bulls would be fronting a strong Starting XI composed mainly of his regular starters for the qualifiers. But inevitably, there will have to be roster accommodations made in order to keep players fresh. Juan Pablo Angel, for instance, may be rested for the US Open Cup in favor of a Conor Chinn/Salou Ibrahim/Kandji pairing of some sort. Or vice versa, depending on where your priorities lie.
And that leads to our question of the day: Which game should take precedence this early into the season, Cup qualification or league position?
Lets start a healthy debate below! (and thanks to reader Baumsquad28 for the terrific suggestion)