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The Best of Both Worlds - 2014 FBM Beer-view: New York Red Bulls

With Major League Soccer and the rest of American soccer kicking off in just over a week we've curated an impressive list of players, personalities, broadcasters, front office folk, and fans to have them tell us (and you) about their upcoming 2014 season.

And, of course, pair their hopes and dreams for this season with a tasty local brew.

That's not just a preview... it's a "beer-view".

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By Matt Doino

Team: New York Red Bull

Coach: Mr. Mike Petke

Is he the right man for the job?

Oh Absolutely, Last season is true testament to the job he has done with the squad. He has fired up the boys and instilling a team mentality of hard work, grit, and passion. The one moment that I think captures how loved he is by the team was Cahill leaping into his arms after the goal that put the match away for the Supporter Shield. He has a true love for NY, the Red Bull organization, his players and above all the fans. No matter the match outcome, win lose or draw Petke salutes the fans.

Player(s) to watch?

This season I feel will be a big year for Dax (McCarty). Dax being called to the National team is a big for him (though he did not see a Cap against South Korea in LA). He will have to play a major role in the midfield to get the Red Bull back to the Supporter Shield and ultimately to get to the Cup. Bradley Wright-Philips only had half the year with the Red Bull but had a major impact. I am excited to see what he does will a full season plus training under his belt to get some quality minutes from the get go. To round out with a third player, Richard Eckersley. Coming from Toronto, I think he can have a big impact on the back line. At times that back line felt very shaky and often struggled to gel last season. He is a big body that I hope (fingers crossed) can learn and pair well with aging Olave.

Predictions for 2014?

Well, Supporter Shield repeat and a better showing in the playoffs (a CUP win!) Any supporter will predict the best for his or her club. I am doing the same. Coming off last year’s impressive regular season to be let down in the playoffs should provide a ton of motivation for the squad. The east will be strong, very strong! Toronto now becomes a huge threat for the Red Bull but will create a lasting rival. I am predicting top 3 in the East and a solid playoff run.

Local Beer Pairing:

Anything from Barrier Brewing Co. Local Long Island boys who started a fantastic brewery using local flare and tradition to inspire their creations. After being severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy, they came back even stronger than before, expanding and opening a tasting room. Much like the determination and fight the Red Bull show on the pitch these guys have done the same with Barrier in the rebuild and overcoming odds to become local legends and fan favorites in bars and restaurants.  

Long Ireland Celtic Ale- Another Long Island Local brewery serving up traditional Irish brews with a twist. Brewed in the same traditions as other Irish Ales, this beer comes off smooth full of flavor (I can’t get enough of it). Definitely could be an award winner (much like last season’s supporter shield NY Red Bull). 

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