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One easy New York Red Bulls fix: left back

Mar 11, 2013, 9:20 AM EDT

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Interesting thing about the Red Bulls as we draw a tighter circle around the cascade of folly and error that turned a potential road win – and what a rather fashionable one it would have been, at the home of the current Supporters Shield holders – into a loss that remains the talk of Major League Soccer this morning:

Sunday’s chief culprit mans a position where the Red Bulls have option aplenty.

No, left back Roy Miller was not solely responsible for the 10 minutes of mayhem that saw San Jose score twice. (Very “San Jose 2K12” by the way; we’ll get to the Earthquakes and what all this means for them later …)

Obviously, there is blame to go around. Goalkeeper Luis Robles could have possible done better on the Earthquakes’ 83rd minute equalizer. And the flagging possession out of the back that really got this kettle boiling … well, that’s on pretty much everyone.

(MORE: As problems arise, we’ll learn more about Mike Petke)

But left back is a relatively easy fix. And who doesn’t love an easy fix?

That’s because Connor Lade is available. You might remember him as the talented, energetic presence Thierry Henry spoke so highly about last year. Or, you might remember Lade (pictured) as the young man called into Jurgen Klinsmann’s January camp.

If Lade doesn’t reveal himself as the answer, I remain convinced that Heath Pearce will immediately be a Top Five left back in Major League Soccer – just as soon as soon as some manager moves him back to the spot where the 28-year-old veteran has made 35 U.S. national team appearances.

That would mean putting Markus Holgersson alongside Jamison Olave in the middle of the back line; Holgersson is a veteran, so that gets a little more experience on the field, too.

(MORE: Highlights as the Red Bulls fall apart late against San Jose)

  1. djrrockthepitch - Mar 11, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Steve – we’re thinking a like. Just wish I would have read this article prior to posting a comment on the last…

    Regarding Lade… love his energy and effort, just felt like due to his size he got physically abused last year. I’m not convinced that he is a 90 minute player in an outside back position.

    • Steve Davis - Mar 11, 2013 at 11:10 AM

      That’s the great thing about commenting at ProSoccerTalk … there’s always another post coming, usually right around the next hour. Don’t get it right, or jump the gun, no worries! The op for a re-do is never far away!

  2. jsmith80 - Mar 11, 2013 at 10:08 AM


  3. Steve Davis - Mar 11, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Yup. Not that complicated, is it? (Thing is, Roy Miller is so frustrating b/c he can be an effective LB in this league for about 85 minutes a match. But that one or two killer, costly mistake is always lurking.)

    • jsmith80 - Mar 11, 2013 at 11:28 AM

      Effective offensively, yes. Defensively, I think you are giving him too much credit. I feel he is a liability on defense.

    • tylerbetts - Mar 11, 2013 at 1:30 PM

      Clearly, Red Bulls enjoy their defenders to have one or two killer, costly mistakes per match. See: Marquez, Rafa.

  4. charliej11 - Mar 11, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    I wonder if the Goonies pulled a Tom Sawyer and attended their own funeral, when everyone said they were dead and would never be able to pull them out of the jaws of defeat like 2012 ?

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