December 15, 2012
MY TWO CENTS
Marquez was not a good fit for the Red Bulls
Clifford Alejos, a former resident of Flushing, Queens who currently lives in Orlando, Fla., is a long-time fan of the MetroStars/Red Bulls, dating back to 1996. He returns to Red Bull Arena for RBNY games.
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By Clifford Alejos
Special to BigAppleSoccer.com
Rafa Marquez simply was not a good fit but statistics show that when he did play well and was healthy, the Red Bulls were a much better team.
His calmness in the back was great in the build up and made things easier for the midfielders who all lacked creativity. His long balls often found a springing Thierry Henry or even a Kenny Cooper.
No doubt Rafa made the team better.
But as many steps as he made forward with the team he would take as many steps back. His comments towards his teammates and attitude were a cancer to the team. His temper and carelessness in fouling and hurting players hurt the team not only bringing them a man down but taking away his skill set that would help the team maintain the tempo.
He was sometimes the best player on the field but would quickly transform into the worst.
The Red Bulls is better off without him but they definitely need to replace him with a player of his caliber.
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