There are times, such as this past week when they earn just one point in two extremely important matches, when I believe that the New York Red Bulls will only win the MLS Cup in versions of the FIFA video game series. Those who intend on using RBNY in FIFA 13 should find that defeating Major League Soccer teams won't be that much more difficult than was doing so while playing FIFA 12. Despite the team's current form, New York remain one of the highest rated MLS sides in the game.
The most updated 2012 Red Bulls roster as of the posting of this piece is a three-star team in FIFA 13. New York's attack is rated at 72, which is exactly where it was ranked when FIFA 12 was first released. The midfield has gone from a 69 to a 70, but the team's defense has plummeted from a 69 to a 65. Montreal Impact also have a 72 attack, and LA Galaxy have a 74 attack. San Jose Earthquakes, currently atop the overall MLS standings and just a couple of positive results away from winning the Supporters' Shield, have a 67 attack, 65 midfield and 64 defense. Sporting KC, sitting atop the MLS Eastern Conference standings and five points behind SJ in the table during the current midweek, have a 66 attack, 65 midfield and 66 defense.
Thierry Henry is once again the highest rated player in the team, but he has dropped from an 80 to a 79. Tim Cahill is a 77, and Rafa Marquez, who was an 80 along with Henry in FIFA 12, is now a 75. One interesting note is that journeyman Bill Gaudette, acquired by New York in July, and not standout rookie Ryan Meara is listed as the team's starting goalkeeper. Both are rated at 65. The entire RBNY squad, set in a 4-1-2-1-2 formation, is listed below.
Starters: Gaudette (65), Connor Lade (65), Markus Holgersson (66), Heath Pearce (67), Roy Miller (67), Marquez (75), Jan Gunnar Solli (69), Joel Lindpere (68), Cahill (77), Sebastien Le Toux (71), Henry (79)
Subs: Meara (65), Brandon Barklage (64), Kenny Cooper (69), Dax McCarty (67), Wilman Conde (66), Lloyd Sam (65), Teemu Tainio (72)
Reserves: Tyler Ruthven (59), Jhonny Arteaga (60), Steven Keel (63), Jonathan Borrajo (60), Ryan Maduro (55), Jose Angulo (58), Jeremy Vuolo (57), Luis Robles (63), Corey Hertzog (60)
The first thing I suggest to those using RBNY in FIFA 13 is to move Lade to RM and Solli to RB. Solli does well in defense, while Lade, who has the "Engine" trait, becomes a box-to-box player who is a true scoring threat once placed in the midfield. While McCarty has been the actual team's MVP during the 2012 MLS campaign, I wouldn't recommend moving him into your FIFA 13 RBNY starting eleven over Marquez. Player ratings do matter, after all, and I've found that McCarty is unfortunately and unjustifiably a true "67" in the video game. For what it's worth, Marquez has survived five straight matches in my current season without picking up an injury.
Those using New York in career mode will probably want to upgrade the team's goalkeeper. Neither Meara nor Gaudette were stellar in the several games I've played using RBNY, and both 'keepers let in goals that, quite frankly, they would have stopped in real life. Of all the guys in the FIFA 13 Red Bulls team, I consider Meara and Gaudette as the two most underrated players.
New York are a fun but sometimes frustrating team to use in my early FIFA 13 playing days. The new first touch control system will lead to turnovers while using the weaker players in the team until you get used to that feature of the game. No Dane Richards or Luke Rodgers in the FIFA 13 Red Bulls leaves you with an attack that has much less pace than did last year's version of the team, but the combination of Henry, Le Toux/Cooper, Cahill and placing Lade in the middle should have you finding the back of the net with little problem.
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