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New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan (16) leaves the field with a bloody nose after a loss against the Montreal Impact at Red Bull Arena. (Bill Streicher)
New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan (16) leaves the field with a bloody nose after a loss against the Montreal Impact at Red Bull Arena. (Bill Streicher)

The Red Bulls were beaten in the 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs before they stepped on the field.

There is no way the front office could have known, neither could have Jesse Marsch. The players certainly didn't know, but that doesn't make it any less true. The Montreal Impact knew how they were going to beat the Red Bulls, and they were built this season to execute it. 

"We knew they're a weak team in the playoffs," Ignacio Piatti, a striker for the Impact told reporters after the match. "They showed that last year, this year."

The New York Red Bulls are built on a pressing system. It is controlled chaos that works to exploit teams by catching them off guard when they turn the ball over, especially close to the opponent's goal. The Red Bulls have employed this system for two years, presenting plenty of opportunities for teams to learn how to neutralize it.

Tags: Bradley Wright Phillips, Connor Lade, Damien Perrinelle, Dax McCarty, Gonzalo Veron, Kemar Lawrence, Lloyd Sam, Matt Miazga, Mike Grella, Sacha Kljestan, Sean Davis
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New York Red Bulls defender Connor Lade (5) in action against the Philadelphia Union during the first half at Talen Energy Stadium. (Bill Streicher)
New York Red Bulls defender Connor Lade (5) in action against the Philadelphia Union during the first half at Talen Energy Stadium. (Bill Streicher)

New York Red Bulls Connor Lade will miss the rest of the year with a torn ACL, Lade announced on Twitter Tuesday

Lade suffered the injury Sunday night during New York's 2-2 tie with Los Angeles. He will undergo surgery later this month. 

The defender, a Homegrown player, was having his best professional season, making 20 appearances and 16 starts for New York in 2016 across all competitions. 

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The New York Red Bulls drew the Los Angeles Galaxy, 2-2, after blowing a two-goal lead at StubHub Center in Carson, California.

Ashley Cole scored the equalizer in the 89th minute. Mike Magee started Los Angeles' rally with a short-range effort in the 80th minute to make it 2-1.

Tags: Bradley Wright Phillips, Connor Lade, Damien Perrinelle, Gonzalo Veron, LA Galaxy, Sacha Kljestan, Sean Davis, Brendan Joseph
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New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan reacts to his goal with defender Connor Lade during the first half against the Philadelphia Union at Talen Energy Stadium. (Bill Streicher/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan reacts to his goal with defender Connor Lade during the first half against the Philadelphia Union at Talen Energy Stadium. (Bill Streicher/USA Today Sports Images)

After a difficult month of June, the New York Red Bulls' poor form continued to plague them in July, as they dropped points against New York City FC, the Portland Timbers and the Philadelphia Union. However, they were able to turn things around at the end of the month with a decent run of form because of several strong individual performers.

Here are three Red Bulls who stood out last month:

Connor Lade, 26, Defenseman

When fullback Kemar Lawrence went down with an injury, there were questions as to who would fill his spot. Not only has Lade stepped up in the Jamaican international's place, but also he's been a stalwart on the back line in the midst of constant rotation plagued by injuries. His physical tackles and seemingly endless energy are a perfect fit for the club's high-pressure system.

Tags: Connor Lade, Sacha Kljestan, Aaron Bauer , Brendan Joseph
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New York Red Bulls defender Gideon Baah (3) leaves the field after an injury against Columbus Crew during the second half at Mapfre Stadium. (Joseph Maiorana)
New York Red Bulls defender Gideon Baah (3) leaves the field after an injury against Columbus Crew during the second half at Mapfre Stadium. (Joseph Maiorana)

The New York Red Bulls back line cannot stay healthy.

Just as Damien Perrinelle makes his return from a long-term injury layoff, Gideon Baah sustains a fractured tibia and is ruled out for the rest of the 2016 season. This leaves the Red Bulls with three healthy center backs on the roster, which is hardly enough to deal with the combined schedule of MLS and CONCACAF Champions League matches. 

Where will the club look for a replacement center back in its hour of need? Here are the options:

Tags: Chris Duvall, Connor Lade, Damien Perrinelle, Karl Ouimette, Kemar Lawrence, Brendan Joseph
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