MLS Preview and Prediction: DC United vs New York Red Bulls

Competition: Major League Soccer – DC United vs. New York Red Bulls

Venue: RFK Stadium – Saturday, April 11 – 19:00 ET (00:00 BST – Sunday, April 12)

Match Odds: DC United 11/8 – Draw 23/10 – New York Red Bulls 19/10

Match Preview

DC United host New York Red Bulls at the RFK Stadium on Saturday night as the Eastern Conference‘s top two sides clash in MLS for the second time this season.

The two met at the Red Bull Arena just three weeks ago when goals from Bradley Wright-Phillips and Lloyd Sam helped New York Red Bulls to a 2-0 victory over DC United in the first of the three Atlantic Cup rivalry matches this season.

Head Coach Ben Olsen and his DC side will be seeking immediate revenge and have recovered well since that 2-0 defeat to the Red Bulls with consecutive 1-0 wins over LA Galaxy and Orlando City.

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There was more good news recently for DC United who will be delighted to have welcomed midfielder Luis Silva back from injury last weekend as he scored a stoppage time winner on his return after only being on the pitch for 15 minutes.

New York Red Bulls have started the season well, picking up two wins and a draw from their opening three games with the most recent victory coming in an impressive 2-1 success away at Columbus on March 28th.

Jesse Marsch‘s Red Bulls team enjoyed a rest last weekend and the players have had plenty of time to prepare for this crucial encounter and will be aiming to remain the only undefeated team in MLS alongside Real Salt Lake.

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New York’s star-man Bradley Wright-Phillips has hit the ground running this season with two goals and two assists to his name already, so he will look to continue his fine form.

It promises to be another entertaining and feisty contest between the Atlantic Cup rivals in a fixture that has seen ten red cards brandished in a total of 32 meetings.

Team News

DC United’s Fabian Espindola continues to serve his ban and will miss this game and the next one before he will be available again. Midfielders Markus Halsti, Colin Martin and Nick DeLeon are also unavailable through injury, as is defender Steve Birnbaum. We’ve learnt this week that forward Eddie Johnson’s career is unfortunately all but over due to a heart condition.

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New York Red Bulls could possibly be without defenders Roy Miller and Ronald Zubar who are doubtful because of injuries.

Key Points

DC United’s form: W/L/W/W

New York Red Bulls’ form: D/W/W

Key Stat: New York Red Bulls have made their best start to an MLS season since 2007 when they also won two and drew one of their opening three fixtures.

Key Player: Bradley Wright-Phillips – The Englishman has started the season well and is living up to his Designated Player status at the moment. If he continues in the same vein of form, the Red Bulls will be serious contenders for honours this season.

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Score Prediction

DC United 2-2 New York Red Bulls – This should be an excellent game and one that is impossible to predict. New York Red Bulls have looked impressive but DC is a tough place to go, so a draw seems likely.


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