Competition: Major League Soccer – FC Dallas vs. New York Red Bulls
Venue: Toyota Stadium – Friday, May 15th – 21:00 ET (02:00 BST)
Match Odds: FC Dallas 5/4 – Draw 12/5 – New York Red Bulls 21/10
Dallas have lost just twice this season and are level on points with Vancouver Whitecaps at the top of the Western Conference, but do have a game in hand.
Oscar Pareja’s side have won back-to-back games after their 2-1 win against LA Galaxy last weekend and will be hoping for much of the same this time out against a tough Red Bulls side.Embed from Getty Images
FCD have lost their last two against the Red Bulls and this is a huge game for both sides. Whoever can come out on top will be filled with confidence going forward as both are expected to make a real charge in the playoffs this season.
New York Red Bulls have lost just one game this season and are sitting third in the Eastern Conference. Jesse Marsch’s side came out on top in the New York derby last weekend and ended a three game streak without a win against NYCFC.
Bradley Wright-Phillips grabbed himself both of his side’s goals in the derby and now has five for the season. He has started the season well but has to keep banging in the goals to show he can be the Red Bulls main man.Embed from Getty Images
Wright-Phillips’ partnership with Lloyd Sam is going from strength to strength with each passing game and they will be looking to cause the Dallas defence all sorts of problems on Friday.
While Dallas will look to Fabian Castillo to continue his fine campaign. The Colombian winger has four goals and five assists so far and has been mighty impressive.
FC Dallas have four injury concerns ahead of the game as Coy Craft, Stephen Keel, Zach Loyd and Matt Hedges all look set to be sidelined for this one. Other than that Pareja has no suspensions to worry about and could possibly opt for the same lineup that impressed against LA Galaxy last weekend.
New York Red Bulls are without Sal Zizzo for a few months as he recovers from a broken leg. Ronald Zubar’s fitness continues to be a concern and he could well sit this one out. Marsch will also be missing Matt Miazga, who is ruled out through suspension and has travelled to the U20 World Cup.
FC Dallas’ last five: L/W/D/W/W
New York Red Bulls last five: W/D/D/L/W
Key Stat: Away – This is Dallas’ last home game before five consecutive away games on the bounce and so they will need a positive result.
Key Player: Fabian Castillo – The Colombian winger has been in inspired form. He has shown this season he can be the key to unlocking the toughest of backlines and could prove the difference here.
FC Dallas 2-1 New York Red Bulls – Dallas to take all three points in a tight affair and win their third on the bounce. The Red Bulls lost their last road trip in New England and another loss could be on the cards here.