Competition: Major League Soccer – Vancouver Whitecaps vs. New York Red Bulls
Venue: BC Place – Saturday, September 3 – 19:00 ET (00:00 BST)
Match Odds: Vancouver 7/5 – Draw 23/10 – Red Bulls 7/4
Vancouver are sitting 9th in the Western Conference heading into this tie, four points behind the top six, they have a lot of work to do to stand any chance of finishing above the red line this season.
The Whitecaps come into this one off the back of their 0-0 away draw against LA, ending a four-game losing streak.
Vancouver haven’t won in their last seven regular season ties, and worryingly for them they have picked up just three points from a possible 21.
New York Red Bulls are unbeaten in their last nine Major League Soccer outings. They’ll be feeling confident of extending that run here.
Jesse Marsch’s side are third in the Eastern Conference, just three points off top spot and they will be hoping to challenge all the way to top the East come the end of the regular season.
Red Bulls will be looking to improve on their last result at BC Place back in 2014 where they lost 4-1. A win here could put them top of the East if results go their way.
New York have drawn their last four on their travels, they’ll be hoping to continue their unbeaten run on the road with a win this time out.
Vancouver Whitecaps have just three injury concerns heading into this tie as Christian Dean, Kekuta Manneh and Jordan Harvey are all out. Carl Robinson’s options are limited here as Marcel De Jong, David Edgar, Christian Bolanos, Kendall Waston, Giles Barnes and Blas Perez are all on international duty.
New York Red Bulls are without Gideon Baah, Connor Lade and Damien Perrinelle, while Dax McCarty and Luis Robles are both doubts. Red Bulls have less players on international duty as Kemar Lawrence is with the Jamica squad, while Sacha Kljestan is in action for The USMNT.
Vancouver Whitecaps’ form: L/L/L/L/D
New York Red Bulls’ form: D/D/W/D/W
Key Stat: New York Red Bulls have drawn their last four Major League Soccer away ties.
Key Player: Bradley Wright Phillips – The New York Red Bulls frontman will be looking to take advantage of a Vancouver side lacking confidence. BWP has scored seven goals in his last six outings.
Vancouver Whitecaps 1-2 New York Red Bulls – More misery for Vancouver Whitecaps who just cannot end their winless run. The Red Bulls will be eager to take all three points in this on and, given current form and players missing from either squad, they should do so.