MLS Preview and Prediction: New York Red Bulls vs Real Salt Lake

Competition: Major League Soccer – New York Red Bulls vs. Real Salt Lake
Venue: Red Bull Arena – Saturday, March 25 – 16:00 ET (20:00 GMT)
Match Odds: New York Red Bulls 1/2 – Draw 3/1 – Real Salt Lake 11/2

Match Preview

New York Red Bulls welcome Real Salt Lake to Red Bull Arena on Saturday afternoon in one of just three MLS fixtures this weekend due to the international break.

Jesse Marsch’s side are sitting third in the Eastern Conference having won two of their three games so far this season. They come into this one off the back of their first loss of the regular season away at Seattle.

Red Bulls are traditionally slow starters but their performances in their first two games this season showed exactly what they’re about, winning at any cost. Marsch will be hoping it doesn’t take too long before his offence get firing on all cylinders.

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Real Salt Lake are yet to win a game this season and have sacked Jeff Cassar as a result. They are sitting second bottom in the Western Conference and already look they’re in for a tough campaign.

Daryl Shore will serve as Interim Head Coach. He joined Salt Lake in January 2014 as a Goalkeeper Coach, but this will be his first game in charge of an MLS fixture.

RSL have been struggling in front of goal so far this season, scoring just once in their three games. They have a squad plagued with injury and know this is going to be a difficult trip to a RBNY side who don’t take any prisoners at home.

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Team News

Sacha Kljestan and Michael Murillo are on international duty so are unavailable for selection for Red Bulls. Gonzalo Veron, Gideon Baah and Connor Lade are all sidelined through injury.

Kyle Beckerman will miss this one as he serves a one-game suspension for the red card picked up against LA Galaxy last week. Nick Rimando and Albert Rusnak have both been called up for international duty. Joao Plata and Jordan Allen are both out, while Aaron Maund, Justen Glad and David Horst are all questionable, leaving the RSL roster thin on the ground for this game.

Key Points

New York Red Bulls form: W/W/L

Real Salt Lake form: D/L/L

Key stat: Real Salt Lake have lost their last seven away games.

Key Player: Bradley Wright-Phillips – The New York Red Bulls forward got off the mark last weekend in the loss to Seattle and this is a game he should be looking to open his account in at Red Bull Arena.

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Score Prediction

New York Red Bulls 3-0 Real Salt Lake – It’s difficult to see anything other than a comfortable win for Red Bulls in this one given the strength of their home form and how stretched Real Salt Lake’s roster is. RSL are going to need to pick up a win sooner rather than later otherwise they’re at risk of a torrid campaign, but this game doesn’t look likely to provide their first three points of the season.


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