MLS Attacking Player of the Week: Week 4 – RBNY striker makes history

For every week of the 2018 MLS season, MLSGB will award two Player of the Week accolades to the previous gameweek’s standout performers. We will highlight one star attacking player, as well as the leading defensive performer from the last round of fixtures. The Attacking Player of the Week award can be won by strikers, wingers and advanced midfielders. While the Defensive Player of the Week award can be won by goalkeepers, defenders and defensive midfielders.

Draws were a common theme in a muted round of fixtures during Week 4. Despite four of the six games ending with teams sharing the spoils, there were still plenty of goals and exciting attacking play. New York Red Bulls will feel they had the best result of the week, with a comfortable 3-0 home win against Minnesota. At the heart of that attacking display was Mr Reliable, Bradley Wright-Phillips. He bagged himself a brace in a typically calm performance and that’s why he is the MLSGB Attacking Player of the Week.

BWP was in fine form in front of goal, scoring one in each half, putting his side third in the Eastern Conference. There isn’t much to say that hasn’t already been said about the Englishman during his time in MLS. However, those two goals mean he has scored more goals than any player in MLS history over a five-year span.

The forward needed just three shots on goal for his brace. He fell short in some of the other areas of his performance in terms of pass completion, but that won’t be much of a concern to the RBNY fans.

Wright-Phillips took his goal tally to three for the season. He laid on just the one chance for his teammates during his 81 minutes on the field.

It was a game of clinical finishing for BWP, which doesn’t come as too much of a surprise. He took his second goal in some style, showing great composure under pressure.

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It’s already proving to be a very competitive battle in the Eastern Conference. With quite a few surprise results already being thrown into the mix, the pressure is going to be on forwards like Wright-Phillips to take the chances they are provided with.

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English striker poised to join the MLS 100 Club in 2018

Major League Soccer is back. Week One is in the books and there have been plenty of talking points, with 26 goals scored and five red cards in ten games. But one familiar face was missing from the action as Bradley Wright-Phillips and his New York Red Bulls team’s first game of the season isn’t until this coming weekend.

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As RBNY prepare to get their 2018 MLS campaign underway the pressure will be ramping up on goal-machine BWP. A lot is going to be expected from him this season due to some key creative players departing the club this winter, such as Mike Grella and Sacha Kljestan. Wright-Phillips will be looking forward to getting going and will be hoping to get off the mark straight away.

The Englishman won’t be looking into personal records too much, but he will be aware that he is closing in on 100 MLS goals, which will no doubt give him an added hunger to hit the ground running.

So how has BWP performed since joining RBNY in 2013?

The stats make for promising reading for both BWP breaking the record and for RBNY to have another positive season. Since joining in 2013 they have made the postseason every year. In a total of 154 games he has found the net 95 times for Red Bulls, with 86 of them coming in regular season play.

His goalscoring form over the last four seasons has been consistent. In 2013 he only featured in seven regular season games, hence the apparent low-scoring campaign. His 2014 tally of 27 saw him join the record books for the joint most goals in a single regular season, becoming the only non-US player to achieve that feat.

With the above stats in mind, ‘BWP’ needs just 14 regular season goals – or five goals if you count postseason stats – to notch his 100th, which based on his stats in each of his full seasons, he looks poised to achieve. Over the past four regular season campaigns he has averaged 21.25 goals per season.

So long as Wright-Phillips keeps to his consistent performances he will join the MLS 100 Club in 2018. But his main aim will be to continue to fight for an MLS Cup, something he is yet to achieve as he prepares to get underway for his sixth MLS season.

Will BWP net his 100th MLS goal this season and help RBNY to reach the playoffs again?

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.

RSL celebrate their goal in the 2-1 defeat to LA Galaxy last weekend. Picture: RSL.com

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.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Philadelphia Union vs New York Red Bulls

Competition: Major League Soccer – Philadelphia Union vs. New York Red Bulls

Venue: Talen Energy Stadium – Sunday, October 23 – 16:00 ET (21:00 BST) 

Match Odds: Philadelphia 6/4 – Draw 9/4 – Red Bulls 17/10

Match Preview

Philadelphia Union welcome New York Red Bulls to Talen Energy Stadium, with the away side on the verge of being named Eastern Conference winners.

The Union haven’t had a lot to shout about in recent weeks. They haven’t won in six but the good news is that they should squeak into the playoffs.

Philadelphia are sitting 6th in the East and it would require a 13 goal swing for 7th placed New England to take that place, which on the face of it, sounds impossible.

Jim Curtin will be gunning for his side to put an end to their winless run, finish the season on a high and go into the playoffs with optimism.

Picture courtesy of philadelphiaunion.com

Picture courtesy of philadelphiaunion.com

New York Red Bulls task is simple, avoid a 13 goal swing and they will be named winners of the conference. The squad will be focused on winning the game and finishing the regular season unbeaten in 16.

Bradley Wright-Phillips will be hoping his teammates provide him with the service to fend off David Villa in the race for the Golden Boot.

Red Bulls come into this one having won 3-2 against Crew, they had been three goals to the good, so Jesse Marsch will want a tighter defensive display this weekend.

RBNY’s unbeaten run has been extremely impressive, they will be going into the playoffs full of confidence and ready to take on anyone.

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Team News

Philadelphia have just the two injury concerns as there are questions about the fitness of both Josh Yaro and Warren Creavalle.

New York Red Bulls are expecting to be without four as Gideon Baah, Connor Lade, Justin Bilyeu and Daniel Royer are all expected to be out.

Key Points

Philadelphia Union’s last five: D/L/D/L/L

Red Bulls’ last five: D/D/W/W/W

Key Stat: Unbeaten run – New York Red Bulls are unbeaten in their last 15 regular season outings.

Key Player: Bradley Wright-Phillips – BWP is leading the way to win the MLS Golden Boot by one goal. His rival forward Villa has been challenging him all season. All BWP needs to do is play his usual game and the goals will come, he will not put himself before the team for the sake of the record. It is going to be a huge theme of decision day.

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Score Prediction

Philadelphia Union 1-2 New York Red Bulls – Philadelphia Union’s winless run to extend to seven. They face a Red Bulls side who just don’t look like losing at the moment. Both of these sides will already have an eye on the playoffs. A Union win and results in their favour could see them move up to 5th, but a close loss seems a likely result.  

MLS Preview and Prediction: New York Red Bulls vs New York City FC

Competition: Major League Soccer – New York Red Bulls vs. New York City FC 

Venue: Red Bull Arena – Sunday, July 24 – 13:00 ET (18:00 BST)

Match Odds: New York Red Bulls 7/10 – Draw 3/1  – New York City FC 7/2

Match Preview

It’s the Hudson River Derby this Sunday as New York Red Bulls host rivals New York City FC at Red Bull Arena in a huge Eastern Conference battle between two fierce rivals.

New York Red Bulls welcome City for the first time this season, with the previous two meetings both coming at Yankee Stadium. The sides are tied with a win a piece so far this term. The latest meeting ended with a 2-0 loss for the Red Bulls in a result not many would have predicted after they thrashed City 7-0 back in April.

That 2-0 defeat a month ago was also the first time NYCFC managed to overcome their local enemies so this clash couldn’t be more finely poised.

Jesse Marsch’s side come into this one struggling for form, with just one win in their last six outings. The Red Bulls are sitting third on 28 points, trailing NYCFC, who lead the Eastern Conference, by five points going into the weekend.

It is away form that is troubling New York Red Bulls as they have been on a solid run at home. They’ve won six of their last seven ties and kept a clean sheet in their last six at Red Bull Arena.

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New York City FC come into this one with the bragging rights over their rivals, as previously mentioned and sitting topof the East will only boost morale. But there is plenty of work to do to if they are to take all three points here.

Patrick Vieira will be pleased with how his side responded to their 3-1 away loss to SKC as they bounced straight back to winning ways with a 3-1 win over Montreal last time out.

NYCFC had the look of a side who believed they could overcome any opponent in that win last weekend, they were under pressure for large parts of the game but defended well and countered with great precision.

The New York City players will be hoping to further avenge the pain they put their fans through in that 7-0 loss at Yankee Stadium with a win in their rivals backyard this time around.

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Team News

New York Red Bulls have just two injury concerns heading into the derby as Kemar Lawrence and Gideon Baah both remain out.

New York City have a bit of an injury crisis on their hands at the moment, as they could be without as many as six for this one. Connor Brandt, Steven Mendoza, Shannon Gomez, Ronald Matarrita and Khiry Shelton all look set to miss out, while Andoni Iraola has been training after suffering his ankle injury last weekend but remains a doubt.

Key Points

New York Red Bulls’ last five: D/L/D/W/D

New York City FC’s last five: W/W/W/L/W

Key Stat: Home form – New York Red Bulls have won six of their last seven home games in Major League Soccer.

Key Player: Sacha Kljestan – The Red Bulls midfielder has a huge role for the derby. He will be tasked with keeping the inform NYCFC midfielders quiet. If he can stop the likes of Frank Lampard and Andrea Pirlo bossing the game his side have a great chance of winning this tie. Possibly an even more important task for the Red Bulls midfielder will be to keep service to the City stars to a minimum.

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Score Prediction

New York Red Bulls 2-2 New York City FC – This has the makings of a classic tie. Both sides are in form in one way or another. With Red Bulls looking solid at home and with City winning six of their last seven outings it’s difficult to see either side losing. RBNY know they have to win this tie to close the gap on their neighbours, while a draw for NYCFC will see them remain top of the East beyond this weekend. Score draw.

MLS Preview and Prediction: New York Red Bulls vs Orlando City

Competition: Major League Soccer – New York Red Bulls vs. Orlando City

Venue: Red Bull Arena – Wednesday, July 13 – 19:30 ET (00:30 BST)

Match Odds: NY Red Bulls 8/15 – Draw 100/30 – Orlando 9/2

Match Preview

New York Red Bulls welcome Eastern Conference rivals Orlando City to Red Bull Arena on Wednesday evening in one of six regular season midweek games.

The Red Bulls saw their five-game home winning streak come to an end at the weekend as they only managed a 0-0 draw with Portland.

That result has left New York Red Bulls without a win in their last four, drawing two and losing two. They are currently fourth in the East, trailing top spot by six points.

New York have been very tough to break down at Red Bull Arena and have kept five consecutive clean sheets. They will be feeling confident of getting back to winning ways in this tie.

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Orlando City have struggled for form on the road in recent weeks and their winless away run has extended to six games.

OCSC come into this one off the back of their 0-0 draw with Houston and have now managed just one win in their last six outings.

Orlando are now sitting eighth in the East, one point outside the playoff places and three points off the Red Bulls heading into this tie, so a victory would push them right back into the mix.

Worryingly for Orlando, they have conceded at least two goals in their last six games on the road. They’ll know they cannot afford to give the Red Bulls anything to boost their confidence early in this tie otherwise they risk seeing their struggles on the road worsen.

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Team News

New York Red Bulls could still be without as many as three players as Damien Perrinelle, Kemar Lawrence and Tyler Adam are all carrying injuries. Aurelien Collin and Chris Duvall are both set to return after they served their suspensions last time out.

Orlando City have three injury concerns heading into this tie, as Pedro Ribeiro and Kaka are both still expected to be out, while Rafael Ramos is a doubt.

Key Points

New York Red Bulls’ last five: W/L/D/L/D

Orlando City’s last five: D/D/W/L/D

Key Stat: New York Red Bulls are unbeaten in their last six home matches in Major League Soccer, winning five and drawing the other.

Key Player: Bradley Wright-Phillips – The Red Bulls forward has netted five in his last six games at Red Bull Arena. He will be eager to get back amongst the goals here after going two games without hitting the back of the net.

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Score Prediction

New York Red Bulls 2-1 Orlando City – New York Red Bulls to continue the theme of putting two goals past Orlando City as a visiting side. This looks like it has the makings of a tight tie with New York likely to edge it considering their strong home form.

2016 MLS Season Preview: New York Red Bulls

As the 2016 MLS season edges closer, we’ll be publishing each team’s MLS 2016 Season Preview. Today we take a look at what New York Red Bulls will be hoping to achieve this season.

New York Red Bulls come into the 2016 season with a squad in solid shape, who will be hoping to improve on last season’s bow out at the Conference Finals stage of the playoffs. Jesse Marsch has a strong squad ready for the new campaign and will be looking for his side to challenge for the Eastern Conference title once again. His side are the holders of the Supporters’ Shield and will be hungry to try and retain their title with a squad that hasn’t changed too drastically. Their 60-point tally last term was a brilliant effort and as the new season comes closer they will be itching to get going and look to get off to a strong start.

Last season’s finish:

Western Conference – Position: 1st – P34 – W18 – D6 – L10

Photo: @NewYorkRedBulls

Photo: @NewYorkRedBulls

What needs to change this year?

There isn’t an awful lot for New York Red Bulls to improve on. They were unlucky in the Playoffs and as we know, knockout rounds are a lottery. Losing less games is something that they can prioritise, as although they won the Supporters’ Shield, they still lost on ten occasions during the regular season. They won five home games on the bounce and six home games on the bounce on two separate spells in the 2015 season, showing that Red Bull Arena can be a fortress and an essential place for Marsch’s side to pick up a lot of points. This is something they have to keep doing in the coming season.

Key changes to squad:

Ins: Tyler Adams – Defender, Scott Thomsen – Defender, Gideon Baah – Defender, Derrick Etienne – Midfielder, Chris Thorsheim – Midfielder, Mael Corboz – Midfielder, Brandon Allen – Forward & Alex Muyl – Forward

Outs: Santiago Castano – Goalkeeper, Matt Miazga – Defender, Shawn McLaws – Defender, Roy Miller – Defender, Anthony Miller – Defender, Leo Stolz – Midfielder, Marius Obekop – Midfielder, Dane Richards – Midfielder & Manolo Sanchez – Forward 

Key Player:

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Bradley Wright-Phillips – The obvious choice is the New York Red Bulls’ talisman. He netted 17 goals last campaign and will be looking to improve and push his side forward as the new season starts. BWP, typical of any frontman, plays off of confidence, and once he gets going he is tough to stop. When he gets it right in front of goal NYRB normally take all three points. The 30 year old will be expected to provide for his side again this year and we all know what he is capable of.

One to Watch:

Gideon Baah – The new signing has some big boots to fill following Matt Miazga’s departure to Chelsea. The 24 year old has made just one appearance for his national side, Ghana, but has shown the potential for international recognition. The NYRB defence was solid last season, and parterned with their attacking options, boasted the best goal difference in Major League Soccer in 2015. Baah has a lot of pressure coming into the side but that sometimes helps new signings to up their game from the outset.

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Predicted Finish:

Eastern Conference – 2nd – New York Red Bulls should be battling at the top of the Eastern Conference in 2016 and will be aiming for a solid performance in the playoffs. We’ve predicted NYRB to drop into second place come the end of the season, simply because they have lost a star man in Miazga and they haven’t yet made a standout signing. Jesse Marsch does however have a strong squad at his disposal and will be expecting another strong campaign from his side in 2016.

What are you expecting from New York Red Bulls in 2016?

Former Chelsea and Manchester City star free to complete MLS move

Former Chelsea and Manchester City star Shaun Wright-Phillips is free to join up with brother Bradley Wright-Phillips at New York Red Bulls following his release at Queens Park Rangers.

Wright-Phillips has endured a torrid time at QPR and only played 128 minutes in the Premier League this season; only managing one start.

As he heads towards the twilight years of his career, SWP may want to join his brother at the Red Bulls. They are currently in search for a natural winger to replace Thierry Henry on the left flank, after the Arsenal legend retired at the end of the 2014 MLS season.

Bradley Wright-Phillips has been sensational since moving to the States in 2013 and has an incredible goalscoring record of 33 goals in just 48 games for the Red Bulls.

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BWP, holder of the MLS Golden Boot award, has started the current season in form, already netting five goals in 11 appearances.

The addition of SWP would provide balance to the side as well as frightening pace on both flanks, with Lloyd Sam already playing from the right.

Having already played for top clubs in England like Manchester City, Chelsea and QPR; the winger has more than enough pedigree to perform in MLS.

Would Shaun Wright-Phillips benefit from a move to Major League Soccer?

MLS Preview and Prediction: New York Red Bulls vs Philadelphia Union

Competition: Major League Soccer – New York Red Bulls vs. Philadelphia Union

Venue: Red Bull Arena – Sunday, May 24 – 17:00 ET (22:00 BST) 

Match Odds: New York 7/10 – Draw 13/5 – Philadelphia 4/1

Match Preview

New York Red Bulls host Philadelphia Union in the live Sky Sports match this Sunday night. The Union will feel confident of producing a result, following an impressive 1-0 win over DC United last time out, but face a tough test away at New York this week.

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The Red Bulls have impressed so far this season, however, draws are hindering their potential. Jesse Marsch’s men have drawn five times, going behind in four of them with the other draw being a goalless affair away to FC Dallas last weekend.

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The Red Bulls go into this one as overwhelming favourites, having only lost two of their last 19 home games in MLS, and another win could see them leapfrog New England Revolution into second place in the Eastern Conference should the Revs drop points at home to DC United.

New York Red Bulls’ record this season: P10 – W4 – D5 – L1

Philadelphia will feel buoyed after beating Eastern Conference leaders DC United last Sunday and will face another tough task at the Red Bulls as they look for just their third win of the campaign.

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The 1-0 win over DC was the first time the Union has kept a clean sheet since the opening day of the season, and was their first win in six.

Philadelphia Union’s record this season: P12 – W2 – D3 – L7

Boasting the worst defence in the league, the Union will have to be at their best to keep out last year’s MLS Golden Boot winner Bradley Wright-Phillips if they are to pick up points come the end of play on Sunday evening.

Team News

New York Red Bulls will be without Sal Zizzo and Ronald Zubar, who both miss out through injury, while Matt Miazga is away on international duty with the USMNT Under 20s, so Damien Perrinelle and Karl Ouimette should start as the centre-back pairing once again.

Philadelphia Union are missing Andre Blake, Michael Lahoud and Steven Vitoria. Antoine Hoppenot and Raymon Gaddis are both doubts so may not feature. Maurice Edu could move into midfield following another stint in defence.

Key Points

New York Red Bulls’ last five: D/D/L/W/D

Philadelphia Union’s last five: L/L/L/L/W

Key Stat: Philadelphia Union have never won away from home when playing the New York Red Bulls.

Key Player: Bradley Wright-Phillips – Last year’s Golden Boot winner, BWP, is always a threat in front of goal and playing against the worst defence in the league could see him bag a few goals.

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Score Prediction

New York Red Bulls 2-0 Philadelphia Union – The Red Bulls look too strong at the moment and should blow the Union away with ease.

MLS Preview and Prediction: New England Revolution vs New York Red Bulls

Competition: Major League Soccer – New England Revolution vs. New York Red Bulls 

Venue: Gillette Stadium – Saturday, May 2nd – 19:30 ET (00:30 BST)

Match Odds: New England Revolution 23/20 – Draw 23/10 – New York Red Bulls 23/10

Match Preview

New England Revolution face New York Red Bulls on Saturday in one of this weekend’s standout fixtures. The Eastern Conference rivals are just separated by a point with the Revs leading the conference after eight weeks.

Jay Heaps’ side have had a strong start to the season and will be challenged here against a Red Bulls side that remain the only unbeaten team in MLS.

The Revs come into this one off back-to-back wins in a six-game unbeaten streak and look in a strong position ahead of the game.

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Goals have been coming from all over the field for New England, five from midfield and five from the forward line, with seven different scorers netting those ten goals. Charlie Davies has bagged two in his last two outings and will be hoping he can prove himself to be a big game player in this one.

New York Red Bulls remain unbeaten but have drawn four of their opening seven games. With back-to-back home draws, they will hope for better success on the road but will need to try and stop conceding the first goal to improve their chances.

It seems as if they are missing out on opportunities to be leading the Eastern Conference but if they can continue this unbeaten form it will give them a great chance of competing for top spot.

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Bradley Wright-Phillips and Lloyd Sam have started the season in brilliant form, scoring six between them. Wright-Phillips netted again midweek and his form in front of goal will be pivotal to how his side fare in the big games.

Red Bulls will have had just three days between this and their 1-1 draw against Colorado Rapids. They would have been expecting to win that game and cannot afford any complacency this weekend.

Team News

New England Revolution could be without four as Darrius Barnes, Jose Goncalves, Daigo Kobayashi and Lee Nguyen are carrying injuries. Nguyen would be a huge miss in the middle of the park but the Revs have coped well without key players already this season so Heaps should be able to rejig his midfield to cater for any potential absentees.

New York Red Bulls have just one injury concern to defender Ronald Zubar. Other than that Jesse Marsch has a full squad at his disposal. He will again be hoping for Wright-Phillips and Sam to combine but knows this is going to be a tough test.

Key Points

New England Revolution’s last five: W/W/D/W/W

New York Red Bulls’ last five: W/D/W/D/D

Key Stat: Goals – There have been 16 goals in the last five meetings between the sides so if that is anything to go by we could have an end-to-end tie.

Key Player: Lloyd Sam – The Red Bulls forward has really stepped up so far this season and is a real threat, he can be key to unlocking the Revs defence.

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Score Prediction

New England Revolution 2-2 New York Red Bulls – Another close tie with action like usual. The Red Bulls to continue their unbeaten run in possibly their toughest challenge so far.