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

Competition: MLS Playoffs (Eastern Conference Semifinal Second Leg) – New York Red Bulls vs. DC United

Venue: Red Bull Arena – Sunday, November 8 – 15:00 ET (20:00 GMT)

Match Odds: New York Red Bulls 4/9 – Draw 7/2 – DC United 6/1

Match Preview

New York Red Bulls welcome DC United to Red Bull Arena on Sunday afternoon for the second leg of their MLS Eastern Conference semifinal.

The Red Bulls returned home from DC last weekend with an excellent 1-0 win that puts them firmly in the driving seat in this tie, knowing they’ve scored a crucial away goal.

Dax McCarty’s headed finish following Sacha Kljestan’s floated free-kick in the 72nd minute gave New York the advantage, and Jesse Marsch will be confident his side can see out the job on home soil.

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The victory against DC was the perfect way for the Red Bulls to follow on from sealing the Supporters’ Shield title, showing they mean business and that they haven’t lost their focus – it also marked their third consecutive win.

DC United looked tired and slightly bereft of ideas as they struggled to break down a strong Red Bulls team – not even their usually reliable home form could help them salvage anything from the first leg.

Ben Olsen may be tempted to send his players out with orders to attack straight from the off in the hope of creating a realistic chance to progress, although that’s a tactic that could play into the hands of a New York side so dangerous on the counter-attack.

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DC have lost seven of their last ten games, so it may pay for them to try and keep things tight and hope they can pinch a goal. It’s a tough task but if they have any aspirations of winning the MLS Cup, then now is the time to really stand up and be counted.

New York Red Bulls haven’t lost any of the four meetings with DC in 2015 (W3, D1) and the last time they lost at home to DC was in December 2012.

Team News

New York Red Bulls will be without regular centre-back, Damien Perrinelle, for the rest of the season after he suffered a knee injury in the first leg. Ronald Zubar will be expected to deputise in his absence. Defender Chris Duvall (leg) and striker Anatole Abang (hamstring) both remain out.

DC United have doubts over the fitness of midfielders Chris Pontius (hamstring) and Michael Farfan (undisclosed), as well as defender Sean Franklin (achilles). All three could miss this crucial second leg, while Chris Korb (knee), Davy Arnaud (concussion) and Jared Jeffrey (face) remain out.

Key Points

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

DC United’s last five: W/W/L/W/L

Key Stat: New York Red Bulls have scored at least one goal in each of their last 24 games.

Key Player: Mike Grella – He has perhaps been somewhat an unsung hero in 2015. With great performances from the likes of BWP, Lloyd Sam and Sacha Kljestan taking the limelight, it’s also worth noting how crucial Grella has been. He’s scored nine goals and made seven assists this season, making him a vital cog in the Red Bulls machine.

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Score Prediction

New York Red Bulls 2-1 DC United – You can’t help feeling that New York Red Bulls have one foot in the conference final, although there is still hard work to be done. DC United certainly face an uphill struggle, but they will throw everything they have at this game as there’s nothing to lose. Ultimately though, the Red Bulls should see it through.

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Red Bulls Revolution: The Kljestan Effect

As the New York Red Bulls look to build on their Supporters’ Shield win by claiming a first ever MLS Cup title, Louis East looks at how Sacha Kljestan has inspired his team to glory in his first year back in MLS.

When Sacha Kljestan landed back on U.S. soil following his switch to the New York Red Bulls from Belgian giants Anderlecht in January, few predicted he would outshine the likes of Frank Lampard, Jermaine Jones and Michael Bradley as one of Major League Soccer’s outstanding central midfielders in 2015.

But after scoring eight goals and picking up 14 assists (fourth most in MLS in 2015), Kljestan has proved to be one of the league’s most dynamic midfield assets and his performances have helped the Red Bulls enjoy plenty of success this year.

When head coach Jesse Marsch joined the Red Bulls in early January, rumours immediately began pouring out of New York that Kljestan was a key transfer target, following a turbulent offseason that saw Designated Player’s Thierry Henry and Tim Cahill leave the club.

Marsch, who enjoyed four seasons playing alongside Kljestan at Chivas from 2006 to 2009, clearly knew that the powerful midfielder strengths and decided he would help transform the team’s fortunes following a mixed 2014 campaign. He wasn’t wrong.

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Only seven players contributed to more goals in the 2015 regular season than Kljestan (22), with only one other central midfielder registering more goals and assists as Benny Feilhaber ended with a total of 25 combined. That puts into perspective how good Kljestan has been.

Let’s also not forget this is a player who joined the league after already playing 21 games for Anderlecht in the first four months of the Belgian side’s 2014-15 season. Tiredness proved to be no concern whatsoever as Kljestan started 33 of the Red Bulls’ 34 games – only Felipe and Luis Robles started all of them.

Despite playing 58 matches in just over 12 months, Kljestan looks as fresh as anyone else entering the MLS Cup Playoffs. He was the best player on the field against DC United on Sunday and it was his perfect free-kick to Dax McCarty that led to the winning goal.

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New York now take a huge away goal into the home leg at Red Bull Arena on Sunday and are expected to sail through to the Conference Finals.

His relationship with McCarty in midfield is one of the best in Major League Soccer. It’s hardly a surprise given the fact the two have been alongside each other since they entered the game professionally nearly ten years ago.

Kljestan was taken with the fifth overall pick of the 2006 MLS SuperDraft by Chivas USA before McCarty immediately followed as Dallas used their sixth overall selection to pick the tenacious tackler.

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They experienced different career paths but have wound up next to each other in one of the league’s most effective teams. A first ever MLS Cup title would represent the quality of their partnership and few could argue with the fact the Red Bulls’ have been the league’s most solid unit in 2015.

The club will now be preparing for Sunday’s huge Conference Semifinal second leg with DC. With Kljestan enjoying some of the best form of his season (one goal and three assists in his last three games), it’s hard to see the 2015 Supporters’ Shield winners losing.

How important is Sacha Kljestan to the New York Red Bulls? 

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

Competition: MLS Playoffs (Eastern Conference Semifinal First Leg) – DC United vs. New York Red Bulls

Venue: RFK Stadium – Sunday, November 1 – 15:00 ET (20:00 GMT)

Match Odds: DC United 9/5 – Draw 13/5 – New York Red Bulls 13/10

Match Preview

DC United and New York Red Bulls clash at RFK Stadium on Sunday in the first leg of the MLS Eastern Conference semifinal.

The match-up between these two sides sees a repeat of last season’s tie at this same stage, although DC will play the first-leg at home this time around due to their lower seeding.

DC secured their place in the semifinal by bouncing back from a crushing 5-0 defeat away at Columbus on the last day of the regular season to beat New England Revolution 2-1 in the Eastern Conference knockout round.

Ben Olsen will be delighted with his side’s strong reaction, which secured a third win in four games and keeps alive their hopes of winning an MLS Cup for the first time since 2004.

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Revenge will be in the air at RFK Stadium after the Red Bulls knocked DC out of the competition a year ago, with a 3-2 aggregate score over the two legs.

The New York Red Bulls will be refreshed and full of confidence after they’ve enjoyed a week off to relish the fact they’re Supporters’ Shield winners for the second time in three years.

Jesse Marsch has inspired his team to an excellent season but must now ensure the players maintain their focus if they are to sustain a serious challenge at winning the 2015 MLS Cup.

The Red Bulls fell short in 2014 after a conference final defeat, but the platform to go all the way is now in place and they just need to continue their impressive form of 12 wins in their last 17 games (D1, L4).

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DC United failed to beat New York Red Bulls in any of the three meetings between the two sides in the regular season (D1, L2), with the most recent clash ending in a 3-0 win for the Red Bulls in August, while the last encounter at RFK Stadium was a 2-2 draw in April.

Team News

DC United will be without Chris Korb (knee), Davy Arnaud (concussion) and Jared Jeffrey (facial fracture) who are all injured. Bobby Boswell will miss the match as a result of a one-game ban issued by the league for an off the ball incident against New England on Thursday.

New York Red Bulls defender Chris Duvall remains out (leg), while Roy Miller (knee) and Anatole Abang (hamstring) are also struggling with injuries.

Key Points

DC United’s last five: L/W/W/L/W

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

Key Stat: New York Red Bulls were the highest goalscorers in the MLS regular season with 62, so they’ll be looking to continue scoring freely and get that all important away goal.

Key Player: Chris Rolfe – An obvious choice, but he is crucial to DC United. He’s their top goalscorer this season, with 11 goals in all competitions. Rolfe also scored a late winner against New England Revolution in the knockout round.

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Score Prediction

DC United 1-1 New York Red Bulls – DC have been strong at home with just 3 defeats all season, so it’s a tough ask for the Red Bulls to win the game. However, they should have enough to get an away goal and secure a draw – a result that would put them in the driving seat for the second leg.

New York Red Bulls clinch MLS Supporters’ Shield with Decision Day win

The 2015 MLS Regular Season ended in style last night as Decision Day kept fans engaged throughout the evening, with the New York Red Bulls going on to win the Supporters’ Shield.

It sees the Red Bulls claim the Shield for the second time in their history with the previous win coming just two years ago in the 2013 season.

They needed a win to seal the Shield, with FC Dallas locked on the same number of points heading into the final game of the regular season, but with inferior goal difference. New York’s 2-1 win in Chicago sealed it as Dallas won 2-1 against San Jose.

Jesse Marsch has done a fine job with his players this term and New York set a franchise record as they recorded their 18th win of the year – the most they’ve ever managed.

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They enter the MLS Cup Playoffs as the top seed in MLS and will find out who they face in Sunday’s Eastern Conference semifinal on Thursday night.

The No. 1 seed also means the Red Bulls will enjoy home advantage through the playoffs as a first MLS Cup looks to be a real possibility.

Final 2015 MLS Supporters’ Shield standings:

# Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts
1 New York Red Bulls 34 18 10 6 62 43 +19 60
2 FC Dallas 34 18 10 6 52 39 +13 60
3 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 34 16 13 5 45 36 +9 53
4 Columbus Crew 34 15 11 8 58 53 +5 53
5 Portland Timbers 34 15 11 8 41 39 +2 53
6 Seattle Sounders FC 34 15 13 6 44 36 +8 51
7 Montreal Impact 34 15 13 6 48 44 +4 51
8 D.C. United 34 15 13 6 43 45 −2 51
9 LA Galaxy 34 14 11 9 56 46 +10 51
10 Sporting Kansas City 34 14 11 9 48 45 +3 51
11 New England Revolution 34 14 12 8 48 47 +1 50
12 Toronto FC 34 15 15 4 58 58 0 49
13 San Jose Earthquakes 34 13 13 8 41 39 +2 47
14 Orlando City SC 34 12 14 8 46 56 −10 44
15 Houston Dynamo 34 11 14 9 42 49 −7 42
16 Real Salt Lake 34 11 15 8 38 48 −10 41
17 New York City FC 34 10 17 7 49 58 −9 37
18 Philadelphia Union 34 10 17 7 42 55 −13 37
19 Colorado Rapids 34 9 15 10 33 43 −10 37
20 Chicago Fire 34 8 20 6 43 58 −15 30

MLS Preview and Prediction: New York Red Bulls vs Chicago Fire

Competition: Major League Soccer – New York Red Bulls vs. Chicago Fire 

Venue: Red Bull Arena – Friday, September 11 – 19:00 ET (00:00 BST)

Match Odds: NY Red Bulls 4/9 – Draw 7/2 – Chicago Fire 11/2

Match Preview

New York Red Bulls host Chicago Fire in an all Eastern Conference tie this Friday night as they look to continue to pile the pressure on top side DC United.

Red Bulls come into the tie off the back of their 3-0 win over leaders DC United, which has put them in a really strong position at this stage of the season. They have three games in hand over DC and are just two points behind.

Jesse Marsch’s side will be feeling confident ahead of this one, but know no tie is an easy three points, but this is a great chance for them to continue pushing for top spot.

New York Red Bulls will be setting their sights on fighting all the way for the Supporters’ Shield. LA Galaxy are in the lead, four points ahead, but have played three games more. It is important for Marsch’s side to finish the season in the best form possible to give them every chance of winning the Supporters’ Shield, but also to ensure they are confident heading into the playoffs.

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Chicago Fire sit bottom of the Eastern Conference on 27 points and although making the playoffs seems unlikely they still have to believe anything is possible.

They come into the game off the back of their 4-3 loss to Montreal Impact, which has to be the most entertaining fixture of last weekend.

The Fire haven’t won on the road all season and it will be an extremely tough task to take all three points here. They can take confidence that they won the earlier meeting in the campaign between the sides, 3-2.

Fire fans will be hoping Kennedy Igboananike can reproduce the form he showed against Red Bulls in the 3-2 win, where he netted twice.

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Team News

New York Red Bulls only injury concern is to Chirs Duvall, who is expected to miss out. Connor Lade and Dax McCarty are both one booking away from suspension.

Chicago Fire have just the one injury concern too. Adailton is expected to be their only absentee. Matt Polster and Eric Gehrig are also both one caution away from suspension.

Key Points

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

Chicago Fire’s last five in MLS: D/L/W/D/L

Key Stat: Travel sick – Chicago haven’t won a regular season game on the road all season, drawing five and losing eight.

Key Player: Bradley Wright-Phillips – The Red Bulls forward has hit form at the right time. He netted twice in his last outing and has now scored 13 goals in 25 regular season appearances this campaign.

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Score Prediction

New York Red Bulls 3-0 Chicago Fire – Red Bulls to prove too strong for the Eastern Conference’s bottom side and come away with all three points as expected.

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

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

Venue: Red Bull Arena – Sunday, August 30 – 19:00 ET (00:00 BST)

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

Match Preview

This Sunday evening will see the battle at the top of the Eastern Conference heat up as second place New York Red Bulls host first place DC United in the latest Atlantic Cup rivalry game in what is one of the standout fixtures of Heineken Rivalry Week.

The home side come into this one off the back of their 3-2 loss away at Chicago Fire on Wednesday night. They are sitting five points behind their DC United ahead of this fixture but have three games in hand so this is a great chance for Jesse Marsch’s side to close the gap on their fierce rivals.

The Red Bulls will be confident heading into the game but know it will be a tough task to take all three points. This is the third meeting between the sides this season in MLS and DC are yet to win, with the most recent game ending 2-2 at RFK Stadium in April.

The previous meeting at Red Bull Arena ended with in a 2-0 win for the home side back in March. Marsch and fans alike will be hoping for a repeat of that scoreline so they can move closer to DC at the top of the Eastern and claim back the Atlantic Cup series after last year’s 3-1 aggregate loss.

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DC United come into this one after losing their second consecutive game. Their 2-0 home loss to San Jose Earthquakes is not what Ben Olsen would have expected from his side and there is a danger of the wheels coming off at the worst possible time.

DC have struggled on the road this season, having won just four of their 13 away ties. Olsen will be aware of Red Bulls’ recent home form and knows his players have a tough task on their hands here to take all three points.

Olsen’s side still have a chance of winning the Supporter’s Shield but are up against it now after their previous two defeats.

This is the first of two consecutive away games for DC and they will want to ensure they can take a positive result here so that confidence levels around the squad do not drop any further.

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Team News

New York Red Bulls are expected to be without Chris Duvall. Kemar Lawrence is also a doubt for this one. Ronald Zubar returned on Wednesday and could line up again alongside Matt Miazga. Shaun Wright-Phillips will be hoping for a start after sitting on the bench once again on Wednesday.

DC United have four injury concerns. Eddie Johnson and Chris Korb are out, while Fabian Espindola and Bill Hamid are doubts. Perry Kitchen and Davy Arnaud are both one booking away from suspension.

Key Points

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

DC United’s last five in MLS: W/W/W/L/L

Key Stat: Solid – Red Bulls have won their last four regular season home games.

Key Player: Bradley Wright-Phillips – The Red Bulls forward has netted 11 goals so far this campaign and has three goals in his last five appearances.

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Score Prediction

New York Red Bulls 2-1 DC United  – This will be a close game which neither side can afford to drop points in. Red Bulls to edge it and claim the Atlantic Cup series.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Chicago Fire vs New York Red Bulls

Competition: Major League Soccer – Chicago Fire vs New York Red Bulls

Venue: Toyota Park – Wednesday, August 26 – 20:30 ET (01:30 BST) 

Match Odds: Chicago Fire 15/8 – Draw 12/5 – New York Red Bulls 5/4

Match Preview

Chicago Fire host New York Red Bulls on Wednesday night to kickoff Week 26’s MLS action in a game between two sides at either end of the Eastern Conference.

Chicago have endured a tough season that has failed to ever pick up. They sit bottom of the table and have the fewest points in Major League Soccer after 24 games. Frank Yallop’s side have won just one of their last seven and look like a team that knows it won’t make the playoffs.

A 1-0 home loss to the Colorado Rapids on Saturday was a real blow and they are now five points off Montreal Impact in sixth place with ten to play. Time is running out and the Fire’s performances are lacking the urgency they require.

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A clash with the league’s most in-form team will pose more problems and it’s difficult to see where the Fire’s wins will come from, especially with reports suggesting Shaun Maloney may have played his last game for the club as a transfer to Hull looks likely.

The Red Bulls are a side enjoying completely contrasting fortunes as they can do no wrong right now. A run of six unbeaten with five wins has catapulted them back into Eastern Conference and Supporters’ Shield contention.

A 3-0 win over Toronto in their last game only increased confidence and they are now five points behind rivals DC United, who they face on Sunday night, at the top of the East with four games in hand.

Jesse Marsch has his team back on track and a playoff berth looks to be guaranteed, with the Red Bulls now looking to maintain their form as the postseason approaches.

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This will be the first meeting between the two this season. They will meet at Red Bull Arena in the return fixture on the final weekend of the regular season on October 25.

Chicago have won the past two meetings between the two and have not lost at home to the Red Bulls since 2005 so at least history is on the home team’s side.

Team News

Chicago Fire head coach Frank Yallop may not be able to call on Shaun Maloney anymore as the Scottish DP is believed to be closing in on a move to Hull City. David Accam is a doubt with an ongoing hamstring problem, while Gilberto may sit out again. Adailton is defintely out through injury.

The Red Bulls will have to play without Damien Perrinelle as the defender is suspended. Chris Duvall is out, while Kemar Lawrence and Ronald Zubar remain doubts. Shaun Wright-Phillips will be pushing for a start but will have to dislogdge Mike Grella from the side.

Key Points

Chicago Fire’s last five: D/W/L/D/L

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

Key Stat: New York Red Bulls have only ever won once at Chicago Fire in 15 attempts. That came in their first ever away game back in 2005 and they have now gone 14 straight without a win in Chicago.

Key Player: Sacha Kljestan – The Red Bulls midfielder has been excellent all season and he has two goals in New York’s last three road games. He picked up an assist in the 3-0 win over Toronto before this one and should be a real threat.

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Score Prediction

Chicago Fire 1-2 New York Red Bulls – The Fire will look to rally in their last home game before a gruelling four-game road swing but will prove too weak for the in-form Red Bulls here. New York look unstoppable right now and should face little trouble brushing Chicago aside as they look to win the Eastern Conference.

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

Competition: Major League Soccer – New York Red Bulls vs. Real Salt Lake

Venue: Red Bull Arena – Saturday, July 11 – 19:00 ET (00:00 BST)

Match Odds: New York Red Bulls 4/5 – Draw 11/4 – Real Salt Lake 16/5

Match Preview

It’s sixth versus fourth in the Eastern Conference as New York Red Bulls entertain New England Revolution on Saturday evening.

New York Red Bulls come into this one off the back of their 2-1 defeat against Columbus Crew. The result would be have been disappointing for Jesse Marsch as his side threw the game away after leading early on.

Recent form will be a concern for NYRB, as they have only won twice in their last seven regular season games.

Red Bulls are sitting sixth in the Eastern Conference and are only one point behind the Revs despite having played three games less than their opponents.

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New England Revolution are in a bad patch of form. Having lost their last four regular season games on the bounce they desperately need a positive result from this one.

Jay Heaps side come into this one off the back of the 3-0 drubbing at the hands of FC Dallas.

Worryingly for the Revs they have only won once in their last 11 regular season outings. With each passing game their opponents are seeing them as a beatable side.

Charlie Davies has easily been one of the Revs stand out players this season and he will be hoping to add to his tally of seven so far this campaign.

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Team News

New York Red Bulls will be without Chris Duvall while Ronald Zubar remains doubtful. Damien Perrinelle is one booking away from a suspension.

New England Revolution will be without Darrius Barnes and Jermaine Jones. Kevin Alston is a doubt and Teal Bunbury is also one booking away from a suspension.

Key Points

New York Red Bulls’ last five in MLS: L/L/W/W/L

New England Revolution’s last five in MLS: W/L/L/L/L

Key Stat: New England have lost their last five away regular season matches.

Key Player: Bradley Wright-Phillips – The Englishman to play a key role in this one and find his scoring touch again.

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Score Prediction

New York Red Bulls 2-1 New England Revolution – New York Red Bulls to continue piling misery on the Revs.  

EXCLUSIVE: Lloyd Sam looking ‘to get aggression back’ as Red Bulls look to evolve

The New York Red Bulls have started 2015 in much better form than many predicted, and are currently three points better off than at the same stage last season, despite the change in head coach and the loss of Designated Players Thierry Henry and Tim Cahill.

But not everything changed, and Lloyd Sam is one of the players who has remained an integral part of the Red Bulls team, as he has since joining from Leeds United in 2012.

The English winger started the campaign with three goals in four matches and is already on the same number as he was after 27 weeks in 2014, but he admits that he is not happy with his recent goalscoring drought, having not scored in seven.

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“At the moment I’m not really happy with myself in front of goal,” Sam told MLSGB. “I haven’t scored in a few games and I want to get back to that aggression that I was showing in the first few matches.

“So I’ve got to get back to that, running hard in the box and really making myself a nuisance. We’re looking at that right now about getting that aggression back.”

There were concerns that the Red Bulls were going to struggle this season after waving goodbye to Mike Petke despite their playoff run to the Eastern Conference final at the end of last season.

But Jesse Marsch has come in and has done well with the squad so far, leading them to third place in the Eastern Conference. They are just five points off top placed DC United and have two games in hand but Sam isn’t surprised by the encouraging start to the season.

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“I don’t know if I’m surprised,” the former Charlton Athletic winger said. “After going into preseason everything started well and I wouldn’t say I’m surprised because I look around me and I see good players and good people.

“It’s going to be hard to keep up the same style but we’re going to endeavor to do it and hopefully get stronger and stronger, and evolve into the team we want to be.”

Sam’s fellow Englishman Bradley Wright-Phillips tied the MLS record with 27 regular season goals in an exceptional season last year, and even though regular provider Thierry Henry has left, Wright-Phillips has still netted five times from ten starts so far in 2015.

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The two English attackers have a strong relationship on the field and off it, and Sam loves playing alongside last season’s MLS Golden Boot winner.

“He’s a really good guy. I love having him here and enjoy playing with him, especially when he converts a cross that I put in.

“I know his family so it’s good having him here and it’s good to go on the pitch with a guy that I know from London already. We’ve got good camaraderie.”

What have you made of Lloyd Sam and the New York Red Bull’s start to the 2015 season?

Southampton striker’s MLS switch ruled out by Red Bulls boss

New York Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch has denied rumours that Southampton striker Dani Osvaldo is on the verge of joining his MLS side.

Ole.com had originally revealed that the Italian international was set to make a move to the USA and it was also later reported by NBC Sports.

But when asked whether there was any truth behind the link, Marsch claimed he hadn’t even heard of Osvaldo, according to onceametro.com.

“Who is that? There’s nothing to comment on. The fact that I didn’t know the player I think should be telling,” said Marsch.

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Dani Osvaldo is currently on-loan to Argentinian side Boca Juniors and has scored three league goals in nine appearances. His loan deal with Boca runs out on June 30, so the Saints will be looking for another move for Osvaldo whether it be permanent or temporary.

He has also previously been on-loan at Serie A sides Juventus and Inter Milan, where he made a combined total of 23 league appearances, scoring six goals.

The 29-year-old’s future isn’t certain at this stage, but it looks as though he won’t be joining MLS any time soon. Well at least not with the New York Red Bulls anyway.

Would you like to see Dani Osvaldo in MLS?