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?

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MLS Playoff Preview and Prediction: New York Red Bulls vs Columbus Crew

Competition: MLS Cup Playoffs (Eastern Conference Final Second Leg) – New York Red Bulls vs. Columbus Crew

Venue: Red Bull Arena – Sunday, November 29 – 19:30 ET (00:30 GMT – Monday, November 30)

Match Odds:  New York Red Bulls 4/6 – Draw 3/1 – Columbus Crew 15/4

Match Preview

New York Red Bulls and Columbus Crew clash at the Red Bull Arena for the crucial second leg of their MLS Cup playoff Eastern Conference final tie.

The Crew made the most of their home advantage in the first leg, securing a 2-0 win thanks to Justin Meram who scored the fastest goal in MLS Cup playoff history after just nine seconds of the game, before top goalscorer Kei Kamara added a vital second late on.

The New York Red Bulls will be disappointed with their performance in the first leg and know full well they’ve left themselves a monumental task to try and reach the MLS Cup final.

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Jesse Marsch has to rally his men and draw upon their good form coming into the postseason – the defeat to Columbus ended a run of four straight victories and was only their second loss in eight games.

New York have been almost impeccable on home soil in the last few months, winning ten of their last 11 games at Red Bull Arena – in order to go through, they need to win either 2-0 or by a three goal margin should Columbus score, given the away goals rule.

Columbus Crew will be ecstatic after a quite simply magnificent performance in the first leg and they’ve given themselves an excellent chance of going all the way.

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They came into this contest as underdogs, so it will be interesting to see how they cope with the pressure of knowing they’re now in a great position and are most definitely favourites to reach the final.

Gregg Berhalter’s side have only lost by two goals or more on one occasion in their last 14 games, so they will be confident of finishing the job on Sunday night.

The Red Bulls can’t really afford to let Columbus score if they are to have a realistic chance of progressing, as one goal for the Crew would leave them needing to score four in reply.

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With an MLS Cup final spot at stake, one thing we can guarantee is that it promises to be another night of entertainment, excitement and drama – it’s certainly not one to miss.

Team News

New York Red Bulls will be without defensive duo Chris Duvall (broken leg) and Damien Perrinelle (knee). Ronald Zubar will partner Matt Miazga at the centre of the defence and they will need to be fully focused and organised to ensure they avoid any silly mistakes. Miazga, Zubar, Wright-Phillips and Sacha Kljestan are all one yellow card away from missing the final should they qualify.

Columbus Crew will continue to be without midfielder Kristinn Steindorsson who is recovering from a knee injury. Harrison Afful and Tyson Wahl will be keen to avoid cautions, as one more would see them miss the final if they were to make it.

Key Points

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

Columbus Crew’s last five: W/W/L/W/W

Key Stat: No side has ever overcome a two goal deficit from a conference final first leg to reach the MLS Cup final.

Key Player: Bradley Wright-Phillips – The English striker was isolated for large periods of the first leg in Columbus and the Red Bulls need to bring him into the game more frequently this time around to stand a chance of recovering the tie.

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Score Prediction

New York Red Bulls 2-1 Columbus Crew – The New York Red Bulls have left themselves with a mountain to climb but they’ll certainly give their all to turn it round. They will run Columbus close but having to come out and attack may leave the door open for the Crew to expose their defensive frailties. A narrow Red Bulls win could be on the cards, but it may not be enough to see them make the final.

MLS Playoff Preview and Prediction: Columbus Crew vs New York Red Bulls

Competition: MLS Cup Playoffs (Eastern Conference Final First Leg) – Columbus Crew vs. New York Red Bulls

Venue: MAPFRE Stadium – Sunday, November 22 – 17:00 ET (22:00 GMT)

Match Odds: Columbus Crew 5/4 – Draw 12/5 – New York Red Bulls 21/20

Match Preview

Columbus Crew welcome New York Red Bulls to MAPFRE Stadium for the first leg of their Eastern Conference Final clash, with one of these sides just two games away from the 2015 MLS Cup Final.

This is a huge fixture for Crew as they can get a real feeling as to whether or not they will advance into the final if they can outplay the Red Bulls on home soil.

In the last five meetings between the sides where Columbus have been at home they’ve been extremely hard to split. Both sides have won two and the other game a draw in that time so it’s almost impossible to call which way this first leg will go.

Columbus were taken to extra time by Montreal Impact in the last round and have Kei Kamara to thank for them getting them to this match. They cannot afford to give the Red Bulls chances otherwise they will more than likely be punished and keeping a clean sheet in the home leg will be one of the priorities for Columbus on Sunday.

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New York Red Bulls will be feeling confident heading into this tie. They have been in fantastic form but still have a lot of work to do if they are to complete a Supporters’ Shield and MLS Cup double.

We can expect a similar performance to that of the first leg of the semifinals against DC United, where New York were happy to sit and wait for chances to arise on the counter.

Jesse Marsch will be looking for his side to get an away goal. As we know, losing the first leg with the consolation of an away goal keeps the second leg interesting and the Red Bulls’ approach to the game will be interesting to see.

As previously mentioned, the Red Bulls travel well away to Columbus and they have only failed to score once in their last five visits.

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Team News

Columbus Crew could be without up to three players as Kristinn Steindorsson and Mohammed Saeid are out, while Tony Tchani is a doubt. The Crew will need their top players to be on song here. Kei Kamara, Ethan Finlay and Federico Higuain have 46 goals between them this season and they need to continue to provide in this one.

New York Red Bulls are expected to be without Chris Duvall, Anatole Abang and Damien Perrinelle. Bradley Wright-Phillips and Lloyd Sam have 28 goals combined this season and their performances have been key to NYRB success. Luis Robles was awarded the Allstate goalkeeper of the season and it comes as no real surprise, he is a vital last line of defence for the Red Bulls.

Key Points

Columbus Crews’ last five: L/W/W/L/W

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

Key Stat: Columbus have scored at least two goals in eight of their last ten Major League Soccer outings. You feel they will need to score at least two in the first leg and make use of their home advantage to have to best chance of progressing.

Key Player: Kei Kamara – The Crew look a completely different side when he is playing at his best and his brace against Montreal Impact in the last round saw them progress to this stage. They will need him at his best here.

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Score Prediction

Columbus Crew 2-1 New York Red Bulls – Crew to make home advantage count but still concede to a Red Bulls side who are very hard to stop. This will leave it perfectly poised for the second decisive leg to see who can make it to the MLS Cup Final.

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

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

Venue: Toyota Park – Sunday, October 25 – 19:00 ET (23:00 GMT)

Match Odds: Chicago Fire 23/10 – Draw 14/5 – New York Red Bulls 1/1

Match Preview

Chicago Fire host New York Red Bulls on Sunday night in the regular season finale. The Fire will regrettably finish bottom of the Eastern Conference regardless of their result on MLS Decision Day.

Their position in the table is justified down to the fact they are the only team in MLS to have a points-per-game ratio of under 1.00.

With one win in eight, this season has ended on a sour note and they will be hoping to at least give their fans something to cheer about on the final day.

Chicago Fire’s record in MLS: P33 – W8 – D6 – L19

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New York Red Bulls have run away with the Eastern Conference this year after consistent performances throughout this term.

Currently battling FC Dallas for the Supporters’ Shield, a prize they won in 2013, the Red Bulls know that a win would more than likely see them lift the silverware due to a superior goal difference.

And with three wins in their last four, New York will feel extremely confident of securing their second Supporters’ Shield in three years here.

New York Red Bulls’ record in MLS: P33 – P17 – D6 – L10

Photo: Denise McCooey

Photo: Denise McCooey

Team News

Chicago Fire are without Adailton, Eric Gehrig and Sean Johnson who have suffered season ending injuries. Ty Harden is a doubt with an adductor strain but could feature.

New York Red Bulls are missing three senior players with Chris Duvall, Roy Miller and Anatole Abang all missing through injury.

Key Points

Chicago Fire’s last five: L/L/L/W/L

New York Red Bull’s last five: L/W/W/L/W

Key Stat: Chicago have won only once in their last eight matches in MLS.

Key Player: Sacha Kljestan – The USMNT star has been a standout addition to MLS this season and has transformed the Red Bulls’ midfield. Expect him to be key on Sunday.

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Score Prediction

Chicago Fire 0-2 New York Red Bulls – The Red Bulls are hunting the Supporters’ Shield and Chicago are confined to last place in the MLS standings. We can only see one outcome.

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

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

Venue: BMO Field – Wednesday, October 14 – 19:00 ET (00:00 BST)

Match Odds: Toronto FC 13/8 – Draw 5/2 – New York Red Bulls 6/4

Match Preview

Toronto welcome Eastern Conference leaders New York Red Bulls to BMO Field in one of three midweek ties.

The home side come into this one off the back of their 3-1 win over Philadelphia Union, their third victory on the bounce.

Toronto sit 5th in the Eastern Conference and have all but sealed their first ever playoff place, which they have fought hard to earn this regular season.

If Toronto can manage to take all three points from this tie they will rocket up to second place, so there is a lot to play for here.

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New York Red Bulls are leading the way in the Supporters’ Shield standings and will be aiming to win this one to take a huge step closer to securing the silverware.

NYRB are three points ahead of FC Dallas and LA Galaxy, both on 51 points, in the race for the Supporters’ Shield, so they will not want to give the chasers the chance to close that gap.

They come into this one off the back of their 2-1 home win over Montreal Impact. Red Bulls have won three of their last five and will want to see out the rest of the regular season in strong form.

The visitors will feel confident heading into this one as they won the previous meeting in the season, 3-0, but will know this isn’t going to be an easy tie.

Photo: Denise McCooey

Photo: Denise McCooey

Team News

Toronto FC are without Mark Bloom and Clement Simonin through injury, while Daniel Lovitz is a doubt – other than that they have no fresh injury concerns.

New York Red Bulls are expected to be without three as Chris Duvall, Roy Miller and Anatole Abang are out. Matt Miazga is suspended, while Felipe Martins and Damien Perrinelle are both one booking away from suspension.

Key Points

Toronto FC’s last five: L/L/W/W/W

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

Key Stat: Clinical – Toronto have scored at least three goals in their last three home games in MLS.

Key Player: Bradley Wright-Phillips – The NYRB talisman has netted 15 goals in 31 appearances this campaign and scored in the previous meeting between the sides.

Photo: Denise McCooey

Photo: Denise McCooey

Score Prediction

Toronto FC 1-1 New York Red Bulls – Both sides to take a cautious approach and cancel each other out.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Portland Timbers vs New York Red Bulls

Competitions: Major League Soccer – Portland Timbers vs. New York Red Bulls 

Venue: Providence Park – Sunday, September 20 – 17:00 ET (22:00 BST)

Match Odds: Portland Timbers 13/10 – Draw 5/2 – New York Red Bulls 19/10

Match Preview

Portland Timbers entertain New York Red Bulls on Sunday with both side in playoffs places in their respective conferences.

The Timbers are sitting 6th in the Western Conference on 41 points. They come into the game off the back of a 0-0 draw at home against Sporting Kansas City. They now haven’t won in their last three.

Caleb Porter will have his players aware that they cannot afford to drop points at this late stage of the regular season, with no side in the Western Conference mathematically unable to make the playoffs. Just seven points separate Portland from bottom side Colorado Rapids.

Portland won 2-1 in the last meeting between the sides back in 2014. The last two ties between these two at Providence Park have ended 3-3.

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New York Red Bulls missed an opportunity to open up a three point lead at the top of the Eastern Conference in midweek as they lost 2-1 to New England Revolution.

They are still in a strong position to top the Eastern Conference as they have two games in-hand, but cannot afford anymore slip-ups.

NYRB haven’t won an away game in their last three attempts and will be aware that this will be no easy task.

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Team News

Portland have just the one injury concern coming into this one with Ben Zemanski out. Alvas Powell is one booking away from suspension.

New York Red Bulls will be without Chris Duvall and Roy Miller, both ruled out through injury. Connor Lade and Dax McCarty are both suspended due to yellow card accumulation. Felipe Martins and Matt Miazga are one booking away from suspension.

Key Points

Portland Timbers’ last five in MLS: W/W/D/L/D

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

Key Stat: Portland are unbeaten in their last then home games.

Key Player: Lloyd Sam – The Red Bulls winger has netted seven times this season, created 32 chances for teammates and has registered four assists. He can be a real handful for opposition defenders to deal with with his pace and direct approach.

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Score Prediction

Portland Timbers New 2-2 York Red Bulls – Another stalemate between these sides at Providence Park in a game with plenty of action.

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 – Wednesday, September 16 – 19:30 ET (00:30 BST)

Match Odds: New England Revolution 13/10 – Draw 14/5 – New York Red Bulls 7/4

Match Preview

Two of the most in form sides in MLS go head-to-head on Wednesday night as New England Revolution host Eastern Conference leaders New York Red Bulls.

New England trail NYRB by two points heading into the game and they have played two more than the leaders. This is a tie they need to take all three points in if they are to have a chance of finishing at the top of the Eastern Conference.

The Revs come into the tie off the back of five straight wins, their latest was the 3-1 away victory over Toronto FC. They are unbeaten in their last seven, winning six, so confidence is high.

New England won the first meeting of the season between the sides at Gillette Stadium 2-1 and will be hoping they can repeat that result.

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New York Red Bulls are also on a good run of form, they have won nine of their last 12 and lost just twice. They are leading the Eastern Conference on goal difference, but have played three games less than DC United so are in a strong position.

Red Bulls come into the tie off the back of their 3-2 home win against Chicago Fire, where they came from two goals behind to win.

They won the last meeting between the sides in July, 4-1, but will be aware this tie will be difficult to take all three points from, even more so considering their poor record away against the Revs.

They can give themselves an even stronger chance of finishing at the top of the pile if they can avoid defeat here.

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Team News

New England are still without Darrius Barnes. London Woodberry and Jermaine Jones are both one caution away from a suspension.

New York Red Bulls are expected to be without Chris Duvall and Roy Miller. Connor Lade and Dax McCarty are both one booking away from suspension.

Key Points

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

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

Key Stat: New England Revolution are unbeaten in 22 of their last 23 ties against New York Red Bulls in all competitions.

Key Player: Bradley Wright-Phillips – The obvious choice. His recent form in front of goal has no doubt been a huge factor his sides form. He has five in his last five and has now netted 14 for the season. He will have to be at his best if NYRB are to take all three points.

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Score Prediction

New England Revolution 2-2 New York Red Bulls – The sides to share the points and cancel each other out in a tight affair.

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: 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, August 9 – 19:00 ET (00:00 BST)

Match Odds: New York Red Bulls 4/6 – Draw 14/5 – New York City FC 4/1

Match Preview

The third and final New York derby of the season takes place on Sunday night at Red Bull Arena. New York City FC visit the New York Red Bulls in hope of ending the Red Bulls’ early dominance in this rivalry.

With two wins from two in the derby, the Red Bulls are comfortably in possession of the bragging rights after a 2-1 home win was followed up by a 3-1 comeback at Yankee Stadium in June.

And being eight points behind DC United in the Eastern Conference, they will want to take a third win as they hunt down the Eastern Conference title with just two months to go in the regular season.

New York Red Bulls’ record in MLS: P21 – W9 – D6 – L6

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New York City FC are searching for the three points for another reason, as they chase a playoff berth in their inaugural season.

This is a huge match for the newly formed franchise as losing all three derbies this season would be devastating, but with stars such as Andrea Pirlo and Frank Lampard in the team now, NYCFC have assets that can win games. And lest we forget arguably the most lethal out-and-out striker in MLS right now, David Villa.

New York City FC’s record in MLS: P22 – W6 – D6 – L10

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It is sure to be another fiery encounter and it could well be the best game in MLS this weekend between two rivals desperate for the win.

 

Team News

New York Red Bulls will be without Chris Duvall and Ronald Zubar through injury. Damien Perrinelle is suspended.

New York City FC are missing George John, Tony Taylor and Connor Brandt through injury. Chris Wingert, Khiry Shelton and Ryan Meara are all doubts. Frank Lampard, Andrea Pirlo and David Villa should all start together.

Key Points

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

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

Key Stat: David Villa has a sensational ten goals in his last eight MLS appearances. 

Key Player: David Villa – World Cup winner Villa has hit form at the right time and he can’t stop scoring at the moment. Expect him to be a real threat on Sunday night.

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Score Prediction

New York Red Bulls 1-2 New York City FC – NYCFC could edge this one against their local rivals, especially when considering the form of David Villa in front of goal. If NYCFC do win it, it will be close but this should be a great one.