New York Red Bulls vs New York City FC | 2018 MLS Preview and Prediction

Major League Soccer: New York Red Bulls vs New York City FC

Red Bull Arena – Saturday, May 5th 2018 – 13:55 ET (18:55 BST)

UK TV Coverage: Live on Sky Sports Football (via Red Button)

New York Red Bulls vs New York City FC: Preview

New York Red Bulls take on New York City FC in the first NY Derby of the 2018 season on Saturday afternoon. Both sides have young, attacking squads and so this one shouldn’t disappoint.

The Red Bulls come into the derby off the back of last weekend’s 3-2 win at LA Galaxy. That was their first away win of the season and they now return home looking to make up for last season’s series loss against their fierce rivals.

After winning the first four derby clashes, it looked as though the Red Bulls were set to dominate NYCFC. But since then, New York City FC have won three of the last five MLS battles, including two last season in which they went unbeaten against RBNY.

NYCFC come into Week 10 at the top of the Supporters’ Shield. They bounced back from their away loss at Portland to beat FC Dallas 3-1 last time out and restore confidence heading into the New York Derby.

David Villa scored his 400th and 401st career goals in that win over Dallas. However he has yet to score a goal at Red Bull Arena in six previous attempts.

Their latest clash ended in the first ever draw between the two rivals, and Saturday’s game is expected to be a close-run contest again, with both these sides looking set to challenge high up the East this season.

New York Red Bulls vs New York City FC: Team News

NY Red Bulls

❌ Suspensions: None.

❓ Doubts: Connor Lade (ankle sprain).

🚑 Out: Kyle Duncan (ACL surgery).

NYCFC

❌ Suspensions: None.

❓ Doubts: Ismael Tajouri-Shradi (hamstring), Ronald Matarrita (lower body).

🚑 Out: None.

New York Red Bulls vs New York City FC: Key Stats

New York Red Bulls’ MLS form: W/L/W/L/W

New York City FC’s MLS form: W/W/D/L/W

Key stat: Expect goals – There have been 32 goals in the nine previous MLS clashes between these two – an average of 3.5 per game.

New York Red Bulls vs New York City FC: Prediction

New York Red Bulls 2-2 New York City FC: This one is really tough to call. NYCFC got blown away on their last road trip to Portland but that doesn’t usually happen and they will be well up for the trip to Red Bull Arena. The hosts are looking for revenge after failing to win any of the three games last season. If this is an open contest, there should be goals but expect the two sides to cancel each other out. Score draw.

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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.

Don’t miss: MLS Defensive Player of the Week: Week 4

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.

New York Red Bulls vs Portland Timbers | 2018 MLS Preview and Prediction

Major League Soccer: New York Red Bulls vs Portland Timbers

Red Bull Arena – Saturday, March 10 2018 – 19:00 ET (00:00 GMT)

New York Red Bulls vs Portland Timbers: Preview

New York Red Bulls begin their 2018 MLS season at home to Portland Timbers on Saturday evening and should be in high spirits following their historic midweek win away at Tijuana in the CONCACAF Champions League.

The Red Bulls didn’t play on MLS opening weekend but they begin at home here and will be looking to get off to the best possible start. The squad will be high in confidence following that 2-0 CCL win on the road in Mexico on Tuesday but all focus now needs to be on the upcoming game.

Jesse Marsch will no doubt have one eye on the second-leg clash with Tijuana at Red Bull Arena on Tuesday and so some changes are expected to be made to the squad. Major offseason signing Alejandro “Kaku” Romero Gamarra could make his first start although the likes of Bradley Wright-Phillips and Daniel Royer could be rested.

Portland will be looking to capitalise on a weakened Red Bulls side as they look to bounce back following their opening weekend loss at LA Galaxy. The Timbers fell 2-1 and will be disappointed with the way they defended over the course of that match.

New Timbers head coach Giovanni Savarese’s will be in familiar territory for his second MLS game, having joined Portland from New York Cosmos, where he won three NASL league titles in five years. Savarese is expecting to have plenty of friends and family inside Red Bull Arena, so he’ll be desperate to get a result.

This will be the second of five-straight away games for Portland as a result of ongoing construction work to Providence Park. The Timbers will be boosted by the fact they’ve not lost either of their last two trips to Red Bull Arena (1W 1D). They also won the only meeting last season, picking up a 2-0 home win back in August.

New York Red Bulls vs Portland Timbers: Team News

New York Red Bulls

❌ Suspensions: None.

❓ Doubts: None.

🚑 Out: None.

[Check out all of the Red Bulls’ key transfer business ahead of their 2018 season opener by clicking the image above]

Portland Timbers

❌ Suspensions: None.

❓ Doubts: Diego Chara (foot).

🚑 Out: Vytas (thigh), Jeff Attinella (thigh), Roy Miller (achilles).

New York Red Bulls vs Portland Timbers: Key Stats

New York Red Bulls’ MLS form: N/A

Portland Timbers’ MLS form: L

Key stat: The New York Red Bulls are unbeaten in their last eight regular season home games, last losing to NYCFC in June. Since then, they have won four and drawn four at Red Bull Arena, keeping a clean sheet in half those games.

 New York Red Bulls vs Portland Timbers: Prediction

New York Red Bulls 1-1 Portland Timbers: A full strength Red Bulls side would probably run out winners here for their opening game of the season. But with changes expected to be made ahead of their Champions League second-leg, Portland will expect to get a result themselves. The Timbers struggled defensively at LA Galaxy last weekend and must improve here, but they have goals in them and will be expecting to cause the Red Bulls trouble. New York still have enough depth to cope with a busy early season schedule but they might have to settle for a point on Saturday.

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.

New York Red Bulls vs Portland Timbers – Saturday March 10 – 19:00 ET (00:00 BST)

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?

2018 Key Transfers: New York Red Bulls

With the 2018 MLS season drawing ever closer, we will be running through the standout transfers for all 23 teams over the course of the winter transfer window. There have been a number of key signings and significant trades which should ensure the new season is as exciting as ever before. Today we take a look at New York Red Bulls and their key signings ahead of the 2018 MLS season…

The New York Red Bulls came close to shocking Toronto in the Eastern Conference Championship game last season but ultimately fell just short. It was a trend of their season. They were good, but saw several close games slip away from them. Jesse Marsch has responded by adding to his already talented squad this offseason. A couple of key faces have gone but the Red Bulls look younger and more dynamic heading into the new season. Their high pressing and intense style of play should ensure they continue to fight at the very top of the East.

Key Signings

Alejandro “Kaku” Romero Gamarra: Undoubtedly the signing of the offseason for the Red Bulls, Gamarra arrives after a long and drawn out transfer saga. But the key is, the Red Bulls have got their man. He signs as a Young Designated Player from Argentine side Huracan and will be tasked with replacing the creativity of Sacha Kljestan. At 23, the winger nicknamed “Kaku” is an exciting arrival for the league as a whole and Marsch will hope his new No. 10 can instantly adapt to his new surroundings.

Carlos Rivas: Rivas is yet to really feel settled in MLS after three frustrating years at Orlando City. He played 78 games and scored eight goals but now Rivas has the tough task of making a new-look Red Bulls team successful. After heavy losses this offseason, Rivas is an exciting spark of pace which could help add sharpness to  RBNY.

Tommy Redding: Academy product Redding has been heavily sought out since his debut for Orlando as an 18 year-old. In his three seasons for the Lions he amassed 38 matches. At the age of 21 now, Redding has the chance to move his career up a step as he should be pushing to start for the Red Bulls. He will suit the system and is another young addition to what should be a competitive squad in 2018.

Cristian Casseres Jr: To anyone but a professional scout, Casseres will be a completely unknown entity. A Venezuelan youth international, he is only 18 years old, and has only 15 professional club matches to his name. Casseres was signed as a discovery signing by the Red Bulls and could well be the next big MLS talent. One to keep an eye on…

Notable Departures

Sal Zizzo: Winger turned fullback Zizzo has joined Atlanta United after his option was declined by the Red Bulls. In his three seasons in The Big Apple he managed 72 appearances and became their starting right back. Having been in MLS since 2010, his stint in the league continues and he’s still only 30 years old.

Gideon Baah: A very disappointing end for a promising defender; Baah has been left without a club after the Red Bulls declined his option at the end of 2017. It’s upsetting for Baah as injuries have not been kind to the Ghanaian. He leaves New York with a meager nine appearances to his name and will hope to find a new challenge soon, if he can stay healthy.

Mike Grella: Perhaps one of the most underrated players in the league. Grella has left the Red Bulls for the Columbus Crew. He enjoyed three very good years for the Red Bulls in which he scored 16 times in 73 games. Injuries halted his progression last summer and the franchise have decided now is the right time to move him on. Some fans may remember him being selected by Toronto FC in the 2009 SuperDraft before rejecting them to join Leeds United in England.

Sacha Kljestan: One of the biggest shock transfers this offseason so far. For a big name and talent like Kljestan to be moved on takes some doing. The playmaker moves south to Orlando, with Rivas and Redding moving the other way (as mentioned above). At 32 years old, New York Red Bulls have definitely replaced him with fresher legs. But his quality is unquestioned and he will be a huge loss. The fact he registered 51 assists over three seasons highlights just how effective a creator he is.

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

2017 MLS Cup Playoffs – Knockout Round: Chicago Fire vs New York Red Bulls

Toyota Park – Wednesday, October 25 – 20:30 ET (01:30 BST)

Match Odds: Chicago Fire 21/10 – Draw 5/2 – NY Red Bulls 23/10

Chicago Fire vs New York Red Bulls: Preview

The 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs are here. It all kicks off with the Chicago Fire hosting the New York Red Bulls in the first of four midweek Knockout Round games.

Both teams have reason for optimism heading into Wednesday’s game but only one side will remain in the playoffs come the end of play. This is expected to be the tightest of the four Knockout Round games, as the below projections highlight.

Chicago Fire deserve enormous praise for even reaching the postseason, let alone earning home-field advantage. They haven’t played a postseason game since 2012 and so you can expect a special atmosphere at Toyota Park.

Most the focus in the build-up to the game will be on Dax McCarty. The midfielder joined the Fire from the Red Bulls before the start of the campaign and will now be looking to get past his former side for a place in the Conference Semifinals.

Embed from Getty ImagesThey have the 2017 Golden Boot winner in Nemanja Nikolic. The Serbian striker netted 24 goals and played every single regular season game in his debut season. A strong showing in the playoffs would give the Fire a great chance at success.

The worry for the home side is that their form has been anything but solid heading into the playoffs. They’ve posted a 3-2-1 record over their last six and lost 3-0 at Houston on the final day of the regular season. But their strong home form still makes them narrow favourites here.

The New York Red Bulls had been stuck in sixth place for what seemed like an eternity. They didn’t lock down a playoff spot as soon as they’d have hoped. But challenges from rivals faded and they’ve been able to prepare for the postseason for a couple of weeks.

Embed from Getty ImagesJesse Marsch’s men ended the regular season with a 2-1 win at DC United. They have only lost one of their last five and will arrive at Chicago looking to keep it tight and hit them on the break.

These two sides met twice during the regular season. The Red Bulls won 2-1 at Red Bull Arena early on in the season, before they drew 1-1 at Toyota Park in early September.

Chicago Fire vs New York Red Bulls: Team News

The big question mark heading into Wednesday’s game is the fitness of Bastian Schweinsteiger. He hasn’t started a game in almost two months but is officially listed as ‘questionable’. The Fire will definitely be without Jorge Bava, John Goossens, Daniel Johnson, Christian Dean and Michael De Leeuw.

The Red Bulls have four players ruled out for Wednesday’s game. Gideon Baah, Mike Grella, Connor Lade and Aurelien Collin are all sidelined through injury.

Chicago Fire vs New York Red Bulls: Key Points

Chicago Fire’s last five: L/W/D/W/L

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

Key Stat: Chicago only lost two of their 17 home games during the regular season. They outscored their opponents 44-14 in that time.

Key Player: Dax McCarty – The combative midfielder will be the centre of attention on Wednesday night. His job will be to disrupt his former teammate Sacha Kljestan from controlling the game. If he succeeds, it’s more than likely that Chicago will advance.

Embed from Getty ImagesChicago Fire vs New York Red Bulls: Prediction

Chicago Fire 1-2* (AET) New York Red Bulls – This should be the closest of all four Knockout Round games. The Fire are a force at home and will be relishing the prospect of a playoff game for the first time in five years. But the Red Bulls are experienced at this level and know how to get the job done. This looks poised to go beyond 90 minutes but we see the Red Bulls as the more likely to advance, with this one looking like it could go all the to penalties.

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

Major League Soccer: Toronto FC vs New York Red Bulls

BMO Field – Saturday, September 30 – 19:00 ET (00:00 BST)

Match Odds: Toronto 1/2 – Draw 16/5 – NY Red Bulls 9/2

Toronto FC vs New York Red Bulls: Preview

Toronto FC welcome the New York Red Bulls to BMO Field on Saturday evening, looking to end their two-game losing streak and secure a first Supporters’ Shield title.

The Reds need three points to guarantee a top-placed finish after an excellent season. They have looked vulnerable in their past two games, but the absences of Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco are valid excuses for those defeats.

Toronto are on 62 points, seven in front of NYCFC coming into the weekend. They need to reach 65 points to guarantee the Supporters’ Shield win, but they could still wrap up the win regardless, depending on NYCFC and Atlanta’s results on Saturday.

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What is clear is that Toronto have been the best side in MLS this season. They are heading into the playoffs as the team to beat and will be looking to go one further than last year’s heartbreaking penalty shootout loss.

The Red Bulls can’t make any postseason plans until they knuckle down and secure their spot. They’ve not won in nine-straight MLS outings and have seemingly been doing all they can to let those in behind put pressure on.

Wednesday night’s 3-3 draw with DC United was a prime example of what’s gone wrong for the Red Bulls in recent weeks. They came back to lead 3-2 heading into the final minutes, but a Fidel Escobar own goal in stoppage time saw the game end 3-3.

Jesse Marsch’s men are still four points clear of Montreal coming into the weekend. They should be able to wrap up a top six finish, especially with back-to-back home games coming up after Saturday’s trip to Toronto.

But the worry is that they have no real form to be optimistic about if they do indeed lock down their playoff spot. They still have four regular season games to play though. The job will now be to start performing better at a pivotal stage of the campaign.

This will be the third meeting between the two sides this season. They shared the points in a 1-1 draw at Red Bull Arena back in May. Toronto haven’t won any of their last three games against the Red Bulls.

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Toronto FC vs New York Red Bulls: Team News

Toronto are set to still be without Benoit Cheyrou, although Greg Vanney has said he may have a fully fit squad to choose from. That should mean Jozy Altidore and Nick Hagglund return, with Sebastian Giovinco a doubt.

The New York Red Bulls received a boost on Wednesday as Daniel Royer made his long-awaited return from injury. But Aurelien Collin is still out, while Gideon Baah is out for the season. The same applies for Mike Grella, who won’t play again in 2017. Gonzalo Veron will be pushing for a start after making a positive impact off the bench on Wednesday.

Toronto FC vs New York Red Bulls: Key Points

Toronto FC’s last five: W/W/W/L/L

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

Key Stat: Toronto have lost back-to-back games for the first time this season. They haven’t lost three consecutive MLS games since the end of the 2015 season.

Key Player: Bradley Wright-Phillips – If the Red Bulls are to get three points here, they’ll need BWP to be on song. He has scored in his last two away games and will be confident given Toronto’s recent defensive lapses.

Toronto FC vs New York Red Bulls: Prediction

Toronto FC 2-2 New York Red Bulls – The last two games between these two have ended all square. We see that trend continuing on Saturday evening. Toronto still need three points to guarantee the Supporters’ Shield title, and they will want to prevent a three-game losing streak as the playoffs edge closer. The Red Bulls need to try and secure their playoff spot. They have been struggling of late and haven’t been able to pick up wins. A point at BMO Field would be a positive result, with back-to-back home games coming up next.

2017 US Open Cup Final Preview: Sporting Kansas City vs New York Red Bulls

2017 US Open Cup Final: Sporting Kansas City vs New York Red Bulls

Children’s Mercy Park – Wednesday, September 20 – 21:00 ET (02:00 BST)

Match Odds: Sporting KC 10/11 – Draw 23/10 – NY Red Bulls 3/1

Sporting Kansas City vs New York Red Bulls: 2017 US Open Cup Final Preview

It’s here. The 2017 US Open Cup Final will take place at Children’s Mercy Park as Sporting Kansas City take on the New York Red Bulls.

Three-time winners SKC will be looking to win their third Open Cup title in six years, while the Red Bulls are bidding to win the trophy for the first time. This is their first Open Cup final since 2003, where they lost 1-0 to the Chicago Fire.

Sporting KC’s route to the final has been fairly straightforward. They kept clean sheets in their first three games, beating Minnesota, Houston and FC Dallas. Their semi-final clash at San Jose was a little more tricky, but they advanced on penalties after a 1-1 draw in normal time.

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The Red Bulls came close to being eliminated by this year’s surprise package in the semi-final. FC Cincinnati were 2-0 up with 15 minutes to go but a late comeback, followed by a Bradley Wright-Phillips winner in extra-time earned the Red Bulls their ticket to the final.

Wins over New York City FC, Philadelphia Union and the New England Revolution preceded that semi-final victory. The Red Bulls know they are the underdogs for Wednesday night’s game. But as we all know, anything can happen in a final.

Neither side comes into the game in great form. SKC have only won two of their last five, while the Red Bulls are winless in five, having drawing four on the spin.

Their lone regular season meeting this season ended in a 2-0 win for Sporting KC at Children’s Mercy Park. A repeat result here would see SKC pick up their fourth US Open Cup title. Victory would also make Sporting KC the only MLS club with four major trophies since 2012. They are currently tied with Seattle on three over the past six seasons.

Sporting Kansas City vs New York Red Bulls: 2017 US Open Cup Final Team News

Peter Vermes named a strong starting lineup for the 3-1 win over New England at the weekend. Soni Mustivar and Cameron Porter are ruled out through injury. Daniel Salloi is listed as questionable with a hip injury.

New York Red Bulls boss Jesse Marsch is expected to set up with five at the back as he looks to make it difficult for SKC. Ryan Meara will keep his place in goal for the final, after playing every game in the competition so far this season. Gideon Baah, Mike Grella and Daniel Royer remain injured. While former Sporting Kansas City defender Aurelien Collin is also still out with an ongoing foot problem. Marsch rested a host of first-team regulars on Sunday night, so the Red Bulls should be fresh on Wednesday.

Sporting Kansas City vs New York Red Bulls: 2017 US Open Cup Final: Key Points

Sporting Kansas City’s last five: L/W/L/D/W

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

Key Stat: Sporting Kansas City have never lost a US Open Cup final, winning on all three previous trips to the main event. They won both of their last two titles on penalties.

Key Player: Bradley Wright-Phillips – The Red Bulls forward has scored three goals in four games in the US Open Cup this season. He will be tasked with trying to break down an SKC defence that has been the best in MLS this season. He proved to be the match winner in the semi-final clash with FC Cincinnati and will be looking to do the same here.

Sporting Kansas City vs New York Red Bulls: 2017 US Open Cup Final Prediction

Sporting Kansas City 1-1* New York Red Bulls – Sporting Kansas City’s past two US Open Cup final wins have come on penalties. We think with this one being finely poised, a shootout may well be necessary again to determine the 2017 champion. The Red Bulls have a long-standing history of failing in knockout competitions. But they have an experienced group that should be able to get the job done. If it does go to penalties, it really is a lottery. But we think the Red Bulls would just edge it in a shootout. Expect it to be close. Expect it to be hard-fought. But most of all: Expect the unexpected.

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

Major League Soccer: FC Dallas vs New York Red Bulls

Toyota Stadium – Saturday, September 2nd – 21:00 ET (02:00 BST)

Match Odds: FC Dallas 21/20 – Draw 5/2 – NY Red Bulls 9/4

FC Dallas vs New York Red Bulls: Preview

FC Dallas host the New York Red Bulls in a key battle between two underperforming sides on Saturday night. Over the past two seasons, Dallas and the Red Bulls have won their respective conferences. But this year, they’re facing a battle just to make the top six.

Dallas have finished the past two seasons with 60 points. They need to win eight of their last nine games to match that total again this year. They were expected to lead the West again this season but it’s not gone to plan.

FC Dallas are winless in six and have slid down the West into seventh place ahead of the weekend. They do have games in hand on sides above them but they must put an end to their slump quickly if they are to make the playoffs.

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International call-ups have decimated Oscar Pareja’s squad ahead of Saturday’s game, doing little to improve their chances of picking up a first win in seven.

The Red Bulls arrive in a stronger position than the hosts. But only slightly. They come into the weekend with 39 points and sit fifth in the East. They have games in hand over all four sides in front of them but are unlikely to get anywhere near league leaders Toronto.

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Jesse Marsch’s side have had an inconsistent season. They posted a 7-8-2 record through the first half of the season. They have won five of their last eight but come into Saturday’s game off the back of two winless outings. A 2-0 loss in Portland was followed by a 1-1 draw to New York City FC last weekend.

This will be the only regular season meeting between the two this season. It’s unclear whether they’ll even have the chance to face off in the playoffs at this stage. But both know they need to go for all three points here.

FC Dallas vs New York Red Bulls: Team News

FC Dallas have a host of regular starters away on international duty. Kellyn Acosta and Matt Hedges are with the USA. Tesho Akindele is with Canada, Maynor Figueroa is with Honduras and Carlos Gruezo is with Ecuador. Playmaker Mauro Diaz is listed as ‘questionable’ as he recovers from a hamstring injury.

New York Red Bulls remain without Mike Grella, Gideon Baah and Daniel Royer. Aurelien Collin is a doubt as he continue to deal with a heel injury. International call-ups won’t hurt the Red Bulls as much as Dallas. But Kemar Lawrence is away with Jamaica, while Michael Murillo and Fidel Escobar are with Panama. Bradley Wright-Phillips, Sacha Kljestan, Sean Davis and Felipe are all one booking away from suspension and need to watch their step.

FC Dallas vs New York Red Bulls: Key Points

FC Dallas’ last five: L/D/L/D/L

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

Key Stat: FC Dallas haven’t beaten the Red Bulls in five years, losing three of their last four without finding the net in any of those games. Their last win over the Red Bulls came on the opening day of the 2012 season, as they won 2-1 at Toyota Stadium.

Key Player: Bradley Wright-Phillips – It’s difficult to highlight anyone other than BWP as the key man here. He has 14 goals in 24 games this season and won’t have given up on catching top scorer David Villa yet. He will look to close that five-goal gap at Toyota Stadium on Saturday.

FC Dallas vs New York Red Bulls: Prediction

FC Dallas 0-2 New York Red Bulls – FC Dallas are in trouble. They haven’t won in six and are missing key players as a result of international call-ups. The Red Bulls are in better shape but still have work to do to cement a playoff spot. They haven’t lost to Dallas since 2012 and will be looking for their fifth-straight clean sheet against the Texans here.

New York Red Bulls 3-1 Orlando City: Exclusive photos as Red Bulls down Lions

New York Red Bulls 3-1 Orlando City – The Red Bulls bounced back from last weekend’s Hudson River Derby loss with a strong comeback win at Red Bull Arena on Saturday evening. Bradley Wright-Phillips was among the goals again as Orlando saw their winless run extended to five.

Jesse Marsch’s men have now won five of their last six MLS games. They are fourth in the East and well on course for a playoff place.

By stark contrast, Orlando City are facing an uphill battle if they are going to make the postseason for the first time. Jason Kreis has watched his team lose four of their last five. They are five points behind sixth-placed Atlanta, but have played two games more than the expansion side. They need to produce something special to reach the playoffs for the first time.

The Lions got off to the perfect start, with Carlos Rivas putting them 1-0 up in the 18th minute. However, Leo Pereira scored an own goal after a good cross from Tyler Adams on the half-hour mark to level it up.

Wright-Phillips then put the hosts in front. He turned in a cross from Alex Muyl and the Red Bulls then looked comfortable. The result was made certain when Sean Davis curled in a fine effort nine minutes from time.

The game did end on a sour note though. Referee Jorge Gonzalez handed out four yellow cards in stoppage time. While he issued Kaka with a contentious red card after a Video Review. The Brazilian put his hands on the face of Aurelien Collin, seemingly joking with a friend. But Gonzalez chose to send Kaka off after watching the incident back.

Check out exclusive photos from Saturday’s game below, courtesy of MLSGB photographer Ashley Marshall.

New York Red Bulls 3-1 Orlando City: Exclusive Photos

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