THE WEEKLY: Red Bulls look to improve playoff positioning with win at Sporting KC

RED BULLS BATTLE FOR HIGHER PLAYOFF SEED IN REGULAR SEASON FINALE SUNDAY IN KANSAS CITY

Despite falling to the Columbus Crew 3-1 last Sunday, the New York Red Bulls can still finish as high as third place in the Eastern Conference MLS Cup Playoffs picture with a win against Sporting Kansas City on October 26 and a Columbus Crew loss or draw against Philadelphia.

Already assured of their 11th playoff berth in 12 seasons, the Red Bulls are currently alone in fifth place in the Eastern Conference with a 12-10-11 record and 47 points.

Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips still leads the MLS Golden Boot race with 25 goals after scoring against Toronto FC on October 11 in a 3-1 win. The Englishman is just two shy of the single season record with one game remaining.

New York finishes third if:

  • New York defeats Sporting Kansas City and Columbus Crew lose to Philadelphia Union OR
  • *New York defeats Sporting Kansas City and Columbus Crew draw against Philadelphia Union
  • *and New York's goal differential is higher than Columbus's goal differential

New York finishes fourth if:

  • New York defeats Sporting Kansas City and Columbus wins against Philadelphia OR
  • *New York defeats Sporting Kansas City and Columbus draws against Philadelphia
  • *and New York's goal differential is less than Columbus's goal differential

New York finishes fifth if:

  • New York loses or draws against Sporting Kansas City

Below are the standings tie-breaking procedures if teams finish with same amount of points:

  • Total number of wins
  • Goal Differential (GD)
  • Goals For (GF)
  • Fewest Disciplinary Points
  • Road Goals Differential
  • Road Goal For
  • Home Goals Differential
  • Home Goal For
  • Coin Toss (2 clubs) or Drawing of Lots (3 or more)

RED BULLS POTENTIAL PLAYOFF DATES/PLAYOFF TICKETS ON SALE NOW

Although the Red Bulls clinched a playoff spot in the 2014 MLS Cup Playoffs, the club's postseason path has yet to be determined. Below are potential playoff dates for the Red Bulls.

If New York finishes in fourth or fifth place in the East:

  • Wednesday, October 28 or Thursday October 29 - Conference Knockout Round (Red Bulls would host if they finished fourth)

If New York finishes in third place in the East:

  • Saturday, November 1 or Sunday, November 2 - Conference Semifinal: Leg 1 (home)
  • Saturday, November 8 or Sunday, November 9 - Conference Semifinal: Leg 2 (away)

MLS CUP PLAYOFFS TICKET INFORMATION

Full-Season Ticket holders already have their same seats for the first two playoff matches included in their ticket plan. Remaining seats are now available to the general public by calling 1.877.RBSOCCER or logging onto tickets.newyorkredbulls.com.

NEW YORK CLOSES OUT CCL PLAY WEDNESDAY

The New York Red Bulls welcome the Montreal Impact to Red Bull Arena on Wednesday night in the club's final CONCACAF Champions League group play match. The Red Bulls were eliminated from CCL play with a 0-0 draw at C.D. FAS on September 24 in El Salvador. Montreal clinched Group 3 after New York's draw against C.D. FAS and winning its first three group stage games. The Red Bulls enter Wednesday's match with a 1-1-1 record and four points, while Montreal is 3-0-0 with nine points.

Featuring Italian star Marco Di Vaio, who recently announced his retirement at the conclusion of the season, Montreal has 27 points off a 6-18-9 record in MLS play. Tickets are available for the match by calling 1.877.RBSOCCER or logging onto tickets.newyorkredbulls.com.

RED BULLS FINISH SEASON AS HIGHEST SCORING TEAM EASTERN CONFERENCE

Despite only scoring one goal against Columbus on October 19 at Red Bull Arena, New York still leads the Eastern Conference in scoring entering the final week of the regular season.

#DARE2BWP: WRIGHT-PHILLIPS TWO FROM RECORD, LEADS GOLDEN BOOT RACE

Bradley Wright-Phillips scored his 25th goal of the season against Toronto FC on October 11 to remain atop the MLS Golden Boot Race with one week remaining in the 2014 MLS regular season.

MLS GOLDEN BOOT RACE

  • Bradley Wright-Phillips (New York Red Bulls) 25
  • Dom Dwyer (Sporting Kansas City) 22
  • Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy) 19
  • Obafemi Martins (Seattle Sounders FC) 17
  • Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution) 17

Wright-Phillips' goal against Toronto FC at Red Bull Arena moved him to within two goals of the single-season all-time MLS scoring record set by Roy Lassiter and Chris Wondolowski. Wright-Phillips has one game remaining to catch Lassiter and Wondolowski.

MLS SINGLE-SEASON SCORING RECORDS

  • Roy Lassiter 27 (1996)
  • Chris Wondolowski 27 (2012)
  • Mamadou Diallo 26 (2000)
  • Stern John 26 (1998)
  • Bradley Wright-Phillips 25 (2014)
  • Carlos Ruiz 24 (2002)
  • Raul Diaz Arce 23 (1996)
  • Taylor Twellman 23 (2002)
  • Camilo Sanvezzo 22 (2013)
  • Dom Dwyer 22 (2014)

LLOYD SAM FINDS HIS FOURTH GOAL OF THE SEASON

Lloyd Sam scored his fourth goal of the season in New York's regular season home finale last Sunday in a 3-1 loss to the Columbus Crew. Sam split two defenders and cut into the 18-yard-box from the right wing before blasting home a right-footed shot. The Englishman is currently up for the MLS Goal of the Week award.

Sam leads all field players in starts (31) and minutes (2,753) for New York this season and is second in assists with nine behind Thierry Henry's 14.

ROBLES SECOND IN THE LEAGUE IN SAVES

Luis Robles recorded four saves against the Columbus Crew in a 3-1 loss at Red Bull Arena last Sunday and is currently second in MLS in saves. Robles has played every minute of every game for New York this season, posting a 12-10-11 record with a 1.52 GAA and five shutouts.

SAVES LEADERS

  • Jon Busch (SJ) 135
  • Luis Robles (NY) 110
  • Bill Hamid (D.C.) 109
  • Steve Clark (CLB) 105
  • Donovan Ricketts (POR) 104
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