Extending the Win Streak
Last time around, New York was without Tim Cahill (international duty), Thierry Henry (injury) and Jamison Olave (coach's decision) in the Red Bulls 1-0 loss at Olympic Stadium. This time it’s a different story, as all three are expected to play Wednesday night in what stands as a prime opportunity for New York to extend its win streak to four straight. Not only would a win extend the streak, but it would also keep New York at the top of the Eastern Conference.
The Quest for First
Speaking of, New York enters Wednesday’s match tied with Kansas City, Houston and Montreal for first place in the Eastern Conference. A win could potentially give New York sole possession of the No. 1 spot, provided Houston loses to D.C., and SKC falls to Seattle. I realize that’s starting to sound like a few playoff-like scenarios at this point, so I’ll leave it at that. But as far as the Red Bulls are concerned, there’s never a bad time to stake their claim for first place.
Cahill's Scoring Streak
Tim Cahill’s game-winning header against Columbus marked his third goal in two games. Now that’s he’s found the back of the net he’s hungry for more. One could easily argue that same desire was there since joining the Red Bulls last summer, with his potential goals limited only by bad bounces, great saves, etc. Right now Cahill’s riding a much-deserved hot streak, and it doesn’t look like anyone can stop him.
Containing Di Vaio and Mapp
In the previous matchup between the two sides this season, Marco Di Vaio capitalized on a chance to give Montreal the lone goal in a 1-0 win over the Red Bulls. New York fought to contain Di Vaio for the better part of the match, but all it takes is one chance for a player like him to put one away. The same can be said for Justin Mapp, who just this past weekend benefited greatly from a positional swap against the San Jose Earthquakes to help the Impact salvage one point on the road in a 2-2 draw.