The New York Red Bulls visit New York City FC this Sunday in another edition of the NY Derby. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m.
Here are the Keys to the Game, presented by Honda:
Keep Climbing the Standings
The Red Bulls are currently on a five-game unbeaten streak. Ever since their visit to Atlanta United FC, the Red Bulls have two wins and three draws, scoring six goals and conceding four along the way.
The last-minute win against New England Revolution propelled New York to its first home win since September 27.
Now that they’ve clinched a place in the playoffs for the 21st time in club history, closing out the season with positive results will be imperative to finish among the top-6.
Red Bulls Are Making Scoring Late Goals a Signature
In their last three games, New York has scored goals in the 89th minute, 92nd and 95th.
But what’s also interesting to highlight is that New York scored goals in the Toronto, Orlando and Chicago games when it was down in the score by one goal. It was able to come back from behind and salvage a point in all games.
“It speaks volumes about the energy that is in the group and doing what it takes at all costs to try and get a result, we know what is at stake in terms of where we stand, what the standings are like, and how to push all the games,” said Interim Head Coach Bradley Carnell after the win over the Revs. “There are so many things on the line now, and also trying to get the boys to have fun at the same time, so there has been trying to balance all these emotions out and knowing the importance of all these games that are coming thick and fast, and the scheduling, you know.
“It has been crazy for us, but really proud of the performances away from home, grinding out results and now finally winning a home game, so I think it is just you can see the energy within the group. Some of the substitutions come off, and they are the biggest cheerleaders after that, cheering the new guys who came in, so very proud of the whole group.”
Since First Derby, City Have Nine Wins in 15 games
City will head into Sunday night’s game after wins over Montreal and Toronto.
Their current top goalscorers are Anton Tinnerholm and Jesús Medina with four goals apiece.
This season, they’ve scored 28 goals, just three more than the Red Bulls’ 25.