Keys to the Game

KEYS TO THE GAME, pres. by Honda: New York Red Bulls vs. CF Montréal


So We Meet Again

It hasn’t even been a month since CF Montréal defeated New York 2-0 at Stade Saputo on April 22, but now the two teams face off again at Red Bull Arena.

A lot has changed since then, however. Montréal’s win against the Red Bulls sparked a five-match win streak across all competitions, while New York, under new manager Troy Lesesne, is now unbeaten in three.

With the wounds of a deflating loss in Montréal still relatively fresh in the minds of New York players, it might add a little motivation come Saturday night.

Fresh Legs

The Red Bulls were without four key pieces of the starting lineup for the midweek clash with Toronto FC.

Defenders Sean Nealis and Andrés Reyes and midfielder Cristian Cásseres Jr. were all unavailable due to yellow card accumulation, while Daniel Edelman was away with the U.S. National Team before the U-20 World Cup.

Nealis, Reyes, and Cásseres Jr. will all return for Saturday’s match against Montréal and their fresh legs might make the difference as the match goes on.

The Final Touch

New York is fifth in MLS with 175 total scoring attempts in 13 matches, yet are last in MLS with only eight goals scored.

Creating chances hasn’t been the problem for the Red Bulls, but getting the final touch and putting the ball in the back of the net has been an issue so far this season.

Omir Fernandez is the only Red Bulls player with multiple goals, so who will step up and finish chances in the attack?