This Sunday the New York Red Bulls visit Nashville SC. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m ET.
Here are the Keys to the Game, presented by TriHonda Dealers:
In Control of Playoff Hopes
With a win or draw at Nissan Stadium, the Red Bulls will stamp their presence in the playoffs for a 12th consecutive season.
Against Atlanta, they completed one of their best performances of the season but couldn’t cap it off with a win.
“Our identity, I think our special style of play makes I think kill every hope and every chance of a development in the game from Atlanta,” said Head Coach Gerhard Struber after the game. “I think we have so good a staggering against the ball, and also the rest of our defense killed every moment, and I think this is exactly what we want today. My boys, yeah, did a very good job in this direction, and also we found good transitions on the ball for our side.”
The Red Bulls are 7-1-3 in their last 11 matches and have only conceded four goals, which ranks first in MLS in that timespan.
Continue Impressive Defensive Displays
If New York don’t concede a goal in their visit to Nashville, goalkeeper Carlos Coronel will earn his 14th shutout, tying Luis Robles for the most shutouts in a single season in franchise history.
The center-back pairing of Sean Nealis and Andrés Reyes continues to lead the Red Bulls to more shutouts.
The matchup between New York and Nashville will set the Eastern Conference’s best defenses head to head.
Nashville is Undefeated at Home
This season Nashville SC have eight wins and eight draws at home.
Hany Mukhtar leads the team with 15 goals and 12 assists.
In their first meeting this season, held at Red Bull Arena, the Red Bulls won 2-0, with goals scored by Fábio and Kyle Duncan.