This Saturday the New York Red Bulls host Inter Miami CF FC at Red Bull Arena. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m ET.
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Need Home Win ASAP
The Red Bulls are on a five-game unbeaten streak, and are closing in on the playoff race. However, New York haven’t been able to celebrate a home win in front of their fans since August 18.
Since that 1-0 win over Columbus Crew, the Red Bulls have picked up three draws and one loss. To be precise, New York have grabbed three 1-1 draws against D.C. United, Philadelphia Union and NYCFC, all of which are currently in the Eastern Conference top-seven.
In order to keep climbing the table, the Red Bulls need to start getting three points at Red Bull Arena.
“This was our seventh match in 21 days,” said Andrew Gutman after the 1-0 win at Cincinnati. “So, you know, just for us to grind out a win on the road, you know, Cincinnati, they are in last place, but they are not a bad team. They are creative, they controlled a lot of the game, so for us just to grind it out and get a 1-0 win on the road is massive.
“For us, five games unbeaten, we have given ourselves a chance to sneak into the playoffs and we are going to push for it as hard as we can”, he concluded.
Coronel Keeps Adding Shutouts
Last Saturday, Carlos Coronel earned his ninth shutout of the season and his fourth on the road this year. He now ranks tied for third in MLS.
The Brazilian goalkeeper recorded three saves in the match against Cincinnati and now sits in sixth place in MLS with 78 saves on the year.
During the Red Bulls unbeaten streak, they have only conceded two goals, which is tied for the second lowest in MLS during that timespan.
Miami Won Last Meeting at RBA
In their first meeting at Red Bull Arena, Inter Miami CF defeated New York 2-1.
However this season, the Red Bulls defeated Miami 4-0 at Fort Lauderdale several weeks ago.
Omir Fernandez, who has three goals in this five-game unbeaten run, has scored twice against Miami.