The New York Red Bulls head out West in search of their first road win of the MLS season against the Los Angeles Galaxy at StubHub Center (TV: MSG, MSG Go, ESPN+ Radio: New York Red Bulls Radio on Tunein).
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World Class on Both Sides
New York and Los Angeles are no strangers to playing against one another under the bright lights in Los Angeles. The two sides have played to some of the biggest matches in league history with New York holding a slim 18-17-8 advantage in the all-time series. Saturday will pit New York’s all-time leading goal scorer Bradley-Wright Phillips (91 MLS goals) against arguably Sweden’s greatest footballer and newest Galaxy acquisition, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, on opposite ends of the pitch. In essence, expect goals.
With the possibility of Mexican National Teamer Giovani Dos Santos returning from injury to the Galaxy lineup and Kaku further implementing himself in the middle of the Red Bulls attack, Saturday could feature two left-footed number 10’s who are vital cogs in each side’s offensive success. Kaku will look to record a point in his second-straight MLS road match having tallied an assist in Orlando.
Long-Parker Bounce Back
For the first time in the Long-Parker MLS era tandem in the back, New York allowed more than one goal in a match with the pair starting alongside one another in last weekend’s 2-1 defeat to the Chicago Fire. The duo will look to lockdown a dangerous Galaxy attack who features not just Zlatan, but Norwegian National teamer Ola Kamara and Frenchman Romain Alessandrini. Limit LA to less than two goals scored in their building and the Red Bulls will like their chances.
Playing with Urgency a Must
New York cannot afford to lack urgency from the start as Jesse Marsch’s side look to rebound from last weekend’s first home defeat of the season. Score early and often while limiting LA’s chances in front of a full house will be the perfect recipe to bring three points back to New York ahead of the New York Derby on May 5.
Sputtering LA Offense & Leaky Defense
For the second time since 2011, LA has gone two-straight home matches scoreless and has conceded multiple goals in three consecutive at StubHub. With New York averaging 2.33 goals scored per game in 2018, chances will come against the LA defense. It’s all about who buries them.