The New York Red Bulls visit Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in search of their third win in a row and first in Colorado since 2007 on Saturday night. Kickoff is set for 9 p.m. ET and can be seen live on MSG, MSG GO and ESPN+.
Ahead of Saturday’s match, here’s Five Reasons to Watch #COLvRBNY:
Breaking Mile-High Woes
The Red Bulls have been plagued with road matches in the Mile-High City, specifically at Dicks’s Sporting Goods Park, going 1-5-1 there since it opened in 2007. Saturday presents another opportunity to grab another road win in 2018, and notch their first at Colorado since 2007.
With “Handcuffs Off,” Keep Offense Rolling
Just eight league matches into the 2018 MLS season, New York has scored three or more goals six times. With an offense clicking on all cylinders at the moment and led by MLS-leading assist man, Kaku, the Red Bulls have an opportunity to further stamp their marks as Eastern Conference contenders after a 4-0 NY Derby rout.
Bradley Wright-Phillips, an early contender for MLS MVP with six goals and four assists, has an active four-game point streak equaling nine points (3G, 2A). He’ll look to keep that streak alive at altitude and help push Colorado’s losing streak to four games.
Birthday Clean Sheet
Red Bulls captain Luis Robles’ 34th birthday falls the day before the match, and what better way to reward him and his backline than putting in a good shift for a fourth clean sheet on the season. The feat would be only the second time since 2007 that New York has blanked the Rapids at DSGP. The expected nod for Luis will also be his MLS-record 183rd straight MLS start.
Riding the Burgundy Wave
Saturday will be the Red Bulls third match of 2018 at elevation above 4,000 feet, in all competitions. Arriving a day early to Denver to adjust to the altitude, New York may have to absorb pressure early from a side that’s desperate to earn a result in front of their home crowd.