The New York Red Bulls are smack dab in the middle of the toughest stretch of the MLS season.
Winning on the road at Los Angeles Galaxy, beating their rival New York City FC at Red Bull Arena and winning a mile up against the Colorado Rapids, the Red Bulls now head into Atlanta to take on the Supporters' Shield-leading Five Stripes.
"It seems like in MLS now that every game we play is a really challenging game," Sean Davis said. "You look back at the season so far, it is still early, but we have a lot of important games under our belt, so we are probably going to play the best team in the league right now and I think it is going to take a huge effort and I know the guys are really excited for it and we have a lot of respect for them, but we are going to give everything we have."
The tough MLS schedule, combined with a deep run in the Concacaf Champions League, has seen the Red Bulls go into some of the toughest places to play and earn wins and put up tough battles.
"It has been a good stretch of games for us, but I think the most important thing is to not be complacent and we have to find a way to be up for the game, which we will," Davis said. "We'll find a way to grind out a result and we know it is going to be difficult. We have a lot of respect for them, but it is not important what we have done in the past, it is important how we are going to prepare this week and be ready for the game on Sunday, that is the most important thing."
Daniel Royer, who tied up the first-ever match against Atlanta to open the 2017 season, knows that this week's matchup is going to be a big one.
"We know what to expect: a really good team, really good possession team, really good strikers, especially good on offense, and as I said, the crowd will go crazy," Royer said. "It will be interesting to see the team and how we are going to react to the crowd because it is not like every week that we are having 70,000 people in a stadium so it is going to be a good test."
Following the Atlanta match, the Red Bulls return to Red Bull Arena to take on the Philadelphia Union on Saturday, May 26 at 7 p.m. for Military Appreciation Night. The first 15,000 fans that come to the match will receive a free koozy, courtesy of Bayer. Tickets are available now through Ticketmaster or Fevo, where $3 of every ticket sold will be donated to K9s for Warriors.