The Red Bulls head to New England riding a five-game unbeaten streak and will look to continue their nice run of form against an Eastern conference foe (7:30 p.m. ET, MSG, MSG GO, New York Red Bulls Radio).
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A First in 2018
These teams have yet to match up this season but are quite familiar with one another. Over the past year, New York has gone 3-0-0 against New England across all competitions, including a 3-2 win at Gillete Stadium in July of 2017.
New York has a three-game winning streak on the road against the likes of Los Angeles, Colorado and Atlanta. With Gillette no longer being the house of horrors that it used to be, four-straight will be on the brain.
Goals To Be Scored
New York has only been held scoreless one time this season. Scoring early on the road is a recipe for success that the Red Bull will look to replicate on Saturday. With Bradley Wright-Phillips (8 goals) and Kaku’s (9 assists) chemistry growing, the duo will look to keep the Revolution backline honest all game long.
Next Man Up Mentality
The Red Bulls will be missing some key players this weekend due to international duty.
Tyler Adams and Tim Parker are off playing friendlies with the U.S. Men’s National Team, while Fidel Escobar and Michael Amir Murillo will be representing Panama in the World Cup.
Without these key contributors on the pitch, roster depth will be tested, but as seen in CCL play earlier this season, the squad at all positions can rise to the occasion.
Coach Jesse Marsch described New England as “a little bit of a mirror image of us.”
The team knows they are facing a competitive team that will pressure the ball in a similar manner. Adapting early and executing the gameplan will pay dividends for a side in pursuit of three road points.