After having not played a match since September 1, the New York Red Bulls will head to the Nation's Capital to take on D.C. United for the third and final time in the regular season on Sunday.
Even though the Red Bulls have taken the first two matches this season against their Atlantic Cup rival, the team is still expecting to take on a formidable D.C. United squad that has only lost two matches at home all season.
"We are expecting a really good team," Danny Royer said. "I think in the past they performed pretty well, they have had a lot of wins since [Wayne] Rooney came to their club. It is a different team than at the beginning of the season and we still have good memories against D.C. having won twice, both of which were combative and that is exactly what is waiting for us in D.C. again."
When previewing the matchup, Head Coach Chris Armas knows the Red Bulls will be facing off against a talented and confident D.C. team, who always provide New York with a tough challenge.
"It’s another interesting matchup for us and D.C., because we caught them a few weeks back and we thought they were hot, they were coming together," Armas said. "It was a tight game, we end up edging them out on the day, but it will be tough again because they’re… you know, it’s not by accident that they’re doing well. They have a lot of confidence, they’re obviously quality players, quality players that have a lot of confidence. Those guys give us trouble and most teams trouble. We’ll catch another good team, which is kind of par for the course these days for us."
With D.C. trying to avoid the season sweep, this may be the toughest match yet according to midfielder Kaku.
"I think this will be the toughest match against them, because they’re not going to want us to beat them a third time in a row, but it’s something we’re preparing for and we’ll be ready," Kaku said.
Training for D.C. United by New York Red Bulls on Exposure