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Ben Solomon

5 REASONS TO WATCH, pres. by Franklin Group: Philadelphia Union vs. New York Red Bulls

The New York Red Bulls (20-7-5, 65 pts) travel to Philadelphia Union (15-12-5, 50 pts) on Sunday, October 21 at 3 p.m. at Talen Energy Stadium. 

Here are 5 Reasons to Watch, presented by Franklin Group...

Sprint for the Shield 

The Red Bulls continue their race for the 2018 Supporter’s Shield, as they sit one point out of first place with two games left in the season.

New York has won both of its Supporter’s Shields within the past five seasons (2013, 2015).

Battle of Hot Teams

This week’s matchup features two teams that have been red-hot during the second half of the season. New York enters with a record of 11-3-3 since July 1, including its current stretch of three-straight wins.

Philadelphia has compiled a 11-4-2 record since July 7. During that stretch, the Union won five-consecutive games from August 8 to August 29.

Some of the League’s Best

Sunday’s game features three players in the top five of league-wide statistical categories this season. New York striker Bradley Wright-Phillips currently sits third in Major League Soccer with 20 goals, nine back of the league-leader, Atlanta's Josef Martinez.

Philadelphia midfielder Borek Dockal leads the league in assists with 17, while goalkeeper Andre Blake sits fourth among keepers in saves with 110.

Potential Milestone for Robles

On Sunday, Red Bulls gtoalkeeper Luis Robles could reach the 100-win mark for his career.

New York’s 3-1 victory over San Jose helped him reach a new career-high for wins in a season with 19.

History for BWP

On October 6, Wright-Phillips became the first player in MLS history to score 20+ goals in three separate seasons. He's sitting on 20 goals and looking to add more in the final two games of the season.

His two other 20+ goal seasons came in 2014 and 2016, netting 27 and 24, respectively.