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Chris Armas: 'Spaces to Exploit' in Atlanta United

The New York Red Bulls could be looking for revenge after Atlanta United FC bounced them from the 2018 MLS Cup Playoffs.

"It's another important game in the season, it doesn't matter who we play," Sean Davis said. "It's very important for us to get three points."

It'll be the first time the two clubs meet since Atlanta moved on following a 3-1 aggregate win.

"They're an impressive team," Head Coach Chris Armas said. "They're very good on both sides of the ball."

The Red Bulls come in winning three out of four, while Atlanta has won five straight matches -- all clean sheets. Despite that, Armas said the team is confident there are ways to break Atlanta down.

"We think there are spaces to exploit," Armas said.

New York could be without Bradley Wright-Phillips, Aaron Long and Luis Robles, who all missed the Red Bulls' last match, a 3-1 victory over FC Dallas.

"We have a lot of depth and we have a lot of guys who can make a different at any point on the field," Davis said. "It doesn't matter who's on the field."

New York hasn't lost to Atlanta at Red Bull Arena, going 2-0-1 in the three matches they've played on home turf, including playoffs -- which could add fuel to the fire for Atlanta.

"We know that will make them hungrier to come out and play well," Davis said. "We have to be ready for them to step on the field and really attack the game."

With both teams bouncing back off slow starts to the MLS season, the Red Bulls are sure they're making the right moves and playing the right way as the season keeps rolling along.

"We think we're coming together like good teams do," Armas said. "We're at our best when we're aggressive."

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