One of the most talked about topics in MLS all week has not been the tight playoff races. Playoff positioning for the different conference matchups’ where the difference between a win or a draw could see you above or below that red line. No, the topic most talked about this week has come from the clash of conference leaders in the New York Red Bulls (15-9-6) and Seattle Sounders (15-8-5). Most of the talk has not been about NY having its latest lead in the season for the Supporter’s Shield and possible first every trophy. Very little chatter has been discussed about how NY or Seattle could be the first team to clinch a playoff spot in the 2013 MLS Cup race depending on the other results. No the talk has focused solely on Mike Petke leaving Thierry Henry and Jamison Olave back in NY ahead of Sunday’s Matchup.
The New York Red Bulls (13-9-6) kick off a two game home stand Saturday night; welcoming the second worst team in MLS, Toronto FC (4-13-11) to Red Bull Arena. The match has importance for both teams. New York is vying for playoff positioning in the east on top of making a run at the Supporters Shield. TFC just fired Kevin Payne and once again look to be in a rebuilding phase heading into their off-season. TFC players are more dangerous than other players simply for the fact they are once again fighting for their jobs at the club.
The New York Red Bulls (12-9-7) look to make it two wins in a row and go atop the Eastern Conference yet again against the Houston Dynamo (10-9-7) in Houston on Sunday afternoon. The last time the Red Bulls won two in a row, they beat conference leaders in RSL and Sporting KC to end July and begin August. New York is coming over a 10-man home win over rivals DC United after a very questionable red card and injuries to key players. Houston is coming off a midweek loss in Columbus to the Crew.no comments
The New York Red Bulls (11-9-6) return home on a 3 game winless streak to face the Eastern Conference bottom dwelling DC United (3-17-5). NY has taken four of the possible six points from their rivals United with a 0-0 draw for the Red Bulls home opener and a 2-0 win down at RFK less than a month later. The Red Bulls may not be thinking about the Shield when they take the field Saturday night but they should be looking at the standings. NY can either take first place with a win or see them out of playoff standings if the results fall against them. The last time NY played DC at Red Bull Arena of this importance: the Eastern Conference semifinals in which NY lost 1-0 (2-1 on aggregate).no comments
The New York Red Bulls (11-8-5) return to the confines of Red Bull Arena Saturday night and take on one of their I-90 rivals, the Philadelphia Union (10-7-7). New York and Philly are both currently poised to make the playoffs and are both still challenging the likes of RSL, Sporting KC, Vancouver, and the Colorado Rapids (among others) for the Supporter’s Shield. The Red Bulls sit second in the east and third overall while the Union sits third in the East and fourth overall. The Red Bulls return home from a two game road trip with an amazing win at Sporting Park against SKC but a loss to the Crew in Columbus. The Union are coming off a 2-0 win over DC United at PPL Park.no comments
Is it me, or does every game over the last few weeks seem to be a clash of top teams in some sort of fashion? Both the Western and Eastern Conferences in MLS see the top two teams facing off. Here in the east, the New York Red Bulls (10-7-5. 3-5-3 away) head to Sporting Park to take on east leading Sporting KC (10-6-6) who lead the Red Bulls by a single point. Sporting KC is first in the east (second overall in MLS) and NY is second in the east (third overall in MLS).no comments
Exhilarating. Epic. Classic. Emotionally draining. These are just some of the words thrown around to describe the New York Red Bulls 4-3 win over Real Salt Lake on Saturday in Harrison, NJ at Red Bull Arena. What it means to players and fans, however, is three big points gained for NY and dropped for RSL. The Red Bulls improved to 10-7-5 on the season, now only two points behind RSL for top of the league and one point behind SKC in the East.