The New York Red Bulls have lost three of their previous four matches, but intend to claim their first victory since Mar. 11 against D.C. United.
- New York Red Bulls (2-1-3, 7 pts)
- D.C. United (2-1-2, 7 pts)
- MLS, Sat., Apr. 15, 7:30 p.m. ET, MSG
- Red Bull Arena, Harrison, New Jersey
The New York Red Bulls will look to snap a four-game winless streak as they take on D.C United at the Red Bulls Arena this Saturday. Jesse Marsch’s side have scored just twice and taken just one point in defeats to Seattle, Houston and Orlando and an unconvincing 0-0 draw at home to Salt Lake. Their last victory came in the form of a 1-0 win at home to Colorado.
The Red Bulls currently lie seventh in the table with seven points, having played a game more than local rivals New York City Football Club, who also have seven points themselves.
If the Red Bulls are to earn a victory tomorrow, they will hope that star forward Bradly Wright-Phillips is able to replicate the form he showed last season. Wright Phillips netted 24 goals in 34 regular season appearances last season, but has scored just twice in his sides opening six matches.
His struggle in front of goal has played a role in his team’s poor attacking form, and manager Jesse Marsch aims to improve his side’s fortunes going forward.
“We need to put more shots on frame,” he said. “We haven’t tested goalkeepers enough.” He also expressed his desire to see his side become “more clinical around the goal.”
— New York Red Bulls II (@NYRBII) April 13, 2017
The Red Bulls’s opponents this weekend have overcome a dreadful start to the season with two consecutive 2-1 victories at home to Philadelphia Union and their second matchup with NYC FC. Prior to those two matches, United had failed to score at all as they drew 0-0 to Kansas City before they fell to 4-0 at NYC and 2-0 at home to the Columbus Crew. D.C United sit just one place behind the Red Bulls, but have just as many points as well as game in hand over their upcoming opponents.
The Red Bulls were unable to defeat the D.C-based club in their three meetings last season, falling to a 2-0 away defeat and drawing 2-2 both home and away.
— New York Red Bulls (@NewYorkRedBulls) April 14, 2017