2018 Major League Soccer Match Preview: New York Red Bulls vs. Philadelphia Union

New York Red Bulls vs. Philadelphia Union

Teams:  New York Red Bulls vs Philadelphia Union

Kick-off: 4:45AM on Sunday, Red Bull Arena — Harrison

Where to Watch: Catch live action on DSport, this Sunday

Previous Meetings: Sep 17, 2017, RBNY 0 – 0 PHI

Season Goal Leaders: New York Red Bulls- Bradley Wright-Phillips 8, Philadelphia Union- Borek Dockal 2

It is another turnpike tussle as a confident Philadelphia Union squad, fresh off an impressive 4-1 drubbing of Real Salt Lake, face arguably the best team in MLS at the moment, as the New York Red Bulls handed Atlanta United a 3-1 home loss Sunday night for their fourth win in a row.

New York have only lost once in 10 regular season home games against the Union (7W-2D), though the Union did get a 0-0 draw on their last visit (September 17, 2017).

Jesse Marsch promised a heavyweight showdown Sunday night and the clash between the Five Stripes and the Red Bulls lived up to the billing and then some.

After falling behind following an Ezequiel Barco goal and having a Josef Martinez tally called back on Video Review, Danny Royer leveled for the Red Bulls (7-3-0) from the penalty spot in the 42nd minute. Bradley Wright-Phillips, who drew the PK, then struck for a brace four minutes apart in the second half in a wild, emotional affair that also saw Kemar Lawrence leave the field on a stretcher after what appeared to be a scary head injury and Tyler Adams leave with swelling in his right knee.

But Marsch said both players are good to go and both are possible inclusions for a Red Bulls team riding a four-match winning streak into Saturday night.

For the first time this season, the Union (4-5-2) have strung together consecutive wins, following a 2-0 win over the Montreal Impact with a 4-1 hammering of RSL Saturday night at Talen Energy Stadium.

Marcus Epps and Borek Dockal gave Philadelphia a 2-0 lead and Ilsinho and Keegan Rosenberry struck in the final 16 minutes to close out an impressive victory.

New York Red Bulls

Suspended: None

Suspended after next caution: None

International duty: D – Fidel Escobar, M – Derrick Etienne Jr

Injury Report: OUT: D – Kyle Duncan (torn right ACL), GK – Luis Robles (knee injury); QUESTIONABLE: M – Marc Rzatkowski (calf injury), D – Kemar Lawrence (head injury), M – Tyler Adams (knee)

Projected Starting XI

(4-2-3-1, right to left)

GK: Ryan Meara — Michael Murillo, Aaron Long, Tim Parker, Connor Lade — Sean Davis, Tyler Adams — Florian Valot, Kaku, Danny Royer — Bradley Wright-Phillips

Notes: Kaku’s two assists last weekend means he enters the weekend leading the league with nine. No other player in MLS has more than six assists. … New York have only lost once in their last 13 MLS games at Red Bull Arena (8W-4D) and are outscoring their opponents 34-9 along the way.

Philadelphia Union

Suspended: None

Suspended after next caution: None

International duty: None

Injury Report: OUT: D – Richie Marquez (sports hernia surgery), D – Joshua Yaro (concussion)

Projected Starting XI

(4-2-3–1, right to left)

GK: Andre Blake — Keegan Rosenberry, Mark McKenzie, Auston Trusty, Raymon Gaddis — Haris Medunjanin, Alejandro Bedoya — Marcus Epps, Borek Dockal, Fafa Picault — C.J. Sapong

Notes: Rosenberry’s goal last weekend was his first in his last 34 league appearances, and his third in his 60 regular season appearances. … Philadelphia’s 2-0 win over Montreal on May 12 snapped a franchise-record 16-game road regular season winless streak (12L-4D).

All-Time Series

Overall: New York Red Bulls 12 wins, 35 goals … Philadelphia Union 6 wins, 27 goals … 4 ties

At New York: Red Bulls 7 wins, 16 goals … Union 1 win, 8 goals …  2 ties

Last meeting at New York: New York Red Bulls 0, Philadelphia Union 0 (Sept. 17, 2017)

Source: MLS

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