After narrowly escaping a late push from the Montreal Impact and drawing the New England Revolution away with a B team, the Red Bulls secured four points of a possible six over the last week. If we reach back into Week 10, the Red Bulls earned seven points of a possible nine over three games in eight days. If you turn the calendar back even further, the Red Bulls have won are unbeaten in six and have only lost one game in their last seven.
A very good string of results to be sure. And a string of results that put them at the top of the East and three points behind FC Dallas for the Supporters' Shield lead, with a game still to play against the West leaders.
All of this is really good news. It seems the Red Bulls are coming together. They even won a game they had no business winning by stealing three points from the Columbus Crew, which is the mark of a great team; even when you've been outplayed, you find a way to win.
Making the picture even rosier, four of their next five are at home and their only away game is in nearby Philadelphia.
The only cause for concern: The Red Bulls have played the most games in the league. Two more, in fact, than the East's second best team, the Houston Dynamo, and Dallas. They've played four more games than the LA Galaxy, Chicago Fire and Seattle Sounders. The only team with more than 11 games played is Sporting Kansas City, with 12 (obviously, by process of elimination).
The lack of balance in the schedule means that the Red Bulls might be the second best team on points, but they've only got the sixth best points per game mark.
But that's MLS. The teams behind the Red Bulls that will contend for playoff spots and the Supporters' Shield will have their fixture congestion and difficult stretches where they're expected to play several games away from home.
The Red Bulls over the last seven have done the only thing they can do: Get points. Everything else is out of their control.