The New York Red Bulls will attempt to win their first match in seven games tonight as they take on the New England Revolution at Red Bull Arena. Despite their poor recent form, the Red Bulls can take over first place in the Eastern Conference with a win, at least for a day.
New England -- like most of the Red Bulls recent opponents -- are on a pretty terrible run of form at the moment. They've lost four games on the bounce and have yet to win an away game this season, taking just two points from a possible fifteen. As Steve Stoehr of The Bent Musket told us yesterday, New England's main problem has been scoring goals, as they've only found the back of the net twice in their last seven games.
On the other hand, the Red Bulls have had a poor record against New England over the years, and split the season series with them last year. New York lost 3-2 in a crazy game up at Foxboro that included two red cards, a fluke goal from Seth Stammler, and an own goal by Tim Ream, but won 2-0 at Red Bull Arena with strikes from Dane Richards and Joel Lindpere to wrap up the Eastern Conference regular season title.
The team news is pretty much the same: Carl Robinson and Chris Albright are still out, while Jan Gunnar Solli is listed as questionable after straining his hamstring last weekend. Bouna Coundoul is back from international duty with Senegal (where he kept a clean sheet against Samuel Eto'o's Cameroon), but the Gold Cup crew of Ream, Rafael Márquez, Richards, Juan Agudelo, and Dwayne De Rosario are still gone. Fortunately, Benny Feilhaber and Marko Perovic are definitely out for New England, while Zak Boggs is listed as probable.
Kickoff is at 8:30 PM, and if you're not heading out to the Cathedral of Football you can watch the game on Fox Soccer Channel. We'll have a match thread going here for those of you who aren't at Red Bull Arena, and I expect far better production from you folks after y'all produced just SIX posts last week. Buck up your ideas, lads. I'll be near the top of Section 133 in a Dave van den Bergh jersey so drop by and say hi if you're going to the stadium. Let's go Red Bulls.