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New York Red Bulls vs. Harrisburg City Islanders Preview

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New York Red Bulls vs. Harrisburg City Islanders
US Open Cup 4th Round
Tuesday, June 5th, 7:30 PM
Skyline Sports Complex, Harrisburg, PA
Moving Picture Box Coverage: Club Website

Another cup game breaks up the monotony of the Red Bulls' mid-season break, as the team travels to Harrisburg, PA for a fourth-round clash with the City Islanders. Harrisburg knocked out a second-string Red Bulls side two years ago in the third round after extra time, and that had better not happen again.

Danny Cepero was in goal for Harrisburg in that match, waaaay back in the summer of 2010, and there's a different former Red Bulls in the City Islanders' side for this match: Sainey Touray, who was in the New York squad during the 2008 season, but did not feature in any league matches.

Harrisburg have had a good start to the season, going 3-1-4 through their first eight matches with five clean sheets in USL PRO play. That's all the information you're going to get on the HCI.

As for the glorious Red Bulls, we can probably expect a similar line-up to the side that beat Charleston last week -- nearly first-choice, with a few players left out to give them some rest. Thierry Henry probably won't feature, but Kenny Cooper may well get another start up top. Tyler Ruthven is suspended, serving the ban that he should have served in the last match.

We'll be here, as always, with minute-by-minute coverage in our open thread. The Red Bulls should win, but if football always worked that way, then it wouldn't be nearly as interesting.