There's good news and bad news in store for the New York Red Bulls. The good news? They're playing at home this weekend. While New York's road form has been a cause for concern all season long, they've been strong at home. Their only losses at Red Bull Arena this season have been to second place Sporting Kansas City and a surging Vancouver Whitecaps. The bad news? They're playing at home against a team that is currently at the top of the table. Real Salt Lake is easily one of the most in form teams in MLS right now and is leading the league in points.
Here's what we know:
- RSL is missing some important pieces.
As Jason already pointed out, what's good for the U.S. National Team and the New York Red Bulls isn't exactly good for Real Salt Lake. The table leaders have lost two of their most important players to the Gold Cup in goal keeper Nick Rimando and defensive midfielder Kyle Beckerman. To make matters worse for Salt Lake, Josh Saunders, their back up keeper, is out for six months with an ACL tear. That leaves keeper responsibilities in the hands of 24 year-old Jeff Attinella.
- East finally meets West.
Here's what we don't know:
- Will the midfield show up?
- Will New York score? At all?
Here's what we think we might know:
- It's time for someone other than Espindola to get the start.