Okay, let's everyone just relax and step back from the ledge. The sky isn't falling and the New York Red Bulls still have a damn good chance of making the playoffs. Sure, questions about ownership's commitment to the team are abound, as well as Tim Cahill troubles on top of confusion in regards to the future of Thierry Henry...but after last week's win against a much improved Houston Dynamo, things are looking alright. The Red Bulls are in the drivers seat on the road to the post season and their Eastern Conference competition seems to be doing everything they can to give them a hand. So let's take an optimistic look at tomorrow's match against Toronto FC. If all all else fails, the ledge will be waiting for us when we get back.
Here's what we know.
- Both sides are thirsty for three points.
Toronto is four points behind New York and essentially three points and a helping hand away from one of the coveted Eastern Conference playoff spots. The Red Bulls, on the other hand, are currently situated two spots above the red line. If Toronto wants any chance of climbing above that line as well, they'll need to pull off a difficult win, on the road in Red Bull Arena. For New York, three points would go a long way in, not only keeping them playoff bound, but also helping them avoid the extra play-in game reserved for the two teams in the fourth and fifth spots. This game isn't a must win for either team, but it's pretty damn close.
- Key players? RBNY is missing a few.
- Bradley returns.
Here's what we don't know:
- Who's filling in for whom?