The New York Red Bulls may have been recently becalmed - one win in their last four games - but they are still unbeaten in MLS 2015. The mid-week draw with the Colorado Rapids pulled RBNY to within one point of the current Eastern Conference leader, New England Revolution.
The Revs are hot right now: four wins in their last six matches; 10 goals scored, just two conceded. This is as confident an opponent as RBNY has faced all season.
Several Red Bulls (Luis Robles, Chris Duvall, Matt Miazga, Lloyd Sam, Bradley Wright-Phillips, Connor Lade) will remember last season's hex-breaking 2-0 win in New England. And the epic, Daxinho-inspired, 2-1 win (Roy Miller played in that one, after missing the trip to Foxborough) at the Arena that began the process of developing the tactical adjustment (from 4-4-2 to 4-2-3-1) that has persisted into this year.
But the Revolution has kept a few more players together from last season than RBNY, and those players carry more recent, perhaps happier, memories: an Eastern Conference final that avenged the defeats of the regular season.
Advantage New England, both in terms of recent form and recent memory. This is the biggest test of RBNY's year to date.