The New York Red Bulls will travel back to Texas for their second Friday night game in a month. They will play an up-and-down Houston Dynamo team that has the same amount of points as them, but sit tied for 8th place in the Western Conference. Houston will look to climb the table at the Red Bulls' expense. Here are their top performers of the season to look out for:
Tyler Deric (GK, 60 points; 3 clean sheets, 39 saves): Deric started the season on a hot streak: he won Save of the Week the first two weeks of the season and earned three clean sheets in his first six starts. Then reality set in for the Dynamo. They have given up at least one goal in each of their last eight games, including four goals in back-to-back games against Sporting KC and FC Dallas. RBNY have the ability to get a few past Deric and his back line.
Jermaine Taylor (DEF, 55 points; 2 clean sheets, 1 assist): Taylor has played in all but one of Houston's games this season. He and DaMarcus Beasley (53 points) are the leaders who will look to shut down Bradley Wright-Phillips and the RBNY attackers. Taylor has been called up to Jamaica's preliminary Copa America squad, so there is a possibility he will not play in this game.
Giles Barnes (MID, 57 points; 6 goals, 1 assist): Barnes is in the same boat as Taylor, having been called to Jamaica. Along with Bruin, he is a dangerous player. He has scored over a third of the Dynamo's goals. Dax & Co. will need to stay close. Oscar Boniek Garcia (36 points) and Luis Garrido (27 points) have been called to the Honduras national team squad for three friendlies, so they will miss the RBNY game.
Will Bruin (FWD, 46 points; 5 goals): Bruin has been heating up for the Dynamo the last few weeks. He has scored all five of his goals in their last seven games. He is very much like BWP in that he is good off-ball and looks to get into seams behind his opponent's back line. RBNY will have their work cut out for them.
As a side note, Red Bulls defenseman Kemar Lawrence may also get called into Jamaica's camp. If Barnes and Taylor miss the game, so will he.