Jesse Marsch and his team are heading down to Florida with a bunch of momentum, after thrashing the New England Revolution, 4-1.
The Red Bulls got off to a fast start, scoring three goals in the first 12 minutes of the match. Bradley Wright-Phillips scored on either side of a Lloyd Sam goal to start the game, while Anthony Wallace added an insurance goal in the 56th minute to kill the game.
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The first three goals set an MLS record for the fastest 3 goals scored by a single team from the start of a game. It also marked a bit of a recent trend in the Red Bulls' play, with fast starts becoming something of a trademark.
The win pushed the Red Bulls into third place in the Eastern Conference, where they currently stand 2 points ahead of Orlando City.
The Lions saw their good home form brought to a halt, with their five-game unbeaten run at the Citrus Bowl brought to an abrupt halt by FC Dallas.
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The home side were missing club captain Kaka, who was serving a one match suspension and will be making his return tomorrow against the Red Bulls.
His return should provide a welcome boost for the Lions, who struggled to create much offensively in the loss against Dallas.
Who To Watch
OCSC: Kaka. After serving his one-match suspension, the Brazilian superstar will want to redeem himself in front of the home crowd. He already seems more than up to the task, after scoring an incredible solo goal in a friendly against West Brom.
RBNY: Matt Miazga. The young center back has been playing well enough to earn himself a spot in the MLS Team of the Week. A good performance against an established star like Kaka could advance him from a hot prospect to a bona fide fan favorite.
- This is the first meeting between the two clubs, who will play again on September 25.
- The Red Bulls are currently missing Kemar Lawrence and Roy Miller, due to the Gold Cup. This clears the way for Anthony Wallace to start.
- This is the first game of three game road trip for the Red Bulls, who are 2-4-3 on the road this season.