After losing to the New England Revolution 2-1, the New York Red Bulls look to get back on their horse and clinch a playoff spot on Sunday when they take on the Portland Timbers. Even though they are sitting in sixth in the Western Conference, don't sleep on Portland. They are unbeaten in five of their last six games. They may have a -3 total goal differential, but they are +10 at home. Here's who RBNY will need to watch out for:
Adam Kwarasey (GK, 134 points; 12 clean sheets, 64 saves): Kwarasey is the fourth ranked fantasy goalkeeper in MLS. His 12 clean sheets are extremely impressive (Robles had 13 in 2013's when RBNY won the Shield). He has helped Portland gather four shutouts in their last six games (and six of their last ten). RBNY will need to have a great shooting day to get the W on Sunday.
Portland Defense (12 clean sheets): I have to call out their entire defense because they all have very similar fantasy points: Nat Borchers (117 pts, 3 goals), Jorge Villafana (114 pts, 3 assists), Alvas Powell (112 pts, 1 assist) and Designated Player Liam Ridgewell (111 pts, 1 assist) have all been beasts. For context, the best scorer on RBNY's defense is Matt Miazga with 107 points. Eight of their 12 clean sheets have come at home.
Darlington Nagbe (MID, 98 points; 2 goals, 3 assists): Even though Nagbe's numbers aren't up to par where he'd like to be, he has been a very consistent performer for the Timbers. He has great speed and knows how to find & attack open space. Dax & Felipe, beware.
Fanendo Adi (FWD, 103 points; 10 goals, 2 assists): Adi has scored more than a third of Portland's goals this season and has had three multiple goal games. He is very fast, something that RBNY struggled with twice against Chicago. They'll have to do better on their "rest defense" and set pieces.