But before the team heads north there is some unfinished business at Red Bull Arena: CONCACAF Champions League and a rematch with Alianza.
Despite heading into a hostile environment in Central America last month, the Red Bulls were able to salvage a point in a 1-1 draw thanks to some second-half heroics from Omer Damari. But that lone point likely would not have been possible without Jesse Marsch fielding a very strong squad for that match.
In the aftermath of an injury-filled letdown draw against DC United, Marsch has little choice but to preserve the bulk of the squad for the last few weeks of the MLS season and field a very similar unit to the one that won the opener against Antigua.
As a result, we can probably expect all of the starters to ride the bench while USL stars like Ryan Meara, Tyler Adams, and Aaron Long get starts.
Any points - a win or a draw - would be welcome if the Red Bulls are to achieve their goals.
Here is the New York Red Bulls predicted XI vs Alianza:
GK Ryan Meara - Robles is already struggling to make it from one MLS game to the next, so Meara gets this one
DF Justin Bilyeu
DF Aaron Long
DF Damien Perrinelle
DF Sal Zizzo
MF Tyler Adams
MF Sean Davis
MF Daniel Royer
MF Felipe - There are a lot of options for the No. 10 spot, and even Mike Grella has been identified as a candidate for the role. But Felipe has done so well from the position in Sacha's absence that it's worth putting him in again.
MF Shaun Wright-Phillips
FW Gonzalo Veron
With the way the MLS season has progressed, the CONCACAF Champions League has felt to some like much less of a chance for the Red Bulls to shine at the international level and more like a chore that puts the roster depth at risk for injury. And with a high-enough finish on the MLS table, the Red Bulls will be back in the tournament again next season...
What do you think?