The New York Red Bulls are in Houston for Week 5 of MLS 2017: their third road game of the new season, and their fourth game against a Western Conference opponent.
In those two preceding road trips, RBNY has tallied three points out of six: an unexpected turnaround against Atlanta United yielded a 2-1 win; Seattle Sounders rolled confidently over the visiting Red Bulls in a 3-1 victory. The loss to the Sounders is also RBNY's only loss to Western Conference opposition so far this season: Colorado Rapids and Real Salt Lake have been played at Red Bull Arena in games that have yielded one goal (against Colorado) and four points for the Red Bulls.
Houston's last outing was a loss to the Timbers in Portland, but the team started its 2017 with back-to-back home wins. The Dynamo clearly would like to extend its home streak to three-wins-out-of-three.
RBNY has its work cut out for it containing an attack-minded, high-pressing team - not all that unlike the Red Bulls, though drawing its inspiration more from a free-flowing Latin American soccer archetype than RBNY's Teutonic RalfBalling roots. It should be an interesting match-up between two teams that don't seem to be all that far apart philosophically.