New England Revolution lands at Red Bull Arena riding a mini-streak of consecutive wins and hoping to that has provided sufficient momentum for the team to land its first win on the road in MLS 2017.
New York Red Bulls are winless in their last four games, of which the last two were at home. RBNY is edging closer to the regular-season halfway mark - this will be its 14th league game of 2017 - without showing much sign of consistency. The team opened this year's MLS campaign with two wins, then went on a winless run of four games, then won three in a row, and is back in a rut at the moment. Along the way, there have been multiple tactical tweaks, including at least three distinct starting formations - a 4-2-2-2 to start, followed by the old-faithful 4-2-3-1, and then last week's 4-1-3-2. Results have been mixed and RBNY is firmly rooted to the middle of the table: sixth the 11-team Eastern Conference; 11th in the 22-team Supporters' Shield race.
The year to date is neither triumph nor disaster for RBNY. But head coach Jesse Marsch has stated the team's priority is the playoffs and the MLS Cup that waits for the league's post-season champion. Of course, teams that aren't on four-game winless streaks at the moment are no less interested in winning MLS Cup, so RBNY will eventually have to find some form if it is to convince anyone there is silverware in this season.
A win over a quietly-improving New England would be a welcome reassurance that the Red Bulls haven't entirely lost their way while tinkering with tactics on the training field.
Not too late to get a ticket: our friends over at Ticket IQ reported about 3,500 tickets available midweek, a number that generally signifies there will be plenty around for those in need. But for those who can't make it out to the Arena, per livesoccertv.com, here's where to find the game: