Last Friday Jesse Marsch benched more than half of his starters following a grueling 120-minute performance against FC Cincinnati just three days before. The Red Bulls lost that game 2-0 to Portland, but got some much-needed tape on the team’s new acquisitions like Fidel Escobar, Dilly Duka and Vincent Bezecourt.
OF course, we all remember that the last time Marsch rested players for a game against a Western Conference foe, the team they were rested for ended up running him out of the building.
Unfortunately, the plan still resulted in Aurelien Collin sustaining an injury that could keep him out for a while. And with NYC FC coming to town for the third time this year, the Red Bulls will need all hands on deck to make up for his absence.
Here is the RBNY predicted XI vs NYC FC:
GK Luis Robles
DF Aaron Long
DF Fidel Escobar - Was his performance in the losing effort against Portland enough to get a starting job? No. But did Collin’s injury open up a spot for him to take? Absolutely.
DF Michael Amir Murillo
WB Kemar Lawrence
WB Tyler Adams
AM Sean Davis
AM Sacha Kljestan
AM Alex Muyl
FW Bradley Wright-Phillips - The Red Bulls will need another big game out of BWP to have a chance in this one.
With ten games remaining this last rivalry game between the Red Bulls and NYC FC could be big when it comes to final playoff seeding. A win for the Red Bulls would vault them over Chicago into 3rd place - and if they were to maintain that spot for the remainder of the season, it could potentially mean two more games between these two in the MLS Cup play-offs.
On the other hand, any result favoring NYC FC will leave the Red Bulls in a dog fight for the playoffs for the remainder of the season - especially with road games against Toronto FC and Chicago on the horizon.
What do you think?
Who emerges victorious in Match 25?
This poll is closed
The team that plays in New Jersey
The team that plays in Connecticut
Are the Cosmos really the only remaining team playing in the New York City limits? ...sigh...