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Red Bulls preparing to play the Revolution

After getting a two goal draw at Sporting KC, the Red Bulls head to Foxboro to face the New England Revolution

MLS: New York Red Bulls at Sporting Kansas City
Michael Murillo attacking with the ball.
Peter G. Aiken

The Red Bulls are feeling good about themselves after earning point on the road at Sporting Kansas City wth a two goal draw. We all knoew that it would have been better if they held on to the lead and got the full three points, but with a Peter Vermes side you never know whaat the final outcome will be and any form of points is better than nothing.

So after going on the road in the midwest, the Red Bulls will now head back on the road and travel north. They will make their annual pilgramage to Gillette Stadium as they face the New England Revolution who are currently dead last in the Eastern Conference.

In seven matches played the Revs have only one win, with five losses, and a draw for four points. This is not a good start to Brad Friedel’s second season as manager of the Revolution and you wonder if his seat is starting to get hot right now.

“Yeah, I think every week is important for us.” said Sean Davis “It’s a long season, you have to take it game by game, I think we’re happy with the performance against Kansas City, I think it’s a step in the right direction.

“But now we’re going to a tough place to play and it’s going to be difficult, especially with their style. They have a lot on the line, they’re playing at home. We know they’re looking for three points. So we’re going to have to be prepared to match their mentality.”

Usually you have Red Bull killers in Diego Fagundez and Teal Bunbury, creating chances or lighting up the scoreboard, but sadly, they haven’t done much with on;y one assist between the two players.

“Bunbury is pretty dangerous up top. I think Fagundez has had success against us in their building. Penilla, last time we played there was very good.” said Aaron Long “So I’m guessing those front three are probably going to be our main focus, but I’ve heard that they’ve been changing their lineup every game.

“They’ve been starting with different guys. So we really don’t know who they’re going to play and what formation they’re going to play. We just know they’re going to work hard.”

It looks like we have another goalkeeper merry-go-round up in Foxborough, as both Cody Cropper and Brad Knighton are sharing time on the line to try and fix these issues while Matt Turner hasn’t played a single minute either due to injury or poor form. Is that an advantage for the Red Bulls possibly getting a big road win.

“I didn’t know that they were having goal keeper issues.” said Vincent Bezecourt “But keeper or no keeper, we need to get goals to win and get three points, so whoever the keeper is, we need to get those shots on goal.”

As we already know, Kaku has been suspended for this weekend’s match, as he earned a straight red card, for the situation with him kicking the ball in anger and hitting a fan in Kansas City. What does Chris Armas think about not having him.

“We’ve had to fill gaps, many times right with Kemar (Lawrence) if he’s not in or whenever you have a guy that’s missing from the team.” said Armas “Especially an important guy so we have other weapons.

“We have other guys that have proven that they can make plays and fill in with a real understanding of what we expect with and without the ball so we’ve thought hard about it and we will look over it next couple days. And, we’ll be ready to throw everything at New England.”

So for the Red Bulls, they need to have a another strong game, if they want to add on to the road draw at Sporting KC. While the Revolution are not playing well and in last place, they are still going to try to stop the Red Bulls from playing their game.

They need to continue the positive they started last match at Sporting Kansas City and get back to the winning ways, this club has been able to do since starting at Red Bull Arena. IT should be a fun match up in Foxborough.