On Saturday, the New York Red Bulls will try to make up some ground in the Eastern Conference playoff race when they head to TQL Stadium for a matchup with FC Cincinnati. This lasts ones are looking to snap a four-game losing skid as they have quickly fallen out of the postseason picture, while New York have earned at least a point in four straight contests.
Coming down the home stretch of their third MLS campaign, the Orange-and-Blue are back in a familiar position, sitting in dead-last in the Eastern Conference. After parting company with Jaap Stam, the team came up short in their first match under interim manager Tyrone Marshall on Wednesday, losing 3-2 to Toronto.
It will take a miracle for this team to make the playoffs at this stage, facing a 19-point deficit, with only eight games remaining, they might have to run the gamut from here on out.
Even if they miss out on the postseason, there are opportunities for them to show that they are growing as a franchise. Two more victories would eclipse their single-season points record of 24 while also tying their franchise record for most wins at six, both of which were set in their inaugural year.
Cincinnati have not had any trouble starting quickly in matches, but despite so many early goals, they tend to lose their focus as a game wears on, winning only three of their nine matches in which they have scored first.
New York Red bulls VS FC Cincinnati: predictions
FC Cincinnati possible starting lineup:
Tyton; Matarrita, Vallecilla, Cameron, Bailey; Medunjanin, Cruz, Kubo, Acosta; Harris, Brenner
New York Red Bulls possible starting lineup:
Carlos; Reyes, Nealis, Edwards, Duncan; Yearwood, Amaya, Tolkin; Casseres, Klimala, Fernandez
Cincinnati are likely to miss the playoffs for a third successive campaign, and they have struggled to keep the ball out of their goal, conceding 13 times in their last four games.
The Red Bulls need a win in the worst way, and going up against a team who have given up the second-most goals in MLS (51) should be just what they need to regain some confidence.
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