RED BULLS (6-5-3) VS. REAL SALT LAKE (6-7-1)
7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, DAZN, MSG. KMYU
After stumbling to a 1-4-2 start, the New York Red Bulls, winners of the MLS’ 2018 Supporters’ Shield, will try for their sixth victory in eight matches when they host Real Salt Lake on Saturday night at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J.
The Red Bulls are 5-1-1 in their last seven matches and have had a week to prepare following a 2-0-1 seven-day stretch capped by a 2-0 victory at FC Cincinnati last Saturday. New York (6-5-3, 21 points), which has two games in hand, trails Eastern Conference leader D.C. United by five points.
Kaku scored the game-winner in the 78th minute and Omir Fernandez clinched the win in stoppage time with his first career goal. Luis Robles stopped four shots to pick up his second shutout in three games and third of the season.
New York has had 15 different goal scorers in 14 games. Midfielder Brian White leads the team with three goals.
“That locker room is really energized right now,” Red Bulls head coach Chris Armas told MLSsoccer.com after the FC Cincinnati win. “I think part of it is that we win on the road. Part of it is we continue the momentum. Part of it is that there are a lot of different players contributing. Part of it (is) the guys feeling like they are growing in all these moments.”
Real Salt Lake (6-7-1, 19 points) faces a quick turnaround after having a three-match winning streak snapped on Wednesday night with a 2-1 loss at Montreal.
“We already started talking to the team about the game on Saturday,” RSL coach Mike Petke said afterward. “It’s going to be a tough game, a tough place to go play in. A young and very energetic team in New York.”
“It’s going to be a really tough game,” added defender Brooks Lennon. “They’re a team that loves to pick up second balls. They’re around every situation with two guys. We need to rest and recover quick and be prepared for a strong team on Saturday. But there’s nothing that this team can’t conquer. We have a great group of guys and I think we can pick up a result.”
Robles enters the contest needing five saves to pass Tony Meola for most saves in franchise history.
–Field Level Media