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May 23, 2021 at 1am UK at Gillette Stadium
New EnglandNew England Revolution
3-1
NY Red BullsNew York Red Bulls
Bou (36'), Buchanan (45+2'), Buksa (82')
FT(HT: 2-1)
Reyes (7')
Reyes (31')
Reyes (38')

Preview: New England Revolution vs. New York Red Bulls - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Sunday's Major League Soccer clash between New England Revolution and New York Red Bulls, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

The New England Revolution renew their rivalry with the New York Red Bulls on Saturday at Gillette Stadium, as they play their second match in their three-game homestand.

New England got a late winner last weekend to beat the defending champions Columbus Crew, while the Red Bulls were shut out for the first time this season in a 1-0 defeat to the Philadelphia Union.


Match preview

New England Revolution coach Bruce Arena during the first half against the Chicago Fire at Gillette Stadium in March 2020© Reuters

In their opening six matches of the new season, manager Bruce Arena and his side have not always looked like cup contenders, but they have nonetheless been able to come away with points on all but one occasion up until now.

Goalkeeper Matt Turner earned his first clean sheet of the new campaign as the team in front of him did a terrific job limiting the reigning champions to just a single shot on goal.

The Revs have found themselves in plenty of tight matches early on in 2021 but have been able to take their game to another level when needed.

New England may not be lighting up the scoreboard like other teams in the league right now, but they have been getting the job done with some solid efforts from the entire squad.

Five different players have scored to this point of the season for the Revs, and four already have at least one assist, which is something they will want to continue as they look to claim their first MLS Cup in club history.

The Red Bulls are currently sitting in ninth place in the Eastern Conference table, in what has been an up and down start for manager Gerhard Struber and his team.

The up-tempo, high-pressing style that has made RB Leipzig and RB Salzburg successful in Europe has produced a mixed bag of results for this New York squad, with two wins and three losses.

That style was highly effective against the likes of Toronto FC and the Chicago Fire, but when facing stiffer competition, like the Philadelphia Union, it seemed clear that they still had some work to do.

Including their first-round playoff defeat to the Columbus Crew in 2020, the Red Bulls are winless in their last six matches away from home, conceding 15 goals in that stretch.

Struber says that he saw some good things from newcomer Patryk Klimala in their match versus Philadelphia, as he was the most dangerous Red Bulls player, after entering in place of Daniel Royer in the second half.

New England Revolution Major League Soccer form:
  • D
  • W
  • W
  • L
  • D
  • W

New York Red Bulls Major League Soccer form:
  • L
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • L



Team News

Gerhard Struber, now in charge of New York Red Bulls, pictured in September 2020© Reuters

Defensive midfielder Luis Caicedo remains out with a leg injury, so Matt Polster will likely start again after doing a great job shutting down a dynamic Columbus midfield.

Brandon Bye notched his first assist of the season last weekend, and Carles Gil continues to be instrumental in midfield, leading the league with 27 key passes in this campaign.

The Red Bulls could be missing centre-forward Tom Barlow and winger Florian Valot with hamstring and knee injuries, respectively.

Midfielder Youba Diarra has a muscle injury, while left-back Jason Pendant is still recovering from a shoulder problem.

Winger Daniel Royer needs just two more goals to pull even with Thierry Henry for third on the team's all-time goalscoring list.

New England Revolution possible starting lineup:
Turner; Bye, Farrell, Kessler, Jones; Maciel, Polster; Buchanan, Gil, Traustason; Bou

New York Red Bulls possible starting lineup:
Carlos; Edwards, Long, Nealis, Duncan; Davis; Clark, Casseres; Amaya; Klimala, Royer


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We say: New England Revolution 1-0 New York Red Bulls

Bruce Arena has seen his side produce some late drama in their past two games, which should be a concern waiting so long to score, but the silver lining is some of their primary offensive weapons, like Teal Bunbury and Adam Buksa, have come to life.

The Red Bulls have not won away from home this season and will have a hard time getting the better of the versatile New England midfield.



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Tables

Eastern Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New England RevolutionNew England9621149520
2Orlando City95311661018
3Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia9432117415
4Columbus Crew842296314
5New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls84041210212
6DC United9405911-212
7New York City FCNY City83231510511
8Atlanta UnitedAtlanta8251119211
9CF MontrealMontreal8323109111
10Nashville SCNashville825198111
11Inter MiamiInter Miami9225814-68
12Toronto81251015-55
13Chicago Fire8116413-94
14FC CincinnatiCincinnati7115617-114

Western Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New England RevolutionNew England9621149520
2Orlando City95311661018
3Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia9432117415
4Columbus Crew842296314
5New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls84041210212
6DC United9405911-212
7New York City FCNY City83231510511
8Atlanta UnitedAtlanta8251119211
9CF MontrealMontreal8323109111
10Nashville SCNashville825198111
11Inter MiamiInter Miami9225814-68
12Toronto81251015-55
13Chicago Fire8116413-94
14FC CincinnatiCincinnati7115617-114

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