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.
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.
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
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.