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Two teams, desperate to return to the Eastern Conference playoff race, will be called the on Saturday New York Red Bulls host Chicago Fire from the Red Bull Arena.
New York are currently five points behind in the playoff pursuit, while Chicago have suffered consecutive one-goal defeats.
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The New York Red Bulls finally picked up three points last week after falling short on several tight issues.
Their 1-0 win over Columbus Crew ended a winless streak of seven games that included four defeats by a single goal in the previous five games.
The high pressure system of Gerhard Struber was a hit-and-miss for this team all season and has proven to be a complicated system that his young group has to master consistently.
They are clearly at their best at the Red Bull Arena, winning five times at home this year and conceding no goals in the last two games in a row.
Another shutout on Saturday would be the 200th in their regular season history as they are currently fifth in league history in that division.
Not only is this weekend the final regular season clash between Chicago and New York, but Struber knows it’s a crucial game in the playoff race as the Red Bulls have two games on the three teams they need to get into one Playoff positions come to Columbus, Atlanta United and DC United.
The Fire beat Orlando City in most statistical categories last week, with the exception of the main one, the scoreboard, where they lost 1-0.
For the second time in their last three games, they have had more shots on goal than their opponents, but they continue to struggle to prevent goals. That season they conceded 18 away and only scored five.
It was a frustrating campaign for Raphael Wicky and his team, who take part in every game but don’t seem to find that little extra for three points.
Chicago have usually been able to control the pace of their games with sharp passes and ball movements, but they seem to have at least one lack of concentration that has resulted in them mostly missing out.
With 15 games remaining, their current road trip could decide whether or not they reach the playoffs this year, with the next four games being played away from home.
A year ago this team was just one game away from a post-season post and with seven points to catch up and five teams to go, they could hardly face another long setback like the one they had earlier this season Afford.
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At the first meeting of these two Red Bull Arena teams this year, they were New York’s right-backs Kyle Duncan had an impressive performance and was successful in 11 of his 12 duels while Cristian Casseres and Caden Clark everyone fired home in the second half to give their team the win.
The club signs central defenders Sean Nealis to a new three-year contract with an additional year of option, as the defender has become an integral part of the defense of this team, which starts with a goal against an average of 1.00 and plays the full 90 minutes this season.
Aaron Long fails with an Achilles tendon injury for the year, Youba Diarra and Cristian Casseres have problems with the Achilles tendon and Cameron Harper remains questionable in the case of a hip injury.
Chicago Defender Boris Sekulic was one of their best players in Orlando last weekend, passing 100% accuracy on his 18 passes, including 11 passes in the Lions half of the field while his defender colleague Miguel Navarro was named Man of the Game in that competition and made its first launch since July 24th.
Luka Stojanovic The last time the Serbian midfielder scored both goals was when these teams clashed in a 2-1 win earlier this month as the Serbian midfielder scored four goals in his last three games.
Kenneth Kronholm paused with a right knee injury, Ignacio Aliseda has a problem with the left shin and Carlos Teran played the full 90 minutes after apparently recovering from a problem in his right thigh.
New York Red Bulls possible starting grid:
Carlos; Duncan, Reyes, Nealis, Tarek; Davis, Tolkin, Clark, Amaya; Fabio, Klimala
Chicago Fire possible starting line-up:
Shuttleworth; Calvo, Pineda, Bornstein; Stojanovic, Herbers, Medran, Gimenez, Sekulic; Collier, Beric
Probability: New York Red Bulls 1-0 Chicago Fire
Fifteen of the last 17 games between these teams have been decided by a goal or less and only two points separate them in the table, but New York seems to remember their defensive responsibilities in front of their home fans and stayed five times to zero at Red Bull in this arena Season.
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