Harrison, NJ (Sports Network) - Red Bull New York will be hoping to clinch a
postseason berth on Saturday when the club welcomes the New England Revolution
to Red Bull Arena.
New York, which enters the weekend atop the overall MLS table with 52 points,
needs just one point to clinch a spot in the playoffs, but it could even secure
a postseason berth with a loss and the right combination of other results.
After picking up a point at CenturyLink Field in an impressive 1-1 draw with
Seattle Sounders FC last weekend, the Red Bulls will have their sights set on
all three points against the Revs.
"For me, like I said to the boys, 'Every week it's all about three points. We
just concentrate on the next game,'" said Tim Cahill. "We're going to prepare
this whole week for next game at home and see what happens, because all we can
affect is ourselves. The only way we lose games is when we give them away."
New York will welcome Thierry Henry back to the fold. The Frenchman was absent
from the club's trip to Seattle, as was his preferred strike partner in Bradley
Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke confirmed that Wright-Phillips will miss
Saturday's tussle with New England, but the home side should be fine
considering how well Peguy Luyindula deputized for the English striker.
"The insertion of Peguy into the lineup tonight was strictly because he's very
good at holding the ball and he has great vision," Petke said. "We knew that if
we could get him the ball past the midfield line, then he turns and goes, that
we could be dangerous. I thought he did great."
New England comes into the match on the back of a 1-1 home draw with the
Houston Dynamo. The Revs have four games remaining on the schedule as they look
to close the one-point gap on the Philadelphia Union, the club that currently
occupies the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with 42 points.
"We have four games left that we have to get points in," said Revolution head
coach Jay Heaps. "There is no question in my mind; it's going to be a tough
Including Saturday's tilt with New York, three of New England's last four
contests come away from home. They will need to improve upon their 4-6-4 road
record if they hope to sneak into the postseason.
"We just have to take each game as it is. We've got to get maximum points in
just about every game and we'll talk about it as the week goes on," said
Revolution midfielder Scott Caldwell. "I think we have to just think of it as
another game, you can't think of it as away from home or home. You just have to
go out and perform."
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