The New York Red Bulls continue their stretch at home this weekend against the Chicago Fire. The Red Bulls are coming off consecutive 2-0 victories, both seeing total control over their opposition. Since the squad has switched back to the 4-2-3-1 formation, they have regained the confidence that saw them finish top of the Eastern Conference in the regular season last year.
New York Red Bulls vs. Chicago Fire Preview
Three Things To Watch
Taking Care of Business at Home
The Red Bulls have been on fire at home so far this season. In four matches, they are 3-0-1 and have yet to concede a goal. This is quite impressive as the Red Bulls have had their fair share of injuries once again in 2017. With clean sheets in abundance, as well as finding their groove offensively, the Red Bulls will be a tough team to get a result against at home.
This is what Red Bull supporters have been waiting to see out of Alex Muyl. He is coming off the best two game stretch of his career. His play on the ball has improved tremendously, while discovering his scoring touch. Muyl’s two goals in his last two games equals his entire total from last season. With his confidence sky high, all eyes should be on Muyl this weekend to see if he continue his great form.
A Must-See Match
Red Bull Arena will be hosting quite the match up on Saturday. Dax McCarty will be making his much anticipated return to Red Bull Arena. It is no doubt many Red Bull supporters are still sour over the off-season trade of Dax. His return this weekend will certainly draw a crowd and a standing ovation is certainly expected.
Second, Saturday might be the first time Bastian Schweinsteiger will be taking a back seat to one of his teammates. However, the German International and World Cup winner will be making his first ever appearance at Red Bull Arena. The two of these factors combined should certainly put some butts in the seats.
Predicted Starting XI
If it isn’t broke don’t fix it. The Red Bulls will take their two match win streak and look to mirror those victories exactly. The Red Bulls will look to take control early and push hard for another early goal. While emotions will be high, keeping their focus is a must. While Chicago hasn’t had a great start to their season, they have plenty of individual players who can hurt you if there is a slip up. In the end, the Red Bulls will continue their winning streak.
Score: 3-1 in favor of the Red Bulls