The New York Red Bulls go for their fourth straight win when they host the Columbus Crew at Red Bull Arena on Saturday.
New York (13-5-2, 41 points) is three points back of Eastern Conference leader Atlanta United and is 10-2-2 in the past 14 matches.
The latest conquest was a 1-0 victory at D.C. United on Wednesday thanks to a second-minute goal by Bradley Wright-Phillips, his 100th in MLS. He achieved the milestone in is 159th game, the fastest of 11 league players to reach the century mark.
New York has won six of its past seven games, allowing just four goals while having four shutouts.
“It just shows our defensive quality as a unit,” defender Aaron Long said after the win at D.C. “All 11 guys putting in the work. The amount of shutouts we’ve had this year is huge, getting an away shutout is even bigger.”
Columbus (9-7-6, 33 points) was headed for a third straight defeat at home versus Orlando City on Saturday before rallying for a 3-2 win on Gyasi Zardes’ penalty kick in the 88th minute and a brilliant 35-yard strike in the second minute of stoppage time by captain Wil Trapp.
“It was an exciting win. I think it creates some momentum,” Crew coach Gregg Berhalter said. “What this does is just give you another memory to build on. This is another example of good resiliency.”
The Crew have scored three goals in 10 road games (2-5-3). They are winless in the past four away matches, having been outscored 8-0 in losing the past three. Their last road goal was May 19 versus New England, when Lalas Abubakar scored in the 85th minute for a 1-0 victory, a scoreless span of 365 minutes.
Crew midfielder Federico Higuaín (back spasms) might play after sitting out the Orlando match.
—Field Level Media