The New York Red Bulls seek a third consecutive win as scoring machine Bradley-Wright Phillips goes for an MLS record at D.C. United on Wednesday.
New York (12-5-2, 38 points) is third in the Eastern Conference but in position to gain ground with three games in hand on first-place Atlanta (44 points) and one on second-place New York City FC (40 points). All three clubs are averaging two points per game.
“We’ll be ready to keep the momentum going,” Red Bulls coach Chris Armas.
Wright-Phillips scored his 99th MLS regular-season goal in his 158th game on Saturday in a 2-0 victory over the New England Revolution.
He has a chance to become the fastest of the 11 MLS players who have reached 100 goals. Former Revolution forward Taylor Twellman holds the mark with 100 in 174 games.
D.C. United (3-8-5, 14 points) have a player who knows a thing or two about scoring goals. Wayne Rooney is expected to make his third appearance and second straight start since signing with the club June 28 after leaving Everton of the English Premier League.
He scored 208 goals in 491 league matches with Everton and Manchester United.
Rooney played 66 minutes in a 3-1 loss at Atlanta United on Saturday that dropped D.C. to 1-3-3 in its past seven matches.
“Overall, disappointed with the result on a personal level,” he said afterward. “Happy to get a few more minutes to help me with it.”
Even though Rooney, 32, is still getting match fit, Armas is wary of England’s all-time goal scorer (53).
“He’s such a good passer in addition to the goals that he can create, so he’s always going to be trouble,” the New York coach said.
D.C. hosts its second match at the new Audi Field, where 14 of its final 18 matches will be played.
—Field Level Media