The New York Red Bulls will be looking for their fifth consecutive victory when they host the rival Philadelphia Union Saturday night at Red Bull Arena.
New York, which defeated Atlanta United 3-1 last Sunday, has lost just once in 10 regular season home games against the Union.
Bradley Wright-Phillips had a pair of goals against Atlanta, but after improving to 7-3-0 the entire club had to be concerned about defender Kemar Lawrence. After heading a ball in his own box, Lawrence crumpled to the field and was helped off via a stretcher.
Lawrence is actually listed as questionable for this game against the Union.
“Kemar’s good,” Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch told reporters after practice on Wednesday. “He’s done a ton of testing, which is one of the reasons they gave him off (Wednesday) because they treated him like a lab rat for two days just to make sure everything is OK, but everything is great. He’ll be in training full (Thursday) and he should be ready for the weekend.”
The Red Bulls have lost only once in their last 13 games at Red Bull Arena.
The Union, meanwhile, have rallied for two impressive wins after a frustrating 2-5-2 start. They won 2-0 at Montreal and followed with a 4-1 victory over Real Salt Lake at Talen Energy Stadium last Saturday.
Four different players scored against RSL — Marcus Epps, Borek Dockal, Ilsinho and Keegan Rosenberry as the Union improved to 3-1-2 at home this season.
“I thought a very strong performance from the group,” Union head coach Jim Curtin told reporters after the win over RSL. “We talked a lot about if we did not back up a good performance in Montreal with another one it would be meaningless. Credit to the players. They deserve all the credit. I thought the energy that was put in made Salt Lake uncomfortable.”
The Union will be playing without key defenders Richie Marquez (sports hernia) and Josh Yaro (concussion).
—Field Level Media