Goal-shy Red Bulls in for a difficult trip to Philadelphia
New York still dealing with the loss of McCarty
MLS: Philadelphia v NY Red Bulls
Sky Sports 2, 10pm Sunday
Philadelphia Union look to capitalise on New York Red Bulls' dismal record on the road as the rivals face off at Talen Energy Stadium, Pennsylvania.
The Red Bulls have found life tough away from home, losing six of their seven games and scoring only four goals.
They rely heavily on Bradley Wright-Phillips for goals, and although he has netted six times this term, the New Yorkers haven’t sparkled as they have in previous seasons.
One of the major reasons for their slump has been the trade of midfield general Dax McCarty to Chicago Fire. The solid base he gave the side has been lost and they haven’t been able to replace him thus far.
Union have had a somewhat mixed campaign in 2017, but have fared better at home, including winning their previous two against an in-form Houston Dynamo side and the Colorado Rapids.
They also had a confidence-boosting 3-1 victory over the Harrisburg City Islanders in the Open Cup during the week. Philadelphia can continue their improved form against an out-of-sorts Red Bulls side.
CJ Sapong is firing in the goals this season, with eight from 14 league appearances.
The Union striker ought to relish playing against a defence who haven’t kept a clean sheet since April and he looks to be a spot of value to notch the first goal.
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C J Sapong first goalscorer
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