The last time New York City FC faced its closest rivals, coach Patrick Vieira said his squad delivered a near-perfect performance in a 2-0 road win over the New York Red Bulls on June 24.
NYCFC (11-7-4) may need a repeat performance Sunday if it is to slow down the streaking Red Bulls.
The Red Bulls (11-8-2) haven't lost since that June 24 defeat to NYCFC and arrive at Yankee Stadium for Sunday's afternoon tilt in stellar form. They've won their last four MLS matches, outscoring opponents 15-3 during the sizzling stretch that has seen the Red Bulls vault up the Eastern Conference table. The Red Bulls enter Sunday's match in fourth place, just two points behind NYCFC.
"We've done well for ourselves to maintain the proper concentration," Red Bulls coach Jesse Marsch told reporters this week.
Jack Harrison and Ben Sweat scored goals in NYCFC's win over the Red Bulls in June. It was the first time NYCFC came away with points at Red Bull Arena.
"We played a really good game, I would say nearly a perfect one," Vieira told reporters this week. "If we want to win this game, we need to be at our very best.
"We're playing against a team who are having a really good period at the moment," Vieira added. "They've played well, they're scoring goals, so it's going to be difficult, of course." >> Read more
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