The New York Red Bulls take their 14-game undefeated streak to the pitch when they host the Columbus Crew at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey, on Sunday.
The Red Bulls (14-9-9) haven't lost an MLS match since dropping a 2-0 decision to Eastern Conference rival New York City FC on July 3. New York is tied with New York City for first place in the Eastern Conference with 51 points.
The Crew (8-12-12) were eliminated from playoff contention at midweek, following their 2-2 draw with the Chicago Fire.
Red Bulls striker Bradley Wright-Phillips is locked in a battle for the league goal-scoring title with New York's David Villa at 21 goals. Wright-Phillips has nine goals over his last eight matches, dating back to Aug. 13.
"His (Wright-Phillips) form, his confidence, so much of it stems from his leadership," Red Bulls coach Jesse Marsch said on the team's website. "He's stepped up his leadership in such a big way. The times he chooses to speak, the things he says, the commitment he has to this group, I mean, has led us. It's led us in so many ways."
Entering the match, the Crew leads the league in passing accuracy with 82.24% of its passes completed, and is second in successful passes completed per game at 394.41. Columbus also leads the league in possession with 55.33% of time on the ball.
New York is 28-26-10 all-time against Columbus, and 16-10-5 in games played at Red Bull Arena. In their only previous game this season, the Red Bulls recorded a point at MAPFRE Stadium with a 1-1 draw.
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