The New York Red Bulls end the regular season on Sunday in hopes of completing the longest unbeaten run in MLS this year, and the third-longest in league history when they meet the Philadelphia Union at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pa.
New York's 15-game unbeaten streak matches a streak run off by the Colorado Rapids from April to July of this year. The Red Bulls haven't lost since dropping a 2-0 decision to New York City FC on July 3d.
The Red Bulls (15-9-9) lead the Eastern Conference and cannot fall below a tie in points with second-place New York City FC.
Should the Red Bulls clinch first place, it would be the third time in the last four seasons that they finished as the top team in the East. New York is heading to the post-season for the seventh consecutive year.
With 59 goals, New York enters the match as the highest scoring team in MLS.
Forward Bradley-Wright Phillips has scored a league-leading 23 goals for the Red Bulls, one more than David Villa of New York City FC in the race for the Golden Boot Award.
"We're treating this as an important end-of-the-season match," Red Bulls coach Jesse Marsch said on the team's web site. "We're going to need to push our form and fitness going into the playoffs."
Philadelphia (11-13-9) is clinging to the sixth and final playoff spot in the East with 42 points, three points ahead of the New England Revolution. The Union haven't won in six straight games.
U.S. Men's National Team member Alejandro Bedoya has played nine games for Philadelphia, scoring one goal. Chris Pontius leads the team with 12 goals, including two goals and one assist in two games against the Red Bulls this season.
Defender Keegan Rosenberry has been an ironman for the Union, starting and playing every minute this season. Forward Fabian Herbers has started only 12 games but leads the team in assists with seven.
New York is 10-5-3 all-time against Philadelphia and 2-7-7 this season on the road.
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