New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips kicks the ball around the defense of Atlanta United defender Michael Parkhurst during the first half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. (Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips kicks the ball around the defense of Atlanta United defender Michael Parkhurst during the first half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. (Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports)

Bradley-Wright Phillips scored two second-half goals in the New York Red Bulls' 3-1 victory over Atlanta United on Sunday night.

New York (7-3-0) has won four in a row, outscoring its opponents 12-4 during that span.

Wright-Phillips headed home Michael Murillo's cross to the center of the box to give the Red Bulls a 2-1 lead in the 51st minute. About four minutes later, Wright-Phillips capped the scoring with a header, off an entry from Alejandro Romero Gamarra, that banged in off the crossbar.

Atlanta's Ezequiel Barco put away a deflected through pass from Miguel Almiron to open the scoring in the 26th minute.

Daniel Royer converted from the spot in the 42nd to make it 1-1 after Wright-Phillips drew a foul in the area conceded by Miles Robinson.

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Jun 23, 2018; Harrison, NJ, USA; FC Dallas forward Roland Lamah (20) battles New York Red Bulls midfielder Florian Valot (22) for a high ball during the second half at Red Bull Arena. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Jun 23, 2018; Harrison, NJ, USA; FC Dallas forward Roland Lamah (20) battles New York Red Bulls midfielder Florian Valot (22) for a high ball during the second half at Red Bull Arena. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

HARRISON, N.J. (AP) Bradley Wright-Phillips scored his 11th goal of the season and the New York Red Bulls beat FC Dallas 3-0 on Saturday night, playing a man down for the final 60-plus minutes.

New York's Daniel Royer was given a straight red card in the 27th minute for a dangerous foul.

Luis Robles had a season-high six saves in his fourth shutout of the season for New York (9-4-2).

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Mar 1, 2018; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips (99) battles Club Deportivo Olimpia midfielder Gerson Rodas (16) for the ball during first half at Red Bull Arena. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Mar 1, 2018; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips (99) battles Club Deportivo Olimpia midfielder Gerson Rodas (16) for the ball during first half at Red Bull Arena. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

When the New York Red Bulls opened the 2018 season in February, they were playing in three different competitions -- the CONCACAF Champions League, U.S. Open Cup and, of course, the MLS regular season.

That forced a delicate lineup balance for Red Bulls coach Jesse Marsch and resulted in fixture congestion, especially of late when they played a brutal stretch of five games in 15 days.

The Red Bulls lost in the CCL semifinals to eventual champion Chivas de Guadalajara and on Saturday fell to the Philadelphia Union 2-1 in the Open Cup round of 16.

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Jun 9, 2018; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus Crew SC midfielder Artur (7) plays the ball under pressure from New York Red Bulls defender Ethan Kutler (41) at MAPFRE Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports (Greg Bartram)
Jun 9, 2018; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus Crew SC midfielder Artur (7) plays the ball under pressure from New York Red Bulls defender Ethan Kutler (41) at MAPFRE Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports (Greg Bartram)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Alex Muyl tied it with a header in the 57th minute and the New York Red Bulls held on for a 1-1 draw with the Columbus Crew on Saturday.

Muyl scored for the Red Bulls (7-4-2) on Marc Rzatkowski's corner, beating backup goalkeeper Jon Kempin to the ball and heading it over the top of Kempin for the goal. Kempin replaced Crew (7-3-4) starter Zack Steffen who was on international duty for the U.S. men's national team in its friendly against France on Saturday.

Gyasi Zardes opened the scoring with his 10th goal of the season in the 26th minute with a strong header to finish Harrison Afful's looping cross from the end line.

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Apr 14, 2018; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York Red Bulls defender Michael Murillo (62) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against Montreal Impact during second half at Red Bull Arena. New York Red Bulls defeated Montreal Impact 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 14, 2018; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York Red Bulls defender Michael Murillo (62) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against Montreal Impact during second half at Red Bull Arena. New York Red Bulls defeated Montreal Impact 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The New York Red Bulls can gain ground on Columbus Crew SC in the Eastern Conference if they can return to their winning ways in Major League Soccer on Saturday.

New York (7-4-1) saw a five-game unbeaten run end with a 2-1 loss to the New England Revolution last Saturday but responded with a 4-0 victory over rival New York City FC in a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup fourth-round match on Wednesday.

Even though Red Bulls coach Jesse Marsch held out several regulars, he liked the approach of the team against NYCFC and thinks the outcome can build momentum heading into the match at Mapfre Stadium vs. the Crew (7-3-5).

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It was all Red Bulls in the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup, as they took down NYCFC, 4-0, on Wednesday night. 

The Red Bulls got on the board early with Vincent Bezecourt scoring his first career first-team goal in the second minute. 

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Jun 2, 2018; Foxborough, MA, USA; New York Red Bulls midfielder Alex Muyl (19) battles for the ball with New England Revolution defender Antonio Delamea Mlinar (19) during the second half of New England's 2-1 win over the New York Red Bulls at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)
Jun 2, 2018; Foxborough, MA, USA; New York Red Bulls midfielder Alex Muyl (19) battles for the ball with New England Revolution defender Antonio Delamea Mlinar (19) during the second half of New England's 2-1 win over the New York Red Bulls at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)

FOXBORO, Mass. (AP) Teal Bunbury scored his eighth goal of the season at the 78th minute off Cristian Penilla's cross to send New England past New York for a 2-1 win on Saturday.

Penilla beat his defender to the left of the goal mouth and in tight quarters and found Bunbury from close range who punched it in.

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May 12, 2018; Commerce City, CO, USA; Colorado Rapids midfielder Dillon Serna (17) heads the ball in the second half against the New York Red Bulls of the match at Dick's Sporting Goods Park Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)
May 12, 2018; Commerce City, CO, USA; Colorado Rapids midfielder Dillon Serna (17) heads the ball in the second half against the New York Red Bulls of the match at Dick's Sporting Goods Park Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)

The New England Revolution have several goals they'll try to reach Saturday night. They include getting back in the win column and shutting down high-scoring Bradley Wright-Phillips.

After two straight draws over the last week, New England looks to snap a three-game skid against Wright-Phillips and the New York Red Bulls.

The Revolution, who are playing their third game in eight days, failed to collect wins in the first two matches, but still salvaged points.

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May 26, 2018; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York Red Bulls goalkeeper Ryan Meara (18) collides with Philadelphia Union defender Auston Trusty (26) as he makes a save during the second half at Red Bull Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 26, 2018; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York Red Bulls goalkeeper Ryan Meara (18) collides with Philadelphia Union defender Auston Trusty (26) as he makes a save during the second half at Red Bull Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

HARRISON, N.J. (AP) Goalkeeper Luis Robles was honored in a pregame ceremony for the conclusion of the longest Ironman streak in MLS history and the New York Red Bulls and the Philadelphia Union both had their winning streaks snapped as they played to a scoreless draw Saturday night.

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May 12, 2018; Commerce City, CO, USA; Colorado Rapids midfielder Dillon Serna (17) heads the ball in the second half against the New York Red Bulls of the match at Dick's Sporting Goods Park Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)
May 12, 2018; Commerce City, CO, USA; Colorado Rapids midfielder Dillon Serna (17) heads the ball in the second half against the New York Red Bulls of the match at Dick's Sporting Goods Park Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)

Two clubs in good form will clash Sunday when first-place Atlanta United hosts the surging New York Red Bulls on the quick pitch inside raucous Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

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May 12, 2018; Commerce City, CO, USA; Colorado Rapids midfielder Sam Nicholson (28) controls the ball against New York Red Bulls midfielder Tyler Adams (4) in the first half at Dick's Sporting Goods Park Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)
May 12, 2018; Commerce City, CO, USA; Colorado Rapids midfielder Sam Nicholson (28) controls the ball against New York Red Bulls midfielder Tyler Adams (4) in the first half at Dick's Sporting Goods Park Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) Daniel Royer and Derrick Etienne scored to help the New York Red Bulls beat the Colorado Rapids 2-1 on Saturday night.

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Apr 21, 2018; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York Red Bulls defender Michael Amir Murillo (62) fights for a header against Chicago Fire midfielder Aleksandar Katai (10) during the second half at Red Bull Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 21, 2018; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York Red Bulls defender Michael Amir Murillo (62) fights for a header against Chicago Fire midfielder Aleksandar Katai (10) during the second half at Red Bull Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The last time the New York Red Bulls came to Colorado, they were treated to some wintry weather -- in spring.

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May 5, 2018; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York City FC defender Alexander Callens (6) plays the ball against New York Red Bulls midfielder Alex Muyl (19) during the second half at Red Bull Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 5, 2018; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York City FC defender Alexander Callens (6) plays the ball against New York Red Bulls midfielder Alex Muyl (19) during the second half at Red Bull Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

HARRISON, N.J. (AP) Alejandro Romero "Kaku" Gamarra had a goal and two assists to help the New York Red Bulls dominate crosstown rival New York City FC 4-0 in the NY Derby on Saturday.

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Apr 14, 2018; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York Red Bulls defender Michael Murillo (62) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against Montreal Impact during second half at Red Bull Arena. New York Red Bulls defeated Montreal Impact 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 14, 2018; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York Red Bulls defender Michael Murillo (62) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against Montreal Impact during second half at Red Bull Arena. New York Red Bulls defeated Montreal Impact 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The first three years of the Hudson River Derby were about how different the New York Red Bulls and New York City FC were, on and off the field.

The Red Bulls were the Major League Soccer original team, a frugal squad that built from within and played at Red Bull Arena, one of the crown jewels of soccer-specific stadiums in the United States.

NYCFC is the big-spending boys from the Bronx, which play at Yankee Stadium and scour the ends of the earth looking for its talent.

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New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips, front, heads the ball away from LA Galaxy defender Ashley Cole during the first half of an MLS soccer match Saturday, April 28, 2018 in Carson, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) (Chris Carlson/AP)
New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips, front, heads the ball away from LA Galaxy defender Ashley Cole during the first half of an MLS soccer match Saturday, April 28, 2018 in Carson, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) (Chris Carlson/AP)

CARSON, Calif. (AP) - Alejandro Romero Gamarra scored a late goal and Bradley Wright-Phillips had two assists to help the New York Red Bulls beat the Los Angeles Galaxy 3-2 on Saturday night.

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Apr 21, 2018; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York Red Bulls defender Michael Amir Murillo (62) fights for a header against Chicago Fire midfielder Aleksandar Katai (10) during the second half at Red Bull Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 21, 2018; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York Red Bulls defender Michael Amir Murillo (62) fights for a header against Chicago Fire midfielder Aleksandar Katai (10) during the second half at Red Bull Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

HARRISON, N.J. (AP) Aleksandar Katai and Nemanja Nikolic scored and Richard Sanchez had a career-high nine saves to help the Chicago Fire beat the New York Red Bulls 2-1 on Saturday.

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Apr 14, 2018; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York Red Bulls defender Michael Murillo (62) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against Montreal Impact during second half at Red Bull Arena. New York Red Bulls defeated Montreal Impact 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 14, 2018; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York Red Bulls defender Michael Murillo (62) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against Montreal Impact during second half at Red Bull Arena. New York Red Bulls defeated Montreal Impact 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

With or without fans in the stands, the New York Red Bulls are enjoying some home cooking at Red Bull Arena this year.

Traditionally, the club has been tough to beat in Harrison, N.J., where they are 84-20-30 since the building opened in 2010.

This season, though, they've amped up the intensity at home.

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Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips (99) plays the ball against Montreal's Victor Cabrera during the first half at Red Bull Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips (99) plays the ball against Montreal's Victor Cabrera during the first half at Red Bull Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Alejandro Romero-Gamarra scored in the 57th minute to break a tie and Michael Mrrillo added an insurance goal 19 minutes later as the New York Red Bulls defeated Montreal 2-1 in an MLS match Saturday at Red Bull Arena.

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Apr 10, 2018; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York Red Bulls midfielder Aaron Long (33) chases the ball against Guadalajara during the first half at Red Bull Arena. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Apr 10, 2018; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York Red Bulls midfielder Aaron Long (33) chases the ball against Guadalajara during the first half at Red Bull Arena. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

HARRISON, N.J. (AP) Chivas of Guadalajara advanced to the CONCACAF Champions League final, playing to a 0-0 tie at the New York Red Bulls on Tuesday night for a 1-0 aggregate victory.

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Mar 24, 2018; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York Red Bulls midfielder Derrick Etienne (7) controls the ball against Minnesota United midfielder Ibson (7) during the second half at Red Bull Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 24, 2018; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York Red Bulls midfielder Derrick Etienne (7) controls the ball against Minnesota United midfielder Ibson (7) during the second half at Red Bull Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The bye week means different things for different Major League Soccer teams. For some, it's an unwanted break from a good rhythm.

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The New York Red Bulls lost to Chivas, 1-0, on Wednesday night in Estadio Akron in the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League semifinal.

Chivas' Isaac Brizuela scored the match's lone goal in the 26th minute off an assist from Rodolfo Pizarro. Red Bulls goalie Luis Robles made two saves on the evening.

The Red Bulls were down to 10 men down the stretch after Aurelien Collin received his second yellow card in the 73rd minute. Collin and Alex Muyl each picked up a yellow card in the first half. 

The second leg between the Red Bulls and Chivas will be April 10 in Harrison, N.J.

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Mar 17, 2018; Sandy, UT, USA; New York Red Bulls midfielder Marc Rzatkowski (90) plays the ball against Real Salt Lake midfielder Demar Phillips (17) during the first half at Rio Tinto Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Gray-USA TODAY Sports (Rob Gray)
Mar 17, 2018; Sandy, UT, USA; New York Red Bulls midfielder Marc Rzatkowski (90) plays the ball against Real Salt Lake midfielder Demar Phillips (17) during the first half at Rio Tinto Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Gray-USA TODAY Sports (Rob Gray)

Saddled with a winless streak that dates back to last season, Orlando City SC is eager to come away with its first win of the year, and Sacha Kljestan wants to be a part of it.

Kljestan and the Lions play host to the New York Red Bulls on Saturday afternoon.

Orlando City (0-2-1) returns to the pitch for the first time since a 2-0 loss to New York City FC on March 17. The Lions are ninth in the Eastern Conference, ahead of only the Chicago Fire and defending MLS Cup champion and Supporters' Shield winner Toronto FC.

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Mar 24, 2018; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York Red Bulls midfielder Derrick Etienne (7) controls the ball against Minnesota United midfielder Ibson (7) during the second half at Red Bull Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 24, 2018; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York Red Bulls midfielder Derrick Etienne (7) controls the ball against Minnesota United midfielder Ibson (7) during the second half at Red Bull Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

HARRISON, N.J. (AP) Bradley Wright-Phillips had two goals and Alex Muyl added another to help the New York Red Bulls beat Minnesota United 3-0 on Saturday night.

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Mar 10, 2018; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York Red Bulls midfielder Ben Mines (17) controls the ball against Portland Timbers midfielder Diego Valeri (8) during the first half against the Portland Timbers at Red Bull Arena. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Mar 10, 2018; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York Red Bulls midfielder Ben Mines (17) controls the ball against Portland Timbers midfielder Diego Valeri (8) during the first half against the Portland Timbers at Red Bull Arena. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

The start of the 2018 season for the New York Red Bulls has been practically perfect.

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Mar 17, 2018; Sandy, UT, USA; New York Red Bulls midfielder Marc Rzatkowski (90) plays the ball against Real Salt Lake midfielder Demar Phillips (17) during the first half at Rio Tinto Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Gray-USA TODAY Sports (Rob Gray)
Mar 17, 2018; Sandy, UT, USA; New York Red Bulls midfielder Marc Rzatkowski (90) plays the ball against Real Salt Lake midfielder Demar Phillips (17) during the first half at Rio Tinto Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Gray-USA TODAY Sports (Rob Gray)

SANDY, Utah (AP) Albert Rusnak scored on a penalty kick in the opening minutes and Nick Rimando had his MLS-leading 138th career shutout to help Real Salt Lake beat the New York Red Bulls 1-0 on Saturday night in the snow.

 

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Mar 1, 2018; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips (99) battles Club Deportivo Olimpia midfielder Gerson Rodas (16) for the ball during first half at Red Bull Arena. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Mar 1, 2018; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips (99) battles Club Deportivo Olimpia midfielder Gerson Rodas (16) for the ball during first half at Red Bull Arena. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Just two games into the season, Real Salt Lake is already scrambling to keep things from spiraling out of control on defense.

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Mar 10, 2018; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York Red Bulls midfielder Ben Mines (17) controls the ball against Portland Timbers midfielder Diego Valeri (8) during the first half against the Portland Timbers at Red Bull Arena. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Mar 10, 2018; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York Red Bulls midfielder Ben Mines (17) controls the ball against Portland Timbers midfielder Diego Valeri (8) during the first half against the Portland Timbers at Red Bull Arena. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

HARRISON, N.J. (AP) Carlos Rivas scored two goals and the New York Red Bulls opened their MLS season with a 4-0 win over the Portland Timbers on Saturday night.

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Mar 1, 2018; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York Red Bulls midfielder Tyler Adams (4) and Club Deportivo Olimpia forward Carlos Costly (13) battle for the ball during second 
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Mar 1, 2018; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York Red Bulls midfielder Tyler Adams (4) and Club Deportivo Olimpia forward Carlos Costly (13) battle for the ball during second half at Red Bull Arena. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The 2018 Major League Soccer opener for Luis Robles feels a little strange.

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Mar 1, 2018; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips (99) battles Club Deportivo Olimpia midfielder Gerson Rodas (16) for the ball during first half at Red Bull Arena. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Mar 1, 2018; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips (99) battles Club Deportivo Olimpia midfielder Gerson Rodas (16) for the ball during first half at Red Bull Arena. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The New York Red Bulls beat Olimpia 2-0 on Thursday night in Red Bull Arena to advance, 3-1, on aggregate in the CONCACAF Champions League.

Bradley Wright-Phillips scored the opening goal in the 54th minute and Sean Davis made it 2-0 for the Red Bulls 10 minutes later.

The Red Bulls will face Tijuana in the quarterfinals, with the first leg on March 6.

They open their MLS season at home against the Portland Timbers on March 10.

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New York Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles throws the ball into play during first half play against Toronto in the Eastern Conference semifinal at BMO Field. (Dan Hamilton/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles throws the ball into play during first half play against Toronto in the Eastern Conference semifinal at BMO Field. (Dan Hamilton/USA TODAY Sports)

Toronto FC lost 1-0 to the New York Red Bulls in an abrasive game Sunday and still advanced to the MLS Eastern Conference final on away goals after the two-leg series ended tied 2-2 on goals aggregate.

It was a feisty affair that saw Toronto striker Jozy Altidore and Red Bulls captain Sacha Kljestan sent off after a tunnel melee at halftime.

League-leading Toronto will be without star striker Sebastian Giovinco for the next game after his second yellow in two games. TFC will play the Columbus Crew SC or New York City FC in the Conference final.

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Oct 30, 2017; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York Red Bulls defender Kemar Lawrence (92) defends against Toronto FC forward Sebastian Giovinco (10) during second half in the Eastern Conference semifinal at Red Bull Arena. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 30, 2017; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York Red Bulls defender Kemar Lawrence (92) defends against Toronto FC forward Sebastian Giovinco (10) during second half in the Eastern Conference semifinal at Red Bull Arena. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Toronto FC enters the second leg of its Eastern Conference semifinal trying not to take a spot in the finals for granted after a 2-1 away win in the first leg.

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Toronto FC midfielder Michael Bradley defends New York Red Bulls midfielder Daniel Royer in the Eastern Conference semifinal at Red Bull Arena. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
Toronto FC midfielder Michael Bradley defends New York Red Bulls midfielder Daniel Royer in the Eastern Conference semifinal at Red Bull Arena. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

Victor Vazquez and Sebastian Giovinco scored to help Toronto FC beat the New York Red Bulls 2-1 on Monday night in the opener of their Eastern Conference semifinal.

Giovinco drew a foul conceded by Felipe Martins just outside the box and then bent the free kick over a four-man wall to make it 2-1 in the 72nd minute.

The second of the two-game aggregate series is Sunday in Toronto. >> Read more

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The New York Red Bulls huddle after their victory after an Eastern Conference knockout round soccer game against the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park. (Patrick Gorski/USA TODAY Sports)
The New York Red Bulls huddle after their victory after an Eastern Conference knockout round soccer game against the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park. (Patrick Gorski/USA TODAY Sports)

Toronto FC begins the MLS Cup playoffs as one of the favorites after a season in which it set a league record with 69 points.

In the Eastern Conference semifinals, Toronto face a New York Red Bulls team that knows how precarious that position can be.

The Red Bulls came into the playoffs as the top team in the East in 2015 and 2016, only to fail to reach the MLS Cup final in both seasons. >> Read more

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New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan (16) reacts after scoring a goal against the Chicago Fire during the first half at Toyota Park. (Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan (16) reacts after scoring a goal against the Chicago Fire during the first half at Toyota Park. (Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports)

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (AP) Bradley Wright-Phillips and Sacha Kljestan scored four minutes apart early in the first half, and the New York Red Bulls cruised by the Chicago Fire 4-0 on Wednesday night in a knockout-round game.

New York (15-12-8), in its eighth straight playoffs, advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals against Supporters Shield winner Toronto FC.

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New York Red Bulls midfielder Alex Muyl controls the ball as D.C. United forward Paul Arriola looks on during the first half at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Red Bulls midfielder Alex Muyl controls the ball as D.C. United forward Paul Arriola looks on during the first half at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)

Gonzalo Veron and Michael Murillo scored minutes apart and the New York Red Bulls beat rival D.C. United 2-1 on Sunday for the Atlantic Cup in the final MLS game at RFK Stadium.

United is set to play home games next season at the new Audi Field, located three miles southwest of RFK.

New York (14-12-8), which last won at RFK in 2013, will be the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs and play at third-seeded Chicago in the Knockout round. >> Read more

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Sep 23, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; View of sign showing one game left at RFK stadium for the D.C. United during the second half at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Sep 23, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; View of sign showing one game left at RFK stadium for the D.C. United during the second half at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

D.C. United bids farewell to the focal point of a world of soccer memories in the United States as it plays at RFK Stadium for the final time against the New York Red Bulls on Sunday.

 

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Atlanta United goalkeeper Brad Guzan and defender Leandro Gonzalez defend against a direct kick by the New York Red Bulls during first half at Red Bull Arena. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
Atlanta United goalkeeper Brad Guzan and defender Leandro Gonzalez defend against a direct kick by the New York Red Bulls during first half at Red Bull Arena. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

Brad Guzan and Luis Robles each made three saves, and Atlanta United and the New York Red Bulls, both playoff bound, battled to a 3-3 draw on Sunday. >> Read more

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Sep 17, 2017; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York Red Bulls midfielder Tyler Adams (4) races for the ball against Philadelphia Union forward C.J. Sapong (17) during the second half at Red Bull Arena. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Sep 17, 2017; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York Red Bulls midfielder Tyler Adams (4) races for the ball against Philadelphia Union forward C.J. Sapong (17) during the second half at Red Bull Arena. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Atlanta United take aim at the No. 2 overall seed in the Eastern Conference when the surprising expansion franchise hits the road to take on the New York Red Bulls, who also are headed to the MLS Cup Playoffs.

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Oct 7, 2017; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York Red Bulls midfielder Daniel Royer (77) celebrates his goal against the Vancouver Whitecaps with forward Bradley Wright-Phillips (99) during the first half at Red Bull Arena. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Oct 7, 2017; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York Red Bulls midfielder Daniel Royer (77) celebrates his goal against the Vancouver Whitecaps with forward Bradley Wright-Phillips (99) during the first half at Red Bull Arena. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

HARRISON, N.J. (AP) Daniel Royer, Bradley Wright-Phillips and Felipe scored and the New York Red Bulls clinched the final Eastern Conference playoff spot with a 3-0 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday night.

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New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips (99) yells at a teammate during the at half at an MLS game against the Toronto FC at BMO Field. (Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips (99) yells at a teammate during the at half at an MLS game against the Toronto FC at BMO Field. (Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports)

The Vancouver Whitecaps hope they can become the next Canadian team to make history with help from the New York Red Bulls.

The Whitecaps (15-10-6) aim to clinch the top spot in Major League Soccer's Western Conference for the first time on Saturday as they visit the Red Bulls (12-12-7), who are fighting for a playoff berth.

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Sep 30, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto FC midfielder Michael Bradley (4) battles for the ball against New York Red Bulls midfielder Daniel Royer (77) during the second half at BMO Field. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Sousa)
Sep 30, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto FC midfielder Michael Bradley (4) battles for the ball against New York Red Bulls midfielder Daniel Royer (77) during the second half at BMO Field. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Sousa)

ORONTO (AP) -- Victor Vazquez broke a tie in the 80th minute on a penalty kick and Toronto FC became the first Canadian team to win the Supporters' Shield as the MLS regular-season champion, beating the New York Red Bulls 4-2 on Saturday night.

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Sep 17, 2017; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York Red Bulls midfielder Tyler Adams (4) races for the ball against Philadelphia Union forward C.J. Sapong (17) during the second half at Red Bull Arena. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Sep 17, 2017; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York Red Bulls midfielder Tyler Adams (4) races for the ball against Philadelphia Union forward C.J. Sapong (17) during the second half at Red Bull Arena. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Despite suffering consecutive losses for the first time this season, Toronto FC can wrap the Supporters' Shield and the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoff bracket on Saturday with a home win against the struggling New York Red Bulls.

Toronto has enjoyed the full week to regroup from losses to New England and Montreal, the two teams chasing the Red Bulls for the conference's sixth and final playoff spot. 

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Sep 27, 2017; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York Red Bulls midfielder Tyler Adams (4) reacts after scoring a goal against D.C. United during first half at Red Bull Arena. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Sep 27, 2017; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York Red Bulls midfielder Tyler Adams (4) reacts after scoring a goal against D.C. United during first half at Red Bull Arena. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

HARRISON, N.J. (AP) Fidel Escobar's own goal in second-half stoppage time lifted last-place D.C. United to a 3-3 draw with the New York Red Bulls on Wednesday night.

United (9-17-5) avoided elimination from playoff contention. New York (12-11-7) had its winless streak extended to seven games.

New York took a 3-2 lead in the 78th after scoring twice in a four-minute span. Tyler Adams sent a loose ball through the legs of two players into the net and Gonzalo Veron scored on a penalty kick.

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New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan (16) passes the ball during the match against Sporting Kansas City at Children's Mercy Park. (Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan (16) passes the ball during the match against Sporting Kansas City at Children's Mercy Park. (Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports)

As big as the New York Red Bulls' long-running rivalry with D.C. United may be, they would take any win against any team right now just to get back on the path to the postseason.

New York (12-11-6, 42 points) has not won in its last six matches (two losses, four draws), falling from fourth place to sixth in the process. Slide any further down the Eastern Conference standings and the Red Bulls would be beneath the playoff line and in danger of a first season without a postseason berth since 2009.

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Sep 23, 2017; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus Crew SC forward Federico Higuain (10) and New York Red Bulls defender Fidel Escobar (29) battle for the ball at MAPFRE Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports (Greg Bartram)
Sep 23, 2017; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus Crew SC forward Federico Higuain (10) and New York Red Bulls defender Fidel Escobar (29) battle for the ball at MAPFRE Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports (Greg Bartram)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Federico Higuain had three assists and the Columbus Crew extended their unbeaten streak to seven games with a 3-2 win over the New York Red Bulls on Saturday night.

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The Red Bulls' U.S. Open Cup title chances slipped away as Sporting KC walked away with a 2-1 victory in the final game on Wednesday night.

Off a pass from Graham ZusiLatif Blessing netted Sporting KC's first goal in the middle of the box in the 25th minute of the contest. KC added a second goal in the 75th minute off the foot of Dániel Sallói.

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Sep 17, 2017; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York Red Bulls midfielder Tyler Adams (4) races for the ball against Philadelphia Union forward C.J. Sapong (17) during the second half at Red Bull Arena. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Sep 17, 2017; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York Red Bulls midfielder Tyler Adams (4) races for the ball against Philadelphia Union forward C.J. Sapong (17) during the second half at Red Bull Arena. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

HARRISON, N.J. (AP) Andre Blake made eight saves for Philadelphia and the Union and the New York Red Bulls played to a scoreless draw Sunday.

Philadelphia (8-12-9) and New York (12-10-6) are both winless in five straight games.

 

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Sep 9, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips (99) kicks the ball away from the goal against the Chicago Fire during the second half at Toyota Park. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Dinovo)
Sep 9, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips (99) kicks the ball away from the goal against the Chicago Fire during the second half at Toyota Park. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Dinovo)

The New York Red Bulls will look to build momentum for their approaching U.S. Open Cup Final when they host the Philadelphia Union on Sunday afternoon.

After winning four times in the league in July, coach Jesse Marsch's Red Bulls (12-10-5, 41 points) have only one victory in their last six matches. They entered the weekend still in sixth place, five points ahead of Montreal and above the playoff line after three consecutive draws.

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Jul 13, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips (99) plays the ball in front of New England Revolution defender Antonio Delamea Mlinar (19) during the second half of the New York Red Bulls 1-0 win over the New England Revolution at Jordan Field. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)
Jul 13, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips (99) plays the ball in front of New England Revolution defender Antonio Delamea Mlinar (19) during the second half of the New York Red Bulls 1-0 win over the New England Revolution at Jordan Field. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)

Nemanja Nikolic tied it in the 66th minute and the Chicago Fire held on for a 1-1 draw with the New York Red Bulls on Saturday.

Michael de Leeuw squared Johan Kappelhof's deep ball with a flick pass across the top of the 6-yard box and Nikolic connected with a header down into the middle of the net for the Fire (13-9-6).

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Sep 2, 2017; Dallas, TX, USA; FC Dallas defender Walker Zimmerman (25) battles for the ball with New York Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles (31) during the second half at Toyota Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports  (Kevin Jairaj)
Sep 2, 2017; Dallas, TX, USA; FC Dallas defender Walker Zimmerman (25) battles for the ball with New York Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles (31) during the second half at Toyota Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Jairaj)

FRISCO, Texas (AP) Mauro Diaz scored on a penalty kick in the 75th minute and 10-man FC Dallas salvaged a 2-2 draw with the New York Red Bulls on Saturday night.

Luis Robles guessed the right direction, but Diaz powered it past with enough height to stay out of the goalkeeper's reach.

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