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New York Red Bulls midfielder Dax McCarty (11) is greeted by midfielder Sacha Kljestan (16) during the 2nd half against the Toronto FC at Red Bull Arena. (Vincent Carchietta)
New York Red Bulls midfielder Dax McCarty (11) is greeted by midfielder Sacha Kljestan (16) during the 2nd half against the Toronto FC at Red Bull Arena. (Vincent Carchietta)

Sacha KljestanDax McCarty, and Luis Robles have been named to the U.S. Men's National Team January Camp by head coach Bruce Arena.

Players will report to the National Training Center on January 10.

Kljestan, McCarty, and Robles are among 32 players, representing 15 different Major League Soccer clubs, invited to the January Camp.

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A general view of Red Bulls Arena during the game between the New York Red Bulls and the D.C. United. (Vincent Carchietta)
A general view of Red Bulls Arena during the game between the New York Red Bulls and the D.C. United. (Vincent Carchietta)

The New York Red Bulls announced the list of players they are protecting in advance of the MLS Expansion Draft. 

The 11 players are Luis RoblesRyan MearaKemar LawrenceDax McCartySacha KljestanFelipeMike GrellaDaniel RoyerGonzalo VeronAurelien Collin and Bradley Wright-Phillips. The club's six Homegrown players are automatically protected.

New MLS sides Atlanta United and Minnesota United will each select five players on Tuesday, December 13th. Only one player can be selected from each team.

Tags: Bradley Wright Phillips, Dax McCarty, Felipe, Gonzalo Veron, Kemar Lawrence, Luis Robles, Mike Grella, Ryan Meara, Sacha Kljestan, Brendan Joseph
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New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips (99) is congratulated by midfielder Sacha Kljestan (16) after scoring a goal past New York City FC goalkeeper Josh Saunders (12) during the second half at Red Bull Arena. ( Adam Hunger)
New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips (99) is congratulated by midfielder Sacha Kljestan (16) after scoring a goal past New York City FC goalkeeper Josh Saunders (12) during the second half at Red Bull Arena. ( Adam Hunger)

Major League Soccer announced New York City FC striker David Villa as the league's Most Valuable Player. The former Spanish international earned 25.9% of the vote. The winner was selected by a combination of club management, media, and current players.

New York Red Bulls Bradley Wright-Phillips and Sacha Kljestan finished in second and third place, respectively. Both players were named to the league's 2016 Best XI squad.

Wright-Phillips earned 18.42% of the player vote, 22.43% of the media vote, and 17.11% of the club vote for an average of 19.32%. The English striker scored 24 goals (one more than Villa) and won the league's Golden Boot.

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New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips (99) is congratulated by midfielder Sacha Kljestan (16) after scoring a goal against the New York City FC during the second half at Red Bull Arena. ( Adam Hunger)
New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips (99) is congratulated by midfielder Sacha Kljestan (16) after scoring a goal against the New York City FC during the second half at Red Bull Arena. ( Adam Hunger)

New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan and striker Bradley Wright-Phillips were named to Major League Soccer's Best XI for 2016. The team was selected by a combination of players, club executives, and media members.

Both players were previously named to the Best XI, Kljestan in 2008 and Wright-Phillips in 2014. The Red Bulls are one of three teams with multiple players on the squad, along with FC Dallas and the LA Galaxy.

Kljestan had 20 assists this season, the second highest single season total in league history. He also scored six goals, while leading the Red Bulls to a first place finish in the Eastern Conference. In addition to serving as the focal point of the attack, he's active on defense as the advanced destroyer in the high press. Kljestan's success at the club level earned him a return to the U.S. national team after not being called up for two years

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New York Red Bulls midfielder Dax McCarty (11) is greeted by midfielder Sacha Kljestan (16) during the 2nd half against the Toronto FC at Red Bull Arena. (Vincent Carchietta)
New York Red Bulls midfielder Dax McCarty (11) is greeted by midfielder Sacha Kljestan (16) during the 2nd half against the Toronto FC at Red Bull Arena. (Vincent Carchietta)

Last week, Jurgen Klinsmann was fired as the head coach and technical director of the United States men's national team. While he expanded the national team pool, there have been criticisms made of his inability to call up certain players, especially those in MLS who could potentially help.

Bruce Arena was hired to replace Klinsmann. The 65-year old American is returning to the position he held from 1998 through 2006, a tenure that includes a trip to the 2002 World Cup quarterfinals. Arena has not shied away from his appreciation of the domestic player pool, and several Red Bulls players could benefit.

1) Sacha Kljestan

Sacha Kljestan worked his way into the national team picture at the end of Klinsmann's tenure. After being banished for two years, he received a fortuitous call up in September and thrived in friendlies. Despite playing very limited minutes in November's World Cup Qualifiers, he will most likely continue to be a key piece for the USMNT going forward.

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Nov 6, 2016; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan (16) jogs to retrieve the ball after being stopped on a penalty kick during the first half against the Montreal Impact at Red Bull Arena. Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 6, 2016; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan (16) jogs to retrieve the ball after being stopped on a penalty kick during the first half against the Montreal Impact at Red Bull Arena. Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The United States men's national team lost to Costa Rica, 4-0, in a World Cup qualifying match at the Estadio Nacional. New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan made an appearance, entering the match in the 71st minute as a substitute for Jermaine Jones.

Kljestan struggled to generate any significant momentum in the attack, although he can hardly be blamed for his team's struggles. The U.S. was thoroughly outplayed by Costa Rica, and failed to put a single shot on goal. By the time Kljestan entered the match, a win was out of reach and his team had essentially given up.

Jurgen Klinsmann's squad is now 0-2 and at the bottom of the six-team qualifying group after also losing to Mexico on Friday. The U.S. still has eight matches to play, but there are some rumblings that U.S. Soccer could be making some changes.

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Unlike seven years ago, United States midfielder Sacha Kljestan did not get to play against Mexico in Ohio in a World Cup qualifier. (Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE)
Unlike seven years ago, United States midfielder Sacha Kljestan did not get to play against Mexico in Ohio in a World Cup qualifier. (Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE)

New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan was on the roster but did not play for the United States in its 2-1 loss to rival Mexico Friday in a World Cup qualifying match in Columbus, Ohio.  

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New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan (16) leaves the field with a bloody nose after a loss against the Montreal Impact at Red Bull Arena. (Bill Streicher)
New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan (16) leaves the field with a bloody nose after a loss against the Montreal Impact at Red Bull Arena. (Bill Streicher)

The United States national team takes on Mexico on Friday in an important World Cup qualifying match. New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan is on Jurgen Klinsmann's squad despite suffering an injury on Sunday.

The 31-year old revealed to MLSSoccer.com that he broke his nose when he collided with Montreal's Marco Donadel

"It's broken in a couple of places," Kljestan said. "It was a pretty bad hit, but I think they're going to build me a mask and I'll be okay. It will be interesting, but I'll get used to it quickly and I'll be ready to go."

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New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan (16) leaves the field with a bloody nose after a loss against the Montreal Impact at Red Bull Arena. (Bill Streicher)
New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan (16) leaves the field with a bloody nose after a loss against the Montreal Impact at Red Bull Arena. (Bill Streicher)

The Red Bulls were beaten in the 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs before they stepped on the field.

There is no way the front office could have known, neither could have Jesse Marsch. The players certainly didn't know, but that doesn't make it any less true. The Montreal Impact knew how they were going to beat the Red Bulls, and they were built this season to execute it. 

"We knew they're a weak team in the playoffs," Ignacio Piatti, a striker for the Impact told reporters after the match. "They showed that last year, this year."

The New York Red Bulls are built on a pressing system. It is controlled chaos that works to exploit teams by catching them off guard when they turn the ball over, especially close to the opponent's goal. The Red Bulls have employed this system for two years, presenting plenty of opportunities for teams to learn how to neutralize it.

Tags: Bradley Wright Phillips, Connor Lade, Damien Perrinelle, Dax McCarty, Gonzalo Veron, Kemar Lawrence, Lloyd Sam, Matt Miazga, Mike Grella, Sacha Kljestan, Sean Davis
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 (Bill Streicher)
(Bill Streicher)

Despite scoring 61 goals during the regular season and featuring two of MLS' best attacking players, the New York Red Bulls were unable to put forth a strong offensive effort in the 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs. 

In their 3-1 aggregate loss to the Montreal Impact, they failed to live up to their regular season form and be the more proactive team over two legs.

In a sense, New York controlled the second leg at Red Bull Arena. They had the edge in shots, 17 to 7, and possession, 65 percent to 35 percent.

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New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan jogs to retrieve the ball after being stopped on a penalty kick during the first half against the Montreal Impact at Red Bull Arena. (Vincent Carchietta/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan jogs to retrieve the ball after being stopped on a penalty kick during the first half against the Montreal Impact at Red Bull Arena. (Vincent Carchietta/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Red Bulls' Sacha Kljestan was one of 25 players to be called into the United States roster to face Mexico and Costa Rica to start the final stage of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying.

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Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips (99) looks for a call after being brought down by Montrea defender Victor Cabrera (36) in the first half. (Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports)
Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips (99) looks for a call after being brought down by Montrea defender Victor Cabrera (36) in the first half. (Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports)

Montreal's Ignacio Piatti scored twice as the Impact eliminated the New York Red Bulls from the MLS playoffs with a 2-1 win in Harrison, N.J. Sunday.

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New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips (99) is congratulated by midfielder Sacha Kljestan (16) after scoring a goal against the New York City FC during the second half at Red Bull Arena. ( Adam Hunger)
New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips (99) is congratulated by midfielder Sacha Kljestan (16) after scoring a goal against the New York City FC during the second half at Red Bull Arena. ( Adam Hunger)

Two New York Red Bulls players were named as finalists for the Landon Donovan MLS Most Valuable Player Award. Striker Bradley Wright-Phillips and midfielder Sacha Kljestan were nominated for the award along with New York City FC striker David Villa.Wright-Phillips won the Golden Boot after leading MLS with 24 goals, a number that includes seven game-winning goals and no penalty kicks. He also added five assists. Kljestan notched 20 assists, which includes 16 primary assists. He also scored six goals.

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 (Eric Bolte)
(Eric Bolte)

The New York Red Bulls opened the 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs with a 1-0 loss to the Montreal Impact at Stade Saputo on Sunday. They had several chances to score, but were unable to convert any of their opportunities. The Red Bulls now need at least two goals in the home leg on Sunday to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.Despite the loss, the team is staying optimistic about their performance."It was basically one play that cost us even though we had what I thought was a good control of the match," manager Jesse Marsch said. "Even though we had some really good advantages, we couldn't convert any of them."

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New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips (99) is congratulated by midfielder Sacha Kljestan (16) after scoring a goal against the New York City FC during the second half at Red Bull Arena. ( Adam Hunger)
New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips (99) is congratulated by midfielder Sacha Kljestan (16) after scoring a goal against the New York City FC during the second half at Red Bull Arena. ( Adam Hunger)

The New York Red Bulls may push the "team" aspect, but they are still led by players who had incredibly prolific seasons in 2016.Bradley Wright-Phillips won the Golden Boot trophy with 24 goals, his second in three seasons. New York City FC striker David Villa finished behind him with 23 goals. Wright-Phillips added another goal in the 2-0 win over Philadelphia to push his total to 68 over a three-year period, which is another MLS record. It's a fantastic output for a player who was almost cut three months into his Red Bulls' tenure. Despite Wright-Phillips deflecting praise and remaining focused on winning MLS Cup, he has many admirers in the locker room.

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 (Geoff Burke)
(Geoff Burke)

Two current New York Red Bulls players represented their national teams Tuesday night.

Sacha Kljestan started his third straight match for the United States national team. The U.S. conceded a late goal to tie New Zealand, 1-1. The friendly was the last tuneup before the final round of CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying.

Despite his team's generally listless performance, Kljestan played well in his 50th national team appearance. He lined up at attacking midfielder and created several chances. Kljestan will almost certainly be included on the roster for November's matches against Mexico and Costa Rica, but it's unknown if he's done enough to earn a spot in Jurgen Klinsmann's starting lineup. According to Four Four Two and ESPN FC, he has, but the U.S. head coach remained noncommittal.

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New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips and midfielder Daniel Royer celebrate after he scored the game winning goal against Montreal Impact during second half at Red Bull Arena. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips and midfielder Daniel Royer celebrate after he scored the game winning goal against Montreal Impact during second half at Red Bull Arena. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

 

In their 1-0 win over the Montreal Impact, the New York Red Bulls had to deal with a full bunker for the first time in over a month. The Impact stuck as many as 11 players behind the ball and relied on long balls and counter attacks in an attempt to neutralize the high press.

However, the Red Bulls were prepared to face a tight defense, as they have many times this season.

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 (Tommy Gilligan)
(Tommy Gilligan)

The United States men's national team defeated Trinidad and Tobago, 4-0, in a World Cup Qualifying match at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida on Tuesday night.

New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan started at attacking midfielder and scored the opening goal in the 44th minute.

With the win, the United States clinched the top spot in Group C of the Fourth Round of CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying. The Fifth Round (known as the Hexagonal) begins in November.

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New England Revolution midfielder Kelyn Rowe (11) battles for the ball with New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan (16) during second half at Red Bull Arena. The Red Bulls won 1-0. (Noah K. Murray)
New England Revolution midfielder Kelyn Rowe (11) battles for the ball with New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan (16) during second half at Red Bull Arena. The Red Bulls won 1-0. (Noah K. Murray)

The United States men's national team defeated St. Vincent and the Grenadines, 6-0, in a 2018 World Cup Qualifying match at the Arnos Vale Stadium in Kingstown, SVG.

New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan entered the match as a substitute in the 66th minute.

Five minutes later, he assisted on a Christian Pulisic goal.

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 (Watchara Phomicinda)
(Watchara Phomicinda)

Fresh off a hard fought 1-0 victory over the New England Revolution, the New York Red Bulls are headed across the country to take on the Vancouver Whitecaps.

With seven regular season matches remaining, the Red Bulls find themselves in a comfortable third place in the Eastern Conference. They're only three points out of the top spot, while currently enjoying a nine-match unbeaten streak.

It's been a tumultuous season due to a succession of devastating injuries and disastrous collapses, but the Red Bulls have weathered most of the storms. Damien Perrinelle and Dax McCarty appear to have made successful returns from injury, which will enable the club to put its best foot forward in the CONCACAF Champions League and MLS Cup Playoffs.

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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

Three years ago, Jurgen Klinsmann didn't think Sacha Kljestan was a national team level attacking midfielder. Despite being lined up at the top of the midfielder diamond, Kljestan played like a holding midfielder, which was his natural position at the time.

"His instinct tells him to drop a little deeper because that's what he does at Anderlecht, and then suddenly we had three midfielders in the same area," Klinsmann said after a 2013 friendly against Scotland. "That's not what we wanted. We wanted to find people between their two lines of four, so it was a bit tricky for him."

After a few more appearances in 2013 and 2014, Kljestan found himself banished from the national team. The recent call-up came as a surprise, not because of a lack of talent or production, but because of Klinsmann's notorious reliance on certain players and willful ignorance of others.

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 (Tommy Gilligan)
(Tommy Gilligan)

Sacha Kljestan has been called into training camp for USMNT in advance of the U.S. World Up qualifying matches that begin on Sept. 2.

After being a consistent presence in Bob Bradley's squads, the 30-year old Red Bulls midfielder found himself out of favor with the current regime. Now, he finally makes his return to the team.

Following a 2013 friendly against Scotland, Jurgen Klinsmann publicly complained that Kljestan was unable to fulfill the desired role of an attacking midfielder. Klinsmann wanted someone who would find the space in between the midfielder and defensive lines while linking up with strikers. At the time, that wasn't Kljestan's traditional role or skillset.

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The New York Red Bulls drew the Los Angeles Galaxy, 2-2, after blowing a two-goal lead at StubHub Center in Carson, California.

Ashley Cole scored the equalizer in the 89th minute. Mike Magee started Los Angeles' rally with a short-range effort in the 80th minute to make it 2-1.

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New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan reacts to his goal with defender Connor Lade during the first half against the Philadelphia Union at Talen Energy Stadium. (Bill Streicher/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan reacts to his goal with defender Connor Lade during the first half against the Philadelphia Union at Talen Energy Stadium. (Bill Streicher/USA Today Sports Images)

After a difficult month of June, the New York Red Bulls' poor form continued to plague them in July, as they dropped points against New York City FC, the Portland Timbers and the Philadelphia Union. However, they were able to turn things around at the end of the month with a decent run of form because of several strong individual performers.

Here are three Red Bulls who stood out last month:

Connor Lade, 26, Defenseman

When fullback Kemar Lawrence went down with an injury, there were questions as to who would fill his spot. Not only has Lade stepped up in the Jamaican international's place, but also he's been a stalwart on the back line in the midst of constant rotation plagued by injuries. His physical tackles and seemingly endless energy are a perfect fit for the club's high-pressure system.

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 (Jerry Lai)
(Jerry Lai)

The best players from the MLS will look to post their third consecutive match victory against a European soccer stalwart when league's selected All-Stars square off against Arsenal of the English Premier League in the 2016 AT&T MLS All-Star Game on Thursday at Avaya Stadium in San Jose.

The MLS side is stocked with offense -- the league's top three goal scorers (David Villa of New York City FC, Ignacio Piatti of the Montreal Impact and Sebastian Giovinco of Toronto FC) and its two best assist providers (Sacha Kljestan of the New York Red Bulls and FC Dallas' Mauro Diaz).

Then there are the familiar names from the United States Men's National Team in forward Clint Dempsey of the Seattle Sounders FC and midfielders Jermaine Jones of the Colorado Rapids and Real Salt Lake's Kyle Beckerman.

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 ( Adam Hunger)
( Adam Hunger)

Sacha Kljestan and Alex Muyl were named to the MLS Team of the Week for Week 20 after leading the New York Red Bulls to a 4-1 win over local rivals New York City FC. 

Dax McCarty and Bradley Wright-Phillips received honorable mention.

Brendan Joseph, SNY.tv

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 ( Adam Hunger)
( Adam Hunger)

The New York Red Bulls defeated New York City FC, 4-1, on a scorching day at Red Bull Arena.

Bradley Wright-Phillips opened the scoring in the 20th minute, when he collected a through ball from Sacha Kljestan and placed it into the corner of the net.


New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan (16) reacts to his goal with defender Connor Lade (5) during the first half against the Philadelphia Union at Talen Energy Stadium. (Bill Streicher)
New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan (16) reacts to his goal with defender Connor Lade (5) during the first half against the Philadelphia Union at Talen Energy Stadium. (Bill Streicher)

It's hard to avoid comparing Sacha Kljestan and Mix Diskerud. Both entered MLS during the same transfer window and play for opposing sides in the Hudson River Derby.

When they signed with the New York Red Bulls and New York City FC respectively, the commonly held perception was that an over-the-hill Kljestan was unambitiously fleeing Europe, despite having spent five successful seasons with Belgian power Anderlecht, while Diskerud was a young talent coming to MLS to elevate the league's player pool with creativity and personality.

Both players were solid central midfielders capable of contributing to the attack, but neither had developed into to the American attacking midfielder for whom coaches, pundits, and fans have been waiting.

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New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan (Mark Konezny/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan (Mark Konezny/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan has been named to the MLS All-Star Game.

The roster was selected by San Jose Earthquakes head coach Dominic Kinnear and MLS Commissioner Don Garber.

He has two goals and 10 assists through 19 games this season.

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Sacha Kljestan (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
Sacha Kljestan (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

The Philadelphia Union host the New York Red Bulls on Sunday in a rivalry battle between Eastern Conference contenders at Talen Energy Stadium.

The Union sat atop the Eastern Conference table for much of the early part of the season, before being overtaken for first place by New York City FC. Philadelphia (8-6-5) has 29 points, one behind New York City.

The Red Bulls (8-9-3) are in third place with 27 points.

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New York Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles (31) makes a save over D.C. United forward Alvaro Saborio (9) during the second half at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial. (Tommy Gilligan)
New York Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles (31) makes a save over D.C. United forward Alvaro Saborio (9) during the second half at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial. (Tommy Gilligan)

The New York Red Bulls are allowing the second-most goals per game in MLS while the Chicago Fire are by far the league's worst attack.

Something will have to give as far as that is concerned when the Red Bulls try to extend the Fire's league-record road winless streak to 30 games Wednesday night.

New York (3-7-1) won the Supporters' Shield with the most points in the league a year ago but it has been awful defensively, conceding 20 goals from 11 matches with only MLS Cup champion Portland with a worse ratio in allowing 22 goals in 12 games. The Red Bulls have the league's worst goal difference at minus-7.

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San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Fatai Alashe (27) celebrates with forward Tommy Thompson (22) after a goal against the New York Red Bulls during the first half at Avaya Stadium. (Kelley L Cox)
San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Fatai Alashe (27) celebrates with forward Tommy Thompson (22) after a goal against the New York Red Bulls during the first half at Avaya Stadium. (Kelley L Cox)

SNY.tv's Red Bulls writers Aaron Bauer and Brendan Joseph take a step back to debate what is going wrong with the Red Bulls season so far...

Aaron Bauer: The Red bulls are not playing well. They are 1-5-0 this season, and have been shut out in the five losses they have. Nothing seems to be working for the team, although there are some signs for encouragement. No team, no matter how good, can perform consistently for 34 games in an unpredictable league like MLS, and we can't keep getting shut out forever.

One area that is much different from last year is the Red Bulls aren't scoring early. Last year they disrupted opponent's right out of the opening kickoff using the press, scored early, then forced team's to attack at them, so the press could get deadlier. Now, teams are willing to cede possession to us and counter to score against us with relative ease. Injuries to our defensive line have disrupted our team and allowed opponents to score early against us, compounding our situation. What, do you think Brendan?

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New York Red Bulls midfielder Alex Muyl (19) passes the ball as Philadelphia Union defender Raymon Gaddis (28) defends during the second half at Joe DiMaggio Sports Complex. (Kim Klement)
New York Red Bulls midfielder Alex Muyl (19) passes the ball as Philadelphia Union defender Raymon Gaddis (28) defends during the second half at Joe DiMaggio Sports Complex. (Kim Klement)

The New York Red Bulls and Philadelphia Union played to a scoreless draw on Wednesday night in preseason action.

From the Red Bulls:

Red Bulls' captain Dax McCarty played the first 45 minutes before being replaced by second-year Homegrown player Sean Davis.

 

Sacha Kljestan played 56 minutes before taking a knock. He was replaced by Homegrown signingAlex Muyl.

 

Gideon Baah and Ronald Zubar started for New York at center back, shutting down the first-choice Union attack and limiting the chances on Luis Robles.

 

Robles played the full 90 minutes in goal and was solid when called upon, including making a one-on-one save on Ilsinho in the 26th minute.

This was New York's final preseason game against an MLS team. They will face NASL's Jacksonville Armada before their season opener at home on Sunday, March 6, against Toronto FC.

Tags: Dax McCarty, Luis Robles, Ronald Zubar, Sacha Kljestan, Andrew Vazzano
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