Know Your Enemy: New York Red Bulls

Union fans don't need to read up on New York Red Bulls, they already know a lot about their biggest rivals. But it also doesn't hurt to get a little refresher ahead of the rivalry match. Here's everything you need to know about Red Bulls heading into this weekend's nationally televised match. 

Team: New York Red Bulls
Venue: Red Bull Arena
Kick-off: 1:00 p.m. ET (ESPN)
2017 Record: 12-10-5, 8-2-3 at home, 5th in Eastern Conference
All-time Record vs. New York Red Bulls: 6-12-3
Last League Meeting: 2-0 loss at Talen Energy Stadium, June 18, 2017
Projected Starting XI (3-1-2-1-3): Luis Robles - Kemar Lawrence, Aaron Long, Fidel Escobar - Felipe - Tyler Adams, Michael Murillo - Sacha Kljestan - Alex Muyl, Bradley Wright-Phillips, Sean Davis
Player to Watch: Sacha Kljestan

Just like it always is when the Union play Red Bulls, the single player the team needs to focus on is Sacha Kljestan. Kljestan is second in MLS with 14 assists on the season, and has chipped in two goals to tag along with all his helpers. Red Bulls' 3-1-2-1-3 formation is certainly interesting, and it allows for Kljestan to be the focal point transitioning from midfield into the attacking third. For the Union to have success, they will have to keep the ball away from Kljestan as much as possible. Playing a physical game and putting pressure on Kljestan could force him to make mistakes, and although they won't come often, the key will then be to capitalizing on those mistakes.


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