The New York Red Bulls have played 29 games this season, but their season will boil down to the 30th and final match as they face the Chicago Fire needing a win to secure a playoff berth for the sixth straight season.
The Chicago Fire come into the match looking to lock up the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs as well as finishing the regular season with a strong showing at home, something the Fire hasn’t done regularly this season.
What will the match come down to exactly? it is tough to say given all the potential lineups we might see. You can bet that the Red Bulls will look to win the possession battle and field a team capable of neutralizing Chicago’s dangerous attack and potent counterattack.
Here is how I see the teams lining up tonight:
Fire/Red Bulls Lineup
Van Den Bergh——————————Stammler
Top Match-ups to watch:
Juan Pablo Angel vs. Wilman Conde– The battle of Colombians should be the best battle on the field.
Juan Pietravallo vs. Cuauhtemoc Blanco– Pietravallo is known for pesting playmakers and Blanco has been known to school players like him. If Pietravallo can neutralize Blanco, the Red Bulls will be a step closer to a win.
Dave Van Den Bergh vs. Chris Rolfe– Which winger will have the bigger impact? Van Den Bergh has been in good form most of the year and will be the key to finding chances for Angel.
What are you most looking forward to about tonight’s match? What do you see being the key to the match? Can the Red Bulls beat Chicago for the first time this year? Will the Fire be motivated to eliminate the Red Bulls?
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