Preview: Kansas vs. NY Red Bulls: Prediction, Team News, Lineups

Sports Mole previews Monday’s Major League Soccer clash between Sporting Kansas City and the New York Red Bulls, including predictions, team news and potential lineups.

the new york red bulls will have their eye on the top spot in the Major League Soccer Eastern Conference when they travel to Children’s Mercy Park to battle it out. Sporting Kansas City on Sunday.

KC is second from bottom in the Western Conference with 16 points, while New York is tied three-way for first place in the East after a dramatic 2-1 victory against Atlanta United on Thursday.

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With more than half of the 2022 campaign already in the books, Peter Vermes and his team is still trying to find its form and some solid continuity amid the list of key contributors currently out through injury.

Last weekend was a step in the wrong direction for them as they were initially stunned by a goal from Will Bruindropping a 3-0 decision to the Seattle Sounders, having lost every home game this year in which they have conceded first.

Things may look bleak when you look at where they sit in the table, seven points behind a playoff spot, however there is a chance they could make up some ground as nine of their next 15 MLS affairs will be at home. , where KC have claimed 11 of their 16 points this year.

Conceding the second-most goals (32) in the league won’t help them move up the standings, but Vermes’ side have put on their best defensive displays in front of their home fans, posting their only two clean sheets this league campaign. MLS in Children’s Mercy Park.

They should be able to rely on how well they have played in the US Open Cup, advancing to the semi-finals of that competition thanks to a resounding 6-0 win at home to Union Omaha.

In that tournament, Kansas City has shown more creativity and quality in the attacking third, scoring 12 goals in three games, and the hope is that kind of precision can translate into more goals nationally, where it has scored second-lowest. number of goals (16) so far.

The New York Red Bulls celebrate after a New England Revolution own goal during the second half at Gillette Stadium on April 3, 2022©Reuters

After an impressive start away from home, where New York won a record five straight games to start the season, Gerhard Struber and his side are looking to rediscover that form, going goalless away from home in 204 straight minutes.

When the Red Bulls are on their game, they look like a top team that can fight for the title, full of strength and quality at every position.

Second-half deficits don’t seem to faze this team, which had nine points trailing in the final 45 minutes of this year, including on Thursday when it scored two goals in six minutes after Jose Martinez he had given Atlanta United the lead with 15 minutes to go.

New York is a strong team in numbers, as several people have wowed us with their skill and creativity, and their scoring depth is evident as nine different players have scored at least once nationally this year, while nine people have also established at least one. goal.

Their trophy case may feel empty for a team that has won the Supporters’ Shield three times and made the playoffs 12 straight times, though I wouldn’t bet against them taking some trophies in 2022 as they are in the Semi-Finals. US Open Cup Finals and currently in a dogfight for first place in their Conference.

Hanging back and waiting for the right moment to attack is what thrives in this group, and even with all the energy they expend on high pressure, the Red Bulls still defend aggressively and effectively, currently in the top five when it comes to goals. against this year (20).

Their press has been nicely complemented by their youthful vitality, with a heavy emphasis on youth, as on Thursday they became the first club in MLS history to have three different players find the back of the net before turning 17 years.

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Sporting Kansas City head coach Peter Vermes reacts during the first half at BC Place on April 3, 2022©Reuters

daniel salloi scored a pair of goals in a 6-0 US Open Cup quarterfinal win, becoming Kansas City’s all-time leading scorer in that tournament, scoring seven times, while johnny russell has been by far their best all-around player in 2022, leading the team with five goals domestically, ranking fourth in the league in terms of touches inside the box (83) and ninth in duels won (112). .

remi walter remains a workhorse for them in the midfield, leading the league in distance covered (121.3 miles), uri rosell he needs one more start to reach 50 in his MLS career, and Salloi has a chance to join an elite group of KC players with his next game-winning goal in the regular season, which would tie the club record of 12. that they currently share Preki Y Dom Dwyer.

Vermes’ injury situation has not changed as Alan Pulido (knee surgery) and Gadi a little (knee surgery) are performed during the year, while Ozzie Cisneros (hamstring), Nikola Vujnović (calf) and kortne ford (head) is also expected to stay out.

goals of Serge Ngoma Y louis morgan he helped the Red Bulls snatch victory from the jaws of defeat earlier this week.

Ngoma became the third 16-year-old in league history to score for New York, joining jozy altidore Y Eddie Gaven in that department.

Throughout the season, he has been able to count on the skillful omir fernandezwho leads the team with six assists in just 13 chances created, while the physicality of cristian caseres has made them an intimidating team to attack, with the Venezuelan midfielder leading the league in fouls committed (39).

New York will be without Andrew Reyes (foot), Lucas Monzon (hamstrings) and Wikelman Carmona (foot) due to injuries, although aaron long Y Luquinhas he returned to the field this week after previously missing time due to health and safety protocols.

Possible starting lineup for Sporting Kansas City:
Melia; Sweat, Fontas, Isimat-Mirin, Zusi; Walter; Duke, Hernandez; Salloi, Shelton, Russell

Possible New York Red Bulls starting lineup:
colonel; Edwards, S. Nealis, Long, Tolkin; Amaya, Casseres; Yearwood, Fernandez, Morgan; climala

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We Say: Sporting Kansas City 0-1 New York Red Bulls

Even though the gap between these teams is currently 13 points, we think this will be a close matchup between a team from New York, which is struggling to find that quality away from home, and a team from KC that can’t seem to take a break at the national level.

Psychologically, New York has a clear advantage, and hopefully its depth can eventually end its away drought against a team that gives it plenty of scoring opportunities.

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