Preview Red Bulls vs Earthquakes
Saturday’s match between the New York Red Bulls and San Jose Earthquakes will be the 39th meeting between two of the 10 original MLS clubs.
San Jose leads the all-time series 17-12-9 over New York.
Last time these two teams played was July 19, 2017, New York was victorious 5-1 at Red Bull Arena. Red Bulls, however, have not won in San Jose since their first leg of the MLS Cup Playoff Series against the Earthquakes in 2010.
New York will look to continue to build on their franchise-record breaking season against San Jose.
The Red Bulls already surpassed the club’s single-season record wins with 19 and total points at 62 following their win over Atlanta.
New York currently is tied for the franchise single-season record in shutouts (13) and is one win shy of reaching 300 wins as a club. If the Red Bulls earned a win at San Jose, they would become just the second team in MLS to reach 300 wins, joining the LA Galaxy.
Coming off a yellow-card accumulation suspension, Bradley Wright-Phillips aims to write his name in the record books once again. Wright-Phillips is one goal and two assists shy of becoming just the third player in league history to reach the 20 goal-10 assist club. Alongside the 20-10 club, Wright-Phillips is just two assists shy of hitting the 10 goal-10 assist club, only four other players in franchise history have accomplished.
The match will be televised at 10:30 p.m. ET on MSG, MSG Go and Red Bulls Radio in English and Spanish on TuneIn.
Head coach Chris Armas, Sean Davis and Alex Muyl spoke with the media to preview Saturday’s match against San Jose,
How do you gear up for this San Jose team that has nothing to lose…
Like always, we’re going to take one game at a time and try to make progress each time, and maybe now more than ever, take some of this momentum from this previous game and throw everything we can at San Jose. We feel like we have a lot to lose and a lot to gain, so we’re gonna go there and look to give everything once again.
Does San Jose having nothing to lose make them more dangerous…
When that dialogue starts – lot to lose, nothing to lose – I mean, they’re pro athletes. We know their coaching staff, everyone’s there to prove themselves this time of year, to show “hey I belong here”. People are gonna come out to the stadium and pay money to watch the team and they’re gonna give everything. Look what they did with Atlanta, they gave everything to them – a good team. We’ll expect another tough road game, there’s no easy ones out there. We’ll be ready to get their best for sure.
How do you prepare for a struggling San Jose team…
Yeah, it was a really great weekend for us, but it’s important that we turn the page as quick as possible and put that behind us. You know, we take the good, we take the bad from that game and get ready for San Jose. Actually, I think that they’re a better team now. Even though they’re out of the playoffs it seems like they’re playing a little more free and they’ve actually had some strong performances despite the results. I think that it’s a tricky game for us for sure and we have to be up from it from the first minute, or else it could turn into a really, really challenging game. But we know that they’re actually a strong team now, so we need to be ready for that.
What has been the key to the team’s strong defensive performances…
Yeah, I think a lot of guys have taken responsibility for the team’s performance, and it’s coming from within our team now, and guys are stepping up on the field knowing that it’s in our control and that it’s on us. We look at film a lot at this team, and a lot of guys take their jobs very seriously. When it comes to training, we put a lot of effort into perfecting our system and I think guys have stepped up and done a great job lately.
New York Red Bulls Midfielder Alex Muyl…
After a big win last week and 3 big games coming up, how do you prepare for San Jose…
I think the most important thing is to not get caught up in last week’s game and, if anything just try and ride the momentum because we wanna win the Supporters’ Shield for sure, and we have work to do to do that and we also just wanna finish the season on a high note. I know we’ve broken some records, but I think we wanna keep pushing and maybe set some new ones of our own. This game is gonna be very important and we can’t slip at all.
Does the fact that San Jose will be playing with nothing to lose make them dangerous…
Yeah, you never know with a team like that because they’re playing free, I guess they don’t have much on the line, so they’ll be able to try things. Us obviously coming off the emotion last week it could be easy to fall into that trap, so I think they’re a team that we respect well and its never easy to travel across the country and get a result on the road, so for us it’s gonna be a big test and preparation for playoffs really because we’re gonna have to do that in playoffs too.