The New York Red Bulls aim to continue their strong play at home Saturday night when they host Inter Miami CF in Harrison, N.J.
The Red Bulls (5-5-2, 17 points) boast a 4-1-1 mark at home this season and are undefeated in their past five home matches, outscoring their opponents by a 9-2 margin. In their most recent game (July 8), they picked up at least a point for the fifth time in their last six matches overall (3-1-2) with a 1-1 draw against the Philadelphia Union.
Patryk Klimala continued his torrid surge by scoring on a penalty kick in that contest. The former Celtic striker has two goals and four assists in his six matches as a starter since joining the team in May as a designated player.
Klimala’s performance notwithstanding, Red Bulls coach Gerhard Struber lamented a late goal by the Union that ultimately cost his team two additional points in the standings. New York, after all, played the final 33 minutes with a man advantage.
“We improved so many things in the last few weeks, and especially we can see against the opponent on this level how close we are to beat the opponent with our young team,” Struber said. “I will (want to) win every game.
“Yeah, there’s more disappointment with the result, not so much with the performance. The performance I saw 70 minutes of a top team from Red Bull, and then we lost a little bit of hunger.”
Inter Miami (2-7-2, eight points) return to Red Bull Arena for the second straight match after falling 1-0 to CF Montreal on July 3.
Coach Phil Neville’s club has little room for error as it seeks to snap a five-match losing streak, during which Inter Miami have been outscored by an 8-1 margin.
“The team knows what’s expected and what we need to do,” Neville said Thursday. “We’re at the point of no excuses. We need to win games of football.”
Defender Kieran Gibbs, goalkeeper Nick Marsman and attacker Indiana Vassilev are eligible to make their debuts with Inter Miami on Saturday.
Gonzalo Higuain leads Inter Miami with five goals. The last time Inter faced the Red Bulls, last Oct. 7, Higuain netted the go-ahead goal in the 81st minute of a 2-1 victory.
–Field Level Media
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