Behind Enemy Lines: Scouting New York Red Bulls

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New York is winless on the road this season.

The New York Red Bulls come to town this weekend for the lone meeting with FC Dallas in 2014.

New York is currently 2-2-5 on the season with a four game unbeaten run.

In the lone meeting last season between these two clubs, New York won the game 1-0 off an own goal by former FCD midfielder Erick.

The Red Bulls have won two out of their last three meetings in Frisco, including a playoff game in 2011.

Injury Report

Petke has a couple long-term injuries to discuss at the moment. Midfielders Bobby Convey and Marius Obekop are out with hamstring injuries while defender Richard Eckersley is out with an ankle sprain.

New York does have a couple players listed as questionable, Designated Player Tim Cahill and forward Andre Akpan both have hamstring strains that could keep them out of Sunday's game.

Projected Lineup

Petke uses a 4-4-2 formation.

Goalkeeper: Luis Robles; RB: Roy Miller; CB: Armando, Jamison Olave; LB: Kosuke Kimura; RM: Lloyd Sam; CM: Dax McCarty, Tim Cahill; LM: Eric Alexander; FW: Thierry Henry, Bradley Wright-Phillips.

Key Matchup

Hendry Thomas vs Thierry Henry - As we've discussed on here already, Henry is a guy that love to roam from side to side to help set up the attack for himself and for Wright-Phillips. He finds himself in pockets of space and does a good job at taking set pieces for New York. Thomas will likely be the guy to shadow Henry during this one, how he keeps Henry at bay will determine a lot as to whether or not New York's high powered attack continues scoring goals.

Keys to Three Points

What New York likes to do is get the ball to Henry to set up him. The Red Bulls are unbeaten in their last 22 games when he scores a goal. New York is far better than their record suggests too. They create a ton of chances on goal and have the finishers up front that are able to put away nearly any free chance.

Dallas will have to remain discipline in the defense to keep the chances down. The times this season that New York hasn't been successful have been due to lack of chances on goal.

On offense, Dallas will want to push the Red Bulls back on the wings with Fabian Castillo and Je-Vaughn Watson. Having those two forward enough will go a long way in keeping the fullbacks from New York getting forward into their attack the way they like to.

Lastly, Dallas will need to find a way to control the middle portion of the field. New York does an excellent job at maintaining possession in key moments and that possession typically leads to quality chances on goal when Henry drops into the midfield to collect the ball. Limiting what they are able to do in the middle portion of the field will limit their attack.

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