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Behind Enemy Lines: Scouting New York Red Bulls

Here are three ways FC Dallas can beat NY tonight

MLS: New York Red Bulls at FC Dallas Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

FC Dallas are coming off a tough road loss to the Vancouver Whitecaps 3-0, while New York managed to get another win last Sunday at home, versus Orlando 3-2.

Learning to Score

Much like the Whitecaps last week, RBNY is having a difficult time scoring this year. Hopefully, FC Dallas does not solve their problem, like they did for the Whitecaps. NYRB has been shutout in five games this season. New York got clicking last week and put three past Orlando. Still the Red Bulls are having trouble finding goals and wins this season.

Shaky Defenses

Both sides are having defensive difficulties heading into this game. New York has struggled defensively all season. The loss of Matt Miazga has hurt NYRB, but the loss of Giedon Baah and Damien Perrinelle is not suring things up either. In an effort to remedy this, NYRB have just traded to get Aurelien Collin from Orlando.

Potential Lineup

New York are missing Baah and Perrinelle this weekend. NYRB favor a 4-2-3-1 formation.

GK: Luis Robles; RB: Sal Zizzo CB: Karl Ouimette, Ronald Zubar; LB: Kemar Lawrence; CDM: Dax Mccarty, Felipe; CAM: Sacha Kljestan; RM: Lloyd Sam; LM: Mike Grella; F: Bradley Wright-Phillips.

Key Matchup

Walker Zimmerman vs. Bradley Wright-Phillips. BWP finally kicked back into gear last week scoring two goals against Orlando. Zimmerman will have to use his height and strength to keep BWP at bay this week. It will be crucial for this Dallas defense to play smart defensively, because despite their low goals scored, NYRB has a lot of goal-scoring threats.

Keys to Three Points

Set-Pieces. Dallas still does not know how to defend set-pieces and this could cost the Hoops in this one. Both sides will look to take advantage of free-kicks and corners and with Mauro Diaz returning to the team, NYRB need to be even more wary.

Not Conceding First. Last week showed Dallas why giving up the first goal is so crucial. Once Dallas started chasing the game it opened up space for Vancouver to exploit, providing them two more goals in the process. The same is true for NYRB. They can’t afford to let Dallas score, because the more space Dallas has, the more dangerous they are.

Shutting Down Playmakers. It is imperative that both sides shut down those midfield engines. Kljestan is creative and Dallas can’t afford to give him time and space to pick out passes. NYRB have to be cautious with Diaz back for the Hoops as it provides them the same dilemma. Both teams’ defenders are going to struggle to shut down those creative midfielders.

Prediction

Dallas crawls back from last week in a game that is marred by terrible officiating and a strange red card.

My Prediction: 1-0 FC Dallas.