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August 17, 2013 8:00 PM EDT
Red Bull Arena — Harrison, New Jersey
Referee:‬ J. Marrufo‎
Attendance:‬ 25355‎

MLS Preview: New York Red Bulls - Philadelphia Union

The two closest teams in the Eastern conference are fighting for position at the top of the East.

By Keith Hickey

Dax McCarty - New York Red Bulls
New York Red Bulls (4-4-2): Robles; Barklage, Olave, Holgersson, Miller; Alexander, McCarty, Steele, Luyindula; Espindola, Henry .

Injury Report:

OUT: Ian Christianson (Toe Injury), Tim Cahill (R PCL Tear), Kosuke Kimura (Concussion), Heath Pearce (Hip Surgery)

QUESTIONABLE: Lloyd Sam (L Quadriceps Strain)
Philadelphia Union (4-4-2): MacMath; Williams, Okugo, Parke, Fabinho; Le Toux, Carroll, Daniel, Cruz; Casey, McInerney.

Injury Report:

QUESTIONABLE: Ray Gaddis (R ankle sprain)
  • Separated by a 100-mile stretch of Interstate 95, Philadelphia and New York are the two geographically closest teams in MLS that don't share a stadium.
  • This will be the third meeting this season between the pair. New York claimed its first MLS victory under head coach Mike Petke with a 2-1 win at Red Bull Arena on March 30. The Union then turned around and won 3-0 on June 23, snapping New York's five-game stretch of dominance.
  • New York is second in the Eastern Conference with 38 points from 24 matches. Philly is just back in third, with one point fewer from the same number of matches. If either team won this match, it would end the day on top of the Eastern Conference.
  • When he came on late in the Union's 3-0 win back in June, defender Matt Kassel became the first homegrown MLS player to play against the team that originally signed him.
  • With 12 assists, Philadelphia's Sebastien Le Toux (a former Red Bull player) leads MLS. Union right back Sheanon Williams has the best mark among defenders, with eight.

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32L. RoblesGoalkeeper
4Jamison OlaveDefender
-Marcus HolgerssonDefender
7R. MillerDefender
32Ibrahim SekagyaDefender
11Dax McCartyMidfielder
12Eric AlexanderMidfielder
17Tim CahillMidfielder
22Jonathan SteeleMidfielder
9Fabian EspindolaStriker
14Thierry HenryStriker
18Ryan MearaGoalkeeper
16Connor LadeDefender
20Matthew MiazgaDefender
10Lloyd SamMidfielder
13Marius ObekopMidfielder
26Brandon BarklageMidfielder
8Péguy LuyindulaStriker
18Zac MacMathGoalkeeper
25Sheanon WilliamsDefender
2Jeff ParkeDefender
7Brian CarrollMidfielder
14Amobi OkugoMidfielder
44Danny CruzMidfielder
26Keon DanielMidfielder
6Conor CaseyStriker
9Jack McInerneyStriker
11Sebastien Le TouxMidfielder
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26Michael FarfanMidfielder
22Leo FernandesMidfielder
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