New York can go top if it accomplishes something it's been surprisingly bad at the last few years: beating Chivas USA.
By dropping points against ten-man FC Dallas in midweek and losing after leading, Chivas USA has lost three of its last four Major League Soccer games, and has just one win from its last 19. Apart from a victory over similarly-struggling Toronto FC, the SoCal side's last MLS win was back in March. Adding to those woes, Chivas USA will be without veteran defender and former U.S. men's national team captain Carlos Bocanegra (R Popliteus Strain). Also missing from the Goats squad with injury will be Daniel Atunez (L ACL reconstruction), Caleb Calvert (R 1st Metatarsal Fracture), and Tim Melia (lumbar distectomy). That's not all, either. Thanks to the disciplinary committee, Tristan Bowen and Gabriel Farfan will be watching from the stands.
New York is riding high meanwhile, equal on points and goals scored with Sporting Kansas City at the top of the Eastern Conference, and within touching distance of Real Salt Lake in the Supporters' Shield standings. Depending on results, the Red Bulls could finish the weekend in first place and on equal points in the Supporters' Shield race. Or they could be fourth in the East, given how close the Conference standings are.
If the Red Bulls are to take the top spot, they'll have to do it without the services of Ian Christianson (Toe Injury), Kosuke Kimura (Concussion) and former Chivas player Heath Pearce (Hip Surgery).
History is not on New York's side here. In 13 meetings all-time, the Jersey club has won just three, with five ganmes apiece going to draws and Chivas USA. It's been especially tough in recent years: New York has won just once against the Goats in their last nine meetings.