MLS Preview: Homesick Red Bulls aim to extend derby dominance

A derby awaits New York Red Bulls, while Western Conference rivals LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders are set to lock horns.
Soon after a three-game road trip, New York Red Bulls cannot wait to have back property as they look to keep their best derby record in MLS.
The Red Bulls completed a run of three consecutive away league matches using a 1-1 draw against Montreal Influence on Wednesday – a functionality striker Mike Grella claimed exhibited “a small bit of maturity”.
The earlier two away fixtures had seen the Red Bulls overcome Philadelphia Union and Orlando City.
But with Jesse Marsch’s males ultimately heading back to Red Bull Arena for a league fixture for the very first time considering that July 11 – even though their road trip was broken up by household games inside the US Open Cup and International Champions Cup – they’re keen to give their fans a win more than local rivals New York City.
The very first two New York derbies ended using the Red Bulls on leading, Marsch’s side winning the inaugural match 2-1 at household prior to a 3-1 triumph at Yankee Stadium.
“I can’t wait to obtain back residence and see the fans and see the field,” Lloyd Sam said, following scoring the equaliser against the Effect.
“I’m seriously excited about that game; it is a terrific 1 to obtain back to.”
City will enter Sunday’s New York derby with just one win in their previous 4 matches and on the back of a 3-2 loss at residence to Montreal on Saturday.
Defence has been the problem for City, with Jason Kreis’ side with no a clean sheet in six matches.
The New York derby will full the weekend’s action, following on from LA Galaxy’s high-profile clash with Seattle Sounders.
Inside a rematch with the 2014 Western Conference Final, which Galaxy won on away ambitions ahead of going on to lift the MLS Cup, Seattle enter in poor type with 4 straight defeats within the league, though they drew 1-1 at Vancouver Whitecaps within the CONCACAF Champions League (CCL) on Wednesday.
On Saturday, the Whitecaps will take on an additional club involved in the CCL in midweek in Real Salt Lake, who won 1-0 at Municipal of Guatemala.
Portland Timbers and Chicago Fire will begin the round on Friday, before Toronto FC host Sporting Kansas City and Philadelphia visit Orlando on Saturday.
In other Saturday fixtures, the Influence host DC United, Houston Dynamo take on San Jose Earthquakes and Columbus Crew travel to Colorado Rapids.