MLS Week 4 Preview: A Sparse Weekend – And The Red Bulls

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by RYAN BRISTER

Major League Soccer is still playing through international dates, but this weekend’s schedule is heavily reduced as a result of the international break. Only six teams are in action, and they will be hampered by the scheduling.

And officially, the New York Red Bulls are considered part of the Week 4 schedule — even as they play next Friday.

New York City FC vs. New England Revolution, Saturday at 3 p.m.

The weekend’s shortened slate starts Saturday afternoon as New York City hosts New England. NYCFC suffered a frustrating loss last week, and they’ll be trying to get their first home win in three tries. Mix Diskerud and Lee Nguyen are with the USMNT and will not be available for their respective clubs. The Revs will also be without Je-Vaughn Watson, who was sent off last week in a disastrous loss at Philadelphia.

DC United vs. FC Dallas, Saturday at 5 p.m.

DC is aiming for their season’s first win when they host Dallas. United will be relying on Charlie Horton making his MLS debut in goal at age 21. Horton, who was last with Leeds United in England, has the starting role due to injuries to both Bill Hamid and Andrew Dykstra. Dallas will be hampered in a much different way; seven players from their squad are off on international duty, including Jesse Gonzalez, Walker Zimmerman, and Kellyn Acosta.

Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Houston Dynamo

The high-powered Dynamo head to Vancouver in the hopes of getting more bang for their goal-scoring buck. Houston has 11 goals in their opening three games, most in MLS, but have managed just a win and a draw despite that. The Whitecaps, who will be without defensive rock Kendall Waston, are looking to build upon last week’s victory in Seattle.

New England Revolution vs. New York Red Bulls

New England will complete their tour of New York competition, hosting the Red Bulls at Gillette Stadium. Je-Vaughn Watson will be available for the encounter, boosting New England’s options. The Red Bulls, meanwhile, will have an off-week following an explosive victory over the Houston Dynamo. Both sides have begun the season off-form, making this classic rivalry a pivotal momentum-boost for either side. The Red Bulls have only one victory in their last 24 matches at Gillette.