Teams: New York Red Bulls vs New York City FC

Kick-off: 11:00PM on Saturday, Red Bull Arena — Harrison

Where to Watch: Catch live action on DSport, this Saturday

Previous Meetings: Aug 26, 2017, RBNY 1 – 1 NYC

Season Goal Leaders: New York Red Bulls – Bradley Wright-Phillips 5, NYCFC – David Villa 4

The NY Derby heats up again Saturday night, and this might be the most anticipated crosstown clash yet, with both New York City FC and the New York Red Bulls sporting young, dynamic and deep squads in 2018.

The Red Bulls (4-3-0) won their first road game in 2018 league play Saturday, defeating the LA Galaxy, 3-2, to hand the hosts their third straight defeat at StubHub Center.

Bradley Wright-Phillips had a pair of assists, setting up Danny Royer for his first MLS goal of 2018 and Florian Valot’s goal early in the second half that put the visitors in front 2-0.

After the Galaxy rallied to level, Kaku struck from the penalty spot to secure all three points. Wright-Phillips and Kaku were named to the MLS Team of the Week presented by Audi for Week 9.

Led by David Villa, NYCFC (6-1-2) bounced back from their first loss of the season to hand FC Dallas their first defeat of 2018, winning 3-1 Sunday night at Yankee Stadium. Villa, who along with fullback Ben Sweat was named to the MLS Team of the Week presented by Audi, struck for a brace, including his historic 400th career goal for club and country on a 36th-minute penalty kick.

Villa also helped set up a goal by Jesus Medina just three minutes after kickoff, and added a 69th-minute insurance goal as NYCFC moved back on top of the Supporters’ Shield table with 20 points.

New York Red Bulls

Suspended: None

Suspended after next caution: None

International duty: None

Injury Report: OUT: OUT: D – Kyle Duncan (ACL surgery); QUESTIONABLE: D – Connor Lade (ankle sprain)

Projected Starting XI

(4-2-3-1, right to left)

GK: Luis Robles — Michael Murillo, Aaron Long, Tim Parker, Kemar Lawrence — Tyler Adams, Sean Davis — Florian Valot, Kaku, Danny Royer — Bradley Wright-Phillips

Notes: Last Saturday’s victory marked the first time in his 146 career MLS appearances that Wright-Phillips recorded multiple assists in a match. … Last weekend marked the fifth time this season that the Red Bulls have scored 3+ goals in a league match. They did so seven times in the 2017 regular season.

New York City FC

Suspended: None

Suspended after next caution: M – Alex Ring

International duty: None

Injury Report: OUT: QUESTIONABLE: M – Ismael Tajouri-Shradi (hamstring), D – Ronald Matarrita (lower body)

Projected Starting XI

(4-2-3-1, right to left)

GK: Sean Johnson — Anton Tinnerholm, Alex Callens, Maxime Chanot, Ben Sweat — Alex Ring, Yangel Herrera — Jesus Medina, Maxi Moralez, Jo Inge Berget — David Villa

Notes: Villa scored his 400th and 401st professional goals for club and country last weekend. It was his 15th brace since joining MLS, three more than any other player. … The Cityzens’ 3-0 loss at Portland snapped a streak of 11 consecutive MLS away matches with a goal (inc. playoffs). They have not been shut out in back-to-back league road games since Oct. 30, 2016-Mar. 4, 2017 (22 games since).

Source: MLS

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