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Red Bulls attempt to keep playoff hopes alive vs. Union

Field Level Media
29 Sep 2021, 02:40 GMT+10

The Philadelphia Union are in contention for the second and third seed in the Eastern Conference, and a little bit of help and success on the road might help them get there.

The New York Red Bulls are still trying to climb out of their hole that could end their run of 11 straight playoff appearances.

Significant playoff positioning is on the line Wednesday night at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. when the Union visit the Red Bulls.

Philadelphia (10-7-8, 38 points) is fourth in the Eastern Conference after earning a 1-0 win over the Atlanta United when Kacper Przybylko scored in the 71st minute in a game in which Philadelphia got nine of its 18 shots on goal.

The Union are looking to match a season high with their third straight win. The Union won three straight May 15-30 and then went 4-5-6 in their next 15 matches before consecutive home wins over Orlando and Atlanta.

"Again, we haven't accomplished anything yet," Philadelphia coach Jim Curtin said. "But these three points go a long way. You know how tight the table is, and if you can put together a three-game win streak in this league, your fortune changes very, very quickly."

Philadelphia is one point behind New York City FC, which visits Chicago. The Union's point total is the same as that of Orlando City, which is visiting second-place Nashville SC.

Philadelphia is not assured of finishing with a playoff spot as it is one point ahead of Cf Montreal, who are hosting league-leading New England.

The Red Bulls (8-11-6, 30 points) are hoping they do not run out of time. They last missed the postseason in 2009, but have spent all season trying to catch up in the race and sit in 11th, seven points behind Montreal and DC United.

New York has scored six times in a three-game unbeaten streak (2-0-1) that is one shy of its season best. The Red Bulls earned a 1-0 win at NYCFC on Saturday when Omir Fernandez scored in the 43rd minute and Carlos Coronel made four saves on a night they held possession for 35.1 percent of the match.

"We know that the few games that we have coming up are important ones and they are also the teams that are in front of us points wise," New York defender Kyle Duncan said. "So, we know if we beat these teams, we will get back into that seventh spot or maybe even sixth spot or fifth spot."

--Field Level Media

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