The New England Revolution and New York Red Bulls are making a push toward the playoffs, with both desperate to reverse recent trends.
With the teams winless over their last five combined matches, the sides meet Wednesday night at Harrison, N.J.
New England (7-5-8, 29 points) and New York (7-8-5, 26 points) are close to earning playoff spots in the Eastern Conference. However, the Revolution have earned just one point in their last two games - a 1-1 draw versus Nashville SC on Friday. The Red Bulls have recorded three consecutive ties.
New York needed a last-minute score to earn a 2-2 draw at Chicago on Saturday night. Brian White's third goal of the season, in the second minute of stoppage time, stunned the host Fire and extended the Red Bulls' unbeaten stretch to four matches.
"I think it shows a lot of resilience -- never give up -- even when we go down," White said. "We fight to the very last whistle."
New England got a tying goal from Adam Buksa in the 77th minute to earn that point against Nashville. It was his fifth of the season. Even though the Revolution were unable to grab the full three points, they are 3-0-1 in their last four road games.
New England saw the return of star and captain Carles Gil last week from an Achilles injury that sidelined him for nearly three months. He came on as a sub against Nashville, and it remains to be seen if he is ready to start yet.
"He's a leader for us on and off the field and someone who can really be a game-changer," Revolution midfielder Scott Caldwell said. "So, we're really excited to have him back."
Gil was not on the field when New England played New York to a 1-1 draw on Aug. 29, in Foxborough, Mass.
--Field Level Media