The New York Red Bulls left BC Place Stadium in Vancouver feeling like they grabbed three points instead of one. Daniel Royer’s late equalizer and brace secured an away point for the Red Bulls ahead of a crucial derby match this Wednesday.
With the draw the Red Bulls improve to 6-4-2 or 20 away points on the year, just 3 points behind Atlanta United in that same category but with a game in hand.
New York Red Bulls en route to record breaking away record
It’s been a record breaking season for the Red Bulls to say the least. Last season Toronto FC broke the record for the most points in a single season, and currently the Red Bulls are on pace to tie or if not break that record. Last August 18th, Toronto FC had accumulated 47 points, the same total the Red Bulls came into the Vancouver Whitecaps match with.
If any team wants to break that record though, they will need to get points on the road and that is exactly what the Red Bulls are doing in 2018. The Red Bulls have 5 more road fixtures for the remainder of the year. Aside from New York City FC, their remaining opponents on the road currently average less than 1.38 points per game.
With that said, if the Red Bulls get 2 points per game in their last five away matches they will accrue 30 away points. The only other team to finish a season with 30 away points in a 34 game season was the 2010 LA Galaxy. Even if the Red Bulls don’t average 2 points per game and continue their current pace of 1.8 points per game on the road they will break the club record set in 2000 with 24 points.
With the road win against the Chicago Fire and the point against the Whitecaps, the Red Bulls have momentum ahead of their derby clash with NYCFC. NYCFC will be without Ronald Matarrita, Jesus Medina, Alexander Callens and new signing Valentin Castellanos. The Red Bulls will hope to make amends for their loss to NYCFC in early July when they lost 1-0 at Yankee Stadium.
The match against NYCFC will be a “six-pointer” and a key fixture in the Supporters Shield race for both teams. Atlanta United on the other hand plays on Sunday against Columbus and that result will place even more importance to the Hudson River Derby.
While the away record itself doesn’t matter, it is a testament to how deep and resilient this squad is at the moment. 2018 is a dramatic difference from the way New York’s 2017 season, and their away form is a large part of that.
The Red Bulls have ten more fixtures remaining giving them plenty of chances to etch their name in the record books or fall off in the Supporters Shield race. Either way, MLS Cup is the goal and their current form away from home bodes well for playoff success.
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