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Overlooked and Underloved: New York vs. New England

New England Revolution v New York Red Bulls

HARRISON, NJ - APRIL 28: Benny Feilhaber #22 of the New England Revolution and Dax McCarty #11 of the New York Red Bulls battle for a loose ball during the game at Red Bull Arena on April 28, 2012 in Harrison, New Jersey. The Red Bulls defeated the Revolution 1-0. (Photo by Andy Marlin/Getty Images)

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Welcome, welcome, welcome. Another week, another game that isn’t getting the love it should.

This week: New York Red Bulls invading the large, uncrowded confines of Gillette Stadium to play the New England Revolution. The reasons? Let’s get into them:

  • TRAP GAME. The Revolution are, how can we put this kindly, not good. The Red Bulls, you know, are. Three easy points. But it’s never that easy in MLS. And the Revs want to build momentum going into next year. All I’m saying is a win here makes a statement to Jay Heaps and the rest of the New England organization.
  • Are the Red Bulls on the brink? Tim Cahill went off and started talking after the loss to Kansas City. New York is a team that seems perpetually on the brink of combusting. And they are only four points clear of the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference. You have to wonder what the pressure is like in the locker room, and if it’s getting to some of the younger guys.
  • Rivalry, rivalry, rivalry.
  • Thierry Henry. Rafa Marquez. Bengtson. Sene. Feilhaber. There’s a lot of talent on that field.
  • Train rides are the best.