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The last time New York Red Bulls and New England Revolution faced off in the MLS, the later managed to sneak a 1-0 home win over their Red Bull rivals. After a 1-1 draw on Saturday, the two teams remain just three points apart in the MLS Eastern Conference.

Despite dominating for most of the first half, New York Red Bulls could only head into half time with a 1-0 lead. As the match went on, New England started to find their feet in the game and equalised in the 65th minute through Gustavo Bou. Find out how game’s tactics developed in this MLS tactical analysis.

Lineups

Chris Armas showed his attacking intent by lining up his New York Red Bulls in a 4-2-3-1 formation. The three advanced midfielders played narrower, relying on the fullbacks to provide width in the attack.

Bruce Arena picked a more defence-minded setup by starting in a 5-3-2. Defender Andrew Farrell didn’t make the trip to New York as he was out with a suspension. New England Revolution’s line up suggested they were looking to sit back and knick a goal on the counter, but after conceding early, this formation changed. We will discuss this further in the analysis.

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