July 2, 2016
A look at the upcoming games
New York Red Bulls (7-8-2, 23 pts) @ New York City FC (6-5-5, 23 pts), 12:00 pm ET (ESPN/ESPN Deportes; TSN4)
The Red Bulls have won all four meetings since NYCFC came into the league last year, and the last on May 21 was the most lopsided of all: a 7-0 rout that equaled the biggest margin of victory in MLS history. Since then, Frank Lampard has finally started playing regularly, and has scored in each of NYC's last two games -- which they've won. After a putting together a five-game winning streak in all games, RB limps into Sunday's game off three straight losses, including a midweek 2-1 elimination from the U.S. Open Cup by Philly. At 2-3-5, NYC has the worst home record in the league. But then again, RB has won only one of nine away from home – the aforementioned rout. The noon start and predicted mid-80s temperatures with humidity around 40 percent could have an effect.
Columbus Crew SC (3-5-7, 16 pts) @ Sporting Kansas City (6-8-4, 22 pts), 7 p.m. ET (FS1/FOX Deportes)
Columbus Crew SC has won only two of its last 10 matches – one in eight if you exclude U.S. Open Cup. Without Federico Higuain due to a hernia repair, Columbus has scored only two goals in three games. Losing to the lowly Chicago Fire on Tuesday to get eliminated from the Cup probably doesn't help their confidence. Kansas City seems to had stemmed the bleeding of its seven-loss-in-10 skid with an undefeated run of four, but falling at the nearly as low Houston Dynamo on Wednesday to see its defense of its Open Cup title end likewise didn't help it. KC defender Chance Myers, who hasn't started a game since May 7, now is officially listed as unavailable due to a hamstring strain.