East leaders Toronto FC and Red Bulls ready for showdown
MLS Eastern Conference leading Toronto FC and New York Red Bulls ready for final regular season showdown.
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1. NEW YORK RED BULLS FORWARD BRADLEY WRIGHT-PHILLIPS TALKING TO REPORTERS ABOUT MATCH AGAINST TORONTO FC
2. (SOUNDBITE)(English) NEW YORK RED BULLS FORWARD BRADLEY WRIGHT-PHILLIPS SAYING:
“Yeah just preparing for a tough game, they (Toronto FC) obviously top of the league you know for a reason, they’ve got good players, you know (Jozy) Altidore’s on fire he’s scoring goals you know last year we went down there and we took a beating, I think it was 3-0 so we know it’s going to be a tough game and add in a top of table clash and it’s more of an exciting game.”
3. NEW YORK RED BULLS HEAD COACH JESSE MARSCH TALKING TO REPORTERS ABOUT MATCH AGAINST TORONTO FC
4. (SOUNDBITE)(English) NEW YORK RED BULLS HEAD COACH JESSE MARSCH SAYING:
“You know I mean and then their back line and goalkeeper, their new goalkeeper’s been fantastic so they don’t give away much, they don’t give up any goals, especially at home so, you know, we know it will be a big challenge but one that we’re really excited for.”
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5. TORONTO FC MIDFIELDER MICHAEL BRADLEY TALKING TO REPORTERS ABOUT MATCH AGAINST NEW YORK RED BULLS
6. (SOUNDBITE)(English) TORONTO FC MIDFIELDER MICHAEL BRADLEY SAYING:
“Within our group there’s big excitement because you play all year to play in big games and we’ve put ourselves in a great position, six games to go I think and everything still to play for and you know certainly one of our big rivals in the east is coming to our stadium and it’s a big chance for us.”
7. TORONTO FC HEAD COACH GREG VANNEY TALKING TO REPORTERS ABOUT MATCH AGAINST NEW YORK RED BULLS
8. (SOUNDBITE)(English) TORONTO FC HEAD COACH GREG VANNEY SAYING:
“No real love lost between the two because we know that they’ve got to get through us to get to the Eastern Conference championship and we’re gonna have to put them away if we’re gonna get to it so that’s gonna lead to a, you know I think a spicy battle if you will.”
STORY: The New York Red Bulls will look to steal the top spot in the East standings when they meet leaders Toronto FC Sunday (September 18) in a showdown of two of the top teams in MLS.
“We know it’s going to be a tough game and add in a top of table clash and it’s more of an exciting game,” Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips told reporters after training Friday (September 16).
New York (12-8-9, 44 points) stumbled in their last match, drawing 2-2 with bottom feeders DC United, but Wright-Phillips has been superb with an MLS leading 18 goals scored this season, including tallies in his last five matches.
Midfielder Michael Bradley and Toronto FC (13-7-8, 46 points), who lead the Eastern Conference by just two points over the Red Bulls and New York City FC (12-8-9, 44 points), know three points are up for grabs and first place is on the line.
“Certainly one of our big rivals in the east is coming to our stadium and it’s a big chance for us,” Bradley told reporters in Toronto.
The Red Bulls travel to Toronto’s BMO Field with a 5p ET (2100gmt) start for the match.