The New York Red Bulls will try to build on a dramatic and unlikely win over the weekend when they welcome the gradually improving Vancouver Whitecaps to Red Bull Arena on Wednesday night.
After being reduced to 10 men late in the first half with Tim Parker's ejection, New York (5-5-2, 17 points) defeated defending MLS Cup champion Atlanta United 1-0 at home on Sunday on substitute Tom Barlow's first career MLS goal.
Barlow's dramatic 65th-minute header lifted the Red Bulls to their fourth win in five matches, a result that hoisted them five places forward in the Eastern Conference standings. Previously, New York had won one of its first seven.
Parker will miss Wednesday's tilt while serving a red-card suspension, meaning his teammates will need more of the attitude coach Chris Armas saw during Sunday's win.
"It's great to see our guys commit the way that they did on every play of the entire game, the set pieces, the tough moments," Armas said after that game. "So I'm really proud of the guys. The guys that started the game. The guys that came into the game. The guys at halftime that weren't even playing, who were supporting each other."
Vancouver (3-6-4, 13 points) will be playing its second contest of a grueling three-game, eight-day, cross-continental road trip, as well as its third of four games in 11 days overall.
Coach Marc dos Santos' rebuilding side went winless in its first six games, but the Whitecaps have improved since, winning three of their last six.
Goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau is coming off an MLS Team of the Week award after making 11 saves across his team's last two matches, a 1-0 loss to Atlanta last week and a 1-1 draw at Sporting Kansas City on Saturday. He'll see a shuffled lineup in front of him Wednesday.
"Some of the guys are not going to be fully recovered, for sure, for the game against the Red Bulls, so there will be for sure some rotation in the roster," dos Santos said. "We always said that everybody's going to be important. In stretches like that, it challenges the depth that we have, the type of character that we have."
--Field Level Media