The Fire have endured a series of injuries and absences to sit comfortably in third place in the Eastern Conference with five matches left in the regular season. Depth played a role in the Fire's 3-0 victory over D.C. United last weekend, and it could be called on again Saturday in their road match against the Philadelphia Union (8-12-9). Bastian Schweinsteiger, the German star whose signing in March sparked the club's resurgence, did not train with the team Tuesday or Wednesday after missing the last two games with quad and calf injuries. The calf issue is keeping him out at this point, according to a team spokesman, and Schweinsteiger's status for Saturday is listed as questionable on the team's official injury report.
Scoreless draws to the Philadelphia Union, losing in the US Open Cup final to Sporting Kansas City, so many wonderful things to talk about when it comes to the New York Red Bulls. The guys discuss both disappointments, and read your tweets, which obviously were not filled with joy. After they finish venting their rage, they predict results for Saturday’s game in Cowtown against Columbus Crew SC, as well as Wednesday’s home match against DC. Plus more dumping ground ramblings, and a terrible team of the week. Give a listen, won’t you? Musical Credits: Opening: Happy Rock Breaks & Closing: True Believers by Bouncing Souls Help fund the Red Bull Rant by visiting our Patreon page and donating to
Just under a month ago, Atlanta United was in the middle of run that could well have derailed its season. The August schedule saw the club pick up just two points from three matches away from home, losing to D.C. United and having to come from behind to pick up a 2-2 draw with the Philadelphia Union in the final two matches of that road swing. A schedule back-loaded with home matches against struggling teams and the opening of the club's new home ground — the stunning Mercedes-Benz Stadium — has seen Atlanta respond with a run of form that has the side back in the running for a first-round playoff bye.