The New York Red Bulls, riding a record-setting wave of success in their past three matches, face a severe test Saturday at Red Bull Arena when they host the San Jose Earthquakes (7 p.m. ET, MSG+) in MLS action. The Red Bulls are 3-2 for nine points, second in the Eastern Conference. The Earthquakes are 4-1 for 12 points, second in the Western Conference.
For the Red Bulls, the impressive part has been how they have arrived at their 3-2 mark. After a pair of season-opening losses New York has strung together three consecutive victories, each by at least three goals, the first time that has been done in MLS history.
Thierry Henry leads the MLS with seven goals and was named Player of the Month after his fast start to the 2012 season. Henry has won the Player of the Week Award an unprecedented three consecutive weeks. Kenny Cooper has six goals for New York, which leads the league with 14 goals. Chris Wondolowski has six goals this season for San Jose, meaning the league's top three goal scorers will be in action Saturday at Red Bull Arena.
"They're going to present us some challenges that we haven't seen this year," Red Bulls midfielder Dax McCarty said. "We're at home and we need to make sure we're confident in our abilities and obviously another three points is something that we're going for."
Red Bulls rookie goalkeeper Ryan Meara has been busy through five games and leads the league with 21 saves. He has a 1.60 goals against average.
The Red Bulls may be without Wilman Conde (groin) and Teemu Tainio (knee).