New York is winless in their last four matches and blew a lead in a 3-2 loss to New England on Saturday while FC Cincinnati hasn't won in their last six outings, their last contest a 0-0 draw against D.C. United.
A trio of players will be missing for the Orange and Blue as defenders Zico Bailey and Maikel van der Werff are out with hip and sports hernia injuries, respectively. Forward Calvin Harris will be absent with a meniscus problem.
New York Red Bulls: Coronel; Duncan, Edwards, Tarek, Tolkin; Yearwood, Davis; Casseres Jr., Clark; Klimala, Fabio
FC Cincinnati: Vermeer; Mataritta, Vallecilla, Cameron, Gyau; Stanko, Cruz, Kubo, Barreal; Acosta; Brenner
Ones to watch
Much of the Orange and Blue's success will hinge on midfielder Luciano Acosta. The 27-year old Argentine leads the club with four goals and three assists. After scoring three goals in the first 12 matches of the season, forward Alvaro Barreal hasn't scored in five matches and is another key piece to Cincinnati's attack.
Last September 29th, the Orange and Blue secured a 1-0 victory at Red Bull Arena. Haris Medunjanin scored five minutes from time to secure all three points.
Cincinnati were more dangerous in attack as Brandon Vazquez had a pair of chances, but he was ruled to be in an offside position when he scored on a back-post header in the 34th minute and then denied by a David Jensen kick save in the 72nd minute after being played in on goal by Yuya Kubo.
Jurgen Locadia also had two opportunities in the first half, but he was first denied by Jensen and later fired wide of the far post until Medunjanin curled his effort over Jensen, off the back post and in for his first goal with the club.