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Photo credit: Kari Heistad/

Photo credit: Kari Heistad/

The Revolution host the rival New York Red Bulls for the first time in the 2015 at 7:30 pm on Saturday. Here are a few things to know about the New York Red Bulls going into the match (all information below is as of Apr. 28):

*The Red Bulls will be seeking revenge as Sunday’s matchup will mark the first game between these teams since the Revolution eliminated the Red Bulls out of the 2014 playoffs. The Revolution won 2-1 in the first leg in New York and tied 2-2 in the second leg at Gillette to win 4-3 in the Eastern Conference Finals and move onto the MLS Cup last season.

*Despite a number of losses in the offseason, including Thierry Henry, Tim Cahill, and coach Mike Petke, the Red Bulls are the only remaining unbeaten team in MLS with a record of 3-0-3 ahead of Wednesday’s match at Red Bull against the Colorado Rapids. That record includes a 1-0-2 record on the road with draws at Kansas City and DC United, and a victory in Columbus.

*The Red Bulls have not been shutout this season, registering at least one goal in every game and scoring twice in four games.

*The Red Bulls are coming off a 1-1 draw at home against the defending MLS Cup champions, LA Galaxy.

*The Red Bulls are led by Lloyd Sam and Bradley Wright-Phillips, who have three and two goals apiece in 2015. Although Sam leads the team in goals, Bradley Wright-Phillips is the key offensive weapon, as he leads the team in shots (18) and shots on goal (11), is tied for the team lead in assists (3), and lead the team and MLS in goals in 2014 (27).

*For every game so far this season, the Red Bulls have used a 4-2-3-1 formation, with similar lineups so far throughout the season. The Red Bulls have eight players who have started every game. Bradley Wright-Phillips is used as the team’s lone striker, while Lloyd Sam and Sacha Kljestan play behind him on the right wing and center attacking midfielder, respectively. Defensive midfielders Dax McCarthy and Felipe Martins and right back Chris Duvall, center back Damien Perrinelle, and goalkeeper Luis Robles are the remaining Red Bulls to start every game so far this year.

*The Red Bulls are led by Jesse Marsch, who was hired in January 2015, replacing Mike Petke. Marsch has previous managerial experience as he led the Montreal Impact to a 12-17-7 record in 2012, the team’s inaugural season. Including his six match in 2015, his total managerial record is 15-17-10. Marsch also was an assistant coach for the US Men’s National Team from 2010-2011 under Bob Bradley in a tenure which included the 2010 World Cup.

*Marsch also has experience in the MLS as a player, as the former midfielder made 321 appearances and scored 31 goals from 1996 to 2009 with DC United, Chicago Fire, and Chivas USA. Marsch also made two appearances with the US Men’s National Team in 2001 and 2007.

*Here are some highlights from the last matchup between these teams in the Eastern Conference Finals last November:

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