The New York Red Bulls are in the midst of a coaching search following the departure of popular coach Chris Armas and are struggling to find the back of the net.
Coming off two straight shutout losses and owners of the third-worst offense in MLS, the Red Bulls hope to start turning things around Saturday night when they visit D.C. United.
New York (3-5-2, 11 points) will play its second game since parting ways with Armas on Sept. 4 and replacing him with Bradley Carnell on an interim basis. The first game was a 3-0 home loss to the Philadelphia Union on Sunday, when none of its seven shots were on target.
The Red Bulls' seven goals are third-fewest in the league, and they are 0-3-1 in their past four games, with each loss being a shutout. They have been blanked five times this season, and the loss in Carnell's debut followed a 1-0 setback to D.C. on Sept. 2, when the Red Bulls saw only four of their 17 shots go on target.
"Everyone's gotta know that we're playing for our jobs at this point, and we got to prove that we want to be here and that we deserve to be here," Red Bulls defender Tim Parker said.
D.C. United eked out the win over the Red Bulls by getting a goal in the eighth minute of stoppage time in a game when it held possession for 41.3 percent of the time. D.C. United (2-4-4, 10 points) then withstood a barrage from the New York City Football Club and earned a 0-0 tie Sunday.
The United became the second team in MLS history to be held without a shot and withstood 19 shots, with only four on target. DC has been outshot 36-5 in the past two matches but gained four points, including last week when it allowed NYCFC to hold possession for nearly 70 percent of the match.
"We went into those games expecting those types of stats, and the guys were able to manage to get four points against the two New York teams," D.C. coach Ben Olsen said. "Typically, that's not an easy thing to do in this league. Now the job is to come home and win a game against a very hungry team, a team with new energy with a new manager."
--Field Level Media
Struggling Red Bulls face D.C. United
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