It is Rivalry Week in MLS, with New York Red Bulls hosting New York City and looking for revenge after losing both games to their city rivals last season.
The two sides have had contrasting starts to this season, with New York RB winning just one game and stranded bottom of the Eastern Conference, while New York City are three games unbeaten and are fifth in the table, three points behind third-placed Nashville.
The game will be part of Gameweek 371 Sorare Football, and 101 Great Goals has broken down the key statistical takeaways ahead of the game.
New York Red Bulls Sorare L5 stat pack
New York Red Bull’s top performers over their last five matches
Three New York Red Bulls Sorare gems to watch
The full-back turned midfielder has had a good start to the season in what is a struggling RB side. With four assists to his name he has already equalled last season’s attacking contributions figure, which was the best of his career to date and he continues to threaten in attack in a team that has scored just seven goals all season - with Tolkin responsible for creating more than half. After missing back-to-back games, he returned with an 87, 51, 77 and 58 giving him a last five average rating (L5) of 68 and marking him out as one of the in-form defenders in the league.
There has not been much to shout about in attack from a New York RB point of view, but Harper has been one of the brighter sparks. The 21-year-old has been a reliable presence on the right side of their attack and while he has not returned any goals or assists so far, his numbers have been good. His attacking data shows that he is a danger with the ball at feet and is one of the main attacking threats for his side (as per fbref), so as he continues to play, his attacking output is sure to improve.
Another influential midfielder who has yet to see returns for his play so far this season is midfielder Casseres. The Venezuelan has good Sorare scores with an L5 of 59 including a fine 85 against Houston Dynamos in GW 363, but again his underlying numbers show a very strong player who can only improve. With good all round stats in attack and defence, it is surely only a matter of time before he picks up a first goal or assist for the season but it should mean he continues to score well in Sorare.
New York Red Bulls most recent line-up, Sorare scores
New York City Sorare L5 stat pack
New York City’s best performers over their last five matches
Three New York City Sorare gems to watch
The Luxembourg defender has been a reliable presence at the back so far this season for New York City. Chanot had a fine end to last season with a string of high scores, and has started well again this year. The best performance among those is the score of 90 he achieved against Nashville thanks to a goal, but solid performances either side of that have been enough to give him an L5 of 60. He was rotated out of the side last week in the defeat to Charlotte, but is expected to return for Rivalry Week.
Rodriguez has been a solid if unspectacular scorer in Sorare so far this season. With an L5 of 51 and L15 of 51, he appears the epitome of consistency but scores of 60 and 81 in his last three outings show that he is capable of far higher scores, and this could be another week he delivers. He has three goals in his last four matches and four already for the season, and with a new role seemingly on the cards to give him more opportunities going forward, he appears likely to improve on what is already the joint-best goal-scoring season of his MLS career.
Magno is another player who will be threatening the NYRB goal having already struck three times this season. He showed how good he can be last year with his all-round game, contributing seven goals and eight assists to equal 15 goal contributions throughout the campaign and he is already up to three this season. That is yet to translate into brilliant Sorare scores with an L5 of 48 and L15 of 52, but if he can recapture the form of last season then he will be a good pick.