What: New York Red Bulls (6-3-1, 19 points) at Union (2-5-1, seven points)
When: Sunday, 12:30 p.m.
Where: PPL Park, Chester
On the web: Streaming online at MLSSoccer.com
For kicks: New York comes in on short rest, but rides the wave of a three-game win streak after dispatching Houston, 1-0, Wednesday night. A string of injuries and suspensions aside, coach Hans Backe has utilized his bench to get positive results, even with the loss of goal-scorer Thierry Henry. Henry, who leads the team with nine goals, has missed two matches with a hamstring injury. Defender Rafa Marquez is still out with an ankle injury, after missing three matches for a suspension for kicking former Union midfielder Shea Salinas in the face. The incident occurred during New York's game against San Jose last month. . . . Other players have stepped up for the Red Bulls - midfielder Dax McCarty and forwards Kenny Cooper and Juan Agudelo make a formidable strike force. . . . Cooper, acquired in the offseason from Portland, is second on the team behind Henry, with eight goals, including the lone goal in Wednesday's game . . . Goalkeeper Ryan Meara has played well, but isn't a wall, by any means. Meara, who has played every game, has a 1.40 goals-against average, with only three clean sheets. . .Union defender Gabriel Farfan will sit out the last of his three-game suspension from his red card against Chivas, while Union boss Peter Nowak is expected to return after serving a two-match ban for an ejection against the Goats.
Injuires: Out for the Union: Roger Torres, MF (left knee surgery recovery); Krystian Kwiatkowski , FW (concussion); Zac MacMath, GK (concussion symptoms). Doubtful: Chris Albright, D (left big toe sprain). Questionable: Danny Califf, D (left hamstring strain). Probable: Gabriel Farfan, D (left hamstring strain; though Farfan will not be eligible because of suspension). Out for New York: Jose Angulo, FW (right knee sprain); Thierry Henry, FW (right hamstring strain); Stephen Keel, D (back strain); Wilman Conde, D (left groin strain); Teemu Tainio, MF (right knee sprain). - Kerith Gabriel