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Red Bulls-Dynamo Preview

Following a rather rough start to the season, the New York Red Bulls continue to make strides with some solid team play.

The visiting Red Bulls aim for a second consecutive victory Wednesday night while trying to hand the struggling Houston Dynamo a fourth straight loss.

New York won just once over its first seven league games, but is 7-2-1 since then and starting to move within arms reach of the leaders in the Eastern Conference. Daniel Royer had a goal with an assist while Kaku and Brian White each scored for the second time in as many matches as the Red Bulls (8-6-3) came out of the recent league break to win 3-1 over the visiting Fire on Friday.

"It was really important for us," Royer, who has four league goals this season, told the Red Bulls' official website. "It was a long break for us, but I think everybody used the time the right way. It's even nicer when we share the goals."

A total of 16 different players have scored New York's 30 league goals this season. White leads the way with five on perhaps the most balanced side in MLS.

The Red Bulls are also glad for the return of star Bradley Wright-Phillips, who was on the pitch Friday for the first time since April 20. Wright-Phillips, who was dealing with a groin issue, scored at least 18 goals in each of his previous five MLS seasons. He has one in seven matches in 2019.

"He's going to give us a huge boost, not only on the field, but in the locker room," New York keeper Luis Robles said.

White scored as the Red Bulls won the lone meeting with the Dynamo (7-6-3) last season, 1-0 at home. However, New York is 0-2-2 at Houston since last winning there in 2013.

Houston's 6-0-3 home record this season is a major reason it has managed to stay just above the playoff line in the Western Conference despite an 0-4-1 stretch overall. The Dynamo, who have won just once over their last eight MLS games, look to get back on track after being outscored 8-1 while being swept over a three-game road stretch.

Their lone goal over the span came in the 25th minute Saturday via Darwin Ceren, and it gave the Dynamo a 1-0 lead at New England. However, the hosts equalized just after halftime and went ahead on Teal Bunbury's goal in the 90th minute.

Updated July 1, 2019