Sunday, Nov. 22, 5 p.m. ET (ESPN, ESPN Deportes)
At the beginning of this season, pundits expected the New York Red Bulls to struggle without former club captain Thierry Henry and a new head coach in Jesse Marsch, who replaced club legend and former boss Mike Petke. In came new sporting director Ali Curtis, who brought in a blend of young and experienced players to help the Red Bulls to their second Supporters’ Shield in three years on the way to securing a spot in the Eastern Conference Championship. Curtis brought in Sacha Kljestan, a former UEFA Champions League participant and Seton Hall graduate, to add a much-needed veteran presence to the midfield. Kljestan ended the regular season with a career-high eight goals and 14 assists. Other savvy acquisitions included the addition of Long Island native Mike Grella, who nearly quit soccer to end up scoring the fastest goal in MLS history, and the reunion of Shaun Wright-Phillips, a former England international and English Premier League veteran, with his prolific goal-scoring brother Bradley Wright-Phillips. The Red Bulls are hitting on all cylinders as they look to hoist their first ever MLS Cup.