A lengthy unbeaten streak has put the New York Red Bulls atop the Eastern Conference.
Muddled in inconsistency, the Columbus Crew would like to begin a streak of their own.
New York will try to extend its unbeaten run to seven games Sunday as it hosts Columbus.
With 24 points, the Red Bulls (7-4-3) are tied with FC Dallas for the league's most. New York has reeled off wins in five of six matches, including a 1-0 victory at Columbus on May 4 - its third straight in the series.
The Red Bulls own an 11-4 edge in goal differential during the current 5-0-1 run after yielding 11 goals in the previous eight matches.
"When you win, it's always great," said Thierry Henry, New York's leader with five goals. "My mind is more on the bigger picture. How you can improve and stay there ... We know we have a good defense right now. We struggled at the beginning with it and now we're good with it. Now it's just a matter of playing better. Hopefully we can do t...