It's possible that the New York Red Bulls could be functioning better this year because of three additions from Real Salt Lake.
Fabian Espindola, Jamison Olave and Jonny Steele all face their former club for the first time Saturday night when the Red Bulls host an MLS-leading Real Salt Lake team that will be without four key starters.
New York (9-7-5) has failed to get past the quarterfinals in each of the last three seasons. Although Real Salt Lake (11-6-4) has only advanced past that round once in that span, the club won the 2009 MLS Cup with Espindola and Olave as regular starters.
Those two totaled 11 seasons with Real Salt Lake before they were traded to the Red Bulls in the offseason for allocation money.
"They're two really good players that we're going to have to be aware of, I know that they'll be up for the game," RSL midfielder Ned Grabavoy said. "Obviously it'll be good to see them but once we're out there, they're on the other side."
New York also acquired Steele i...