The New York Red Bulls took a big step back in their quest for the Eastern Conference's top spot earlier this week. Things aren't about to get any easier with Thierry Henry suspended and a visit to Gillette Stadium up next.
Mired in a season-worst eight-game winless streak away from home, short-handed New York tries to snap an 18-game road skid against the New England Revolution as the teams conclude their season series Saturday night.
The Red Bulls (14-8-7) entered this week with a 10-0-3 home record before falling 2-0 to East-leading Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday. New York, which gave up both goals in the first 19 minutes, would have moved into first with a win but instead dropped into third.
"Of course I'm surprised," coach Hans Backe told the league's official website. "It's a big game, fighting to be No. 1, so of course that we played so slow and couldn't come out in our attacking game, everyone is disappointed."
New York is one point behind Chicago and five behind Spor...