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Red Bulls try to stop the rot against Vancouver

Jun 19, 2015 - 4:56 PM Harrison, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - Red Bull New York will be out to stop the rot on Saturday as the club welcomes Vancouver Whitecaps FC to Red Bull Arena.

Jesse Marsch's team has lost its last three games in league play, including a 4-2 setback at the Houston Dynamo two weeks ago as Houston's Will Bruin scored twice and assisted on a third goal in a disappointing outing for the Red Bulls.

New York's last victory came May 10 against New York City FC, but despite that poor run of results, Marsch doesn't feel as though the results are an accurate reflection of his team's performances.

"I wouldn't pinpoint the style or the philosophy of how we play as the reason for some of the results lately," Marsch said. "It's been a number of factors, a lack of concentration, and then not performing well as a group in Houston. But if you took the Philly game (a 2-0 home loss May 24) and if you took the Seattle game (a 2-1 road loss May 31), you'd say that overall they were two pretty good performances and we were a little bit unlucky not to come away with something there."

The Red Bulls got back into the win column on Tuesday in the U.S. Open Cup with a 3-0 triumph over the Atlanta Silverbacks, and the team will be looking to break its winless skid in league play against a Whitecaps side that is in the midst of a five-game road trip.

Vancouver will be playing away from home for the third straight game on Saturday after picking up a big 1-0 win at the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Kekuta Manneh struck the lone goal in the 32nd minute to give his team a second win in three games, while Vancouver sits in second place in the Western Conference, three points back of leaders Seattle.

And while the Whitecaps are no doubt pleased to be in that position, the club has been here before.

Just last season, Vancouver was in a nearly identical spot through 16 games, but a run of just one win from the next 10 matches dropped the club down the table, which is something that defender Jordan Harvey knows about.

"We can't take our foot off the gas," said Harvey when talking about his team's strong start to the season. "We've been in this position last year and we didn't do so well after this. It's very important that we maintain our focus and concentration and continue doing what we're doing. Defensively on the road, we're very sound and we are creating chances. So if we can continue this, keeping what happened last year in the back of our mind, I think we'll be fine."