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Blog Manager Matthew Coyne drops by to give us some insight into tomorrow's match

Q: How has New York been so successful this year?

A: They've finally put it all together.

The Red Bulls have never lacked the pieces. It's just about getting them to work, which, even with Thierry Henry and Tim Cahill, is more like rocket science than one would expect. Hans Backe failed in that regard, but Mike Petke's made leaps and bounds.

Not to say it didn't come without some growing pains. The Red Bulls faltered early, starting the year 0-2-2. But Petke's adapted his game -- dropping his favored 4-3-3 for a 4-4-2 -- something Backe never did. Whatever the reason -- coach, time, other -- the Red Bulls are playing well. Hell, they're not even firing on a cylinders yet. There's still plenty of rough edges on their game.

Q: The Whitecaps say they might use a reserve heavy lineup this weekend. What's your reaction to that?

A: The Whitecaps haven't had the best of times as of late and if that's Martin Rennie's strategy Saturday, I think it's a good bet those misfortunes will continue. I'm not sure I blame him, though, what with the Voyageurs Cup final mid-week.

Then again, they do have Corey Hertzog, and everyone fears the scorned former player coming back and beating up on his old team. Maybe I shouldn't be so confident...

Q: Who are some underrated Red Bulls the Whitecaps should keep an eye on?

A: You might know him from his Real Salt Lake days, so I'm not sure if he's under the radar enough, but Jonny Steele has played really well out wide. For a relative MLS newcomer: Markus Holgersson. He might not have the best reputation among Red Bulls fans, but he's been great lately.
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