Toronto FC looks to extend its franchise-record win streak to seven in suburban New York on Friday night while the Red Bulls try to stem an uncharacteristic three-game slide.
Since losing April 15 in Columbus, Toronto (7-1-4) has climbed to the top of the MLS standings with wins over Chicago, Houston, Orlando, Seattle, Columbus and Minnesota. It has outscored the opposition 13-2 en route.
The Red Bulls (5-6-1, sixth in the East) have gone the other way, outscored 8-1 in losses to Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Sporting Kansas City.
Last Sunday’s 3-1 loss to the Galaxy snapped New York’s 19-game win streak at Red Bull Arena, a run that matched the sixth-longest in league history. Still, the Red Bulls are 4-1-1 this season at their Harrison, N.J., home.
“They’re a dangerous team, they’re a good team,” said Toronto coach Greg Vanney. “Sometimes you get in these little funks where things just aren’t clicking or you lose track of something that was important that you were doing when you were getting results.
“And I’m certain that [Red Bulls coach] Jesse [Marsch] will dig deep and find out what those things are.”
Vanney pointed to the off-season loss of U.S. international midfielder Dax McCarty, traded to Chicago, as one factor.
“He’s an important person within the group not just because he’s a good player but because it impacts the other guys around him a little bit.”
Still, Vanney believes the Red Bulls will be in the playoff pack when push comes to shove.
Toronto, meanwhile, is on a roll as its racks up victories.
The MLS says its longest single-season win streak, excluding (now discontinued) overtime/shootout wins, is eight (set twice by the Los Angeles Galaxy, once in 1996 and once in 1998). Kansas City won nine straight over the 2011-12 seasons.
A win Friday and Toronto can match the seven straight wins by the Chicago Fire (1998) and Kansas City (2012).
The 1997-98 Galaxy team, which featured Vanney and Toronto assistant Robin Fraser and Dan…