Dru Yearwood (right): “I don’t know why, but it just seems to me we play with much more freedom away.”  (Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports)

If they defeat Orlando City SC on Sunday the Red Bulls can become only the third team in MLS history to win its opening four road matches to a season Sunday.

“I do not think so much about the records,” Red Bulls head coach Gerard Struber said. “I think more in our style of play; what we can do from the match plan, from the mindset, and from the psychological side, how we prepare the boys in a successful direction.”

The Red Bulls, who have experienced scoring and winning at home, will welcome the road encounter. After all, they are 7-1-1 in their last nine league road games while outscoring their foes, 17-5, going back to last season.

“I don’t know why, but it just seems to me we play with much more freedom away,” midfielder Dru Yearwood said. “That’s sort of something that we need to bring at home as well, is that freedom. I think we just stick to our principles. We stay together. We have that real togetherness away from home. I guess every game away from home seems to be the grind and we seem to want it more than any other team.”

The Red Bulls (3-2-2, 11 points), in third place in the Eastern Conference, will meet second-place Orlando (4-2-2, 14).

“We’re kind of lucky in a sense that we played them last year and we had a good few games against them, didn’t give up any points,” Yearwood said. “Also … we sort of know what to expect. We’ve gone over the same things we did last year; I think it’s not forgetting we got nine points last year or six points off them last year.”


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