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Red Bulls midfielder Tyler Adams: Revolution ‘see us more as a rival than we see them’

May 26, 2018; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York Red Bulls midfielder Tyler Adams (4) plays the ball against the Philadelphia Union during the first half at Red Bull Arena. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

HANOVER, N.J. — The New York Red Bulls have derby showdowns — three in a regular season against New York City FC — and rivalry games against D.C. United, including the first at Audi Field coming Wednesday.

As for the New England Revolution, Red Bulls midfielder Tyler Adams knows it’s important to beat them because they’re an Eastern Conference foe. But a rival?

“I think that they see us as more of a rival than we see them as a rival,” Adams said after training Thursday. “But every team sees us as a rival, so we have to be up for every game in this league.”

As such, Adams expects a feisty Revolution team at Red Bull Arena Saturday night, one desperate to bounce back from consecutive losses to the LA Galaxy and Minnesota United FC.

“Obviously, a really combative game, one that they always get up for and they’re going to want to come to Red Bull Arena, just like any other team, and snag three points,” Adams said.

Adams is also looking forward to a rare chance to play the Revs (7-6-7, 28 points). Usually, he said, he’s with the United States national team when the fixture rolls around. Such was the case June 2 when New England defeated the Red Bulls 2-1 at Gillette Stadium.

In that match, Bradley Wright-Phillips staked the visitors to an early 1-0 lead before Diego Fagundez leveled in first-half stoppage time and Teal Bunbury struck for the 78th-minute winner.

“Brad’s done a great job in a short amount of time,” Red Bulls coach Chris Armas said of Revs first-year coach Brad Friedel, a former USMNT teammate. “He’s brought a professional approach to the team — they work hard, they play together, there’s good energy in that team. But I think what you see most from them is they are combative, they’re vertical. Sounds very familiar. We did see a game that was kind of an imbalance at times. They have a great way about them and a clear style of play.”

While Armas sees similarities in both teams’ playing styles, there is a distinct difference in how that translates to wins, home and away. The Revolution are 1-3-4 away from Foxborough, while the Red Bulls (11-5-2, 35 points) are 7-1-1 at Red Bull Arena this season.

Red Bulls captain Luis Robles expects an ornery Revolution team at Red Bull Arena, one that will be an angry about past results and desperate for three points against a team they consider a rival.

“I feel that’s just going to bring a little more bite to their game because they understand what’s at stake and the points they need to get,” Robles said. “We know we’re going to go against a combative team, a team that fouls a lot, that loves to hit us on the counter. If we’re not up for it, it’s a field day for them.”

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