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                      === TFC, RBNY meet at BMO Field ===
 Toronto, ON ( - A pair of Eastern Conference contenders will
 meet  at  BMO Field on Saturday  as Toronto FC will  play host to Red Bull New
 Both  clubs harbor  hopes of contending for the MLS Supporters' Shield as well
 as MLS Cup, but slow starts have seen the two sides drift away from top spot.
 The Red Bulls saw their four-game unbeaten run come to an end last time out as
 they suffered a 5-4 home loss to the Chicago Fire.
 New  York was  undone by Harry Shipp's  hat trick, but one bright spot for the
 club was the another strong offensive output from Bradley Wright-Phillips, who
 answered  the Fire  rookie with a hat trick  of his own. It was a piece of MLS
 history  as it marked the first time that players on opposing teams netted hat
 tricks in the same match.
 Wright-Phillips  has scored eight goals in his last four games to climb to the
 top of the MLS scoring chart with nine goals on the season. There simply is no
 hotter striker in the league at the moment.
 "Bradley's  been  hot," Red Bulls  head coach Mike  Petke said in a conference
 call  on  Tuesday. "It's unfortunate because  any game that you saw score four
 goals  in, one player  has a hat trick at home, and you walk away with a loss,
 there's something very freakish about that.
 "But  Bradley is coming into his own lately - over the last four, five games -
 and  that's very  refreshing and  very good  for us  and individually  for his
 Toronto,  meanwhile, has  hit a bit of  a rough patch after opening the season
 with  three  wins from four  matches. The Reds  have lost three straight, most
 recently falling in a 2-1 home defeat to the New England Revolution.
 Things  will  not get  much easier for  the Reds, who  will be without Michael
 Bradley in the lead-up to the World Cup.
 In order to bolster its midfield, Toronto pulled off a trade with the Montreal
 Impact  that  sent Issey Nakajima-Farran  to the  Stade Saputo in exchange for
 Collen Warner.
 "We felt the need to acquire an experienced MLS central midfielder like Collen
 Warner  was necessary  as we  approach  the break,  coupled with  the loss  of
 Michael  to  the  U.S.  national  team,"  said  Toronto  general  manager  Tim
 Bezbatchenko.  "Collen provides a different look in the midfield for us and to
 be  successful in  this  league you  need to  be  multidimensional. Collen  is
 someone we strongly admire as a player and who believe can help us achieve our
 goals. We are pleased to welcome Collen to Toronto FC and expect him to fit in
 well with our group."
 Warner  was sent off in his last appearance with Montreal for denying Sporting
 Kansas  City a scoring  opportunity by handling the ball on the goal line. The
 Impact lost the match, 3-0.
 05/16 16:43:40 ET

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