They won't have trouble remembering the first.
Justin Braun's hat trick lifted Chivas USA past New York two months ago, a result the Red Bulls look to avenge when they visit the Home Depot Center for a rematch Saturday night.
New York (6-4-10) came into last Saturday's game against D.C. United fresh off a 5-0 win over Toronto FC three days prior, and D.C. didn't figure to provide much resistance considering coach Hans Backe's team had won 4-0 earlier in the season at RFK Stadium.
"We looked a little fatigued," Backe said. "No excuses. We shouldn't have any problem to play Wednesday-Saturday as a professional."
This time they'll have to play Tuesday-Saturday, but New York rested nearly all of its regulars in this week's 4-0 loss to Chicago in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open Cup. Backe himself didn't make the trip, leaving assistant Mike Petke in charge.
Backe should be eager to get back on the sidelines Saturday. His club lost 3-2 at home to Chivas (5-7-7) on May 15 in a match that featured a 31-minute delay for a power outage.
After that contest, Backe wasn't lamenting the faltering lights. Rather, he focused on his team's lackluster effort, calling it "too pretty" and "too sloppy."
Braun has one goal since scoring three times in that victory for Chivas, but he's come up with assists in each of his team's last two matches. He fed Ben Zemanski for the winner in a 2-0 victory over San Jose on July 6, then found Nick LaBrocca for a goal in the 30th minute last Saturday against Sporting Kansas City.
That tally was the game's first, but Omar Bravo scored in stoppage time to give Sporting KC a 1-1 draw.
Despite the disappointment of leaving two points on the table, coach Robin Fraser is pleased with what he's seen lately from LaBrocca, who has goals in three straight games and a team-high six goals overall.
"I'm very excited about the fact that I feel that we have the best young emerging player in the league," Fraser said of LaBrocca, who had five goals in 89 games with Colorado and Toronto during his first four seasons in MLS. "He's such an intelligent player and he gets himself shots."
Chivas won't have to deal with key Red Bulls Luke Rodgers (heel) or Rafa Marquez (hamstring), but will see a new face in goal for New York. The Red Bulls signed Bundesliga veteran Frank Rost this week as its third designated player, and Backe said he plans to start the 38-year-old keeper Saturday.
New York is 0-2-3 in its last five road games against Chivas.