The Revolution, however, may have the edge when these struggling teams meet Saturday night, as they are unbeaten in their last 13 home matches against the Red Bulls.
Both clubs are enduring disappointing seasons. New England (4-11-10) is mired in a 1-8-6 tailspin while New York (6-6-13) has gone 1-4-6 since posting a 2-1 home win over the Revolution on June 10.
The Red Bulls are 0-10-3 at Gillette Stadium since a 2-0 victory June 29, 2002, when the franchise was known as the MetroStars. New York had two players sent off in last year's visit, a 3-2 loss May 29.
Defense has been a major problem for New York, which has conceded 11 goals during its current 0-2-2 stretch. The Red Bulls tied Chicago 2-all at home last Saturday.
"It's a mentality," defender Tim Ream told the Red Bulls' official website. "In the beginning of the year, we came in with a mentality of no goals and just staying compact defensively. As the year's progressed, we kind of got away from it a little bit."
New York, 1-4-8 on the road, has dropped into a fifth-place tie in the Eastern Conference. The Red Bulls seemed like a lock to make the playoffs weeks ago, but that's hardly the case now.
"Of course I'm worried," defender Rafa Marquez said. "I have a winning mentality, I always come out to win."
A postseason berth seems even less likely for the Revolution, whose 22 points are the third fewest in MLS. New England has gone 0-2-3 in its last five matches, settling for a 1-all draw with Houston on Wednesday after conceding the equalizer in the 90th minute.
"We just have to try to hold our heads up and try to be positive for this Saturday," midfielder Shalrie Joseph said. "I mean it's still ahead of us in terms of if we want to get to the playoffs. We're at home this Saturday and there's not a doubt we have to get three points."
The poor finish got worse when Matt Reis, who made a season-high nine saves, was sent off after the final whistle for abusive language. Reis is 11-3-7 in his career against New York, but won't be available Saturday.
"Reis showed right there he's the best goalie in the league and we're lucky to have him," defender A.J. Soares said. "I mean, he kept us in the game the whole time."
Bobby Shuttleworth, who has allowed six goals in three starts, will likely replace Reis in goal.
Shuttleworth will try to help slow down a New York attack that has produced a league-high 39 goals. French superstar Thierry Henry leads MLS with 12, scoring three in his last four games.