In their final trip to the west coast of the 2012 season, the New York Red Bulls fought to a tight 1-1 draw against the Vancouver Whitecaps late Wednesday night. Vancouver broke the deadlock in the 75th minute thanks to a Martin Bonjour goal, but NY's Heath Pearce would salvage a critical road point with a header off a short corner.

The Red Bulls mostly looked in better form than Sunday's horror show performance against Chicago. The defense managed to hold Vancouver to just a single shot on target, while the offense kept Joe Cannon busy and forced five saves. One key downside to the game: Jamaican winger Dane Richards picked up his fifth yellow card of the season, forcing him to sit out the next game due with an automatic suspension.

That next game comes on Sunday evening, as the Red Bulls (8-4-3) host hated rivals DC United (9-4-3) who currently sit three points ahead of RBNY at the top of the Eastern Conference. With sixteen years of bad blood between these teams and supporters again celebrating "Hate DC Week", a sold-out crowd is expected for the derby. With a six point swing on the line, a win could bring NY into a dead heat for first place, while a loss would have NY facing a 9 point gap to regain control of the conference. Thierry Henry and Rafa Marquez, who didn't travel for the two-game road trip, are both expected back for the match.

Next Match: Sunday June 24, 7PM, vs. DC United (TV: NBC Sports Network)