Arizona Day 13: Tonight's Final Preseason Match

03 March 1:05 am

Arizona Day 13: Tonight's Final Preseason Match

By Frank Della Femina

The Red Bulls take on Real Salt Lake tonight at 8pm ET in what officially marks the final preseason match of the 2012 season. Just like the previous matches during this trip to Arizona, the matchup against RSL will be available as a live stream on both MLSsoccer.com and NewYorkRedBulls.com, promptly starting with an 8pm ET kick off. Watch live here.

In the previous meeting between the two teams on Thurs., Feb. 22, the Red Bulls dropped a 1-0 decision after RSL's Paulo Jr. scored the lone goal in the 75th minute (Highlights | Recap). The Red Bulls followed up that tournament opener with a 2-0 loss to New England three nights later (Recap) before notching the team's first 'W' in Arizona with a win over the Galaxy in Game 3 of the FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup (Highlights | Recap).

Overall, when combined with the Mexico friendlies, the Red Bulls are 2-2-3 heading into the final match of the tournament. As reported by MLSsoccer.com's Franco Panizo, the team will do so without the likes of defender Wilman Conde (thigh) and goalkeeper Ryan Meara (broken nose).

Head Coach Hans Backe and midfielder Joel Lindpere provided some insight leading up to tonight's match in the RSL preview: