Red Bulls II October Preview


New York Red Bulls II will close out its 2022 USL Championship season with three road matches. It matches 2017 and 2019 for the longest stretch of consecutive road matches to close a season in club history.

Saturday, October 1 – Phoenix Rising FC (Wild Horse Pass, 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN+)

Red Bulls II will play a first-time opponent for the ninth and final time this season as it travels to face Phoenix Rising FC. New York will look for its first victory of the season against a Western Conference opponent and will return West for the second time in three weeks. Phoenix will be playing its second match of the week, as it will first travel to face Sacramento Republic FC on the Wednesday before. The club is led by J.J. Williams, who has 11 goals on the season. Goalkeeper Benjamin Lundt leads USL Championship with 101 saves over 29 appearances.

Sunday, October 9 – Memphis 901 FC (AutoZone Park, 4:00 p.m. ET, ESPN+)

After its trip to Phoenix, New York will travel to face Memphis 901 FC in a rematch of their match from August that Memphis took 2-1 at MSU Soccer Park. Memphis is currently fighting for the top spot in the Eastern Conference with Louisville City FC and will look to secure home field advantage through the Eastern Conference side of the bracket. Phillip Goodrum ranks second in USL Championship with 19 goals, just two off the lead of Orange County SC’s Milan Iloski. Memphis closed out the month of September with a four-match unbeaten streak, including three consecutive victories.

Saturday, October 15 – Tampa Bay Rowdies (Al Lang Stadium, 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN+)

New York’s final USL Championship match in its eight-year history will come at Al Lang Stadium against the Tampa Bay Rowdies. The two sides played to a hard-fought draw on April 23 at MSU Soccer Park. Tampa Bay is currently tied for third in the Eastern Conference with 55 points and will look to use its final four matches to solidify its position in the bracket. The club is led by two strong goal scorers, Leo Fernandes and Jake LaCava. Fernandes is tied for fourth in the league with 16 goals, and LaCava, who is on loan from the New York Red Bulls, has 11. The match will mark the 14th overall meeting between the longtime rivals.