The New York Red Bulls will roll out a starting lineup with five local players starting -- three from New York and two from New Jersey.
Sean and Dylan Nealis, both hailing from Long Island, start alongside Andrés Reyes on the backline. Bronx-born Omir Fernandez helps push the attack forward.
Fernandez scored in both his last U.S Open Cup appearances, most recently against DC United in a game winning goal. Fernandez has made eleven appearances so far this season with a game equalizing goal against Houston.
Jersey guys John Tolkin and Daniel Edelman get starts, with Tolkin working the outside and Edelman locking down the defensive midfield.
This will be the 22nd overall regular season meeting between the New York Red Bulls and New York City FC. In the last four regular season matches both teams have leveled two wins and two losses, with Red Bulls having an overall winning record of 10-8-2 against rival New York City FC.
Cameron Harper and Cristian Cásseres Jr. join the two locally born players on the pitch. Tom Barlow starts up top, with Dru Yearwood working behind.
Carlos Coronel starts in goal for Head Coach Troy Lesesne in his first MLS match at the helm.
The Red Bulls have added goalkeeper Will Meyer on a short-term loan ahdead of the match. He is available off the bench on Saturday night, alongside Jayden Reid, Hassan Ndam, Peter Stroud, Ronald Donkor, Wiki Carmona, Cory Burke and Elias Manoel. Reid (Long Island) and Stroud (New Jersey) are also local players, both on Homegrown deals with RBNY.
Luquinhas, Lewis Morgan, Serge Ngoma, Matt Nocita, Frankie Amaya, Kyle Duncan and Steven Sserwadda remain sidelined with injuries. Ryan Meara and AJ Marcucci are also out with knocks.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET on MLS Season Pass on Apple TV and New York Red Bulls Radio in English via TuneIn, the New York Red Bulls app, and NewYorkRedBulls.com.
Coverage on MLS Season Pass on Apple TV in English and Spanish begins at 7:30 p.m. ET. Jake Zivin will have the primary play-by-play responsibilities and will be alongside Taylor Twellman on the English side, Pablo Ramirez will have the play-by-play responsibilities alongside Carlos Ruiz on the Spanish broadcast. New York Red Bulls Radio begins at 7 p.m. ET with Countdown to Kickoff, presented by Honda, hosted by Matt Harmon and Steve Jolley.
Red Bulls Radio
Listen to every match, live, on New York Red Bulls Radio! Veteran soccer play-by-play voice Matt Harmon will handle the broadcasts alongside former MetroStars and Red Bulls standout Steve Jolley providing color commentary.