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INSIDE THE 18: New York Red Bulls Head Into Cincinnati for Round 1


The New York Red Bulls face off against FC Cincinnati in the first game of a Best-of-3 Round 1 matchup in the Audi 2023 MLS Cup Playoffs.

The Red Bulls will have Carlos Coronel in goal, with John Tolkin, Sean Nealis, Andrés Reyes and Kyle Duncan in front of him.

The Red Bulls defeated FC Cincinnati, 2-1, on October 4 at TQL Stadium, where midfielder Frankie Amaya scored against his former club.  

Dru Yearwood and Frankie Amaya look to lock down the defensive midfield. Luquinhas and Omir Fernandez push the attack, with Elias Manoel and Tom Barlow starting up top.

Manoel scored a hat-trick in New York’s 5-2 win over Charlotte and became the first Red Bulls player in franchise history to record a hat-trick in a playoff match. Manoel also became the sixth player in MLS Cup playoffs history to record a hat trick and the first since Jordan Morris on October 19, 2019. The Brazilian forward scored the game-winning goal against FC Cincinnati in their 2-1 win on October 4.  

Head Coach Troy Lesesne will have Serge Ngoma, Jorge Cabezas Hurtado, Cameron Harper, Wiki Carmona, Daniel Edelman, Peter Stroud, Dylan Nealis and Ryan Meara.

The Red Bulls are coming off a 5-2 win against Charlotte FC in the Wild Card match. The five goals are the most goals scored in a playoff match in franchise history. New York are unbeaten in their last four road matches, including three-straight road victories.

Dante Vanzeir, Lewis Morgan, Cory Burke and Hassan Ndam remain sidelined.

Red Bulls Radio

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.

Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. ET on MLS Season Pass on Apple TV, FS1, FOX Deportes, TSN and New York Red Bulls Radio in English via TuneIn, the New York Red Bulls app, and

Coverage on MLS Season Pass on Apple TV in English and Spanish begins at 8 p.m. ET. Kevin Egan will have the primary play-by-play responsibilities and will be alongside Kyndra De St. Aubin on the English side, Alejandro Figueredo will have the play-by-play responsibilities alongside Jamie Macias on the Spanish broadcast. New York Red Bulls Radio begins at 7:30 p.m. ET with Countdown to Kickoff, presented by Honda, hosted by Matt Harmon and Steve Jolley.

Following Sunday’s match, New York will welcome FC Cincinnati for Game Two of the best-of-three series in Round One of the Audi 2023 MLS Cup Playoffs at Red Bull Arena on Saturday, November 4. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET with coverage on MLS Season Pass on Apple TV and New York Red Bulls Radio in English via TuneIn, the New York Red Bulls app, and