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INSIDE THE 18: Red Bulls Look to Stymie Union in Chester


The New York Red Bulls look to stop the Philadelphia Union in Chester on Sunday evening on MLS Season Pass and FS1.

New York will start Elias Manoel and Tom Barlow up top, with Luquinhas and Omir Fernandez pushing the attack forward.

Fernandez leads the club this season with five goals across all competitions and he has tallied four assists. Fernandez tallied the assist on New York’s goal in their 1-1 draw against Philadelphia Union at Subaru Park in 2023 Leagues Cup Round of 16 this season.

Frankie Amaya and Daniel Edelman lock down the central midfield.

This will be the 35th overall regular season meeting between New York and Philadelphia, with the Red Bulls holding the advantage in the series with a 14-12-8 mark.

John Tolkin, Sean Nealis, Andrés Reyes and Cameron Harper start along the backline, with Carlos Coronel in goal.

The Red Bulls defense has only surrendered 71 shots on goal in 25 matches which is the lowest in MLS this season. Before their last match, the Red Bulls had 12 consecutive matches, where they held their opponent to under 10 shot attempts. No team in MLS had a longer streak than nine since Opta began detailed data in 2010.

Head Coach Troy Lesesne will have Jorge Cabezas Hurtado, Dru Yearwood, Wiki Carmona, Peter Stroud, Dylan Nealis, Kyle Duncan and Hassan Ndam available off the bench. Ryan Meara will serve as backup goalkeeper.

Dante Vanzeir and Cory Burke continue to work back from injury, while Lewis Morgan, Steven Sserwadda and Serge Ngoma remain sidelined. 

Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET on MLS Season Pass on Apple TV, FS1, 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 7:30 p.m. ET. Steve Cangialosi will have the primary play-by-play responsibilities and will be alongside Danny Higginbotham on the English side, Adrian Garcia Marquez will have the play-by-play responsibilities alongside Francisco Pinto on the Spanish broadcast. Coverage on FS1 begins at 7:30 p.m. ET with Nate Bukaty having the play-by-play responsibilities alongside Tony Meola. 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

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.