Inside The 18

INSIDE THE 18: Red Bulls Looking for Win on Decision Day


The New York Red Bulls mostly control their own destiny on Decision Day: A win in Nashville all but puts them into their 14th consecutive postseason, barring a Chicago Fire win by eight (or more) goals.

RBNY will deploy Elias Manoel and Tom Barlow up top, with Luquinhas, Frankie Amaya, Omir Fernandez and Daniel Edelman in behind.

Barlow becomes the 19th outfield player in franchise history to play in every single regular season match in a season. He is only the fifth forward in franchise history to accomplish the feat and the first since Bradley Wright-Phillips in 2016. 

John Tolkin, Sean Nealis, Andrés Reyes and Kyle Duncan start along the back line, ahead of Carlos Coronel in goal.

The Red Bulls defense recorded its 11th clean sheet of the season across all competitions in New York’s latest match. New York Red Bulls goalkeeper Carlos Coronel has now recorded eight MLS clean sheets, which ranks tied for seventh in MLS this year. Coronel has posted a 1-0-2 mark against Nashville SC in his career and has recorded two career clean sheets against the club.

Off the bench, Serge Ngoma makes his first appearance on a matchday roster in 2023. He’s joined by Julian Hall, Jorge Cabezas Hurtado, Wiki Carmona, Cameron Harper, Peter Stroud, Dru Yearwood and Dylan Nealis. Ryan Meara is the backup goalkeeper.

This will be the fourth overall regular season meeting between Nashville and the Red Bulls, with New York holding the advantage in the series with a 1-0-2 mark. The Red Bulls have only played in Nashville one time in club history, which was on MLS Decision Day in 2021, where they claimed a 1-1 draw. 

Dante Vanzeir, Lewis Morgan, Cory Burke and Hassan Ndam are all sidelined with injuries.

Kickoff is set for 6 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

Coverage on MLS Season Pass on Apple TV in English and Spanish begins at 6 p.m. ET. Tony Husband will have the primary play-by-play responsibilities and will be alongside Ross Smith on the English side, Ramses Sandoval will have the play-by-play responsibilities alongside Walter Roque on the Spanish broadcast. New York Red Bulls Radio begins at 5:30 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.