Get to know the matchup in Keys to the Game, presented by Honda:
All or Nothing
The Red Bulls need a result at Nashville to keep their season alive.
A win would almost guarantee New York a spot in the 2023 MLS postseason, while a draw and other results going the Red Bulls way would also put them in a wild card game spot.
Three points would remove almost all doubt, and that is the mentality that the Red Bulls need to have heading into a tough environment at Geodis Park.
This will be the first time that the Red Bulls have traveled to Geodis Park to take on Nashville SC.
The new arena, which debuted during the 2022 season, has been a fortress for the home team in 2023. Nashville owns a 9-3-4 record in MLS home matches this season.
Cincinnati also had a fortress in their home arena, but the Red Bulls crashed that party. Can they repeat that performance when they need it the most?
Breaking Through the Brick Wall
Both New York and Nashville have strong defenses, but the home team will enter Saturday’s match with the best goals against record in the league.
These two teams battled to a 0-0 draw in the Red Bulls’ home opener at the beginning of the season, and scoring will be at a premium again on Saturday.
A 0-0 draw might not be enough to keep the season alive, so who will come through on the offensive side of the ball for New York?