The New York Red Bulls (14-11-8, 50 pts.) host Charlotte FC (13-17-3, 42 pts.) for the final regular season match of the season on MLS Decision Day at Red Bull Arena on Sunday, October 9. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. ET with coverage on MSG, MSG GO, and New York Red Bulls Radio in English and Spanish via TuneIn, the New York Red Bulls app and NewYorkRedBulls.com.

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Get to know the matchup in Keys to the Game, presented by Honda:

Nothing to Lose

Charlotte FC’s inaugural season will end on Sunday, as a 2-2 draw against Columbus on Wednesday eliminated them from playoff contention. Had Charlotte won that match, they would be coming to Red Bull Arena with the pressure of a must-win situation.

Now, though, they are coming into this match with nothing to play for and nothing to lose.

A team playing free of expectations will be a dangerous opponent for the Red Bulls, who need a win to guarantee a home playoff match.

Keep it Clean

The last home clean sheet for the Red Bulls came in the U.S. Open Cup in a 3-0 victory over NYCFC in June.

Shoring up the defense and keeping a Charlotte attack, who has scored seven goals in their last three matches, at bay will be one of the keys to ending the regular season on a high note.

Stay Home

A win would guarantee New York’s first home playoff match since 2018. A tie or loss could mean a trip to Miami for the first round of the MLS playoffs.

Securing a home game at Red Bull Arena would be a huge win for the club and the fanbase.