Keys to the Game

KEYS TO THE GAME, pres. by Honda: Seattle Sounders FC vs. New York Red Bulls


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

Entering the Emerald City

Since winning their inaugural MLS match against the Red Bulls in 2009, the Seattle Sounders have made their home a fortress.

The Sounders have never had a losing season at home, and New York has only won once in Seattle, a 1-0 victory in 2010.

Lumen Field is one of the toughest atmospheres to play against in the league. How will the Red Bulls, who are still searching for their first road win of 2023, handle it?

Guess(ing) who’s back

New York has been dealing with an extensive injury list for the vast majority of the 2023 season.

2022 standouts like Luquinhas and Lewis Morgan have been unavailable for most of the season, limiting the Red Bulls’ attacking options.

As the halfway point of the season nears, big names are starting to make their way back into the lineup. Luquinhas made an appearance against FC Cincinnati on Tuesday, while Lewis Morgan will travel and could make his return against the Sounders.

Will any of the returning players make the difference against Seattle?

Weary Travelers?

The Red Bulls are in the middle of a month of May that has seen six matches so far, with two left to play.

New York will travel all the way from New York to Seattle, and then turn right around and travel to Miami for a Wednesday match against Inter Miami.

After having key players play 120 minutes against Cincinnati on Tuesday, how will roster rotation be handled and how will the squad handle such a hectic schedule mixed with long travel and a significant time change?