Match Recap

MATCH RECAP, pres. by Provident Bank: Red Bulls, Nashville Battle to Draw in Season Opener

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The New York Red Bulls and Nashville SC went head-to-head in the season opener, playing to a 0-0 draw in Tennessee.

New York hit the post on three separate occasions, narrowly missing taking the lead in what Head Coach Sandro Schwarz called “unlucky moments.”

“To be honest, I’m satisfied about the performance,” Schwarz said.

Emil Forsberg, captaining the Red Bulls for the first time in his debut, was one of the unlucky ones to hit the woodwork. Frankie Amaya and Dante Vanzier also found the posts.

“Emil, you can see his experience and his quality,” Schwarz said.

"I think in general we played a good game; we controlled the game for a long time," Forsberg said. "We had some good chances and a little bit of bad luck, but I mean in general happy to have made my debut. It was a good feeling. I think we played a good match, but of course disappointing to not get the win, but there's a lot we will take with us after this game."

New York kept the Nashville SC at bay for most of the night, while Nashville’s Joe Willis kept up his end of the bargain, stymying the Red Bulls at the doorstep.

Coronel recorded his first shutout of the season and the 31st of his Red Bulls career, which ranks second in franchise history. Coronel has posted 14 shutouts on the road in his four seasons with New York. The Paraguayan goalkeeper has recorded four shutouts in five career matches against Nashville SC.

“Our defensive behavior, our offensive transition, the mentality and how we defend was very good,” Schwarz said. “I saw very good moments. I’m a little disappointed about the result, but the way the whole team played was very good. Now, we have to continue.”

Daniel Edelman made his 50th career appearance across all competitions for New York.

The Red Bulls extended their road MLS regular season unbeaten streak to five matches dating back to September 16, 2023. New York have posted a 5-2-1 record in their last eight season openers.

New York remain on the road to face off against Houston Dynamo FC on Saturday, March 2. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET on MLS Season Pass on Apple TV in English and Spanish and New York Red Bulls Radio in English, the New York Red Bulls app and NewYorkRedBulls.com.