The New York Red Bulls travel to Los Angeles FC to take on Los Angeles FC at Banc of California Stadium on Sunday, June 26. Kickoff is set for 3:00 p.m. ET with coverage on ABC and New York Red Bulls Radio in English and Spanish via TuneIn, the New York Red Bulls app and NewYorkRedBulls.com.
Get to know who the Red Bulls will be playing in their upcoming matchup.
How they’re doing
Averaging a league-best two points per game nearly halfway through the regular season, LAFC sits at the top of the Western Conference standings.
The team cruised through the first two months of the season, winning eight of its nine MLS matches to start the year.
The Los Angeles hot streak has cooled in the past month, with the club winning just twice in its last six matches across all competitions, including a pair of losses in league play and an ousting from the U.S. Open Cup at the hands of the LA Galaxy.
LAFC is 7-1-2 at home in 2022. Only clubs sitting in the top half of the table have managed to earn points in Banc of California Stadium, with Austin FC – who is currently third in the Supporters’ Shield race – grabbing the lone win against LAFC on its home turf.
Leading the league with 30 goals this season, LAFC has had 13 different goal scorers in its 15 MLS matches. The club has five players who have scored three or more goals.
The Red Bulls face off with LAFC for the third time in club history and the first time since 2019.
In the teams’ first meeting during LAFC’s 2018 inaugural season, New York came away victorious, 2-1 at Red Bull Arena, thanks to a Daniel Royer brace.
In the only previous meeting at Banc of California Stadium, LAFC surged in the second half to pull away for a 4-2 win.
Player to watch – Forward Carlos Vela
The former El Tri international has been a star for LAFC since its first season – tallying 73 goals in more than 100 matches across all competitions dating back to 2018.
Vela leads the team with six goals and three assists across 14 league matches this season, already surpassing his goal-scoring numbers from the previous two years.
The 2019 MLS MVP scored a league-record 34 goals that season, helping LAFC take home the Supporters’ Shield.
Prior to joining LAFC, Vela was a key attacker for Real Sociedad, registering three La Liga seasons with 12 or more goals. He appeared for the Mexican national team 72 times from 2007 to 2018, scoring 19 goals and featuring in the 2018 World Cup.