The New York Derby returns to Red Bull Arena on Sunday, July 17. Kickoff is set for 5:00 p.m. ET with coverage on ESPN 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 who the Red Bulls will be hosting in their upcoming matchup.

How they’re doing

NYCFC halted its slump in the past week, taking down New England, 4-2, Saturday at home before a first-half goal from Héber propelled the club past FC Dallas, 1-0, in Frisco on Wednesday.

Prior to the back-to-back wins, NYCFC had a five-game winless streak across all competitions, including a 3-0 New York Derby loss at Red Bull Arena in the U.S. Open Cup on June 22.

Despite its slow June stretch, New York City is second place in the Eastern Conference, racking up 35 points in 19 matches.

Prior to that Open Cup loss against the Red Bulls, NYCFC was unbeaten in 12 straight games from April 13 to June 19, winning nine of those contests.

Averaging two goals per game, the City attack has been lethal this season. Its 38 goals are the best in the Eastern Conference and it has the second-best goal differential in the league (+17).

Head-to-head history

The Red Bulls have controlled the series, falling just six times in 22 meetings and racking up 13 wins.

The rivalry has been particularly red in the past year, with the Red Bulls winning three straight matches and staying unbeaten in its last four since 2020.

NYCFC was on the end of another lopsided result in June with its 3-0 loss to the Red Bulls in the Open Cup. It was the 5th time in the Red Bulls 13 wins over NYCFC that the game was decided by three or more goals, including that MLS margin-of-victory record 7-0 result back in 2016.

Player to watch – Goalkeeper Sean Johnson

The major absence when the Red Bulls ousted NYCFC from the Open Cup back in June was Sean Johnson.

The 2021 MLS Cup MVP has a league-best nine clean sheets and Eastern Conference-best 10 wins this season. He was named to the 2022 MLS All-Star team, the first-ever all-star selection for the 13-year league veteran.

He’s been a fixture with the U.S. national team since 2011, earning 10 caps and recently getting called up to the team’s June camp.

Johnson has played with NYCFC dating back to the 2017 season. He played seven years with the Chicago Fire prior to joining City.