New York Red Bulls (4-4-5) are set to host Vancouver Whitecaps FC (8-6-2) at Red Bull Arena this Saturday, with kick off slated for 7 p.m. This will be the only meeting between the two teams this season. The Red Bulls will look to end their three-game losing streak and return to the win column, while the Whitecaps enter with momentum after defeating the Galaxy in their last match, 1-0, back on June 6. The Red Bulls have had a busy week ahead, defeating the Atlanta Silverbacks 3-0 on Tuesday in the Open Cup.
Coverage of the match between New York Red Bulls and Philadelphia Union on Saturday, June 20 at Red Bull Arena will begin at 7 p.m. EDT (TV: MSG; RADIO: RBNY Internet Radio, English & Spanish). For travel tips and further directions on how to get to the game, check out the Red Bull Arena Transportation HUB.
Here are some numbers to know ahead of Saturday’s matchup:
3: Number of games remaining in June. In the last 10 days of the month, New York will take the field three times – Saturday against Vancouver, Wednesday (6/24) against Real Salt Lake and Sunday, June 28 at Yankees Stadium in the second New York Derby.
5: The two teams have played each other five times in history. Vancouver has yet to lose to New York, and holds a 2-0-3 record vs. the Red Bulls.
6: Saturday will be the sixth home game for New York this season. The team didn’t lose in their first five games, but did suffer a loss in their most recent home game coming at the hands of Philadelphia back on May 24.
12: Number of appearances Vancouver coach Carl Robinson made for the Red Bulls between 2011 and 2012. The Welsh midfielder made 86 career appearances in MLS, mostly with Toronto. He scored four goals, including one in a Red Bulls jersey – coincidentally against TFC.
29: Wearing #29 for Vancouver is star forward Octavio Rivera. Rivera ranks third in MLS with 54 shots and leads his team with six goals on the year.
99: In what will be a battle between an explosive attacker for each team, #99 for New York is the player to watch. Forward Bradley Wright-Phillips leads the Red Bulls in goals (5) and assists (4). BWP has continued to find the back of the net after his 2014 Golden Boot campaign, but his four assists are already a new career high in MLS.
226: The Whitecaps lead the MLS in shots with 226 on the season.
2,978: Whitecaps’ stadium (BC Place Stadium) is 2,978 miles away from Red Bulls Arena.