Match Preview: Two-Match Homestand Begins with Vancouver

New York Red Bulls vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC

MLS Regular Season Match 32

Red Bull Arena – Harrison, N.J.

Saturday, October 7, 2017 – 5 p.m. ET

UniMas, New York Red Bulls Radio


All-time series: Vancouver leads 3-3-1

At home vs. VAN: 0-2-1

HARRISON, N.J. (Oct. 4, 2017) - The New York Red Bulls (12-12-7) host Western Conference leader Vancouver Whitecaps FC (15-10-6) on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. ET with coverage on UniMas and New York Red Bulls Radio on TuneIn in English and Spanish.

New York Red Bulls Radio goes live at 4 p.m. ET with triHonda Countdown to Kickoff, hosted by Matt Harmon. Ernesto Motta will have the Spanish play-by-play call for the New York Red Bulls Radio and will be live at 5 p.m.

With three matches remaining, New York (43 pts) needs to pick up just three points to lock up the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Montreal, New England, Philadelphia and Orlando all sit behind the Red Bulls at 39 points and two games remaining. 

New York will have a tall task getting three points at home over the next two matches as they welcome two of the hottest teams in MLS. Over the last 10 matches, Atlanta owns a 5-2-3 mark, while Vancouver is 6-2-2. Both teams, however, have struggled on the road as Vancouver is just 2-2-0 over that stretch and Atlanta is 0-1-2.

Facing Vancouver has been an enigma for New York as the Red Bulls are just 1-3-3 all-time against the Whitecaps. In seven matches against Vancouver, New York has scored seven goals, tallying no more or no less than one goal in each match.

• READ: A Numerical Guide to Red Bulls vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Gonzalo Veron continued his hot streak on the offensive end, tallying his third consecutive goal and fifth of the season against Toronto in the run of play. It was Veron’s second run-of-play goal this season and first since his game winner against New England on July 5. His streak of three-consecutive goals is tied for the 17th longest streak this season.

Daniel Royer returned to the Starting XI with resurgence, since suffering an injury in early August, as he tallied a goal and an assist in 90 minutes of play against Toronto. Royer is second on the team with 11 goals, just five back of Bradley Wright-Phillips’ team leading 16 goals.

New York welcomes Atlanta United in the regular-season home finale on Sunday, Oct. 15 at Red Bull Arena. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m.