On their first afternoon match of the year, the New York Red Bulls are ready to take the pitch at 1 p.m. on Saturday against the Montreal Impact.
Head Coach Jesse Marsch will have his regulars up top and in the back, with Bradley Wright-Phillips starting at forward and Luis Robles in goal.
New York has outscored all opponents, 12-1, and have recorded four clean sheets across competitions in 2018. The Red Bulls backline has frustrated the opposition’s attack, allowing just 13 shots on goal in five matches at Red Bull Arena.
Michael Amir Murillo, Tim Parker, Aaron Long and Kemar Lawrence start on defense, looking to continue to keep opposing MLS teams off the board in 2018.
The Red Bulls have begun the season without allowing a goal in their first two league matches. New York has not allowed a goal at Red Bull Arena in 360 minutes during league play, dating back to last season. The scoreless streak begun with back-to-back shutouts against Vancouver (October 7) and Atlanta (October 15) to finish the 2017 season. The Red Bulls currently own two of the top three scoreless streaks in MLS, which include 621 minutes from June 17 to September 20 of 2006 and 588 minutes from April 24 to July 24 of 2016.
Sean Davis and Tyler Adams will help anchor the midfield, while Kaku, Florian Valot and Daniel Royer will push the attack forward.
Marsch will have Vincent Bezecourt, Derrick Etienne, Jr., Ben Mines, Alex Muyl, Marc Rzatkowski, Aurelien Collin and Ryan Meara available off the bench.
Against Montreal, New York has played some of their best soccer at home. In four of the eight previous matches at Red Bull Arena, the Red Bulls have tallied four or more goals. On the defensive side, New York has held Montreal to less than a goal a game at home.
The Red Bulls (2-2-0, 6 pts) and the Impact (2-3-0, 6 pts) kick off Saturday’s doubleheader at Red Bull Arena at 1 p.m. ET. Coverage of the first match will be featured on MSG, MSG GO, ESPN+ and Red Bulls Radio in English and Spanish on TuneIn.