The New York Red Bulls will opt for three tall options in the back against the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday night.
Head Coach Jesse Marsch will deploy Aaron Long, Tim Parker and Aurelien Collin along the back line in Carson, California, for a 10:30 p.m. ET kickoff.
Long and Parker have made a formidable partnership since Parker’s arrival on March 5. In eight matches across all competitions, the duo has helped limit the oppositions’ chances to just 4.1 shots on goal on 9.4 attempts per game and owning a 4-3-1 mark. In league play, Long and Parker have anchored the backline to allow just 3.2 shots on goal on 7.2 attempts per game with a 2-2 record.
Michael Amir Murillo and Kemar Lawrence will fill out the defensive line.
New York will see Sean Davis, Kaku, Tyler Adams and Daniel Royer in the midfield.
Bradley Wright-Phillips will start at forward, while Captain Luis Robles is in goal.
Wright-Phillips inched a step closer to his quest for 100 league goals as he tallied his 91st against Chicago on Saturday. He sits with a team-best five goals this season and is just one behind Atlanta’s Josef Martinez for the league lead. Wright-Phillips has scored against 18 of 22 active MLS teams and one of the four remaining teams he looks to cross off is the Galaxy. In four matches, he has been held scoreless against Los Angeles in 308 minutes with five shots on goal in 13 attempts.
The Red Bulls will have Vincent Bezecourt, Fidel Escobar, Derrick Etienne, Jr., Ben Mines, Alex Muyl and Florian Valot off the bench. Ryan Meara will serve as the backup keeper.
Marc Rzatkowski did not travel with the club after taking a knock in training this week.
Saturday’s match is set for 10:30 p.m. ET with coverage on MSG, MSG Go, ESPN+ and New York Red Bulls Radio in English and Spanish on TuneIn.