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Ben Solomon

5 REASONS TO ATTEND, pres. by Franklin Group: New York Red Bulls vs. Columbus Crew SC | Leg 2

The New York Red Bulls host Columbus Crew on Sunday, November 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Red Bull Arena in Leg 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

Here are 5 Reasons to Attend, presented by Franklin Group...

Chance to Advance 

New York has a strong chance to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals despite being down 1-0 following Leg 1. The simplest way the Red Bulls advance is with a 2-0 victory in regulation. A result of a 1-0 Red Bulls lead at the end of regulation, would force extra time. 

If the Red Bulls emerge victorious, it would be their third Eastern Conference Finals appearance since 2014.

Comforts of Home

New York won 14 of the 17 regular season games played at Red Bull Arena in 2018. The 14 wins set a new franchise record for most home wins in a single season. They also set a new record for home points with 43.

The Red Bulls’ 14 wins at home was one ahead of D.C. United, who finished with 13.

League’s Best Defense

The Red Bulls conceded just 33 goals in 34 games during the 2018 regular season, which averages out to less than a goal a game. Both of those numbers were the best in the league, giving the Red Bulls the best defense in Major League Soccer during 2018.

Columbus ended the regular season with 43 goals scored, which was the lowest mark among playoff teams, and tied for lowest in the conference with Orlando City SC. 

Robles’ Success at Home

Goalkeeper Luis Robles recorded 10 of his 14 shutouts at Red Bull Arena this season, and has not allowed a goal at Red Bull Arena in 487 minutes of play.

New York as a team led the league in shutouts during the regular season, as Robles had 14, and Ryan Meara had one.

Pursuit of History

After winning the 2018 Supporters’ Shield, the Red Bulls will look to become the eighth team in league history to win both the Supporters’ Shield and MLS Cup in the same season.

They also aim to win their first MLS Cup in franchise history, with their lone appearance coming in 2008, when they fell 3-1 to Columbus.