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INSIDE THE 18: New York Red Bulls Run With Same Lineup in Leg 2

Head Coach Chris Armas will run with the same lineup for Leg 2 on Sunday, November 11 at 7:30 p.m.

Bradley Wright-Phillips will start up top, looking to put the New York Red Bulls up early as they search for at least a 1-0 lead at the end of regulation to force extra time, or a 2-0 lead to win outright and advance.

The Red Bulls recorded a two-plus goal win in eight of their 17 home league matches, which includes shutouts in seven of the eight two-plus goal victories

Despite a 2-3-3 all-time record after a Leg 1 loss, New York has responded well after a loss in the regular season this year. The Red Bulls are 5-0-2 following a loss in 2018. New York is just one of two teams in MLS without back-to-back losses with the other being Atlanta United FC. New York responded with a three-goal performance in five of the seven games following a loss.

Kaku, Daniel Royer and Alex Muyl will lead the attack in the midfield, while Sean Davis and Tyler Adams anchor the defensive midfield.

Kemar Lawrence, Aaron Long, Tim Parker and Michael Amir Murillo start across the back line, ahead of Luis Robles in goal.

Lawrence and Long were recently named to MLS Best XI, while Long was also tabbed as Defender of the Year.

Long has had quite the season to remember, being named an MLS All-Star, earning his first call-up and start for the USMNT and now being honored as the league’s best defender, as voted by the media, all MLS players and technical staffs. In his second full season, Long started 31 of the 34 league matches, anchoring a Red Bulls defense that recorded 14 shutouts and allowed a league-low 33 goals in 34 games in MLS. Offensively, he tallied career-bests in both goals (3) and assists (2). The Oak Hills, California, native was not only named to his first MLS All-Star match, but started and played a game-high 62 minutes to help the MLS All-Stars tie Italian-side Juventus, 1-1.

Armas will have Brian White, Derrick Etienne, Jr., Marc Rzatkowski, Andreas Ivan, Connor Lade and Fidel Escobar as available subs. Ryan Meara will serve the backup goalkeeper.

Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. ET with coverage on FS9, FOX Deportes and New York Red Bulls Radio in English and Spanish on TuneIn.

New York Red Bulls Radio begins at 6:30 p.m. ET with Honda Countdown to Kickoff, hosted by Matt Harmon and Steve Jolley. Ernesto Motta will carry the Spanish play-by-play, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

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