INSIDE THE 18: New York Red Bulls Prepared for Rivalry Week Matchup at Yankee Stadium


Head Coach Chris Armas and the New York Red Bulls will send out a lineup full of wrinkles on Saturday night as they take on their rivals New York City FC at Yankee Stadium.

Josh Sims, newly acquired on loan, makes the matchday roster for the first time, available off the bench.

Armas will call on Bradley Wright-Phillips to start at forward, his first time in the Starting XI since April 20.

Behind BWP, Daniel Royer, Kaku, Vincent Bezecourt, Cristian Casseres Jr. and Alex Muyl make up the midfield.

Royer has turned it on since the calendar flipped over to June. Prior to June, Royer had just two goals and four assists through the first 11 matches. Since June 1, Royer has rattled off seven goals and three assists in 13 matches. His seven assists, including four game-winning assists, are both career highs. 

Along the backline, Kemar Lawrence, Aaron Long, Tim Parker and Michael Amir Murillo work as the defense for the captain and goalkeeper Luis Robles.

Three of the last four meetings at Yankee Stadium have been decided by one goal. 

Sims will be available to Armas off the bench, along with Sean Nealis, Sean Davis, Tom Barlow, Marc Rzatkowski and Rece Buckmaster. Ryan Meara will serve as the backup goalkeeper.

Brian White remains out with an ankle injury.

Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. EST with coverage on ESPN2 and New York Red Bulls Radio on TuneIn.

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