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MATCH PREVIEW, pres. by Honda: Red Bulls Host FC Cincinnati in MLS Season Opener

HARRISON, N.J. (February 28, 2020) – The New York Red Bulls will begin their 25th season in MLS with a matchup against FC Cincinnati on Sunday. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. ET at Red Bull Arena with coverage on MSG, MSG GO and New York Red Bulls Radio in English and Spanish via TuneIn, the New York Red Bulls app and NewYorkRedBulls.com. 

New York Red Bulls Radio begins at Noon EST 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 1 p.m. EST.

New York enters the 2020 MLS season following a sixth-place finish in the Eastern Conference, finishing last season with 48 points and a 14-6-14 record. Despite a solid season, the Red Bulls 2019 season finished with a tough 4-3 loss in extra time in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the Philadelphia Union.

The Red Bulls and FC Cincinnati met first at Red Bull Arena in April of 2019, where New York came out with a 1-0 win, as Connor Lade scored the lone goal. In the away match of the home-and-home series, the Red Bulls came out victorious again, winning 2-0 with late goals by Kaku and Omir Fernandez. 

New York is led offensively by Austrian winger Daniel Royer, who led the 2019 squad with 11 goals and six assists and is returning for his fifth season with the club. Kaku returns as New York’s No. 10, who led all Red Bull midfielders in goals with five in 26 games played. Defensively, the Red Bulls return one of MLS’ top centerback duos in U.S. Men’s National Team defenders Aaron Long and Tim Parker, who helped anchor a Red Bulls backline to nine clean sheets, tied for the fifth most in MLS last season. 

Following Sunday’s season opener, New York will travel West to face Real Salt Lake on Saturday, March 7. Kickoff is set for 2:00 p.m. ET from Rio Tinto Stadium. 

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