Orlando City (8-10-6, 30 pts.) heads to New Jersey this Saturday to face the New York Red Bulls (10-7-7, 37 pts.) in an MLS rematch of their Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup semifinal. The match, presented by Walt Disney World, is set to kick off from Red Bull Arena at 6 p.m. ET and will be televised locally on FOX35 PLUS and LionNation TV, with pre-game coverage beginning at 5:30 p.m. Local radio coverage will be available from 5:30 p.m. ET on Real Radio 104.1 in English and Acción 97.9 FM in Spanish.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Red Bulls:
Key Additions - RB Kyle Duncan (Oostende, loan), RW Lewis Morgan (Inter Miami), AM Luquinhas (Legia Warsaw), RB Dylan Nealis (Nashville SC), F Serge Ngoma (New York Red Bulls II)
Key Departures - AM/W Daniel Royer (out of contract), CM Sean Davis (Nashville SC), LB Andrew Gutman (Atlanta United), CF Fábio (Oeste), CF Ashley Fletcher (Watford), LB Jason Pendant (Quevilly-Rouen)
Take a look at New York’s full roster here.
New York made a quiet but potentially key addition during the Summer Transfer Window, bringing home right back Kyle Duncan on loan through the end of the 2022 season from K.V. Oostende in Belgium, for whom he signed on a free transfer over the previous winter. Duncan appeared in just seven matches in the Belgian first division, but he was a mainstay during his time as a Red Bull. He appeared in 72 matches, scored five goals, provided 10 assists and was named the Red Bulls’ Defensive Player of the Year in 2020.
It’s been a bit all over the place for the Red Bulls as of late. After getting demolished by Orlando City in the Open Cup semifinals, RBNY welcomed in Colorado and played an insane nine-goal thriller on a Tuesday night, absorbing a 5-4 defeat. Things were much more subdued this past weekend, as the Red Bulls packed it in for a 0-0 draw at Audi Field against Wayne Rooney’s D.C. United.
Orlando City snapped a three-game losing streak against New York in dramatic fashion on July 27, blasting the Red Bulls out of the U.S. Open Cup in a 5-1 rout. César Araújo scored his first professional goal to level the game at the end of the first half, then added a second to give Orlando breathing room in the second half. Mauricio Pereyra, Facundo Torres and Benji Michel also scored for the Lions. No doubt out for revenge this weekend, the Red Bulls hold a 9-6-2 advantage over City all-time.
Rasmussen University Fact
Orlando last won at Red Bull Arena on November 1, 2020, a 1-0 victory punctuated by an astonishing line-breaking pass from Mauricio Pereyra to put Daryl Dike in for the game's lone goal. However, the opponent was not the New York Red Bulls–it was the team FKA Montréal Impact, who were using Red Bull Arena as a temporary home during the COVID-19 pandemic.