Red Bulls to Play NYCFC in Preseason

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by ANTHONY J. MERCED

The New York Red Bulls have announced additional preseason fixtures which include a Hudson River Derby game against NYCFC on February 15th as part of the Desert Diamond Cup. The Red Bulls will also travel to California to play the Sacramento Republic FC just before the competition on February 10th.

The tournament will take place between February 15th and the 22nd. Additional teams partaking in the competition include the aforementioned NYCFC as well as the Houston Dynamo and Sporting KC. Each team will play each other once with the first place team playing the second place team to decide the winner of the Cup on the 22nd.

The game against NYCFC will be the first the two sides have played against each other in preseason action and the first glimpse either side will have of each other ahead of the MLS regular season. The Desert Diamond Cup started in 2011 as the Red Bulls were one of four teams to partake in the preseason tournament. Through its history, New York has participated three other times, with their best finish being second place during the inaugural campaign.

It is worth noting that the Red Bulls have scheduled a preseason game on the 22nd, the first night of the CONCACAF Champions League Knockout Round against the Vancouver Whitecaps. More than likely, New York will be playing a split-squad with mostly USL and prospects against the Houston Dynamo.

In addition, New York will play a game against the Sacramento Republic FC just before the start of the Desert Diamond Cup. The game against one of USL’s top teams will be the first time New York has ventured to Sacramento. Since joining the league in 2014, the Republic have averaged over 10 thousand fans per game and won the USL Championship in their inaugural year.

February Preseason Fixtures:

New York Red Bulls vs. Sacramento Republic FC on 2/10
New York Red Bulls vs. NYCFC on 2/15 at 2PM
New York Red Bulls vs. Sporting KC on 2/18 at 3:30PM
New York Red Bulls vs. Houston Dynamo on 2/22 at 2PM
New York Red Bulls vs. TBD on 2/25