The Red Bulls II’s home opener at MSU Soccer Park in Montclair, N.J. will have a double meaning Saturday.
Not only will they play their first game on the Montclair University campus, they also will raise their 2016 USL Cup Champions banner in pregame ceremonies prior to the 4 p.m. kickoff.
The United Soccer League team will take on the Richmond Kickers Saturday at 4 p.m.
Coupled with renovations to the facility, including new camera towers and a brand new press box, New York looks to transfer its goal-scoring prowess from Red Bull Arena to its new home.
Red Bulls II scored three goals against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds in a 3-3 draw in their season opener this last week.
The French Connection of Vincent Bezecourt and Florian Valot accounted for all three of NYRB II’s goals in Pittsburgh. The squad tallied a league-high 69 goals last season.
Richmond and Red Bulls II met twice last season, with both matches ending in dramatic fashion. The two teams battled to a 1-1 draw at Red Bull Arena in May. Anatole Abang scored an unassisted goal in the 68th minute, before Kickers defender Alex Lee assisted on a 90th-minute equalizer.
The Strikers registered a 2-1 victory at City Stadium in July. Brandon Allen opened the scoring for NYRB II in the 10th minute, assisted by Derrick Etienne, Jr.. Yudai Imura responded with a 12th-minute penalty kick and Jackson Eskay scored in the 90th minute.
Richmond kicked off its USL season with a 1-0 home win over the Harrisburg City Islanders ensured by a huge penalty kick save by goalkeeper Travis Worra.
The match can be seen live streamed from Montclair State University on the #NYvRIC USL Match Center.
Montclair State Radio will also be hosting a pre-game and postgame show on WMSC Campus Radio (90.3 FM dial or on the iHeart Radio App).