The Red Bulls will open their 23rd Major League Soccer season against a pair of familiar faces.
At Red Bull Arena Saturday, March 10, New York will welcome the Portland Timbers and new head coach Giovanni Savarese, a former MetroStars standout, in its home opener. It will be the fourth time the club opens the regular season at RBA, where they are 2-1-0 in openers.
A week later on Saturday March 17, the Red Bulls will visit Sandy, Utah to take on Real Salt Lake and Mike Petke, a former defender and Red Bulls head coach.
The Red Bulls can’t complain about the schedule as 16 of their 17 regular-season games will take place on Saturday or Sunday, with one Wednesday night match at RBA.
The Hudson River Derby will resume Saturday, May 5 with a 2 p.m. match at RBA. The Red Bulls also will face New York City FC Sunday, July 8, and Wednesday August 22, both matches at Yankee Stadium. The third match on August 22 will be part of MLS Rivalry Week.
The Red Bulls will make their first trip to Audi Field in D.C. to meet D.C. United July 25. Audi Field, the new home of New York’s Atlantic Cup rivals, is set to open on July 14.
MLS will break for the World Cup group stage from June 14 and June 28. The Red Bulls will play one match during that time, hosting FC Dallas Saturday, June 23.
The Red Bulls close out the season Sunday, Oct. 28, against Orlando City at RBA on MLS Decision Day.
The MLS Cup Playoffs will begin oWednesday, Oct. 31.
Red Bulls games will be televised on national TV 14 times.
MSG Networks will be the regional home for the club, as it has since 1996. Additional broadcast details on MSG’s coverage will be announced at a later date.
Red Bulls Radio will also return to broadcast matches in English and Spanish.