New York City FC will call Red Bull Arena home of Phase I and 2 of MLS’ return to its home markets. ( Photo)

NEW YORK – Not only will New York City FC kick off its return at the Red Bulls later this month, the club also will play their home matches at Red Bull Arena during Phase 1 and 2.

NYCFC will play the Red Bulls in the first Hudson River Derby of the season Thursday, Aug. 20 at 7 p.m.. A few days later on Monday, August 24, NYCFC will seek to even up the season series against the Columbus Crew at RBA.

Rounding out the first six games, NYCFC will take on Chicago Fire FC at home Saturday, Aug. 29 followed by two away games – Wednesday, Sept. 2 at the New England Revolution and Sunday, Sept. 6 at D.C. United. The final Phase 1 game will be at home on Saturday, Sept. 12 vs. FC Cincinnati. All games will be televised Live on YES Network, with the exception of the September 2 game which will be streamed live on Fox Sports Go.

With Yankee Stadium unavailable due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols that prevent other events in Major League B stadiums during the baseball season, NYCFC will play its Phase 1 and Phase 2 home games at Reaseball d Bull Arena. NYCFC will have the option to move any home games scheduled after the conclusion of the Yankees’ season to Yankee Stadium. Fans will not be permitted to attend any Phase 1 games at Red Bull Arena.

The schedule for Phase 2 of the 2020 regular season will be announced by MLS in the coming weeks.

“We are very excited to return to play with the 2020 regular season resuming across the league. This is an important milestone for our Club and the sport of soccer in the U.S.,” NYCFC CEO Brad Sims said in a statement.

“I would like to congratulate MLS for the great job they did putting together the MLS is Back Tournament. They ensured that the health and safety of everyone involved was the number one priority. There are a lot of learnings from Orlando which make the league and teams confident that we’ll be able to return safely to home markets and continue the MLS 25th Anniversary season.

“We conducted a thorough review of potential venues with our first choice always being to play home games within the Five Boroughs, however due to league COVID-19 protocols, Red Bull Arena was the best choice for us at this time. We look forward to returning to our home at Yankee Stadium when we are able to.

“These are going to be very important games for us. We remain as ambitious as ever and our goal continues to be to win trophies. We are really excited that our first match back will be a Hudson River Derby game taking place in less than two weeks and it will be an exciting way to resume our chase for the 2020 MLS Cup. We are going to miss our incredible supporters being in attendance, but we will do everything we can to ensure our fans still feel close to the Club during a time when their support means more than ever.”

NYCFC Phase 1 Schedule:

  • Thursday, August 20 @ Red Bulls – 7:00 p.m.
  • Monday, August 24 vs. Columbus Crew – 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 29 vs. Chicago Fire – 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 2 @ New England Revolution – 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 6 @ D.C. United – 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 12 vs. FC Cincinnati – 7:00 p.m.