The Red Bulls will resume play against New York City FC in the Hudson River Derby Thursday at 7 p.m. for the second time this season after their first long layoff due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

They will play a competitive match for the first time in over 28 days. To be exact it will have been 28 days, 21 hours and six minutes since the final whistle of the FC Cincinnati match at the MLS is Back Tournament in Orlando.

Breaking that down, it will have been 693 hours (rounded down) or 41,586 minutes or 2,495,16 seconds.

It was exactly 126 days, 4 hours and nine minutes, from the end of the whistle of the Real Salt Lake match to kickoff of the Atlanta United match, since the Red Bulls had played a competitive match due to the pandemic.

Breaking that down, it will have been 18 weeks or 3,028 hours (rounded down) or 181,689 minutes or 10,901,340 seconds.

Over that span, Red Bulls have lost 19 MLS regular season games, including nine home matches.

The importance of scoring first

How important is scoring first in a match?

Just ask the Red Bulls.

When New York scored first in 2019, the team was 12-4-2, while going 2-10-3 when allowing the opposition to tally first.

Since the Red Bulls implemented their high-press system in 2015, they are 71-12-17 when scoring first, while stumbling to a 14-42-11 mark when allowing the first goal of a match.

Home, sweet, home

Since RBA opened in 2010, the Red Bulls boast the best home record in the league, accruing the most home wins and points. Their record is 108-27-34 with 358 points.

Real Salt Lake (100-25-43, 343) and Seattle Sounders FC (104-35-31, 343) are tied for second, followed by FC Dallas (97-24-48, 339) and LA Galaxy 96-36-37, 325).