Red Bulls head coach Gerhard Struber hopes to have one more moment like this Wednesday night. (Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports)
HARRISON, N.J. – In a battle for an MLS Cup Playoff spot, the Red Bulls host one of their favorite teams in their regular season finale at Red Bull Arena Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. – Atlanta United.
And if they win, they’re in.
New York hosts a 7-1-3 series lead since the teams started playing in 2017. That includes a 2-0-1 home advantage.
The Red Bulls (13-12-7, 46 points) trail Atlanta (12-9-11, 47) by a point (MSG+).
The hosts sit in seventh place in the Eastern Conference with 46 points. If they defeat Atlanta, they will clinch their 12th consecutive postseason appearance and extend their playoff appearance streak, the second longest active streak in Major League Soccer. Atlanta is on a four-match unbeaten streak and are coming off a 1-1 draw with Toronto FC at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
New York is on a six-match home unbeaten streak, which includes three consecutive wins and three straight clean sheets. This is the first time New York has posted three successive clean sheets at RBA since 2018, where they posted three against D.C. United (1-0), Houston Dynamo (1-0), and Toronto FC (2-0). The Red Bulls have only allowed 11 goals at home this season, which is the second lowest in MLS this year and the third lowest in franchise history.
After making his first appearance since Oct. 9, midfielder Caden Clark recorded his fourth assist of the season in a 1-0 win over CF Montréal Saturday. This was Clark’s first assist since July 31 against New England Revolution and his second game-winning assist of the year. Every goal or assist that Clark has this season has been recorded at RBA. In matches that Clark records a goal or an assist, New York has posted a 5-2-0 mark.
The Red Bulls have a 7-1-2 record in their last 10 matches and have earned 23 of their 46 points this season in that timespan. New York has recorded six clean sheets in that stretch, the most in MLS.
Following Wednesday’s match, the Red Bulls will finish the regular season against Nashville SC on MLS Decision Day, Sunday at 3:30 p.m. (ESPN, ESPN Deportes).