Here’s how the Red Bulls and Philadelphia Union stack up for their first round game of the MLS Cup Playoffs on Saturday.
E#2 PHILADELPHIA UNION v E#7 NEW YORK RED BULLS
Sat., Nov. 20, Subaru Park, Chester, Pa.
2:30 p.m. ET (Univision / TUDN; TSN / TVA Sports; PHL17; MSG)
REFEREE: Fotis Bazakos. AR1 (bench): Frank Anderson; AR2 (opposite): Oscar Mitchell-Carvalho; 4th: Rubiel Vazquez; VAR: Geoff Gamble; AVAR: Andrew Bigelow
MLS Career: 123 games; FC/gm: 24.8; Y/gm: 3.6; R: 23; pens: 40
MLS Cup Playoffs: 1 game; FC/gm: 35.0; Y/gm: 5.0; R: 0; pens: 0
ALL-TIME: Union 10 wins, 37 goals … Red Bulls 14 wins, 42 goals … Ties 7
AT UNION: Union 8 wins, 24 goals … Red Bulls 6 wins, 22 goals … Ties 2
5/15: PHI 1, NYR 0 (Burke 9)
7/8: NYR 1, PHI 1 (Klimala 60 — Santos 85)
9/29: NYR 1, PHI 1 (Fernandez 37 — Santos 17)
MLS CUP PLAYOFFS: Union 1 win, 3 goals … Red Bulls 0 wins, 2 goals … Ties 0
- The teams met three times during the regular season. The Union won the first meeting, May 15 at Subaru Park, as Cory Burke netted the game’s lone goal in the ninth minute and the Union held out for the win. The teams then played to draws at Red Bull Arena on July 8 and Sept. 29. In the first, Patryk Klimala converted a penalty kick, but Sergio Santos hit for a late leveler to leave the teams in a 1-1 draw. Then in the last, Santos opened the scoring in the 17th minute, but Omir Fernández netted the equalizer in the 37th minute.
- The Union had won three consecutive meetings between the teams before the draws in the last two matchups. The Union have won the last three meetings in Chester; their win at Red Bull Arena last Sept. 6 ended a three-game home undefeated streak for the Red Bulls, the opening goal ending a 340-minute shutout streak there for the Union.
- The teams have met once before in the MLS Cup Playoffs, in 2019. The Union overcame a two-game deficit in the second half before Marco Fabian netted the game-winner in extra time for a 4-3 win in their Round One matchup in Chester.
- The Union have reached the postseason for a fourth consecutive year, and a fifth time in the last six seasons (since 2016). A year ago, after winning the Supporters’ Shield for the first honor in club history, the Union fell 2-0 to the New England Revolution at Subaru Park in their Round One opener. Their lone victory in seven matches in the MLS Cup Playoffs came in the win vs. the Red Bulls in 2019.
- The Red Bulls have reached the MLS Cup Playoffs for a 12th consecutive season, second only to Seattle Sounders FC for the longest postseason qualification streak in league history, and the third-longest such streak among all major U.S./Canadian professional leagues, the streak starting in 2010. Last year the Red Bulls opened the postseason with a 3-2 loss to eventual MLS Cup champions Columbus Crew SC in Columbus.
- The Union come into the postseason riding a four-game undefeated streak, with two wins in the span. On Decision Day, the Union reached a 1-1 draw with New York City FC at Yankee Stadium as Kacper Przybylko scored his 12th goal of the season.
- The Red Bulls secured their place in the Audi 2021 MLS Cup Playoffs on Decision Day, gaining a 1-1 draw with Nashville SC at Nissan Stadium, Fabio scored the opener after just 38 seconds – the fourth-quickest goal from the start of a game in Red Bulls/MetroStars history – to send them on their way to qualification.
UNION: Olivier Mbaizo collected his fourth assist of the season on Decision Day, a second consecutive game with an assist. … Leon Flach gained his third assist of the year, his last coming July 17.
RED BULLS: Caden Clark recorded his fifth assist of the season, his second in the last three games. … Cristian Casseres Jr. collected his fourth assist of the season, all coming over his last eight appearances.