New York Red Bulls vs. Philadelphia Union | 2019 MLS Match Preview

2019 MLS Regular Season Week 29
New York Red Bulls vs. Philadelphia Union
Red Bull Arena – Harrison
September 22 – 6:30 PM ET


A rivalry is renewed Sunday evening when the New York Red Bulls host the Philadelphia Union in a Sunday showdown with massive playoff implications. 

The Red Bulls (13-13-5) snapped a three-match losing streak with a 2-0 victory over the Portland Timbers Wednesday night at Providence Park. Kyle Duncan scored his first MLS goal in the 3rd minute and helped set up an insurance goal in second-half stoppage time when Danny Royer scored from the penalty spot after Marc Rzatkowski was fouled in the box.  

The Union (15-8-7) earned a second straight statement result at Talen Energy Stadium, earning a 1-1 draw against LAFC Saturday night. Kacper Przybylko set the tone with a 3rd-minute tally, his 14th of the season. But Golden Boot presented by Audi leader Carlos Vela leveled two minutes from halftime as the teams shared the points.

In the first meeting between the foes at Talen Energy Stadium on June 8, a virtuoso performance by Ilsinho off the bench, in which he scored twice and contributed an assist, helped the Union erase a two-goal halftime deficit and defeat the Red Bulls, 3-2.

NY Red Bulls
NY Red Bulls vs. Philadelphia

Sunday, September 22 at 6:30 PM ET
Red Bull Arena


New York Red Bulls

Project Starting XI
  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: Florian Valot (M) - torn ACL
    • OUT: Amro Tarek (D) - ankle injury
    • QUESTIONABLE: Brian White (F) - ankle injury
  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution:  Kyle Duncan (D), Amro Tarek (D)
  • International duty:  None

Philadelphia Union

Project Starting XI
  • Injury Report:
    • QUESTIONABLE: Matt Freese (GK) - right quad strain
  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution:  Marco Farfan (M)
  • International duty:  None

Series Matchup at Red Bulls

  • Red Bulls: 7 wins, 16 goals
  • Union: 1 win, 8 goals
  • 3 draws


  • Referee: Jair Marrufo
  • Assistant Referees: Corey Parker, Jose Da Silva
  • 4th Official: Lorant Varga
  • VAR: Jose Carlos Rivero

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