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A Chance for Revenge: NY Red Bulls v FC Cincinnati Preview


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Match Preview

Red Bulls

The New York Red Bulls will be looking for back to back wins at home after beating out the New England Revolution in a thrilling 2-1 game on Saturday night. In a season marked by stagnant offensive production the Red Bulls will be looking to carry positive momentum and score multiple goals in four of the last five games. Despite managing to score 9 goals in their last four games, the Red Bulls still only average 0.95 goals per game this season. The Red Bulls will be hoping for a strong match from Frankie Amaya, the talented midfielder has scored three goals across the last three games, making him the joint highest scorer for New York this season.

Since their MLS debut in 2019, the Red Bulls and Cincinnati have faced off twelve times with the Red Bulls winning the first 4 outings. However, since then the Red Bulls have struggled against Cincinnati and have only managed 1 win in the last 8 matches. Most recently the Red Bulls lost at home after penalties in the Round of 16 of the Open Cup, the Red Bulls last loss at home this season. The last meeting between the two sides in league play was during last season’s playoffs which also ended in a loss for RBNY, a 2-1 defeat in Red Bull Arena.


FC Cincinnati

FC Cincinnati have had a fantastic first half of the 2023 season so far. They currently are leading the Supporter’s Shield with 45 points and 13 wins across 25 league matches this season, losing only twice. In their last match Cincinnati managed to fight back for a point in an exciting 2-2 draw in Charlotte after being down early in the first half. However, the league leaders have struggled as of late, they are winless in three and have drawn their last two matches. This is attributed to losing star forward Brenner to a midseason transfer to Udinese as well as fellow DP Brandon Vasquez being called up to the USMNT for the Gold Cup. However, attacking midfielder Luciano Acosta has been in scorching form as of late and will be one to watch for this Wednesday for Cincinnati.


Team News

New York Red Bulls:

  • Questionable: Dru Yearwood (hip), Elias Manoel (ankle)

  • Out: Serge Ngoma (hamstring), Lewis Morgan (hip), Steven Sserwadda (knee), Dylan Nealis (hip), Cory Burke (international duty), John Tolkin (international duty), Andres Reyes (suspension)

FC Cincinnati:

  • Questionable: None

  • Out: Yuya Kubo (hamstring), Dominique Badji (quad), Gerardo Valenzuela (quad), Ian Murphy (suspension), Matt Miazga (international duty), Brandon Vasquez (international duty)


New York Red Bulls vs FC Cincinnati Potential Line-ups

Red Bulls (4-4-2): Carlos; Harper, Reyes, Nealis, Duncan; Edelman, Amaya, Fernandez, Luquinhas; Vanzeir, Barlow

Cincinnati (3-4-1-2): Celentano; Hagglund, Mosquera, Gaddis; Arias, Nwobodo, Moreno, Barreal; Acosta; Boupendza, Santos


How to Watch?

The New York Red Bulls will face off against Fc Cincinnati at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ this Wednesday July 12th - 7:30 ET. Television coverage is available in English and Spanish through Apple TV MLS Season pass. Radio Coverage will also be available in English through TuneIn, the NY Red Bulls App and NewYorkRedBulls.com


New York Red Bulls vs FC Cincinnati Prediction

After consecutive disappointments the last two times Cincinnati came to visit the Red Bulls will be eager to ensure a victory on Wednesday. Despite the poor start to their seasons, the Red Bulls currently sit in 10th place and will be looking to capitalize on their two games prior to All Star Break. However it will be difficult to get three points off of the current league leaders despite them missing several key players. Between injuries and suspension for both teams and the stifling heat in Harrison expect this match to be hard fought even if potentially lacking in quality.


New York Red Bulls 1-1 FC Cincinnati


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