Match Preview: Atlanta United vs. New York Red Bulls

Atlanta United returns to action on Sunday, Nov. 25 when it hosts New York Red Bulls at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Leg 1 of the 2018 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference Championship. Atlanta (21-7-6, 69 points), the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference, faces top seed New York Red Bulls (22-7-5, 71 points) in a matchup of the two teams with the most points in MLS in 2018. The match is scheduled to kick-off at 5 p.m. EST and will be nationally televised on ESPN/ESPN Deportes.

Atlanta United advanced to the Eastern Conference Championship by defeating New York City FC by an aggregate score of 4-1. Atlanta earned a 1-0 victory at Yankee Stadium in Leg 1 on Nov. 4, becoming just the second team to beat NYCFC on its home field in 2018. Midfielder Eric Remedi scored his first career goal, while Atlanta held NYCFC without a shot on target for the first time this season. Atlanta won 3-1 in Leg 2 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Nov. 11 behind goals from MLS Best XI performers and MVP candidates Josef Martinez and Miguel Almirón. Martinez opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 25th minute, Almirón added a perfectly struck free kick in the 42nd and Martinez tallied his second goal in the 83rd minute to seal the win. With the brace, Martinez equaled the MLS single-season record of 33 goals in a season, including playoffs.

New York Red Bulls advanced to the Eastern Conference Championship by defeating Columbus Crew SC 3-1 on aggregate. After falling 1-0 in Leg 1 in Columbus, Red Bulls responded with a 3-0 win at Red Bull Arena with goals from midfielders Alex Muyl (17’) and Daniel Royer (73’, 76’).

 

MATCH INFORMATION

Sunday, Nov. 25, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA |5 p.m. (EST)

Atlanta United (21-7-6, 69 points) vs. New York Red Bulls (22-7-5, 71 points)

 

BROADCAST SCHEDULE

English TV | ESPN

Spanish Radio | La Mejor 1600 AM

English Radio | 92-9 The Game (local)

Pre-match coverage:

4 p.m.: AT&T Countdown to Kickoff (FB Live/Periscope)

4:30 p.m.: The Pre-Game show (92-9 The Game)

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