Red Bulls Playoff Match Today vs Columbus Crew
MLS 2018 Supporters' Shield winners and top seed in the East, the New York Red Bulls (22-7-5, 71 pts) begin a two-legged Eastern Conference Semifinal series with fifth-seeded Columbus Crew SC (14-11-9, 51 pts) this afternoon at Mapfre Stadium.
Kickoff is slated for 3 p.m. ET with coverage on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and New York Red Bulls Radio in English and Spanish on TuneIn.
New York Red Bulls Radio begins at 2 p.m. ET with Countdown to Kickoff, hosted by Matt Harmon and Steve Jolley. Ernesto Motta will carry the Spanish play-by-play, beginning at 2:45 p.m.
New York and Columbus clash for the third time in a two-legged series and fourth time overall in the playoffs. Columbus has edged New York in the last two two-legged series by an aggregate of 6-4 (1998) and 2-1 (2015). The Red Bulls and Columbus last faced off on July 28 at Red Bull Arena when Columbus edged New York, 3-2.
The Red Bulls finished the MLS regular-season slate with a five-game winning streak, which included four shutouts. During that stretch, New York went 2-0 on the road as they traveled across the country to defeat San Jose, 3-1, before returning to blank sixth-seeded Philadelphia, 1-0 at Talen Energy Stadium. The Red Bulls tallied a club-best regular-season road schedule, tying the franchise's most wins away from Red Bull Arena (8) and recording a club-best mark of 8-5-4 overall.
The Red Bulls have had close games in 2018, playing in 17 one-goal matches. Of those 17 games, New York owns a 12-6 mark. At home, the Red Bulls are 6-2 and on the road they are 6-4.The Red Bulls 12 one-goal game victories were a league best. Six of New York's seven losses have come to just one goal.
New York and Columbus return to Red Bull Arena for Leg 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Sunday, November 11. Kickoff time and coverage of the Leg 2 matchup will be determined at a later date.
All-Time Series (Reg. + Playoffs): Columbus Crew SC leads, 32-31-11
At Columbus: Columbus Crew SC lead, 20-12-6