Red Bulls vs Columbus Crew, Thurs. 10:30pm
New York (2-0-1, 7 pts) and Columbus Crew SC (2-0-1, 7 pts) clash for the second Group E match of the MLS is Back Tournament Thursday night at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
Coverage is set for 10:30 p.m. ET on FS1, Fox Deportes, TUDN and Red Bulls Radio.
The Red Bulls and Crew SC sit atop Group E at three points (1-0-0) and the Eastern Conference with seven points (2-0-1). A win for either team will secure a top-2 spot in Group E to advance to the 16-team knockout round of the MLS is Back Tournament.
New York and Columbus have previously played each other 82 times across all competitions with Crew SC holding the slight advantage, 35-33-14 (71 regular season/7 playoff/4 Open Cup).
The 82 meetings are the third most against the Red Bulls, while New York has faced New England 87 times and D.C. United 95 times. In regular-season play, New York owns the advantage over Columbus, 30-29-12.
Head Coach Chris Armas began his career as the manager of the Red Bulls on July 8, 2018 and has led his team to a tie for the fourth-most points in MLS regular-season play since with 94. Seattle (105), LAFC (102) and Atlanta (96) are ahead of New York by a small margin during that span, while D.C. United (94) is tied and NYCFC (89) and Philadelphia (88) follow closely behind. The Red Bulls have tallied an 11-5-2 mark against those six clubs that have played at a high level during Armas' tenure.
New York concludes the MLS is Back Tournament Group Stage on Wednesday, July 22 against FC Cincinnati. Kickoff is set for at 8 p.m. ET with coverage on ESPN, TSN and Red Bulls Radio.
All-Time Series: Columbus Crew SC leads, 35-33-14