The 2021 MLS Cup playoffs are set to begin Saturday afternoon as the seventh-seeded New York Red Bulls head to Philadelphia for Game 1 of the playoffs.
After a tumultuous regular season, RBNY are back in the playoffs for the 12th consecutive time, while Philadelphia comfortably qualified for the playoffs after securing a second place finish in the regular season.
Here’s what you need to know about the Eastern Conference first round playoff game …
When is the kick-off? Saturday, November 20, 2:30 p.m. (ET)
Where is the match being played? Subaru Park, Chester, Pennsylvania
Which TV channel is it on? Univision, TUDN, PHL17, MSG +
What streaming is it on? MLSsoccer.com & App
After a tough start to the season, it looked like New York’s long playoff streak was drawing to a close in 2021. But, the Red Bulls fought back mid-season to manage a life-saving 7-1-4 record. season.
Despite the back injuries that plagued the team, the Red Bulls are now confident they can advance to the Conference semi-finals.
“I think Philly is going a step further like us. They are a different age group, they have a group that plays together longer, ”said head coach Gerhard Struber. “But I think right now, in our momentum, with everything we’ve learned over the past few months, we can beat Philly. That’s the big goal on Saturday.”
After a strong regular season, the Union secured second place in the Eastern Conference.
Head coach Jim Curtin is set to make Daniel Gazdag the star of the game on Saturday after being impressed with the Hungary international all season.
The team are also not reporting any new injuries.
“Daniel has four goals and five assists this year and it’s only been 1300 minutes,” Curtin said. “If you quantify that over a season, you’re looking at double-digit goals and double-digit assists, which is not easy to do in this league.”
new York: Coronelle; Nealis, Reyes, Edwards, Gutman; Yearwood, Davis, Duncan; Fabio, Casserès, Klimala
Philadelphia cream: Blake; Wagner, Glesnes, Elliott, Mbaizo; Andres Martinez, Flach Bedoya; Monteiro, Gazdag, Przybylko
In the history of this rivalry, the Red Bulls hold the advantage, with a 14-7-6 lead in the series. The teams drew 1-1 in both meetings of the 2021 regular season. New York and Philadelphia have only met once in the playoffs, in the 2019 MLS Cup playoffs, with Philadelphia winning 4 -3 in a thriller.
The Union have been one of the most consistent teams in MLS this season. While impressive that the Red Bulls have qualified after a rough start, a road game against a playoff rival is no easy task, especially when that rival has been one of the best teams in the league. league this season.
Prediction: New York Red Bulls 0-1 Philadelphia Union