The MLS is Back tournament will start on July 8 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, with the match between Orlando City SC vs. Inter Miami FC. However, the New York Red Bulls will have to wait until July 11 for their opening game.
The 2020 schedule was unveiled after the groups draw, and the New York Red Bulls will play in Group E along with Atlanta United, FC Cincinnati and Columbus Crew. According to the MLS is Back tournament odds, the NY Red Bulls should at least finish in second place and qualify for the knockout stage.
Group E (Eastern Conference)
1. Atlanta United
2. Columbus Crew
3. FC Cincinnati
4. New York Red Bulls
However, they will have their most difficult challenge in their opening game. The match between the New York Red Bulls and Atlanta United will be played on July 11 at 8:00 (ET time). The 2018 champions Atlanta will be without their superstar Josef Martínez, who is recovering from a surgery.
The team will play again on July 16 at 10:30PM (ET time) against Columbus Crew and will finish vs. FC Cincinnati on July 22 at 8:00PM (ET time). If the Red Bulls finish among the top two teams in Group E, they will play their Round of 16 game on July 28.
The New York Red Bulls will try to clinch their first MLS Cup trophy and a spot in the upcoming edition of the CONCACAF Champions League. Also, MLS has guaranteed a grand prize of $1,100,000 for the winning franchise to mitigate the impact of the salary reductions players and team owners agreed upon during the hiatus.
How to watch or stream New York Red Bulls games
|Date||Match||Time (US ET)||TV or Stream|
|Saturday, July 11||New York Red Bulls vs. Atlanta United||8:00PM||FOX, TUDN, TUDN App|
|Thursday, July 16||New York Red Bulls vs. Columbus Crew||10.30PM||FS1, FOX Sports App|
|Wednesday, July 22||New York Red Bulls vs. FC Cincinnati||8:00PM||ESPN, ESPN App, ESPN Deportes|