The first MLS franchise in New York, the New York Red Bulls outfit is part of a team system with clubs in countries like Germany and Austria. The location makes for natural rivalries with New York City FC – who the Red Bulls face on Saturday, May 13, at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ – and with the New England Revolution, who the Red Bulls face in a Leagues Cup match on Saturday, July 22. That is the first of two entertaining-looking League Cup clashes, with the Red Bulls also hosting Atletico San Luis on Sunday, July 30.
Here is the biggest question for New York Red Bulls based on their start to the 2023 season.
Can the Red Bulls change fan opinion?
The most important part of the New York Red Bulls season is currently not occurring on the pitch. The club is struggling – they sit 12th in the Eastern Conference – but dig into advanced metrics like xG, and you will see that they have been unlucky and should climb the table soon.
Their biggest battle is that their fans have turned on the club after the Red Bulls essentially slapped one of their players on the wrist for using racist language toward an opponent. It is not often that fan sentiment calls for harsher punishment, but in this case, the Red Bulls fans have (rightly) taken a stand, and the franchise owners have plenty of work to do in order to get them back on the side of the team after this incident.