Red Bulls, NYCFC Ready For MLS Postseason

MLS, David Villa, NYCFC
David Villa scored twice against Columbus. Photo: Vincent Carchietta-USA Today Sports

The New York Red Bulls will hit the road to open their 2017 Major League Soccer postseason campaign, heading to Chicago to take on the Fire.

Facing long-time Red Bull Dax McCarty, New York and Chicago will meet in the single-elimination play-in game on Wednesday, October 25, at 8:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast on FoxSports1 and UniMas.

The sixth-seeded Red Bulls have a win and a draw vs. Chicago this season, winning at Red Bull Arena in April before drawing 1-1 at Toyota Park. Should New York advance, they would meet Supporters’ Shield winner Toronto FC.

The Red Bulls closed out its regular season with a 2-1 win over Eastern Conference rivals D.C. United in United’s final home game at RFK Stadium.

Across the Hudson River, New York City FC finished the MLS Regular Season with a 2-2 draw vs. Columbus Crew at CitiField. NYCFC for the second straight season is the No. 2 seed in the East and awaits its opponent for the opening of its two-leg conference semi-finals on Monday, October 30, or Tuesday, October 31, with the second leg set for November 5.

For the second time this season, New York City was forced to shift a home match away from Yankee Stadium, this time due to the deep playoff run by the New York Yankees. In September, NYCFC and Houston Dynamo played to a 1-1 draw at Pratt & Whitney Stadium in Hartford, Conn.

Against Columbus, David Villa scored twice and finished the 2017 season with 22 goals.