The New York Red Bulls will start the 2019 calendar with an away trip to MAPFRE Stadium to take on Columbus Crew SC.
The opener is a rematch of the 2018 MLS Eastern Conference semifinals which saw the Red Bulls advance on aggregate 3-1. Kickoff is at 4:30 on March 2nd, in a long list of season openers across the league.
Two weeks later on March 16th, the Red Bulls will host the San Jose Earthquakes at Red Bull Arena. The Earthquakes finished last season on 21 points, least in MLS, with a 4-9-21 record. The two met once last season in early October, the Red Bulls coasted to a 3-1 win.
Two teams in transition
Both Columbus Crew SC and San Jose Earthquakes will debut their newest coaching hires this season. Gregg Berhalter’s tenure officially ended on December 2nd when he accepted a long rumored offer to coach the U.S Men’s National Team. After an agreement fell through with the LA Galaxy coaching position, Paul Tenorio of The Athletic reports former Portland boss, Caleb Porter, is the favorite to replace Berhalter.
While the future of the Crew is uncertain, the San Jose Earthquakes made a big hire at head coach. Former Chivas Guadalajara head coach, Matias Almeyda, left Liga MX for the sunny coast of California. Almeyda will return to Red Bull Arena after his side beat the New York Red Bulls 1-0 on aggregate in the 2018 Concacaf Champions League semi-finals.
Concacaf Champions League
Before these two matches, the Red Bulls will kick of the 2019 Concacaf Champions League against Dominican side, Atletico Pantoja. First in Santiago on February 20th at 8 pm EST. On the 27th, the Red Bulls will host the return leg at 8 pm. If the Red Bulls advance they will play the Quarterfinals sometime between March 6th and 13th. The start of 2019 will be busy with 6 games from February 20th to March 16th.
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