New York Red Bulls Vs. Philadelphia Union: For NYRB, It's Win And Get In

The Red Bulls need a win to clinch a spot in the postseason. No problem, right?

One game to save the season. The New York Red Bulls face the Philadelphia Union on Thursday (8 p.m. ET/ESPN2) with their postseason hopes on the line. In the final 90 minutes of regular-season soccer, the Red Bulls need a win to secure the final spot in the MLS playoffs.

But the game is not quite must-win. The Red Bulls are chasing the wild card alongside Chicago and Portland, which eliminated D.C. United on Wednesday in a 1-1 draw. If the Red Bulls lose, New York can still make the postseason if the Fire and Timber fail to win their season finales.

Even with a postseason berth locked up, the Union have a lot  at stake on Thursday, with playoff seeding at stake. Depending  on the result (and results across the league) the Philadelphia could finish as high as top in the East or as low as the third wild card spot. That swing is the difference between homefield advantage throughout the postseason and a wild-card round on the road.

The Red Bulls face this challenge without striker Thierry Henry, who will miss the game as a result of the red card he received last Saturday against Kansas City.

Failure to make the postseason would be devastating for a team with the second-highest payroll in MLS at $13.4 million (for comparison, the third-highest payroll, Toronto FC, is 6.7 million).

For more on the game, check out our Red Bulls blog Once A Metro and our Union blog Brotherly Game.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join SB Nation New York

You must be a member of SB Nation New York to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation New York. You should read them.

Join SB Nation New York

You must be a member of SB Nation New York to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation New York. You should read them.

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.