|photo by Matt Kremkau
by Anthony J. Merced
The game schedule for New York Red Bulls at the Coachella Invitational pre-season event has been announced with games against Austin FC and LA Galaxy. The event takes place between February 7th and the 17th between teams across MLS including New York Red Bulls, NYCFC, LA Galaxy, Austin FC, Charlotte FC, Chicago Fire, LAFC, Minnesota United, Portland Timbers, San Jose Earthquakes, St. Louis FC and the reigning USL Championship winners Phoenix Rising.
New York Red Bulls games will take place on Wednesday, February 14th against Austin FC and concluding on Saturday the 17th against LAFC. It is a pre-season event where, in the past, games have been played with adjusted rules such as shorter halves and more substitutes.
The event dates back to 2022 where various MLS teams participated with a champion being awarded based on best record. In 2023 New York Red Bulls won by going undefeated in the competition, notching three wins.
This is a continuation of preparation for the MLS season where teams venture into warmer climates before the start of the campaign. In the past the Red Bulls have participated in similar competitions in the west coast, playing both MLS and lower division USL competition.