On Sunday, Austin FC will host the New York Red Bulls at Q2 Stadium for their first-ever Major League Soccer meeting.
With victories in seven straight MLS games, the Verde-and-Black are one of the league’s hottest teams right now, although New York City FC’s 1-0 victory over them caused them to lose some distance in the race for first place in the Eastern Conference.
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Austin FC vs New York Red Bulls Tips and Prediction
With a tie against Dallas over the weekend, Josh Wolff and his team assured themselves of the Copa Tejas title as the best team in the state of Texas this season, capping off an incredible sophomore campaign.
They have now amassed 16 points in 2022 when behind after giving up the first goal in back-to-back games, defeating the Houston Dynamo 3-1 before tying with the Toros.
This season, Austin has been nearly unbeatable against teams from the Eastern Conference, triumphing six times, drawing once, and outscoring them 20-5.
However, Austin has also shown that they are a team that is extremely deep all over the field, as they lead the league in goals and have allowed the second-fewest goals in the Western Conference. This group has a few difference-makers who have displayed outstanding quality and ccreativity. They have only lost once at Q2 Stadium in 2022, and on seven occasions they have allowed just one goal or fewer to be conceded.
With three of their next four games taking place in the scorching Texas sun, Austin will be confident that they can catch Los Angeles FC in the race for the Supporters’ Shield. Austin has maintained a one-point lead over LAFC for first place in the Conference throughout the season.
In an otherwise impressive season, New York suffered a rare home loss on Sunday, falling to the defending champions in the Hudson River Derby. This was their first loss at Red Bull Arena since early April. Although it has not been as effective in warmer climates, they have used their signature high press tactic successfully throughout much of the year, failing to score in away matches against Los Angeles FC and Inter Miami.
They broke an MLS record by winning their first five away games in 2022, but recently have not been quite as effective, picking up just four points in their latest five away games.
A strong and compact defensive shape helped New York turn their season around in 2021, and it has been a cornerstone to their success this season as they have allowed the third-fewest goals in the league (22). This team has several obvious scoring threats to watch out for, but there are also some doubts about their forwards because Struber has occasionally used a false nine style rather than a genuine attacker.
They will play a Texas-based team for the first time since 2019 on Sunday, and they have had a mixed record there, defeating Dallas 10 times away from home but only collecting two victory on the road in Houston.
We anticipate the Verde and Black to have their fair share of quality scoring opportunities given the way New York defends, which is so deep in their own zone, plus they are more adept than most MLS players at scoring goals. Despite Austin’s strong defensive play and reliance on Brad Stuver, who has made some crucial saves this season, the Red Bulls are excellent in transition.