FC Barcelona will wrap up its summer tour of the USA with a match against the New York Red Bulls on Saturday. Star signing Robert Lewandowski will continue his quest to score his first goal in a Blaugrana jersey.
This will be the fourth and final match of a preseason series in the States which has seen Barcelona blank another MLS club, Inter Miami, 6-0, before defeating archrivals Real Madrid 1-0 and tying Italian power Juventus 2-2.
One final exhibition match will remain on the schedule, in Spain against Pumas UNAM (Aug. 7), before kicking off the domestic season against Rayo Vallecano on Aug. 13.
The Red Bulls are coming off a semifinal ouster in the U.S. Open Cup against Orlando City in midweek, but they are riding high in league play, sporting the fifth-best record with 12 matches remaining in the Major League Soccer regular season. A playoff berth is well within reach.
This is the third all-time meeting between the Red Bulls and Barcelona, with the two previous instances being played at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J. Barcelona won both matches: 4-1 in 2006 and 6-2 in 2008. This will be the first time that Barcelona has played a competitive match at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J.
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90 mins from kickoff: Here’s how the Red Bulls are looking ahead to a match they see as a measuring stick.
After a busy week of traveling, the Red Bulls are preparing to welcome FC Barcelona to Red Bull Arena for a friendly on Saturday.
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NY Red Bulls vs Barcelona lineups
New Barcelona transfer acquisition Jules Kounde will be presented in Spain this week and is not currently with the club. The other player sure to miss out is Ferran Torres, who is expected to feature next weekend against Pumas. He is recovering from a foot injury.
Ronaldo Araujo and Pedri, who were given the night off against Juventus, are available again. We’ll see if third-string ‘keeper Aranu Tenas gets some action as the only player aside from Torres not to receive minutes thus far in preseason.
Barcelona starting lineup (4-3-3, right to left): 1-Marc-Andre Ter Stegen (GK) — 4-Ronald Araujo, 15-Andreas Christensen, 24-Eric Garcia, 18-Jordi Alba — 14-Nico Gonzalez, 5-Sergio Busquets, 8-Pedri — 7-Ousmane Dembele, 12-Robert Lewandowski, 22-Raphinha
Barcelona subs (17): 25-Inaki Pena (GK), 36-Arnau Tenas (GK), 2-Sergino Dest, 3-Gerard Pique, 20-Sergi Roberto, Alejandro Balde, Alex Collado, Marc Casado, 19-Franck Kessie, Pablo Torre, 16-Miralem Pjanic, 30-Gavi, 21-Frenkie de Jong, 33-Abde Ezzalzouli, 9-Memphis Depay, 10-Ansu Fati, 17-Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
It’s to be expected that most of the Red Bulls roster will get a run out against Barcelona, especially in the midst of a busy period which sees them playing six matches in 21 days. It’s also a way for head coach Gerhard Struber to maintain the intensity he hopes to see from his side as they seek to impose their pressing style of play on the 26-time La Liga champions.
NY Red Bulls projected starting lineup (3-4-3, right to left): 1-Carlos Coronel (GK) — 12-Dylan Nealis, 15-Sean Nealis, 33-Aaron Long — 10-Lewis Morgan. 8-Frankie Amaya, 23-Cristian Cassere Jr, 47-John Tolkin — 82-Luquinhas, 9-Patryk Klimala, 21-Omir Fernandez
NY Red Bulls projected subs (15): 18-Ryan Meara (GK), 40-AJ Marcucci (GK), 4-Andres Reyes, 7-Tom Edwards, 24-Jason Pendant, 80-Juan Castillo, 75-Daniel Edelman, 65-Steven Sserwadda, 16-Dru Yearwood, 17-Cameron Harper, 37-Caden Clark, 30-Jesus Castellano, 22-Serge Ngoma, 74-Tom Barlow, 28-Zach Ryan
NY Red Bulls vs Barcelona TV channel, live stream
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|Streaming||Barca TV+||Red Bull TV, Barca TV+, ViX||, OneSoccer||Barca TV+|
U.K. & Australia: This weekend’s friendly between New York Red Bulls and Barcelona from Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J., will be televised globally by Barcelona’s in-house streaming platform, Barca TV+, which requires a subscription.
USA: In the United States, Saturday’s friendly will be broadcast by regional network MSG Network,. The match will also be streamed by the Red Bulls in-house via Red Bull TV.
Canada: OneSoccer, which is streamed on fuboTV, will carry the match for Canadian fans.