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Pride Night: New York Red Bulls v Orlando City SC Sat. Jun. 1 2024

Jun 01, 2024
Pride Night Red Bull Arena

The New York Red Bulls are gearing up for an exciting evening at the Red Bull Arena this Saturday, June 1, 2024, as they host Orlando City SC in a much-anticipated MLS showdown. The match, which kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET, is the club’s annual Pride Night, celebrating diversity and inclusion with a host of special activities and giveaways.

Current Form and Standings

The Red Bulls, with 7 wins, 3 losses, and 5 ties are currently enjoying a strong season, placing them well within the playoff spots. Their impressive record includes being unbeaten in their first six home matches this season, a feat only matched once before in the club's history. On the other side, Orlando City SC, with 4 wins, 6 losses, and 5 ties has had a rocky start to their season, struggling to find consistent form and sitting further down the MLS standings.

Historical Context

This match marks the 22nd regular-season meeting between the two clubs, with New York historically having a slight edge with 9 wins, 8 losses, and 3 tied games record. Despite losing their last two home matches against Orlando, the Red Bulls enter the game on a nine-match home unbeaten streak across all competitions, indicating a potential turnaround in this match-up.

Players to Watch

The spotlight will be on Red Bulls captain Emil Forsberg, who recently scored his first career multi-goal game in MLS during their 3-1 victory over Charlotte FC. With six goals this season, Forsberg is a key player to watch, especially as he seeks to make his mark against Orlando for the first time.

Pride Night Celebrations

The evening will be packed with celebrations of pride and inclusivity, highlighted by performances and appearances from notable LGBTQ+ advocates and artists. DJ Boston Chery will kick things off at the Red Bull Arena Crossbar venue, followed by co-host Milan Garcon, a prominent New York-based influencer and advocate. The national anthem will be performed by TONEWALL, a queer a cappella band known for their vibrant and inclusive performances.

In addition to the entertainment, the Red Bulls will sport special pre-match Pride jerseys designed by Pabllo Vittar, blending classic Adidas style with a fresh take on the Pride colors. These jerseys are not just a fashion statement but a symbol of the club’s commitment to the LGBTQ+ community.

Community Engagement

In line with the celebration, the Red Bulls will donate to the Hudson Pride Center, affirming their support for the LGBTQ+ and HIV/AIDS communities. Fans attending the game can also look forward to exclusive giveaways, including Pride-themed sunglasses, enhancing the festive atmosphere.

Traffic Advisory

Fans planning to attend the game are advised to stay tuned for a traffic bulletin from the Harrison Police Department, as significant delays are expected around the Red Bull Arena.

This match promises not only to be a crucial one for the standings but also a celebration of community and equality, embodying the spirit of Pride Night. Whether you're a soccer fan, a supporter of the LGBTQ+ community, or both, Saturday's match at Red Bull Arena is an event not to be missed. 

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