The Red Bulls are a high-caliber team with a winning record—currently second in their Eastern Conference. Their state-of-the-art stadium is a treat for fans. And they’re the only New York sports franchise with an international impact: Over the summer, the Bulls signed one of Australia’s star players, midfielder Tim Cahill, and loaned rookie Victor Palsson to a Dutch club to get more playing experience. Makes MLB and the NFL look kind of provincial! Today’s match between the Red Bulls and hot division rival Sporting Kansas City is being called a dogfight. The teams played to a 1-1 draw in their last meeting, and Red Bulls coach Hans Backe predicted to reporters that this game “will be ugly.” Tickets start at $20 with excellent seats only around $40. But move fast, as the Red Bulls are known to sell out by game time.
Wed., Sept. 19, 7 p.m., 2012