|New York Redbulls vs Barcelona|
|Date||31 July 2022|
|Time||4:30 AM IST 🇮🇳|
⭕ FC Barcelona XI : Ter Stegen: Araujo, Christensen, Eric, Jordi Alba; Busquets, Gavi, De Jong; Raphinha, Lewandowski & Dembélé.
⭕ NY Redbulls XI : Coronel D: S. Nealis, Long, Reyes, Tolkin M: Casserers, Yearwood, Harper, Luquinhas, Morgan F: Klimala
🔴 FT : New York Red Bulls | 0 - 2 | Barcelona
40' | 0 - 1 | Ousmane Dembele87' | 0 - 2 | Memphis Depay
Preview of NY Red Bulls vs Barcelona, Barcelona will continue their preparations for the 2022-23 campaign with a pre-season friendly against MLS team New York Red Bulls in New Jersey on Saturday night.
The Catalan outfit will enter the contest with a 2-2 draw with Juventus on Tuesday, while the Red Bulls suffered a 5-1 loss to Orlando City in the US Open Cup on Wednesday.
The New York Red Bulls have 22 games into their MLS season, with a total of 36 points, which leaves them in third place in the Eastern Conference, six points behind leaders Philadelphia Union.
The Red Bulls recorded a 4-3 win over Austin in their last league game on July 24, but they will enter this contest after losing 5-1 to Orlando City in the US Open Cup on Wednesday night.
Gerhard Struber's men will return to league action against the Colorado Rapids on August 2, but the opportunity to face Barcelona doesn't come up very often, so the club will now be focusing on this contest, even if they have a much more important game ahead. .
Head coach Struber is sure to make full use of his squad in this clash, with the Austrian expected to use most of his first-team players against the Catalan giants.
The club's supporters will also demand a response from their team following a disappointing loss to Orlando City, which saw them fail to advance to the competition's final against the Sacramento Republic.
Barcelona, meanwhile, will enter the contest with a 2-2 draw with Italian giants Juventus on Tuesday night; an entertaining game in Texas saw Ousmane Dembele and Moise Kean both score twice, and Xavi's side are now gearing up for their final pre-season friendly of the summer.
The Catalan giants have played four times during pre-season, opening their preparations for a new campaign with a 1-1 draw against Olot on July 13, while their first two matches on their United States tour beat Inter Miami 6-0 and Real Madrid 1- 0.
Xavi's team will face Pumas UNAM in the Joan Gamper Trophy on 7 August before starting their 2022-23 La Liga campaign at home against Rayo Vallecano on 13 August.
Barcelona, despite their financial problems, have managed to improve their squad with the arrivals of Franck Kessie, Andreas Christensen, Raphinha and Robert Lewandowski this summer, while a deal for Sevilla's Jules Kunde is also thought to have been agreed.
The Catalan outfit will be looking to challenge Real Madrid for the La Liga title in the new season, while they will also be hoping to make a bigger impression in Europe, having been knocked out in the Champions League group stage and Champions League quarter-finals. Europa League last season.
The New York Red Bulls will be without AJ Marcucci due to a shoulder problem, while head coach Struber will need to assess the fitness of his players after the clash with Orlando.
England midfielder Dru Yearwood is likely to break into the first team, while there is also expected to be a role in the XI for 19-year-old Caden Clark.