The 2022 MLS play-offs get underway in New Jersey, so who will avoid falling at the first hurdle?
New York Red Bulls finished fourth in the Eastern Conference, their highest finish since lifting the Supporters’ Shield in 2018.
Despite being three-times shield winners, all coming in the last decade, RBNY have never claimed MLS Cup, beaten to the biggest prize by Columbus Crew 14 years ago.
That is a fact Gerhard Struber’s team are determined to change and they do have home advantage in this first round match-up.
FC Cincinnati meanwhile will make their debut in the play-offs, having only ever come bottom of the overall standings before this season.
Nevertheless, Pat Noonan’s side ended up fifth in the east, hammering D.C. United 5-2 on Decision Day.
Brenner bagging a hat-trick in Washington, taking his tally to 18 for the season.
The Orange and Blue have lost just one of their last 14 matches played outside Ohio, a run that dates back to 26 March.
So, this gives Cincinnati supporters hope that their first-ever post-season adventure will last longer than one game.
Both regular season meetings between these two ended in 1-1 draws, including a stalemate in Harrison as recently as 20 August.
Who will reach the Conference semi-finals, where a trip to Philadelphia Union awaits?