NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Red Bulls have signed a multiyear agreement with the Madison Square Garden Network, ensuring it will continue as the local television home of the MLS team.

MSG has held the television rights to the Red Bulls/MetroStars since 1996. It will telecast 24 of the team’s 32 regular-season games this season as part of the new deal.

MSG will also continue to produce pre and postgame shows for select games telecast on the network. The first game to air this season will be April 5 against the Chicago Fire.

Shep Messing will return as the game analyst for his eleventh season and Steve Cangialosi will return for his fourth as play-by-play announcer. Sideline reporter Tina Cervasio will be back for her fourth season

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