THE BRONX, NY – And so… New York is neither red or blue.
The second installment of the Hudson River Derby in Yankee Stadium was anticipated to be a dramatic affair and of course, it didn’t disappoint.
Things didn’t take very long to materialize when New York City FC’s perchance to play from the back caused problems for them in the 10th minute when Valentin Castellanos coughed the ball from pressure to Kaku who threaded the needle to Alex Muyl who promptly blasted the ball past Sean Johnson to give the visitors the lead.
New York City created numerous chances. Valentin Catellanos nearly equalized in the 20th minute, but his header banged off the crossbar. Héber also struck woodwork on a long distance blast, much to Luis Robles’ relief.
However, City would finally get their chance to equalize in the 43rd minute as Michael Murillo fouled Maxi Moralez in the box and he would then score his 7th of the season to bring the match level at one.
In the second half, City would capitalize on the Red Bulls’ tired legs in from their encounter with Atlantic Cup rival D.C. United on Wednesday when Anton Tinnerholm and Maxi Moralez would team up to eviscerate the Red Bulls defenders to put the home side in the lead, with Heber scoring his 13th in the 52nd minute right in front of the net.
Adding to the drama of the match, Ronald Marrita received a send off in stoppage time for his head butt attempt on on Michael Murrillo. That created a nervy finish down he stretch before the final whistle blew ending the match.
Pivotal Moment of the Match
Once City was able to settle down after the goal by Muyl, they were a different team on the pitch. First to the ball on every play, they forced the Red Bulls on their heels, causing havoc on the narrow pitch.
Man of the Match
Maxi Moralez – NYCFC
Scored a goal and a assist in this match was the catalyst of calming the midfield, giving NYCFC the chances they needed to send their cross-river rivals home with a defeat.
Photo by Bill Twomey Photography