Sweat, NYCFC top Red Bulls in Hudson River Derby

Cameron Gross
June 26, 2017

NYC (9-5-3) won just its second game in seven MLS meetings with the Red Bulls (7-8-2).

The visitors in blue didn't just beat the Red Bulls, they thoroughly outplayed them for the majority of the match, creating the more unsafe chances and stifling the few attacking threats the their hosts were able to muster. "I believe if you want to win football matches you have to match the competitiveness of the other team and i think today we did it brilliantly".

By halftime, NYCFC had four shots on target while the Red Bulls had none.

"Because it is here it makes it more special", City coach Patrick Vieira said. That spirit carried into the stands as well, as the traveling supporters overpowered their rivals in the South Ward from the upper-levels of a sold-out Red Bull Arena.

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Harrison's goal was just the sixth goal for NYCFC in eight matches against the Red Bulls.

The visitors put the match away in the 65th minute when Ben Sweat sent a gorgeous header over Robles to double the lead. For Sweat, it was his first goal in MLS. They turned the tables on the Red Bulls, using the hosts' strategy of high-pressuring the ball. "Possession doesn't mean anything unless you are creating something. It was a matter of them making a couple more plays than we were able to make on the day and being a little more up for the challenge".

Jack Harrison scored deep into the first half and Ben Sweat added a crucial insurance goal midway through the second as New York City FC defeated the New York Red Bulls 2-0 on Saturday afternoon at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J.

There was no sense of panic for the Red Bulls, with Marsch doing his best to try and downplay how thoroughly his team was outplayed on Saturday. They are also a team that has clearly fallen behind NYCFC, and they will need to improve considerably if they are going to have a chance of reasserting control when the teams meet again at Yankee Stadium on August 6.

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