FT: A 9-man New York City fight and claw their way to a 1-1 draw.
Everything felt like it was working against us tonight, but the Boys in Blue pulled it out in dramatic fashion and even seemed poised to strike again late. Overall, an amazing effort from a team that proved a lot tonight.
73’: Ebenezer Ofori is sent off for a boot to the back of BWP. NYCFC down to 9 men.
66’: Villa puts a beautiful cross back-post cross to Wallace, but the Costa Rican can’t do anything with it.
56’: Bad news: Berget is subbed off for Wallace after receiving an injury. That’s a sub for a sub.
52’: GOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLL!!! David Villa converts to level the game!
HT: Red Bulls lead a 10-man City 1-0. Eloi Amagat’s late red card could prove to be costly. I hate to be the negative nancy of the group, but I can’t see how the Blues can pull this one out down a man. Hopefully, I’m wrong.
37’: Well, that sucks. Red Bull take the lead on a BWP goal. You could make a case for the preceding set piece being unjust. But alas, here we are. 1-0 RB.
31’: Sebastien Ibeagha and Maxime Chanot have been a powerhouse on defense!
19’: Big save by Johnson!
15’: Getting closer! City has dictated the game thus far. So long as the mistakes are kept to a minimum, our chances are fine
A scrappy start, but NYCFC hasn’t outclassed. These games have been won and lost in the first fifteen minutes. Don’t let it get out of control.
1’: We’re off in the Bronx! City wear blue, Red Bulls are in... well, red. Is there a hero among our ranks?
Rosters are out! I honestly am puzzled about Eloi Amagat starting tonight. Not only has the former Girona veteran not played a minute since arriving this season, but he is getting the nod in a situation where I feel having Maxi Moralez at the attacking mid spot and Jo Inge Berget at the wing would be far more optimal.
Well, at least Jonathan Lewis is in the squad.
New York City Starting XI:
- Suspended: D/M - Ronald Matarrita
- Suspended after next caution: MF Tommy McNamara
- International Duty: none
- Injury: OUT: M - Yangel Herrera (ankle injury), D - Cedric Hountondji (hamstring injury), M - Valentin Castellanos (quad injury), M - Jesus Medina (hamstring injury), D - Alex Callens (knee injury)
Red Bulls Starting XI:
- Suspended: D - Michael Murillo
- Suspended after next caution: None
- International Duty: None
- Injury: OUT: M - Florian Valot (torn left ACL), D - Kyle Duncan (torn right ACL), M - Vincent Bezecourt (MCL sprain), D - Tommy Redding (shoulder surgery)
Referees: Ted Unkel (referee); Adam Wienckowski, Brian Dunn (assistant referees); Chris Penso (4th official); Mark Geiger (VAR)
How To Watch
Match date & time: August 22, 2018, 7 pm.
Venue: Yankee Stadium, The Bronx, NY
Online streaming: Fox Sports GO
Local radio: WNYE 91.5 FM — English; WADO 1280 AM — Spanish.
All-time series: New York City FC and the New York Red Bulls have faced each other in a total of 13 competitive matches, with the Bulls winning eight of those contests. City have taken four derby victories, with one draw being the outlier.
This Hudson River Derby is an extremely important matchup as both teams are fighting for position at the top of both the Eastern Conference table and the race for the Supporters’ Shield. With both teams also competing with the seemingly impeccable Atlanta United, this game looks and feels like a Decision Day matchup.
City is the most hobbled of the two, and will be missing Jesus Medina, Valentin Castellanos, and Alex Callens to injury while Ronald Matarrita will be forced to watch from the stands after receiving a red card late in NYCFC’s matchup against Philadelphia on Saturday. NYRB will be missing Michael Murillo due to red card suspension, but will otherwise be at relatively high strength for the game.
This post will update with highlights and information as we receive it.