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New York City 1, New Jersey Red Bulls 2 — as it happened

City fall 2-1 to rivals in controversial game

New York City FC v New York Red Bulls Photo by Daniela Porcelli/Getty Images

I have nothing politically correct to say right now.

84’: Gary Mackay-Steven comes on for Taty Castellanos.

79’: Jesus Medina comes on for Sebastien Ibeagha. City will switch to a traditional 4-3-3/4-2-3-1.

73’: The City you loved is gone. They have not been the same team in this second half. And it’s cost them. At this rate, they’d be lucky to grab an equalizer, much less score a go-ahead.

Yeah, City got screwed there. The referee messed up and there was no period for correction. You gotta stay aware, but still... absolute amateur shit here.

60’: Red Bulls take the lead on a Daniel Royer header from the cross.

City have fallen asleep at the wheel and now are behind. 2-1 Red Bulls.

52’: Shaky start to this half. Game feels more wide open, but more in the favor of the red team. Let’s see how City adjusts.

We’re back for the second half. Mata has been taken off, with Ben Sweat coming in.

45’: Chanot brings down White in the box and Alan Kelly signals for a penalty. Daniel Royer takes it and makes it, giving the Red Bulls an undeserved goal. 1-1.

After two minutes of stoppage, it’s halftime in Jersey.

40’: City continues to threaten, Bulls continue to struggle.

28’: NYCFC is just playing good football right now. They are capitalizing on mistakes and not making any of their own.

23’: SeanJohn comes up with a big save! City have a chance on the counter but can’t convert.

15’: Despite a rough first five minutes, NYCFC have taken control since scoring. They’re defending well, the midfield is moving the ball with precision... just good stuff.


Maxi swings it out to Tinnerholm on the counter. The Swedish wingback finds the Brazilian in the middle on a lovely centered ball and Héber just puts it in! Ideal start for NYCFC! 1-0

And here we go. This is a tough one to call, so let’s just play it as we go.

Rosters are out! Not many surprises as both Sean Johnson and Alex Callens reclaim their spots after missing a month of action due to international duty. Newest signing Gary Mackay-Steven starts on the bench. Taty Castellanos and Maxi Moralez will both be forward wingers in a 3-4-3, with Mata and TinnerBoom as the wingbacks.

Something worth mentioning — neither Bradley Wright-Phillips or Kaku are starting for the Red Bulls as both are on the bench.

Gary Mackay-Steven is dressed for this one! A tweet from NYCFC has revealed that their newest signing will indeed be in the squad for tonight. It is still unknown whether he is starting or will be on the bench. Either way, he’s there. Let’s hop he’s ready.


New York City Starting XI:

  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: Maxi Moralez (M), Maxime Chanot (D), Taty Castellanos (F), Alex Ring (M), Ben Sweat (D)
  • International Duty: None
  • Injury Report: OUT: James Sands (D) - broken arm, Joe Scally (D) - hip injury, Alexandru Mitrita (M) - hamstring injury, Isamael Tajouri-Shradi (F) - ankle injury

New York Red Bulls Starting XI:

  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: Kyle Duncan (D)
  • International duty: None
  • Injury Report: OUT: Florian Valot (M) - torn ACL

QUESTIONABLE: Tim Parker (D) - ankle injury

Referees: Alan Kelly (referee); Corey Rockwell, Matthew Nelson (assistant referees); Jon Freemon (4th official); Drew Fischer (VAR)

How To Watch

Match date & time: July 14, 2019, 6:30 pm.

Venue: Red Bull Arena, Harrison, NJ

Online streaming: Fox Sports Go


Local radio: WNYE 91.5 FM — English, ESPN Deportes AM1050 — Spanish

All-time series: Well, this is it. The first Hudson River Derby of 2019. And timing-wise, it couldn’t be worse. New York City FC are four days removed from a 120 minute U.S. Open Cup game against Orlando City in which they lost by penalites, while the New York Red Bulls have had a full week of rest following a dramatic 3-3 draw against Atlanta United. And with New York City missing four key players on top of it, it is for sure the Red Bulls that come into this one the fresher team.

NYCFC and NYRB sit at 5th (29 points) and 6th place (28 points), respectively, in the Eastern Conference with City having two games in hand on their New Jersey-based rivals. But historically, this means very little. In 15 total games across all competitions, the Red Bulls have dominated the Blues with an unreal 9 wins and 2 draws with the latter having only 4 wins to date. And at Red Bull Arena, NYCFC are just as historically lethargic and have only 1 win in 6 total meetings in Harrison.

When talking about records, however, it’s important to note (without jinxing it) that NYCFC manager has yet to lose to the Bulls in his first two games against them. After taking over for Patrick Vieira last summer, the Catalan manager oversaw a scrappy 1-0 win over the team’s local rivals in July before outlasting the Red Bulls once again in a 1-1 draw with only 9 players the next month.

For this particular game, the stakes are high. Not only is it the first derby of 2019 (one of two), it also could have long-term implications in the Eastern Conference playoff race as well. This two teams have been very closely compared throughout the year and the battles between the two are always chock full with animosity and vitriol, both on the field and in the stands. This added layer of intensity is sure to provide the fireworks we’ve come to associate with this annual contest.

This post will update with highlights and information as we receive it.