The first Hudson River Derby of 2021 has been officially postponed due to pitch conditions as a result of torrential rain. This is disappointing and the first time I’ve ever covered a game that didn’t happen.
Sorry, folks. Be safe. See you next time.
For the second time, we’re kicking off several hours after we thought we would’ve. Can NYCFC make New York blue again, this time in Jersey?
ANOTHER DELAY! Kickoff will now be scheduled for 10:42 PM (EST).
Shelter in place has been extended until 10 p.m.— New York Red Bulls (@NewYorkRedBulls) August 22, 2021
Please seek shelter on the concourse or plaza levels.
The earliest we can now kick off is 10:42 p.m. pic.twitter.com/d7ZVMjt3G5
9:30 PM (EST): Warmups are now scheduled for 9:45 PM. Kickoff will be at 10:27.
As it stands now, the earliest we can kick off is 10:27 p.m. https://t.co/AjTSINZTf2— New York Red Bulls (@NewYorkRedBulls) August 22, 2021
9:00 PM (EST): We’re still in a weather delay. According to the most recent bit of information, the players were due to begin warming up about now. But I’ve yet to hear a follow-up on that.
Rosters are out! Judging by what it looks like from the MLS website, NYCFC will be giving the 3-4-3 a shot. It’ll be James Sands as the middle center back between Maxime Chanot and Alex Callens, while Keaton Parks and Alfredo Morales play box-to-box in between wingbacks Anton Tinnerholm and Gudi Thorarinsson. The front three consists of Maxi Moralez on the left wing, Jesus Medina on the right, and Taty Castellanos at center forward as always.
Weather delay. Due to inclement weather, the game has been delayed. Let’s hope this wait isn’t as long as it was with the Leagues Cup match.
We are in a weather delay.— New York Red Bulls (@NewYorkRedBulls) August 21, 2021
Please exit the seating bowl and seek shelter in the concourse and plaza levels. pic.twitter.com/Ac3FVACzOT
New York City FC Starting XI:
- Suspended: None
- Suspended after next caution: Nicolas Acevedo, Valentin Castellanos, Jesus Medina
- International Duty: None
- Injury Report:
- OUT: Heber (knee)
New York Red Bulls Starting XI: TBA
- Suspended: None
- Suspended after next caution: Kyle Duncan
- International duty: None
- Injury Report:
- OUT: Aaron Long
- OUT: Youba Diarra
Referees: Ismail Elfath (referee); Corey Parker, Kyle Atkins (assistant referees); Robert Sibiga (4th official); Jon Freemon (VAR)
How To Watch
Match date & time: August 21, 2021, 8:00 PM ET
Venue: Red Bull Arena, Harrison, NJ
Online streaming: Fox Sports
Local radio: NYCFC.com/radio
The story: NYCFC’s midweek loss to the Philadelphia Union on the road was a tough pill to swallow. Not only did it hurt City in somewhat keeping pace with the dominant New England Revolution, it broke a 6-game unbeaten streak and killed some momentum.
But the Boys in Blue need to shake all of that off and they need to do it now. Because the first 2021 edition of the Hudson River Derby is upon us as NYCFC travel across the river to visit fierce rivals New York Red Bulls in New Jersey.
The story of these two clubs couldn’t possibly be any more polarized as it already is. Despite inconsistency, NYCFC has been one of the better teams in all of MLS this season and are in the thick of the playoff-qualifying spots. Meanwhile, the Red Bulls sit in a lowly 10th place in the Eastern Conference on just 22 points and have had a mare of a season; their 1-0 win over the Columbus Crew on Wednesday broke a seven-game winless streak.
Today’s Red Bull team isn’t as great as the collection of players they’ve had in seasons past. By any metric, NYCFC is the better team both in terms of performance and on paper. But on derby day, all of your notes aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on. On nights like these, it’s who can keep calm and composed that reign supreme, not necessarily the one that does the most preparations.
This is gonna be a nervy one, folks. Strap in!
This post will update with highlights and information as we receive it.