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FT: Red Bulls 1, NYCFC 1

In a make-up game following their August 21st rain out, the Night Owls visit the Red Bulls in the first Hudson River Derby of 2021, and the first of two on the week. Watch live on YES with us!

MLS: New York City FC at New York Red Bulls Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

FT: Red Bulls get a trivial penalty and get a draw.

I hate everything about this.

90’+1: Malte Amundsen comes on for Gudi. Let’s hope he doesn’t suck.


It wouldn’t be a Hudson River Derby if the refs didn’t put us behind the 8-ball.

78’: Cacha Acevedo comes on for Jesus Medina.

73’: In what world is that a red card!?

71’: A goal there would’ve been on Morales. He was completely lost and didn’t press.

69’: We thought it was a brace for Taty. Chanot gets called for a foul. It’s a good call.

66’: Medina did something right! He wraps a ball around a Red Bulls defender into the path of Anton Tinnerholm. The Swede finds Parks in the box, but his shot is off the mark.

Nothing really happening here. City remains the side in control.

The second half is underway. City needs to create some distance. The Bulls are sure to come out swinging.

HT: NYCFC lead the Red Bulls 1-0 after a Taty Castellanos goal!

It’s been an ugly, rough and tumble type match with incessant fouls and physical play. But the Night Owls have dominated their Jersey-based rivals and have a goal to show for it. Deila should be pleased, but he should not be satisfied. City needs another

41’: The play was offside, but Medina still looks awful.

37’: Medina can’t find a pass. He’s been the weak link in the attack so far.


Moments after possibly being fouled in the box, Taty Castellanos slots in a goal on his weaker left foot after a perfect ball from Maxi Moralez! 1-0, Night Owls!

29’: Tinnerholm almost scores the opener! Great ball to the far post, but a better save.

24’: Maxi takes a pop from an angle. Could’ve been a failed cross, but we’ll go with a shot.

22’: SeanJohn makes another save! Chanot basically gifted RB that one.

Ten minutes have elapsed. Without a doubt, City look like they’re imposing themselves on their red-clad rivals, but have yet to create a big chance.

8’: Big save from Sean Johnson! Complete defensive breakdown allows New Jersey a strong chance on net.

2’: To start things off, Jesus Medina misses an easy pass to an open Anton Tinnerholm.

We’re ready to go in Jersey! NYCFC needs this one. And Alfredo Morales needs to play well to prove that he isn’t useless.

Rosters are out! Puzzlingly, Alfredo Morales again finds his way into the XI. No idea why.

Other than that, zero surprises. Unless you count Héber not making the bench.


New York City FC Starting XI:

  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: Nicolas Acevedo, James Sands, Alfredo Morales
  • International Duty: None
  • Injury Report: N/A

New York Red Bulls Starting XI:

  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: Tom Edwards, Dru Yearwood
  • International duty: None
  • Injury Report: N/A

Referees: Ismail Elfath (referee); Corey Parker, Kyle Atkins (assistant referees); Robert Sibiga (4th official); Jorge Gonzalez (VAR)

How To Watch

Match date & time: September 22, 8:00 PM ET

Venue: Red Bull Arena, Harrison, NJ

Online streaming: YES App, ESPN+


Local radio:

The story: We didn’t get to go at it on August 21 due to a postponement. But tonight, it’s Derby Night!

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 race. Meanwhile, the New York Red Bulls sit in a lowly 11th place in the Eastern Conference on just 26 points and have had a mare of a season;

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 personnel. 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.