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Home-Field Disadvantage: Red Bull Arena is no good for NYCFC

The club plays better on the road than they do in Harrison.

Not a lot of reasons to smile in front of the empty stands at Red Bull Arena | Photograph by Katie Cahalin, courtesy

Out of all of the factoids being tossed around after New York City FC defeated an over-confident, under-prepared New Jersey Red Bulls by the crystal-clear score of 2-0 on September 17, one stood out to the analysts here at Hudson River Blue: It was the first match at Yankee Stadium since New York City defeated Inter Miami in the Bronx on July 23.

That was 10 games ago. In case you forgot, that 10-game run ranks as one of the worst in club history, with NYCFC going 1-2-7 and taking just five points from a possible 30. 

It’s no coincidence that the last time Taty Castellanos suited up for NYCFC before going on loan to Girona FC in la Liga was in that Miami triumph. It’s also no coincidence that it was the last game NYCFC played in the Bronx for eight solid weeks. Yankee Soccer Stadium is a citadel for the club, where they are an imperious 7-2-1, with 26 goals scored and just 8 goals allowed. 

To put it simply, NYCFC are better in the Bronx. 

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