The game in 100 words (or less): Call it the New York derby, the Big Apple derby or the Hudson River derby. Either way, the New York Red Bulls defeated New York City FC 2-1 at Red Bull Arena in the clubs’ first ever matchup. The Red Bulls were forced to play nearly an hour with ten men after Matt Miazga was sent off following two yellow cards in the first half. But the visitors failed to capitalize, as Bradley Wright-Phillips scored his second of the game in the 54th minute before NYCFC made a late push in a rather uninspired performance from Jason Kreis’ men.
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Three moments that mattered
4′ — Wright-Phillips opens the scoring early — Bradley Wright-Phillips wasted no time scoring the first goal of this New York rivalry, getting on the scoresheet within the opening five minutes of play. Lloyd Sam cut towards the end-line and chipped in a cross, where the 2014 MLS Golden Boot winner volleyed home.
34′ — Second yellow sends Miazga to an early shower — It was a quick day at the office for Red Bulls defender Matt Miazga, as the 19-year-old was sent off after receiving two yellow cards in the first half. Already on a yellow, Miazga made a clumsy challenge at midfield, leaving referee Alan Kelly no choice but to go to his pocket again.
52′ — BWP bags another, puts Red Bulls up 2-0 — After scoring four minutes into the first half, it only took Bradley Wright-Phillips seven minutes to tally in the second. Down to ten men, Wright-Phillips somehow walked into the NYCFC box unmarked and capped off a quick counter-attack with his second of the match.
Man of the match: Bradley Wright-Phillips — The defending MLS Golden Boot winner bagged his fourth and fifth goals of the season today and constantly caused problems for the NYCFC defense, despite the Red Bulls playing most of the match down to ten men.
Red Bulls: Robles, Lawrence, Perrinelle, Miazga, Duvall, McCarty, Felipe, Grella (Ouimette, 38′), Kljestan, Sam (Miller, 87′), Wright-Phillips (Richards, 78′)
Goals: Wright-Phillips (4′, 52′)
Red Card: Miazga (36′)
NYCFC: Saunders, Williams, Wingert, Hernandez, Allen, Grabavoy, Diskerud (Poku, 64′), Jacobson, Alvarez (Ballouchy, 70′), Villa (Mullins, 68′), Shelton
Goal: Mullins (76′)