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Red Bulls Stampede NYCFC at Yankee Stadium

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Bronx, NY – The NY Derby between the, New York Red Bulls and NYCFC, drew the largest Yankee Stadium soccer crowd of the season, 37,858 on Saturday. In the end, the Red Bulls prevailed and thumped their New York rivals, 7-0.

Both had entered the match after recent hot streaks that have moved in playoff contention. The Red Bulls have three wins, a draw and a loss in their latest five contests and NYCFC had been undefeated in their most recent five matches.

The visitors, scoreless in five of their first six matches of the season, scored early, At the three-minute mark, Dax McCatty headed his first goal of the season on an assist by Sacha Kjestan. The two combined again in the same manner for the club’s fourth goal of the day at the 51-minute mark. The playmaker, Kjestan, is leading the MLS with eight assists.

As the first half neared its close, the red Bulls increased their advantage with a goal by Bradley Wright-Phillips. In the extra time allotted after the 45-minute period, he scored his second goal of the contest, his fifth of the season and his 50th for his club.

It was also his sixth goal in the four New York Derby matches, all won by the Red Bulls. His coach, Jessee Marsch remarked of the London born player, ‘her’s taken a lot of pride in this series. He’s a big game player.”

The only player on the visitor’s side born in New York City, Alex Muyl, netted his first MLS goal in the second half. The 20 year-old, playing in his first MLS season, had entered the match only three minutes earlier. The youngster, brought up on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, was thrilled by his accomplishment, “I couldn’t have dreamt it. It was the perfect place to do it.” Marsch said of the youngster, “he has earned the respect of everyone at the highest level.”

Red Bulls goalie, Luis robles, who compiled his 31st shutout and set two MLS marks in the match, 119 consecutive games and 119 consecutive complete games, spoke of the rivalry, “It’s going to be about a pretty awesome rivalry that’s starting to gain momentum, and I know that NYCFC are going to be looking to sort of rectify what happened.” Muyl, playing in his first New York Derby, assessed the future of the rivalry, “it has the potential to be the best rivalry in the MLS.”

The two clubs will next meet at Yankee Stadium on July 3 and then at Red Bulls Arena on July 14.

About Howard Goldin

Howard Goldin is a 72-year-old Bronx native whose passion for sports is evidenced by his 15 years of sports writing with Latino Sports. A former English instructor at Monroe College, his love for sports started with baseball and have expanded since. If there's a sport or a community event, Howard will be in attendance covering it.

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