It's been more than 24 hours since the Red Bulls went to Yankee Stadium and torched both nets at the big ballpark in the Bronx. In fact, I believe the goals are still burning after a lucky seven score line came to fruition for the team in red.
But there are more numbers to write about than the magnificent seven - thought there has been a lot of fun had with that single digit to date:
This is awesome work. RT @MichaelShmikel: #NYisRED #RBNY pic.twitter.com/jbU6iwyubA— Mario Romilio (@mromilio) May 23, 2016
I really have too much time on my hands! #RBNY #NYisRED @DaxMcCarty11 pic.twitter.com/xhnwdzJCyS— Amy (@actionwoman) May 23, 2016
How many goals did we score on @NYCFC the other day, Luis? #RBNY pic.twitter.com/DlPnB6pRch— sυвaн ❂ (@SubahAhmed) May 23, 2016
We may need a separate post for all the seven chatter...anyway, here are some more numbers to enjoy:
6: The total number of goals Bradley Wright-Phillips has scored against NYCFC in his career to date (in four games against our new, very hospitable, neighbors)
5: The number of RBNY players who scored in the match
4: The number of headers the Red Bulls scored from start to finish
3: The number of corners that the Red Bulls converted for goals; also, the number of RBNY substitutes who scored
2: Bradley Wright-Phillips & Dax McCarty each tallied a brace
1: Alex Muyl & Gideon Baah each got their first MLS goal in the scoring spree at Yankee Stadium; Gonzalo Veron got his first of the season
The full context of this result won't really be understood until the season is much more advanced: the Red Bulls are still, technically, digging themselves out of the hole they dug with a six-losses-in-seven start to the 2016 league campaign. But this probably-never-to-be-repeated thrashing of NYCFC also has its own context: we won; they lost; we scored seven; they scored none. And the point of any rivalry is that it has its own momentum. Forget the standings, forget the league, forget whatever the bigger picture might be - RBNY beat NYCFC as emphatically as any of us are ever likely to see.
Thanks, RBNY. Let's do this again some time.
Touchdown #RBNY— Dax McCarty (@DaxMcCarty11) May 21, 2016