Last Wednesday the opening salvos of the 2017 Hudson River Derby (or New York Derby if you're the MLS marketing team) were launched when Daniel Royer scored the lone goal of a 1-0 win that pushed NYC FC through the U.S. Open Cup Moon Door.
On Saturday afternoon, the derby resumes at Red Bull Arena as the Cityzens and the Third Rail make their fifth visit to Harrison.
Much like last year, Patrick Vieira's side have been solid on the road, with reigning MLS MVP David Villa already eclipsing double-digit goals this season.
Meanwhile, the Red Bulls' form has not been anywhere near what it was last year, with the team failing to score more than twice in a game all year and only winning one of their last three MLS home games.
In order to ensure that NY remains Red, Sacha Kljestan, Felipe, Tyler Adams and Bradley Wright-Phillips will need better than some late-game goals.
Here is the RBNY predicted XI vs NYC FC:
Luis Robles - With just 21 more minutes, Robles would pass Mike Petke for 2nd-most MLS minutes played in RBNY history
Damien Perrinelle - DP has been solid-enough alongside Collin in the last two games that he can retain his spot at CB so Aaron Long can rest his ankle.
Sacha Kljestan - Maybe Tyler Adams can teach Kljestan a thing or two about playing well on the field without needing to set up every scoring chance
Felipe - If Felipe does start the game in the 10 spot, will he take the spot kicks as well?
Gonzalo Veron - After Veron notched two assists in less than 10 minutes, Jesse Marsch and Chris Armas would be fools not to see if their million-dollar benchwarmer can contribute as a starter in the 4-2-3-1.
Neither side will be going into this match at full strength. The Red Bulls are likely to be without Mike Grella, and might have starting defender Aaron Long playing on a rolled ankle. NYC FC fans might argue that they're worse for wear right now though - Ronald Matarrita and Maxi Moralez are both expected to miss the game with injuries of their own.
In the end, the team that can adapt to life without their key contributors is the one that gets to declare what color NY is.
What do you think?