After going thru a winless league campaign in the Hudson River Derby last season, the New York Red Bulls knew they had to find a way to break that streak, but you never thought it was going to breakdown the way it did on a Saturday afternoon as the Red Bulls earn a four goal cleen sheet win against NYCFC
For the first time in this Derby one side has scored twice within the first four minutes after the opening whistle blew. The Red Bulls quickly pounced against the blue side of NYC. It was a looping ball from Sean Davis as he found Bradley Wright-Phillips open and onside.
When BWP got towards goal his shot was pushed to the far side by keeper Sean Johnson, but trailing from the back end was Alejandro Romero Gamarra as he caught up to the rebound and buried it inside the 2nd minute.
Then two minutes later Kaku went from goal scorer to provider as he helped set up Florian Valot. BWP finds Kaku and then the magic happens as Kaku lays off a beautiful low pass and after Valot gets away from four defenders he took a shot that looked to be savable, but a defender slid into it and deflected over the keeper and into the back of the net.
Things started to calm down and it looked like NYCFC was finally starting to put a couple of things together to make an attacking run, but it was the backline and the defensive midfielders in Sean Davis and Tyler Adams who were making things difficult for the blue side.
Then it would be another big moment for Bradley Wright-Phillips to make more Hudson River Derby history as he converted for the 11th time in ten league matches as well as eleven in all competitions.
35th minute Sean Davis found Kaku along the far side and when he got just inside the area he delivered a good cross that BWP leaps in the air and heads it down past Johnson for his 6th of the season. It’s also his 92nd career League Goal and now he needs eight to get to that century mark.
The Red Bulls would get their fourth of the match late in the second half as Derrick Etienne Jr. converted his second of the season. After Valot nails the crossbar the Red Bulls try to keep possession of the ball.
Then Tyler Adams finds Valot who slides it towards the area and Etienne Jr. would sneak behind the defender, catches Johnson off his line by misdirecting him and then tucks the ball inside an open net for the 4-0 nil score line.
“Obviously a really, really good start and then when you get a two-zero lead what happens is you usually sit back and take pressure and know the other team has nothing lose and they get at it.” Said Jesse Marsch.
“But our guys were on top of the game, the whole first half was very good, then getting the goal at the end of the half was good and not making it 3-1 right at the end, but that was the part that was the best that the concentration to stick to the game plan was great.”
But for Patrick Vieria he was very disappointed in how his club performed from the opening whistle to the last. You can see the anger and disappointment on his face when he addressed the New York Media first.
“I think this is why I’m feeling frustrated. I’m really frustrated about the competitiveness, about the desire we had on the field and I’m prepared to accept that we can lose games.” said Patrick Vieria, “But the way we lost today with a lack of conviction and lack of competitiveness is something I can’t accept.”
But for this day in the on going Hudson River Derby the Red Bulls have taken the first of three league games and they will enjoy a nice evening of earning three points as the next two will be at the big ballpark in the Bronx.