The 2018 edition of the Hudson River Derby or the NYC Rivalry has begun this past Saturday after another destruction came at the feet of Patrick Vieria and his NYCFC side when the New York Red Bulls regained their stranglehold of this series with a four goal clean sheet victory.
But ever since this whole series began back in the 2015 season, the Red Bulls have shown dominance with the exception of the 2017 season after they won at home against the blue side in the US Open Cup for the first time in both teams short history against each other.
But consider what this press style from Jesse Marsch has done to not only prepare for the four year old side that plays at the big ballpark in the Bronx. It has produced some interesting numbers that the red side has done since this whole thing took off.
Before going winless in 2017 the Red Bulls made history in their first five wins by having 10 different goal scorers contribute to the destruction of NYCFC. We all know Bradley Wright-Phillips has now converted eleven times in ten matches, but we also can’t forget (Which of course no one has) the seven goal destruction at Yankee Stadium in 2016.
Dax McCarty got his brace and then first pro goal by Alex Muyl, Gonzalo Veron and Gideon Baah who combined to get the touchdown and the extra point respectively. But in the first match ever it was the defenders who converted after BWP got the equalizer as Chris Duvall and Matt Miazga who went to the near side swung for the fences in celebration
And let’s not forget the Brazilian agitator Felipe, former Captain Sacha Kljestan who converted a penalty and the former strong French Centerback Ronald Zubar who got into perfect position and delivered a snap header.
But if you count this past Saturday’s match you now can add Kaku, Florian Valot and Derrick Etienne Jr. as it is now thirteen different goal scorers in six wins and think about this as well. Miazga, Muyl, Valot & Etienne who grew up inside the Red Bulls Academy made their marks as well.
But when you look at the amount of goals that has been converted by the Red Bulls, the numbers are ridiculous. In the six wins the Red Bulls have in league play, they have converted twenty-two times while allowing three and in all competitions it’s twenty-six goals for and eleven against as well as three clean sheets by Luis Robles and one by Ryan Meara in the US Open Cup
While we all know that this rivalry is still within it’s infancy you can tell who the dominant side is right now and while this situation will change in the future and we do have two matches remaining at Yankee Stadium this coming July & a Mid-Week Tilt in August, at the moment the Red Bulls have benefitted in the early years.
But you hope that these types of days that goes in favor of the red side of NYC will continue to improve and get better and better and better. But for now continue to enjoy the second red wedding.
While it wasn’t a seven goal destruction like the time it got started at Yankee Stadium on Saturday, May 21st, this one really hurt Patrick Vieria as his side never showed up and he was already upset with that performance after the two goals in four minutes opened the match.