This is the biggest match for the New York Red Bulls as they will try to cap off a three match road trip that started in Chicago, flew across the continent to Vancouver and will now finish with the final installment of the 2018 Hudson River Derby.
The battle for New York City will be completed one way or another in the final regular season match up inside the big ballpark in the Bronx as the Red Bulls currently lead 2-1 and a 8-1 goal aggregate when you count the US Open Cup victory.
But the standings right now has the Red Bulls a single point ahead of their Bronx neighbors and three points behind Atlanta United who they will face at the end of September inside Red Bull Arena.
But right now the Supporters Shield Race is getting tight, that record aggregate for a 2019 CONCACAF Champions League Spot is also getting big, these two sides are going to go after it and they want that spot very bad.
“I think that it shows that both organizations are really committed to do whatever it takes when it comes to some of the teams that are trying to be competitive and win.” said Luis Robles.
“It’s not only great for the rivalry but it’s great for the league, when you see that each game not only has implications on territory, geography status and rivalry. They have had a great year, but beyond the rivalry these games have huge meaning for the supporters shield.”
Tyler Adams is very excited to face NYCFC again as he knows that the last match the mental flub cost the club at least a point as this one was almost heading towards a scoreless draw.
“It’s another derby match, excited for it and you always get up for these ones more than anything. I think we are in a strong way right now and we need to get it while we are hot.” Said Adams.
“A lot of road matches but while we are home and not being in our home we are excited to be facing NYCFC. They have done amazing at home and that is their strength, we cant be naïve about it. So try to get an early goal, put on our press and be confident about it.”
Chris Armas is returning to the Borough of his birth and he’s also returning to the place where he coached his first MLS match as the head guy after Jesse Marsch left for Red Bull Leipzig in the German Bundesliga. You wonder what’s on his mind for this huge match up.
“New York City has a deep squad and they always have a plan that counteracts what we try to do on the day. So it’s always a fun one at Yankee Stadium and when we play New York City, because there is a lot to play for on the table.” Said Armas.
“It’ tricky when you watch them play. They didn’t get the result at Philadelphia, they gave up goals and then we have to reset when you play a big opponent, They are 10-0-2 at home and they have a lot of confidence playing at home. We need to disrupt that.”
As of right now Michael Murillo will serve his one match suspension as he was double booked in Vancouver against Alphonso Davies and that means a bit of a squad rotation as it seems to be that Connor Lade will be in the starting eleven at Right fullback.
But major points are on the line and if the Red Bulls can take advantage of this game on a Wednesday night, then there could be a possible separation from the blue side and once again tie on points with Atlanta United for the top of the east.