NYC F.C. Draws NY RedBulls 1-1 on New York-Hudson Derby Last Match of the 2018 MLS' Season…!
NEW YORK,NY (SMIWIRE,08.22.18)-The much anticipated last New York-Hudson Dervy's match between NYC F.C. and NY RedBulls of the 2018 season, ended with a 1-1 tie, during a high-energy game and in front of 30,319 fans at the legendary Yankees Stadium, Bronx NYC.
The New York-Hudson Derby it's becoming the "New York Clasico"
soccer match, where both teams (NYC F.C. & NY RedBulls) and fans from ther Tri-State area(NY,NJ & CT), look forward to attend and cheer for their favorite teams and proclaim the winner as the #1 New York team.
The rivalry was shown in the field as both teams attacked from the start, but with the RedBulls having better control of the ball in the first half. An intense game and close fierce marking from both teams, looking to control of the midfield, producing numerous fouls from the both teams and stopping the game by the referee.
The RedBulls had the chance to score first through Wright-Phillips at the 19' minutes,when in a break-away inside area, kicked a hard shot that landed wide near the leftside goalpost of NYC F.C.'s goalkeeper Sean Johnson.
After numerous counter-attacks from the Redbulls, top scorer Wright-Phillips opened the score at the 37' minutes with a low diving header, after receiving a center pass from Daniel Royer from left-side field into the penalty area, for his 18th goal of the season and putting the RedBulls in front 1-0 over NY F.C.
Few minutes later after being down 1-0, NYC F.C., midfielder Eliot Amagut, in his MLS's debut got a red card for challenging Marc Rzatkowski with a hard and dangerous tackle leaving the men in blue with 10 men in the field.
NYC F.C. had the chance to even the score before the end of the half at 44' minutes, when David Villa alongside with three RedBulls' defenders, kicked a right-footed from inside the penalty area, hitting the left goalpost of RedBulls' goalkeeper Luis Robles and bouncing outside for the final play of the half with the RedBulls leading 1-0 over the Men in Blue.
In the second half, NYC F.C. regrouped and went to offensive attack from start and through David Villa scored the equalizer at the 51' minutes sending the fans wild. The play was originated by Maxi Morales from the midfield, sending a long ball inside the 18', finding Norwegian's Jo Inge Berget who headed back to David Villa " El Guaje" outside the penalty area, and shot a hard left-footed out of reach of RedBulls' goalkeeper Luis Robles to even the game at one (1-1).
With the game tied at one and NYC F.C. with a man down, the game did not loose any competitiveness and both teams kept its composure and persistence offensive attacks in search of a victory. In the 71' minutes NYC F.C.'s midfielder Ebenezer Ofori was sent-off due to a foul against Wright-Phillips, leaving the Men in Blue with with 9 players the rest of the game and ending the game in a draw (1-1).
With today's game, both teams gained a point in the MLS East Standing with the ReBulls finishing second with 49 points, and NYC F.C. third with 48, behind the first place Atlanta United with 51 points.