The Hudson River Derby between the New York Red Bulls and New York City FC has been officially rescheduled for September 22 at the Red Bull Arena on Tuesday, the clubs announced this week.
The fixture had originally been scheduled to take place on August 21 during Heineken Rivalry Week, however, severe weather conditions made the Red Bull Arena field unplayable and the game was subsequently called off.
The new date for the derby comes just three days before the clubs were due to lock horns at the Yankee Stadium on September 25 making it a monumental week for rival supporters on the hunt for bragging rights in the Big Apple.
New York City FC are currently way ahead of their local rivals NYRB in the Eastern Conference, where they occupy the fourth position ahead of Red Bulls down in 12th.
NYCFC’s 10W-6L-4D record (34 points from 20 matches) is considerably better than NYRB’s 6W-10L-4L (22 points from 20 matches) return and The Pigeons will start the derby on September 22 as favorites to win as a result.
The last Hudson River Derby between the antagonists in question took place in November last year when the teams contested a one-sided skirmish that the Red Bulls would prefer to forget.
New York Red Bulls actually overturned an early deficit in the first half though Brian White and Cristian Casseres, though Gary Mackay-Steven’s leveller for the Pigeons just before the interval swung the momentum firmly back in the host’s favor.
The Boys in Blue ran riot in the second period, rattling home three goals without reply through Alexander Ring and efforts from Valentin Castellano, who finished the game with a hattrick.
The final 5-2 result provided New York City with their biggest ever victory in the derby and for interim-Red Bulls coach Bradley Carnell, it was the nadir of his temporary tenure.
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