Why RBNY vs. Cosmos is All About New York

NY Cosmos and Red Bull New York are going to show US Soccer what NYC rivalries are all about
by Daniel Feuerstein   |   Monday, June 09, 2014

Branded Bulls – column on Red Bull NY (RBNY – NYRB) & the New Jersey area soccer scene.

So you might have heard about a major rivalry game happening over on Long Island at the campus of Hofstra University. Something about a historical club coming back from the dead against the club that has been around the current soccer scene since 1996.

It’s true. Red Bull New York will face the New York Cosmos — pitting New York’s new brand against the dominant force of earlier years.

These 2 sides will be clashing during the fourth round of the US Open Cup — while the World Cup will be going on.

There will be plenty of talk and plenty of action as these 2 teams will fight for the right to advance into the fifth round of the tournament either as hosts against the Harrisburg City Islanders or a trip to Chester, Pennsylvania, to face the Philadelphia Union.

But while both sides will take this match up seriously, the chatter has been very fast and very loud and all formats. Twitter, Facebook and other social media website are already being used for ammo as posters or special designs to make this match into a big thing have begun sprawling throughout the internet.

For as long as I can remember as native New Yorker who was born in the Bronx, it has become nonstop action to see sports fans in this city with 2 baseball teams, 2 NFL teams, 2-3 hockey teams (If you really want to count the New Jersey Devils) and 2 basketball teams always fighting to show that their sides are the best.

It doesn’t matter if you are a legacy side like the New York Yankees with 27 World Series Championships against the New York Mets, or the New York Giants against the NY Jets.

New York Islanders fans try to show they are still relevant, while the New York Rangers are currently fighting to make an attempt to win their fifth Stanley Cup as the big boys in Midtown Manhattan. Or now that the Nets have moved out of New Jersey to Brooklyn and that borough is alive and well with a pro sports team after the Dodgers trying to challenging the Knicks.

Sports is everywhere in New York. And for soccer, it’s no different.

I can guarantee all of you that those groups who are supporting the new version of the New York Cosmos are yelling very loudly against RBNY, and those groups who support the Red Bulls are giving it right back. This passion is what New York sports brings out. RBNY and the Cosmos won’t fall short of that.

If you are not from the New York City tri-state area and need some ear plugs to stop all the loud chatter around this big US Open Cup match, then you will be missing a lot of fun because this is what New Yorkers do best.

A lot of pre-game yelling, swearing, showing up and knocking you down with words that there is plenty of mud to sling until the opening whistle is blown. And it gets louder when the action gets underway. I promise you this game is worth the price of admission you won’t be disappointed.

NEXT UP: June 14 — US Open Cup: Red Bull New York vs. New York Cosmos, Shuart Stadium, Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York. 8:30 p.m. EST, USSoccer.com.


Ramapo College
Club Domestic:
Red Bull NY
Club Foreign:
PSG, ManU, Maccabbi Haifa
Original New York Cosmos fan, reborn soccer fan since 1994 USA World Cup. Feuerstein’s Fire podcast host. Covers NY Red Bulls for SN, and promotes all levels of American soccer from both sides of issues.