The Electricity of ‘The Hudson River Derby’

Red Bull Arena hosted the first round
by Daniel Feuerstein   |   Tuesday, May 12, 2015

If you don’t know this area outside of the five boroughs, then you don’t know how exciting and electric this game was inside Red Bull Arena.

Red Bull Arena, built for the game of soccer, showed why it is a fantastic destination when fans of New York Red Bulls and New York City FC filled up the building during a league game and showed up for the occasion.

When you talk about New York City and the crazy sports fans that love to yap at each other with the two MLB teams, two NFL teams, the two NBA teams and the three NHL teams, the chatter is nonstop.

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Arriving at Red Bull Arena was interesting as well. When I got out of my car and saw some NYCFC fans walking to RBA, they wasted no time in smack talking the Red Bulls fans who were tailgating and thankfully it didn’t escalate into something a lot worse. But the energy was really building from outside the arena, then inside the arena when the doors opened around 6 p.m.

There was over 1,500 visiting NYCFC fans in the upper deck of the north side surrounded by over 25,000 Red Bulls fans. And when that opening whistle blew, you could hear the excitement and the crowd going crazy for this match to finally get underway.

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The home crowd exploded when Bradley Wright-Phillips converted his 2 goals, the offside flag wiping out Chris Wingert’s tally, and the NYCFC visiting support went crazy when Patrick Mullins pulled one back. The tifo’s were big and made a profound statement from the South Ward telling their new neighbors that they were “20 years late and a Stadium Short” since they are playing at Yankee Stadium.

After the final whistle blew, the Red Bulls were victorious while NYCFC continues to ask themselves questions about why they have only 1 win in 10 games played.

NYCFC coach Jason Kreis entered the interview room first and you can tell he is getting frustrated with the results he’s not getting, because everyone knows how proud of a coach he is when nothing is bouncing the right way. He’s still proud of his players for fighting and attacking, but the results haven’t been there.

But RBNY coach Jesse Marsch was absolutely thrilled to see his side perform well and even when they went down a man on Matt Miazga’s second booking in the 36th minute, Marsch gave his description on his past when he was a member of Chivas-USA and those clashes with the LA Galaxy. Those moments were available to Marsch to help him prepare for this first NY Rivalry game in MLS.

At the end of the day a sold out crowd of over 25,000 came to see why this internal feud of so many New Yorkers, New Jerseyits, and we can’t forget the Southern Connecticut folks love to banter about on a special day like what we saw on the evening of Mother’s Day we can say this for the time being, that New York is Red.

Daniel FEUERSTEIN

Nationality:
USA
College:
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.
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