New York Red Bulls won the NY derby against New York City FC (NYCFC) on Sunday. That way RBNY are unbeaten in seven games five wins, two draws.
The Hudson River Derby
New York Red Bull coach Gerhard Struber gave a post-match press conference at the Red Bull Arena on Sunday. He clearly pointed out one thing. “First of all, New York is red,” Struber said after they defeated New York City Football Club 1-0. That way they won the regular-season series against Hudson River Derby opponents (total score 2-0-1). This includes three games within a month.
The significance of the result is beyond the meaning of any back-and-forth barbs. That’s because as the Eastern Conference’s Audi MLS Cup playoffs continue to deepen, it is equal to the New York Football Club’s RBNY with 40 points. Cityzens led eighth by a narrow margin, despite not winning in five games and scoring no points in 419 minutes.
On the other hand, RBNY has remained unbeaten in seven games (five wins and two draws). They are one of the best teams in MLS. Only New England Revolution scored the same number of points in the same time period (17).
Red Bulls won the derby against NYCFC
As Struber has seen, over time, their young lineup can adapt to the rigors and challenges of MLS. All of this, while applying the RBNY game model. “Now, the past few weeks have shown us that we are becoming more and more aware of what our clear identity is”.
“We have so many players. And new players in the team. We cannot expect them to play with so many rule-breakers in a successful way from the beginning. You always have some learning moments. My children have sometimes been learning in a very harmful direction in the past few months. “But now, we have taken another big step forward in our process and this will make a difference. This is the only one.”
The club captain Sean Davis noticed a similar development. His mood was boosted by two timely saves by midfielder Christian Cáceres Jr, the winner of the third-minute game, and goalkeeper Carlo Coronel. Davis said: “This week we talked a lot about what we want from this game, and we also talked about a lot of things we experienced as a team.” “You can’t fake that. It’s just a lot of difficult experiences. , A lot of adversity forces the team to grow and grow together. I think we have seen this from the players to the staff, and we have taken the steps at the right time.
“There is still a long way to go. And there is still a lot to be improved. But I think we have experienced a lot as a team, which shaped our character. I think we see this now.” With the end of the international game day in October, RBNY has five regular-season games left, making it into the playoffs for the 12th consecutive time. The last year they were not qualified was 2009, when MLS had 15 clubs, but currently, there are only 27 clubs.
Central defender Sean Nealis has not forgotten this fact, he made RBNY’s situation clear. “In the past few weeks, we have seen where we are on the table,” Nealis said. “We don’t like this. We look at ourselves in the mirror. I think we have all thought about ourselves and talked (with each other) in the locker room. We have to stand up. It’s a bit like – or dead. We Want to make the playoffs, this is our goal.” The journey will continue on Saturday with the Columbus Crew, and the defending MLS Cup champion is also eager to be promoted (6 pm EST | MLS LIVE on ESPN+). So far, the fifth place in the Eastern Conference (Atlanta United) is only two points away from ninth place (RBNY).
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