New York is … purple?
Three years into the Hudson River Derby, the Red Bulls and New York City FC played to their first tie, a 1-1 draw.
After dominating play, but being held at home before a sellout crowd of 25,219 — and not getting a penalty they felt they deserved — the Red Bulls will feel like losers and NYCFC like victors.
“A draw feels like a big disappointment because of the way we played and the way we dominated most of the match,’’ said Red Bulls coach Jesse Marsch.
“There are a lot of guys that were really disappointed in the locker room. … It’s a big rival, it’s a game we feel like we’re the better team for major stretches and then we [can’t] capitalize and find a way to get the three points. So that part in an emotional way is very hard to swallow.”
They may well choke on this one.
The Red Bulls outshot NYCFC 21-9, and had peppered them 18-3 before conceding a 56th minute Maxi Moralez goal. Gonzalo Veron came off the bench to equalize with a 70th minute penalty.
It’s a result NYCFC (14-7-5, 47 points) gladly will take. They are second in the league while the Red Bulls (12-10-3, 39 points) are fourth in the East. And after dropping five of their first six verus their rivals, NYCFC has gone 2-0-1 this year — food for thought should the teams meet in the playoffs.
“We played well against them this year,” NYCFC captain said David Villa, recalled to the Spanish national team this week. “It’s great for our fans, it’s great for our supporters because everybody remembers the first year that we had some games that went really bad for us.”
The Red Bulls’ Michael Amir Murillo hit the right post in the 45th minute and Felipe banged a shot off the crossbar in the 47th,. Then, Bradley Wright-Phillips was hit from behind by R.J. Allen right in front of the NYCFC goal — but no penalty was called, and NYCFC came down and scored off that non-call.
“It’s a penalty,” Wright-Phillips said. “If he’s not there, I just head that in. That’s common sense. … That’s a bad decision. [The ref] told me they watched it back. It comes down to common sense then, for me. If you’ve watched that and you don’t think that’s a foul, I can’t help you. Videos can’t help you.”
NYCFC scored immediately, with Villa chipping a perfect pass to Moralez, who buried it. But NYCFC couldn’t hold it, when Allen — on because of Ethan White’s first-half calf injury — fouled Sacha Kljestan in the box. Veron stepped up and buried the penalty.
“The first half was pretty dominant, and it’s a pity we couldn’t capitalize more on our chances,’’ Kljestan said.
It allowed NYCFC to leave with a draw.
“We’re getting a better balance between playing well, trying to make the right decision, and taking risks,’’ NYCFC coach Patrick Vieira said. “We’ve been less naive this year than we were last year. This is as well me understanding better what I want from the players. That’s why we’re a better team.”
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