Skip to main content

Recap: Red Bulls Shut Out NYCFC on Fernandez Goal

photo from New York Red Bulls

And so, after two matches played - four days apart, New York is Red.

In the latest chapter of the Hudson River Derby, Omir Fernandez's goal in the first half proved to be the difference as the New York Red Bulls defeated their bitter local rivals New York City FC, 1-0 at Yankee Stadium Saturday night. Their first victory at that venue was since May 21, 2016, when they defeated NYCFC, 7-0, a match infamously known as the "Red Wedding."

Back on Wednesday night, the two teams battled to a 1-1 draw, with the match ending controversially on Patrik Klimala's penalty-kick goal in the 109th minute over in Red Bull Arena. But on this night, New York City FC was looking to put their stamp on the rivalry on their home ground, and in the process, their bitter rivals in the rearview mirror.

With the hosts using the small pitch as a de facto 12th man, NYCFC came out on fire, looking to dictate the pace early on. On two dangerous occasions, New York City forward Valentin (Taty) Castellanos had great looks to put the ball away. Still, the shots went wide of the net each time. But from the 10th minute on, the Red Bulls seemed to regain their composure, cutting off NYCFC's passing lanes and effectively making the small field - even smaller to their advantage.

And in the 42nd minute, the effort would pay off. Kyle Duncan took a pass from Sean Davis at the top of the box and patiently held the play for a split second. Then delivered a pass right across the box where Omir Fernandez would immediately pounce on the ball and blasted it past goalkeeper Sean Johnson for the match's only goal of the evening.

Captian Sean Davis and the rest of the midfield corps had an excellent, very even match from end to end, attacking the ball, closing passing lanes, blocking everything in sight, and not giving New York City anything to build an attack on, which served them well as they collectively tried to preserve the clean sheet.

New York City nearly had a chance to equalize in the 70th minute. A through ball found forward Valentin Castellanos alone with only Carlos Coronel standing between him and the goal. But defender Kyle Duncan closed him down from behind and neutralized the threat. 

Jesus Media also had an opportunity to put City on the scoreboard eight minutes later as he tried to chip the ball over the New York goalkeeper's head, but the ball harmlessly bounced right in the hands of Coronel, much to the relief of the traveling supporters. But NYCFC continued to press the attack. Jesus Medina took a cross by Santiago Rodriguez from the sideline. He headed the ball directly to the net, forcing Coronel to make another save, this time, from point-blank range. His best one of the evening. 

With the Red Bulls holding on to a slim one-goal lead, they withstood a furious last-minute challenge by the home side before the referee blew the final whistle, which gave the visitors a massive victory at the expense of their bitter local rivals and sending their beleaguered buy joyful traveling supporters on a celebratory ride home, ready to face the Philadelphia Union on Wednesday evening.

Starting XI:

New York City FC: Sean Johnson, Anton Tinnerholm, Alexander Callens (Malte Amundsen, 68’), James Sands, Gudmundur Thorarinsson (Heber, 68’), Alfredo Morales, Maxi Moralez, Ismael Tajouri-Shradi (Jesus Medina, HT), Nicolas Acevedo (Thiago, 85’), Talles Magno (Santiago Rodriguez, HT), Valentin Castellanos

New York Red Bulls: Carlos Coronel, John Tolkin, Sean Nealis, Kyle Duncan, Tom Edwards (AndrĂ©s Reyes, 57’), Andrew Gutman, Sean Davis, Cristian Cásseres, Jr. (Daniel Royer, 86’), Dru Yearwood, Omir Fernandez (Wiki Carmona, 64’), Patryk Klimala (Tom Barlow, 57’)

Scoring Summary:
42' (New York Red Bulls) Omir Fernandez 

Disciplinary Summary:
13' (New York Red Bulls) John Tolkin - Yellow card
62' (New York City FC) James Sands - Yellow card
75' (New York City FC) Valentin Castellanos - Yellow card
85' (New York Red Bulls) Kyle Duncan - Yellow card

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Red Bulls Announce Fan Experience Improvements

by Garry Redman On top of the theme nights announced this season, something new has been added the next time the season ticket holders and supporters step inside The Cathedral... The state-of-the-art LED lighting system at Red Bull Arena will provide higher on-field light levels for enhanced visibility and safety and introduce new entertainment features that heighten the overall experience for spectators.   Built around Musco's Total Light Control—TLC for LED™ technology, the new system is designed to provide exceptional playability and uniformity while minimizing glare. Cleaner, whiter light will elevate the broadcast quality for fans watching around the world.  Color-changing fixtures and Show-Light® Pro entertainment technology will allow the Red Bulls to wash the stadium in different colors and synchronize light shows to music, heightening the fan experience during goal celebrations, player introductions, and other big moments. If you have no idea what this means, click here t

Rumor: Dru Yearwood to be Traded to Nashville SC

photo by Matt Kremkau by Anthony J. Merced More trade rumors are circulating as Red Bulls midfielder Dru Yearwood is linked to a move to Nashville SC according to Tom Bogert of the Athletic . What Red Bull will receive for such a trade remains to be seen. However expectations are that the move will be finalized by the end of next week. Yearwood joined New York in 2020 from Brentford in England. Along the way he has made 86 appearances for the club, including 55 starts. In 2021 and 2022 he made 18 starts, scoring three goals and three assists, his total output for the club in Major League Soccer.  In 2023 Yearwood found his position in the club to vary greatly. At times he played in a defensive midfield role next to Frankie Amaya and other times higher up the field, almost as a second forward. After the departure of Cristian Casseres Jr. earlier in the year, it appeared as if Yearwood's minutes would increase. However Daniel Edelman stepped into the role, relegating Yearwood to more

Ex-Red Bulls Coach Gerhard Struber Shares Thoughts on MLS and Salzburg

photo by Matt Kremkau by Anthony J. Merced Red Bull News Network had the chance to communicate with former New York Red Bulls head coach Gerhard Struber, now the manager of Red Bull Salzburg in the Austrian Bundesliga. Struber was with New York from the end of the 2020 campaign through to the early part of 2023. Along the way he secured two playoff berths, a seventh and fourth place finish in 2021 and 2022 respectively. While his time was ended abruptly in MLS, his memories of the American version of the game have helped him prepare for such a monumental task in Europe. You spent nearly three seasons in Major League Soccer with the New York Red Bulls, what did you learn from that experience that has made you a different coach at Red Bull Salzburg? Struber: In addition to the sporting aspects, there is a lot that I was able to gain from my work at New York Red Bulls. Any work in a foreign country not only brings you closer to the language, but also to the culture and mentality of the pe