Skip to main content

New York is Red-Faced! Castellanos' lone goal lifts NYCFC, 1-0

photo by Matt Kremkau

HARRISON, NJ - One defensive miscue by the hosts was it needed to separate the two sides as Valentin Castellanos' gave New York City FC beat their cross-river rivals, 1-0. 

From the outset, these two sides have one thing in common, they don't like each other very much. And this match was no exception in the twentieth edition of the Hudson River Derby on a sultry overcast Sunday evening at Red Bull Arena.

Straight from kickoff, NYCFC's tactical philosophy of playing out from the back had the team pinned in their defensive end of the pitch. And the Red Bulls tried to take full advantage, but like it has been the case this season, could not find the answer in the final third.

In the 29th minute, NYCFC winger Talles Mangno dribbed his way through the New York defense, found an opening, and took a shot from 25 yards out, but his chance whistled wide to his right, missing the post by inches.

Both teams would trade chances down the stretch, but neither would give an inch as the half came to a close.

It was more of the same as the second half began, with midfielder Lewis Morgan winning the ball, and then letting loose a blistering shot that was easily saved by Johnson, but the ball bounced right back over Morgan, and his second attempt was saved by Johnson once again.

City responded by nearly ending the stalemate in spectacular style, as forward Valentin Castellanos' bicycle kick shot inside the box, but his shot was easily saved by Coronel. 

But the stalemate would finally be broken in the 69th minute. NYCFC took advantage of the Red Bulls defenders giving to much space for the City attackers to operate. Something they didn't do in the first half.

Even worse, they were caught ball-watching as Santiago Rodriguez floated a brilliant pass across the field over to Castellanos. He naturally did the rest, putting the visitors in the lead, 1-0. Stunning the home side's supporters into relative silence.

Two weeks prior, NYCFC defender Maxine Chanot complained about how the officiating felt one-sided during the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal. But in the second half of this match, the calls from the officials would go in the opposite direction as referee Chris Penso seemed to catch every player with a red kit on with an infraction. With some of his calls are questionable at best.

When the final whistle was blown, it would be New York City FC and their supporters with the happy trip back to the Five Boroughs with all three points, leaving the crestfallen Red Bulls lamenting those missed opportunities, and making one key mistake, against a team with quality offensive players.

THE BIG PICTURE:

NYCFC's game plan of sitting back, absorbing the initial pressure from the Red Bulls, and then hitting back on the counter was a tactical masterstroke by coach Nick Cushing, who learned from his defeat from the Open Cup Semifinals last month at the same venue.

While the Red Bulls were fruitlessly trying to score, they could not sustain the attack once they had the ball. Plain and simple, the threats were neutralized by not having enough numbers up front. Magnifying the issue is the Red Bulls beginning bthe march without the services of a reliable striker, one that would even the playing field, or perhaps tilting it in their favor.

As the end of the summer transfer window draws ever closer, questions among the Red Bulls supporters wondering if such offensive reinforcements will arrive and soon?

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

The Unfortunate Vanzeir, Struber incident that has upset the fans, and league

photo by Matt Kremkau by Dan Feuerstein The Worst moment in New York Red Bulls/MetroStars history has finally come to a temporary conclusion. When I say a temporary conclusion, it means that Major League Soccer hasn't informed the masses of the punishment that would fit this horrible situation that graced the pitch at Red Bull Arena on Saturday night, April 8th against the San Jose Earthquakes. Here is the timeline of events that happened in that match as we try to piece together what all of us saw and how it all got started from beginning to end. In the 54th minute, another horrific challenge against the New York Red Bulls struck again as Judson delivered a two-footed mid-air challenge to the chest of Dylan Nealis and sadly all it got was a yellow card, Dylan's brother, and Captain Sean Nealis protested very loudly and earned his booking for his dissent of the referee's decision. While the arguments continued between Sean Nealis & Earthquakes representative Jeremy Ebob

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