When the schedule for the inaugural season of New York City Football Club was released, most fans immediately circled May 10th on their calendars. The day where the new kids on the block would clash with the seasoned veterans of the MLS. The Battle of New York. NYCFC against the New York Red Bulls. And after a long wait, the day has finally come.
At 5 PM today, the struggling NYCFC take on the New York Red Bulls. City have lost five of their last six matches, most recently a 3-1 drubbing at the hands of the Seattle Sounders. They are 8th in the Eastern Conference standings, and have yet to win their second match. Their sole win is tied for the second fewest in the MLS. They have been hit by the injury bug all season– David Villa, the heart and sole of the team, has had his fair share of injury troubles as well. The defense, which started off so well, has been leaky of late. Things haven’t been as good for the club since their strong start, but that hasn’t dashed the optimism of the team and their fans. While the Red Bulls are a potent foe, with a brilliant midfield and a world class striker in Bradley Wright Phillips, NYCFC will be determined to hand the Red Bulls their second loss of the season.
A win over the Red Bulls in Harrison would give NYCFC a defining win, a shining moment in their brief history. While they will need to be in top form to knock off such a difficult adversary, they have the talent to do so.
With Villa spearheading the attack, Diskerud dictating pace in the midfield, and Josh Saunders flinging himself around in goal, the expansion franchise may have just enough to upset the Red Bulls and reinvigorate their season and playoff push.