Red Bulls beat NYCFC with big second half

Published Sunday, June 28, 2015 7:39 PM by Shane Barrow

MLS Rivalry Week continued on Sunday as we got the battle of New York with the Red Bulls visiting NYCFC.  After going winless in their previous eleven matches NYC seem to have righted the ship winning three straight.  They were also looking to avenge a loss to their crosstown rivals in their first meeting this year.

It didn't take long for NYCFC to grab the lead. A corner kick in the 6th minute would star the sequence of events that would yield the opener.  After a David Villa corner the ball was cleared outside the Red Bull penalty area where Mix Diskerud latched onto the ball.  Diskerud put the ball right back into the mixer where a flick on found Tommy McNamara who chested down and half volleyed home.

The home crowd was in a frenzy now as NYCFC were on the front foot.  Ballouchi curled just wide only a minute later as it was almost immediately 2-0. From there the visitors began to get their legs under them and were able to slow down the onslaught.

The field was starting to tilt in the Red Bulls favor as they were whipping some wonderful low crosses through the NYC six yard box.  Unfortunately there was no presence in front of goal and every dangerous all was wasted.

All the good play to finish the first half was rewarded in the opening two minutes of the second half as the New York Red Bulls evened the score.  Sacha Kljestan whipped in a nice left footed cross that Bradley Wright-Phillips blasted home on the volley.  Just like that we had a new match.

Five minutes later and boom!  The Red Bulls would jump in front as the 18 year old Chris Duvall notched his first MLS goal when he blasted a volley high into the net.  Suddenly the visitors had grabbed the lead and the home fans fell silent.  Would the expansion side be able to right the ship or would they fade away today?

It was all one way traffic as NYCFC were in total shambles.  Bradley Wright-Phillips clanged one off the post or things would have gotten worse in the 57th minute.  The third goal was coming though and it came through a Matt Miazga header in the 73rd.  The tall US U20 got loose at the back post to head home.

NYCFC did show a bit of life but Red Bull keeper Robles pushed a Poku strike over the crossbar.  In the end the match turned out to be an accurate reflection of where two teams are in the MLS standings rather than a true rivalry game.  The New York Red Bulls look to be a team that has playoff plans while NYCFC look to be a squad desperately awaiting the arrival of Frank Lampard and Andrea Pirlo.