The MLS Expansion Side’s winless streak was extended to eight games with the defeat and they will be desperately disappointed with the result, especially considering they played with a man advantage for an hour.
Red Bulls defender Matt Miazga was sent off for a second yellow on 36 minutes but NYCFC couldn’t capitalise as Bradley Wright-Phillips scored goals early in each half to seal an important win in the derby.
Patrick Mullins scored for New York City in the 76th minute to make things interesting but the Red Bulls held on to win more comfortably than the scoreline suggests.
David Villa started the game on Sunday night before being taken off for Mullins as Jason Kreis was worried about the Spaniard’s fitness. The World Cup winner has struggled to lift NYCFC to great heights so far and admitted they’ve “hit rock bottom” after the game.Embed from Getty Images
“We have to continue to work hard. We’ve hit rock bottom and we need to work harder and look forward to the next game.”
New York City have now lost six of their last seven and are playing without any form of confidence. Their solitary win came in their home opener in the second weekend of the season but it seems as though the wait for the second win will go on and on.
They’ve scored just seven times in 10 games and while midfielder Ned Grabavoy admits that it’s tough at the moment, he believes they will turn things around at some point.
“It just feels like this momentum against us right now is such a headwind,” Grabavoy said. “We’re trying anything and everything we can to break out of this and start finding results.
“Obviously it’s frustrating, but you have to also remind yourself that at some point if you keep doing the right things, it’s going to turn your way. That’s what we’ll keep preaching.”
NYCFC take on Chicago Fire at home on Friday night before a trip to Kreis’ former club Real Salt Lake the following weekend.
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