The Red Bulls dominated the game from start to finish and raced into a 2-0 lead inside the first 25 minutes thanks to goals from Bradley Wright-Phillips and Ronald Zubar.
Sacha Kljestan then converted a penalty on 41 minutes to seemingly put the game beyond NYCFC’s reach, until Tommy McNamara fired a stunning strike into the top corner to give the visitors hope just before halftime.
But Patrick Vieira’s men couldn’t build any kind of momentum in the second half, with Wright-Phillips cooly slotting in his second and the Red Bulls’ fourth of the night to seal a fifth derby win from six meetings.
Ethan White was sent off for New York City in the dying embers of the game to cap off a miserable night for the Eastern Conference leaders. The Red Bulls’ win moved them into second, just two points behind their rivals.
Sunday’s clash offered everything you could want from a big rivalry clash. Check out photos from the game below, taken by MLSGB photographer Ashley Marshall.