It’s MLS Rivalry Week. There are mouth-watering games everywhere you look this weekend. But there’s no doubt all eyes will be on New York as the latest Hudson River Derby takes place on Friday night.
The New York Red Bulls welcome New York City FC to Red Bull Arena for the final derby clash between the pair of the 2017 regular season. The series has already been decided. New York City FC has won both of the previous two MLS meetings this season. But don’t expect Friday’s game to be played with any less ferocity as a result.
The teams met less than three weeks ago at Yankee Stadium, with NYCFC running out 3-2 winners as David Villa scored the second hat-trick in New York City FC history. That result followed on from NYCFC’s first-ever win at Red Bull Arena back in June. The hosts will be desperate to avoid a second home loss to their cross-town rivals here.
The New York Derby has quickly become one of the fiercest in MLS. There are more established rivalries across the league, but this one feels personal. Fans and players put it all on the line whenever they meet. That usually leads to incredible games, and expect nothing else this week.
In the build-up to Friday’s game, our friends over at Copa90 US have been speaking to NYCFC goalkeeper Sean Johnson as well as New York Red Bulls star Bradley Wright-Phillips.
Watch the video below to find out everything from both sides of the rivalry, including locker room superstitions and what colour New York will be come this weekend…