Watch: Bradley Wright-Phillps and Sean Johnson reveal all ahead of Friday’s New York Derby

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.

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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…

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PHOTOS: Steven Gerrard makes LA Galaxy debut in win over Club America

Steven Gerrard made his LA Galaxy debut in the club’s International Champions Cup game against Club America on Saturday night, playing 45 minutes with his new teammates in front of 27,924 fans at StubHub Center.

The former Liverpool midfielder helped the Galaxy to a 2-1 win on the night, despite going behind early on, and he was delighted to have got his first piece of action under his belt.

“It was a great feeling,” Gerrard said after the game. “It was a difficult game and I thought [Club América] were very good. I thought after 15 or 20 minutes that the team settled really well, we played some good football and we got our deserved equalizer.

“For me personally, it was good to get 45 minutes under my belt and I’ll keep getting better and better and the more I get used to my teammates, I’ll improve.”

WATCH – Highlights of Steven Gerrard’s first performance in an LA Galaxy shirt:


His manager, Bruce Arena, was equally pleased to see the English hero make his debut but he refused to confirm whether or not Gerrard will play against Real Salt Lake in their US Open Cup quarterfinal clash on Tuesday.

“I think Steven played well, we are going to see how he feels tomorrow and Monday before we make a decision moving forward for Open Cup,” Arena said.

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“His passing was very good, his partnership with Juninho was good, he won some tackles, helped create some chances, he could have had a goal, the ‘keeper made a great save on him. For his first time out it was very encouraging, he looked like he belonged, his leadership was really good, and I thought he was solid.”

If Gerrard doesn’t play on Tuesday night, he will expect to make his MLS debut against fierce rivals San Jose Earthquakes next Friday.

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