NYCFC Paint Red Bull Arena Blue

USA Today

 

New York City was painted blue on Saturday as New York City FC earned their first victory at Red Bull Arena, and only their second in the three year history of the Hudson River Derby. Jack Harrison and Ben Sweat shined as they scored the only goals of the match, as Red Bull New York’s lack of offensive creativity doomed them to a shutout.

The hosts strong midfield helped them dominate possession throughout the match, but an inability to provide Bradley Wright-Phillips with any opportunities, or help, up top resulted in an easy day for Sean Johnson. The hosts only managed to force the NYCFC goalkeeper to make one save, and an easy one at that.

Jack Harrison got the party started in the 33rd minute when he found some space in the center of the box and sent a curling shot past Luis Robles. The goal came during a five minute stretch when the Red Bulls held 76% of possession.

The visitors put the match away in the 65th minute when Ben Sweat sent a gorgeous header over Robles to double the lead. Off a free kick from Alex Ring, the defender, who was impressive on both sides of the pitch, put a slow, looping header over Robles.

The 2-0 victory was NYCFC’s second such, as they defeated the Red Bulls by the same score at Yankee Stadium last year. The season series is now even 1-1, after the Red Bulls eliminated NYCFC in the US Open Cup 10 days ago.