Robles: RBNY is “ticked off” by NYCFC’s Gloating

USA Today

With the third iteration of the Hudson River Derby set for Sunday, Red Bull New York goalkeeper Luis Robles went on the Caught Offisdes radio show, hosted by J.J. Devaney and Andrew Gundling, where he shared his club’s disdain of their Tri-state rivals.

During the first rivalry match of the season, the Red Bulls embarrassed New York City F.C. in their own home, Yankee Stadium, by a shocking 7-0 scoreline. It marked the fourth Red Bulls’ victory in all four derbies since NYCFC’s inception.

However, only weeks later, NYCFC produced their first win over the Red Bulls with a 2-0 shutout at home. After the match, the victors posed for a celebratory photo which has rankled the horns of Red Bulls players.

“There’s a few different things going on here,” said Robles. “First, we’re ticked off with the Instagram, social media picture that they took. You know, they finally beat us after five attempts and they made it look like they won MLS Cup. They made it look like they won Champions League. There’s definitely going to be more gratification beating them and treating it as ‘You know what? Business as usual.'”

The Red Bulls find themselves five points behind the Eastern Conference leaders, NYCFC. Robles stressed the importance of the standings at this point of the season. “The second part is that they’re at the top of the [conference],” continued Robles. “We’re definitely looking up at them, and if we want to make ground, this is a six-pointer. This is a perfect opportunity.”

The short rivalry already has a long history. With first place on the line for the first time in the series, the match at Red Bull Arena will have an importance unrivaled by any of the previous five. Though this is the final regular-season matchup between the clubs, there’s a strong possibility that they’ll meet once more by the end of the year…in the playoffs.

Speaking of the photo once more, Robles added, “”We take that stuff personally. They out-competed us. They deserved the result, but for them to go over the top and celebrate like that, we can’t help but take that personally.”