The first ever cross-town rivalry match between the New York Red Bulls and New York City FC is in the books with the Red Bulls winning at home 2-1. The atmosphere in the stadium was absolutely electric; the noise from both ends was as loud as I've ever heard at Red Bull Arena. In the end, despite Matt Miazga being sent off in the first half, Bradley Wright-Phillips was able to take advantage of holes in the NYCFC defense netting two goals for the win.
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New York City FC went up 1-0 in the second half with a scorcher of a goal from Medhi Ballouchy, but couldn't hold off the Philadelphia Union attack letting in an equalizer in the 86th minute from CJ Sapong. David Villa started the match, but sat out the second half; Mix Diskerud was resting after playing in Wednesday's US Men's National Team match against Mexico.
The Red Bulls head into the weekend in the drivers seat in the Eastern Conference Semifinal having beaten DC United 2-0 at home. DC has a chance for redemption, but winning and away goals mean everything in an aggregate playoff and halfway to go they have neither.
Tim Cahill breaks his MLS scoring dry spell (although he's had some amazing finishes in the international arena) this Saturday against the Seattle Sounders. The Red Bulls pick up an important three points with only three home games left in the regular season.