It didn’t take long for the New York Red Bulls to do their damage Saturday in a 4-0 win over New York City FC at Red Bull Stadium in Harrison, N.J.
Kaku Gamarra scored in the second minute, Florian Valot scored in the fourth off an assist from Gamarra, and Bradley Wright-Phillips knocked in a header in the 35th minute for his sixth goal of the season and an astonishing early lead as the Red Bulls extended their home pitch dominance while handing NYCFC their second loss of the season.
Derrick Etienne Jr. added a second-half goal for the Red Bulls.
The Red Bulls completely dominated the first half, playing high, pressing constantly and catching NYCFC flat-footed, disorganized and uninspired. NYCFC didn’t threaten at all until the 30th minute, and the only real scare of the first half for the Red Bulls came in injury stoppage time.
NYCFC woke up in the second half, increasing possession time and attacking early. Jesus Medina’s header in the 48th minute off a cross from David Villa could have changed the tenor of the game had it been a bit lower. It wasn’t.
And that was the story of the second half for NYCFC. More chances, more runs, but for naught as plays fizzled out and Luis Robles made plays in goal the few times he was called upon.
The Red Bulls made fewer runs and had fewer chances in the second half, but they seemed more dangerous than anything NYCFC could muster, and they were rewarded in the 79th minute when Etienne put in the insurance goal.
NYCFC won’t have a chance at redemption until July 8th in the Bronx when the Red Bulls come to town. NYCFC fans can only hope that this disappointing result is a distant memory, while the Red Bulls hope to build on this thorough beating.
—Field Level Media