The New York Red Bulls might have lost the battle with their second-ever loss to rival New York City F.C. on Saturday afternoon, but their fans might have won the war of words, using a shirt reminiscent of the famed "Catholics v".
Philadelphia (5-7-4) beat United (5-9-3) for the second time in three meetings this season.
The animosity toward the Red Bulls, who entered the league in 1996 as the MetroStars, and an NYCFC team in their third year as a franchise is continuing to brew.
"Because it is here it makes it more special", City coach Patrick Vieira said. NYCFC is now a much more complete team while the Red Bulls are very much a work in progress.
Jack Harrison is congratulated after scoring the opening goal of the game in Harrison Saturday.
Sweat added an important insurance goal in the 65th minute when he snuck behind the Red Bulls defense on a free kick from near-midfield by Alexander Ring and headed a ball over the head of Robles and completely across the goalmouth before finding the left side of net. For Sweat, it was his first goal in MLS.
"When we look at all the games that we played against the Red Bulls previous to this year, they always wanted it more than us and that is unacceptable at this level", Vieira said. "Possession doesn't mean anything unless you are creating something". "It was a game that we worked for during the week. It was a matter of them making a couple more plays than we were able to make on the day and being a little more up for the challenge".
It may be nearing the end of June, but the New York Red Bulls and New York City FC will meet for the first time this season in MLS play on Saturday as the two clubs renew their Hudson River Derby (New York Derby, for some) rivalry. But on this Saturday, it was the fans in blue doing all the singing. They are also a team that has clearly fallen behind NYCFC, and they will need to improve considerably if they are going to have a chance of reasserting control when the teams meet again at Yankee Stadium on August 6.