Five Thoughts On The New York Soccer Weekend

by DAVE MARTINEZ

If you are anything like me, you had a hard time falling asleep Saturday night.

Nerves are a hard thing to shake!

Yet here we are some 48 hours from that historic (no pun intended) 7-0 slaughter, and I still feel the butterflies in my stomach.

Saturday night will remain in the memory of both Red Bull and NYCFC fans for years to come. As one Red Bull player told me after the match, this is the kind of game “you tell your children about.” And on the NYCFC side, this is the kind of result that only further serves to stoke the hate for your cross-river rivals.

Take it from this New York Islanders fan: the agonizing taunts of ‘HEX-TALL’ from Rangers fans in 1994 still stir my nightmares. You will get over the 7-0 scoreline — but you will never forget it.

Forgive us Cosmos fans: this week’s thoughts skew far to the BLUE and RED. However, I think even you will understand why:

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  • Ralph

    I’m not a fan of either team, but loved the spectacle of a big local soccer game in New York. It’s been a long time coming. This IS a rivalry. Unfortunately, not enough local sports reporters can speak to it (someone wake Fransesca up).
    Looking forward to the rematch in what should be a very unfriendly crowd for NYCFC.
    Lets get NYCFC & NY Cosmos real stadiums!

    • Laughing at Nick Chavez

      I will never tire of watching the highlights of the Red Bulls slapping City Boy Kite around. The only thing that would have made it better was if, after the mstch, the Red Bulls dragged Nick Chavez and Roxx Fontaine out of the crowd, marched them to the mind and gave them nutcracking atomic wedgie. Other than that, it was perfect.

      • Laughing at Nick Chavez

        Rather that’s MOUND, NOT MIND.

      • Rebull just scored Again

        I have never seen such poor coverage on corner kicks or free kicks since I played soccer as a 9 year old.

  • HowNice

    I agree wholeheartedly that this is indeed a rivalry. Last year’s match between red and blue at Yankee Stadium drew more fans than NYC’s inaugural match in the same building. Was that fake? 48,000 people… NYC supporters need to search their souls and figure out who they are and what they’re about. Talking about NJ and energy drink sponsorship from overseas is getting tired, tired, tired. Get a stadium of your own, win something significant and then maybe we’ll talk. NY is only one thing, and it ain’t powder blue!

  • Alex Better Red Than…

    I am a Red Bulls fan BUT I have to say the league did NYCFC no favors when it came to the schedule. NYCFC played a Sunday night game across the country, a Wednesday night game in Toronto, and then a Saturday afternoon game. The Red Bulls played in DC on Friday night followed by a home game on Wednesday against Chicago. Huge scheduling advantage for the Red Bulls with significantly more rest and less travel. By the way, NYCFC is still ahead of us in the standings. As far as I can see, these are both currently mediocre teams that could easily make the playoffs in a weak East or flounder and finish 9th.

    • Milton Reese

      Maybe, but isn’t this the same nycfc team that rested a couple starters vs. Toronto? That put all its eggs in a basket for the RB game? Excuses are for losers.

      • The Truth

        Here are my five thoughts:

        1) 1999 Metrostars aside, I have never seen a team worse at defending set pieces than NYCFC.

        2) Pirlo was completely gassed by the half.

        3) The NYCFC fans fled the building like there was a fire after the 5th goal.

        4) The field is too damn narrow.

        5) All of NYCFC fans fall into one of the following categories:

        a) Transplanted midwesterners who live in hipster nabes
        b) CT & Westchester residents
        c) Euro snobs
        d) Folks who got freebies & know nothing about the game.

        These guys are a blight on the American soccer scene,

        • A Zee

          One thing I found particularly funny were the ads on MLSsoccer.com that displayed the dictionary definition of the word derby for NYCFC ‘fans.’

      • A Zee

        They rested 7 starters in Toronto. Some didn’t even suit up. They certainly prepared for this derby like it was important.

  • smurf040

    Poor NYCfc, They’re the only SOCCER team that can say they got scored a FOOTBALL “touchdown” on a BASEBALL “diamond” lol!! Couldn’t happen to a shittier team! where are all those snobs now!! Jajajaja!!!


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