Five Thoughts on the New York Soccer Weekend

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

NOW YOU KNOW HOW IT FEELS

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

The Red Bulls were happy to crow about their 7-0 win over New York City FC. And to their credit, they accepted their 2-0 defeat with grace.

But let’s be perfectly clear: through two Hudson River Derbys this season, neither NYCFC or the Red Bulls have faced off at even strength.

In their first meeting, New York City FC were fresh off of a congested schedule of their own. They traveled from Portland to Toronto, only to arrive in New York City at 12PM to make it to an MLS media conference at 2PM in Chelsea. The following day, they took in a light practice before meeting the Red Bulls on Saturday.

In short, they had no time to prepare or practice for the beating to come.

The Red Bulls have suffered a similar fate. Their congested schedule is the stuff of legend, and it was clear that exhaustion took a toll on this side.

Neither team will admit to it, but both suffered extreme pressure in the lead up to their respective matches.

Thankfully, both teams will be rested for their third and final encounter of the year.

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