Red Bulls newcomer Gonzalo Veron impressed with NYCFC derby

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

HARRISON, N.J. – It’s not easy impressing a native Argentinian when it comes to derby matches. After all, Argentine Primera clubs Boca Juniors and River Plate have practically held the mantle as one of the world’s top rivalry matches for decades now.

Nevertheless, New York Red Bulls newcomer Gonzalo Veron admitted he was certainly taken aback with his first look at Major League Soccer’s latest rivalry.

“You can’t imagine things like this. It is really impressive,” he said after the match. “The amount of people that Red Bull drew today, for us it is beneficial. We depend on that to leave everything on the pitch and hopefully we leave a little of that on the field as well.”

Veron made his Red Bull debut to a rousing ovation Sunday evening, earning seven minutes of play in the dying moments of the third and final Hudson River Derby of the year against New York City FC. “I felt really comfortable. Today was a beautiful match, especially since we won in a classic,” he said. “I am getting used to it, living all of this and my teammates have been great. I am happy, it was a great debut and the victory topped it off.”

Away from the clear derby atmosphere of the occasion, this Sunday’s clash also held a special meaning, particularly thanks to the insertion of Frank Lampard, Andrea Pirlo and David Villa to the starting XI for NYCFC. However, Veron downplayed that aspect of the match.

“Clasicos are Clasicos. You don’t win them with big names,” he said. “When you talk about clasicos, you expect that rivalry and that desire to take three points at all costs, playing well or not. We live clasicos in our own way [in Argentina] and today, I learned from my first experience in North America and I am very happy. I leave very happy with the win and the fans were unbelievable.”

Though a brief experience, it was certainly one that left an impression with the Buenos Aires native — and one that he wished to have enjoyed a bit longer.

“I was hoping for 80 minutes,” Veron said with a laugh. “But no, really, it was a close game and we didn’t need a striker out there. We needed a bit more defense at midfield so its nothing. There will be games where I get more minutes, others that I won’t.

“The important thing is that the team wins and we try to make the most of the minutes we get.”

  • BleedingRed

    Classy statement. He’ll be another fan favorite soon, and he showed alot of skill on the ball in the short time he had.

  • Nice ink on him.

  • great report and great words to hear from Veron

  • US Soccer Fan

    US Soccer and MLS is growing in stature and fan interest by the minute!