NYCFC bench involved in incident with Red Bull superfans

Matt Kremkau

By CHRISTIAN ARAOS

New York City FC’s staff were involved in a confrontation with two New York Red Bull fans during Saturday’s game against the Philadelphia Union according to eyewitness accounts.

The alleged incident was first noted on Twitter by Jonathan Densa then corroborated to EoS by others who witnessed it. Those accounts all describe the two fans as Vince and Vance Moss, celebrated Red Bull fans who have featured prominently in the club’s promotions, confronting NYCFC head coach Patrick Vieira and the team’s bench after the Union scored and then again after the game ended.

One of the brothers is alleged to have walked toward the New York City bench holding a Union scarf and shouting vulgar language at the team. This led to a team staff member confronting the individual before being restrained. Another witness said Vieira left the technical area which could lead to a suspension from the league. Once the game ended, Vieira and the staff member confronted the brothers before being separated again.

It is far from the first time that the Moss brothers were involved in an incident though their presence at Yankee Stadium has yet to be explained. They were involved in a confrontation with former Montreal Impact forward Didier Drogba and a team staff member after a game last season. Drogba was not disciplined by the league for that incident.

The Moss Brothers and New York City bench will be in direct contact with each other for each of the three games City will play at Red Bull Arena over the next two months. The brothers, who typically sit in the first row directly behind the visiting team’s bench sporting their traditional outfit of sportjackets and sunglasses, shouldn’t have a hard time making themselves heard with little reproach from their hosts.

Requests for comment with New York City FC and Major League Soccer have yet to be returned.