Through a Lens: Red Bulls-NYCFC, Act III

Photograph by Matt Kremkau

HARRISON, N.J. — After a quick turn around after the last meeting between New York Red Bulls and New York City FC, the teams wrapped up their regular-season meetings for 2017 on Friday nightat Red Bull Arena. What’s next for the two teams and their rivalry? Major League Soccer playoffs? For this photographer, too many rivalry match ups can lead to fatigue.

The first half play was dominated by the Red Bulls as they tried to turn all that offensive pressure into goals but came up empty. NYCFC tried to slow down the game, and worked on hitting on the Red Bulls on the counter attack. From a photography stand point, it led to some frustrating break down in plays either through too many passes or strong defensive cues by NYCFC.

After halftime, the action picked up and saw NYCFC score in the 56th minute after a non-call for a penalty kick after Bradley-Wright Phillips was shoved into the goal post. Maxi Moralez calmly slotted home for a 1-0 lead. Perhaps to make up for the non-penalty call, the Red Bulls were awarded one in the 70th minute, and Gonzalo Verón converted for the 1-1 draw.

Here’s a few images from the match:

Photograph by Matt Kremkau

The Red Bulls and NYCFC marched out to fireworks and pyro. The smoke cleared faster than the last home match, when the kickoff was delayed!

 

Photograph by Matt Kremkau

The South Ward mock NYCFC and its fans for having to attend a “home match” in Connecticut on Sept. 23. I wasn’t happy that the crane camera is in the shot.

 

Photograph by Matt Kremkau

As soon as I saw this play develop, I had to get up and out of the way. Bradley Wright-Phillips and Ethan White did not collide with me but I didn’t stick around to find out!

 

Photograph by Matt Kremkau

Sacha Kljestan of the Red Bulls battled with Mikey Lopez of NYCFC.

 

Photograph by Matt Kremkau

New York City Fans celebrated the opening goal in the 56th minute from the rafters of Red Bull Arena. I particularly enjoyed the popcorn flying in this shot.

 

Photograph by Matt Kremkau

NYCFC goal scorer Maxi Moralez, gets ready to defend a corner kick in the Red Bulls end.

 

Photograph by Matt Kremkau

Wright-Phillips and Rodney Wallace look to brace for impact fighting for the ball. NYCFC goalie Sean Johnson looked into it as well.

 

Photograph by Matt Kremkau

Sacha Kljestan argues with the assistant referee after some calls did not go in the Red Bulls favor early in the second half.

 

Photograph by Matt Kremkau

Johnson looks back as Gonzalo Veron nets his game-tying goal for the Red Bulls in the 70th minute.

 

Photograph by Matt Kremkau

The South Ward erupts after the game is tied. Another goal would not come in this match as it ended in a series first, a draw.