Interesting article on the fast-developing rivalry between New York City FC (founded 2013) and New York Red Bulls (founded in 1995 as New York / New Jersey MetroStars).
They have only played each other three times, but in four short months the New York derby has become one of football’s great rivalries.
New York Red Bulls’ 2-0 win over New York City in Major League Soccer on Sunday had all the hallmarks of a game between long-standing foes.
Unfurled banners, bragging rights, social media one-upmanship and, as unsavoury as it was, even fighting in the streets.
As long as the fundamentals of the game are not changed*, I’m all for football making continued inroads to the US. There’s something quite tantalising about the idea of a New York derby.
*although even then I’d be open to persuasion, especially given the wholly dispiriting stewardship of the world game by FIFA and UEFA in recent years…