This Sunday May 10th at Red Bull Park in Harrison, NJ, we will have the first meeting between the two New York franchises of MLS. The New York Red Bulls are playing the New York City Football Club and even though the clubs are going in different directions, it will not take away from the importance of this match up in the New York Metropolitan area.
New York has three professional soccer teams when you add in the New York Cosmos of the NASL, who have also started well with their latest star acquisition Raul. As a result the teams are not only competing against their league opponents but perception as well.
The Red Bulls have been very unlucky in the post season after having excellent seasons the past two years but they have not missed a beat in 2015 as they stand at 3-1-4 and are unbeaten at home where they have the record for most home wins since 2012 with a 34-7-14 mark.
New York City FC brings David Villa but they have not had much to be optimistic about since the start as they are 1-5-3 currently and have not won on the road yet. They will be looking to snap a three game losing and seven game winless streak. They also are having a problem putting the goal in the net as they snapped a 267 minute goalless streak in a 3-1 loss to Seattle last week.
But the birth of a rivalry begins Sunday. So much are being expected of these games that the New York City FC had opened up the 300 Level at Yankee Stadium for the June 28th rematch. MLS will be hoping for these three season encounters to be the talk of the town in the city, something they foresaw when they awarded NYCFC their franchise this year.