New York City FC had the perfect game plan and tactics in their 2-0 victory over the New York Red Bulls on the Sunday Rivalry Match and looked like an entirely different squad from the side that lost to the Red Bulls 10 days ago in the U.S. Open Cup. The match was live telecasted on DSPORT.
Eventually, David Villa, the star striker didn’t score himself, but his team’s approach led to Jack Harrison’s sublime chip in the first half and Ben Sweat’s looping header midway through the second.
Jack Harrison scored his seventh goal of the season and Ben Sweat headed in the first of his MLS career to lift New York City FC to a 2-0 victory against the New York Red Bulls and their first-ever points at Red Bull Arena on Sunday.
Sweat also provided the final assist on Harrison’s goal as NYCFC won their third straight in the league and improved to 2-6-0 in all competitions against the Red Bulls in the New York Derby’s three-year history.
Less than two weeks after the Red Bulls’ Open Cup victory at NYCFC, the hosts were outshot 13-10 and 6-1 in terms of efforts on target as they were shut out for the fourth time in eight league matches.
NYCFC’s head coach Patrick Vieira was pleased with the game of his younger players and the successful shift in team’s tactics in the game against the Red Bulls.
- 33′ – NYC – Jack Harrison
- 65′ – NYC – Ben Sweat
- New York Red Bulls with 23 points are at 7thspot in the Eastern Conference
- New York City FC with 30 points are in 3rdposition in the Eastern Conference
SWEAT INEQUITY: After playing only in the lower divisions of the US league pyramid during his first three pro seasons, the 25-year-old Sweat emerged as an unlikely Derby hero in just his ninth MLS appearance. His simple layoff set up Harrison’s curler to the far post. Then he emerged at the back post to head Alexander Ring’s long diagonal free-kick over Luis Robles and inside the right post.
A LONG WAY FROM HERE: Harrison’s first goal at Red Bull Arena came one year, one month and three days after his MLS debut, when the then-19-year-old played 33 minutes in a miserable 7-0 home loss to the Red Bulls on May 21, 2016. Since that time, Harrison has scored 11 times in MLS. His two career goals against the Red Bulls rivals tie him with Thomas McNamara for the franchise lead.
DIRTY-WORK DAVID: Superstar forward David Villa may not have gotten on the score sheet, but he still played a pivotal role for NYCFC with his hold-up and transition play. His best moment may have come three minutes before halftime when he nutmegged Tyler Adams while eluding other defenders, then found Yangel Herrera for a dipping strike that forced Robles into one of his four saves.