New York City FC Vs New York Red Bulls: 3 things we learned – Heber inspires NYCFC – MLS Multiplex

BRONX, NY – AUGUST 24: Valentin Castellanos #11 of New York City gives a pat to Maximiliano Moralez #10 of New York City after drawing the foul during the 1st half of the MLS Heineken Rivalry Week match between New York City FC and New York Red Bulls at Yankee Stadium on August 24, 2019 in the Bronx Borough of NY, USA. This was the 2nd leg of the New York Hudson River Derby. (Photo by Ira L. Black/Corbis via Getty Images)

New York City FC got the better of the New York Red Bulls in this weekend’s Hudson River Derby. Here are three things we learned from the 2-1 victory.

New York City FC had some ground to make up. After Atlanta United beat Orlando City to move top of the Eastern Conference and the Philadelphia Union would see past D.C. United later on Saturday night, when fellow East elites, the New York Red Bulls, arrived at Yankee Stadium for the Hudson River derby, the Pigeons needed to win.

And that is precisely what they did. After falling behind early to a wonderful Alex Muyl goal, New York City FC controlled the match, created the better chances, and hauled their way back in front, Maxi Moralez scoring from the penalty spot before Heber notched an inventive winner.

Here are three things we learned from the 2-1 victory.

BRONX, NY – AUGUST 22: New York City FC fans hold up banner that mockingly states “Red Bull Gives You Wings” during the Major League Soccer New York Derby match between New York City FC and New York Red Bulls at Yankee Stadium on August 22, 2018 in the Bronx borough of New York. The game ended in a tie of 1 to 1. (Photo by Ira L. Black/Corbis via Getty Images)

3. Please, no Yankee Stadium in the playoffs

Before I discuss the match and what took place between the white lines, the Yankee Stadium debacle needs to be discussed. Now, I am sure plenty of New York City FC fans are sick of hearing about their stadium whenever they seem to be doing well, but I want to specifically talk about the situation in the context of MLS as a whole.

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The league is trying to portray itself as a professional, high-quality product, something that can challenge the global elite in the sport, especially Liga MX, and can attract American fans to the sport in general. But how can they expect to do that when one of the best, most followed teams in the division is playing at a horrendously adapted baseball stadium?

New York City FC need to find a new stadium. With the influx and success of soccer-specific grounds, it is clear where the development of MLS is heading. It is time for NYCFC to follow on because watching football at Yankee Stadium is a dire experience.