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.
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.