On this week’s On Frame, Pro Soccer USA’s Glenn Crooks joins the radio voice of the New York Red Bulls, Matt Harmon, and the Spanish voice for New York City FC, Roberto Abramowitz, for a preview of Saturday’s Hudson River Derby.
“Maybe we play one of the best first halves of the season and one of the worst second halves of the season,” NYCFC head coach Dome Torrent said after the victory.
Abramowitz notes that beyond the bragging rights, this weekend’s derby has real playoff ramifications that could greatly effect either team’s chances of advancing to the MLS Cup final in November.
“This is because of the new playoffs, because you want to be able to have the home-field advantage,” Abramowitz. “New York City is fighting to be in first place with Atlanta and Philadelphia, and if they’re going to play these teams in the playoffs, you would prefer for them to play in Yankee Stadium versus playing them in Mercedes-Benz Stadium or in Talen Energy Field — and especially with Atlanta. You don’t want to play in front of 70,000 people when you have a chance to play in front of your home [crowd].
“They have a better chance at home than they do on the road.”
Looking ahead to the rivalry match, Harmon looks back to the beginning and the anticipation of a local derby from the Red Bulls perspective.
“I would say highly anticipated, for sure, if I think back to 2015,” Harmon said. “Probably the one difference when you’re talking about the Red Bulls is that they have a long history with a team like D.C. United. But to have somebody even closer in proximity, where basically you have a couple of miles and a river that separates you, I think it’s been great. And I actually like it more this year, playing just twice during the course of the regular season.
“To play a little bit less during the course of a year, I think it actually makes the games have a little bit bigger of a feel.”