BRONX, N.Y. — When Alex Muyl was checked into the electronic signage boards by Alex Ring, the New York Red Bulls midfielder emerged bloodied and feeling there was a double standard with referee decisions.
Ring, the New York City FC captain, was shown a yellow card by referee Kevin Stott, the same punishment inflicted on Muyl about 15 minutes earlier.
“I got pushed into the boards and to protect my face, I had to take it on my hands and cut pretty badly. For me, it was late. I spoke to Ring and he assured me he’s a good guy and he didn’t do it and if he doing it on purpose he would have told me so,” Muyl said after his team’s 2-1 Hudson River Derby defeat. “I guess I’ll take it, but for me if I do that to someone else that might be a different result.
“I get a yellow card for my first foul of the game, a nothing foul, and he gets a yellow card for doing that. It just feels like the scale is a little different.”
Although he brought up a different example, Red Bulls coach Chris Armas expressed a similar sentiment during his postmatch press conference when complaining about NYCFC’s time-wasting tactics.
“Is that the league we’re going to be? Or is it our guys? We get the lead at home and right away [whistles] urging us on, yellow cards. So which one is it?” Armas said. “Our guys come here and we’re trying to push the game — and, OK, teams can slow things down, fair enough, but to take it to that degree? No one came here to see that, not even their supporters so really disappointing.”
A Derby debut
Signed on loan from Southampton earlier this month, Josh Sims is going to have to make an immediate impact for the Red Bulls. The 22-year-old winger made his MLS debut Saturday night, playing the final 25 minutes of the Hudson River Derby just days after finally joining his new teammates at training.
“It’s been a long time coming, obviously getting the Visa and things like that,” Sims said. “But I’m happy I’m here now and it was a good first game to get out there. It’s a shame about the result, but the boys done well and it was nice to get out there.”
In a short stint, Sims made four successful passes in the final third, including one key passes and won one corner.
Consider Armas impressed.
“We thought he played really well,” Armas said. “ He was dangerous. With the ball, he’s got clean ideas, he’s explosive, against the ball, he’s always connected. That was a real nice thing to see. I wish we could have rewarded him with a victory on his debut, but really encouraged for Josh, really happy with that performance for him and the lift that he gave our team immediately.”
A star is born
Heber scored a stunner, Muyl had an eventful game and Anton Tinnerholm was a threat — and a pest — in his 90 minutes.
But the real star of the Hudson River Derby emerged in the tunnel as the teams were coming out to start the game. As the substitutes from the Red Bulls made their way out to the field, forward Tom Barlow extended his hand to the young blonde girl in the front of the line of children to march with the starters onto the field.
That girl, Alex Ring’s daughter, not only wouldn’t accept Barlow’s handshake, but her facial reaction is a reason why the tweet from NYCFC’s official handle has gone viral.
Check it out.
The Ringleader taught his daughter well… 🎪🤣 pic.twitter.com/qP2t5nJt9V
— New York City FC (@NYCFC) August 25, 2019