The intensity of the Hudson River Derby took on a new level, rising with the midday heat as the New York Red Bulls disposed of Eastern Conference leader New York City FC, 4-1, to beat their new rival
for the fifth time in six meetings over two seasons. NYCFC coach Patrick Vieira was sent off during the water break in the 34th minute and later blamed referee Mark Geiger for making
calls in the Red Bulls' favor because their coach, Jesse Marsch, "had been crying all the week."
Geiger handed out out eight yellow cards, seven to NYCFC, and a red card to NYCFC
defender Ethan White in the 89th minute in addition to sending off Vieira for leaving his technical area to confront him after arguing with Marsch.
By then, Bradley Wright-Phillips and Ronald Zubar had scored for
the Red Bulls. Sacha Kljestan added a third goal for the hosts before Thomas McNamara scored just before the break. Wright-Phillips' second goal of the game -- and eighth in six games
against NYCFC -- clinched the win. Afterwards, Vieira had words with Marsch and didn't shake his hand.
Marsch had been fined for saying in the buildup to the game that referees give favorable
treatment to NYCFC stars Frank Lampard, Andrea Pirlo and David Villa.
“The comment from Jesse during the week had a massive impact on the referees," insisted
Vieira. "And of course, that had an impact on the way we played. But you take in doubt the credibility of the referee, it happened the referee sometimes makes the wrong decision. Today, he made more
decisions in favor of the Red Bulls because the manager had been crying all the week. At the end, he got what he wanted.”
If there was anything that impacted the game's outcome,
though, it was the shoddy NYCFC defending, particularly that of French center back Frederic Brilliant, who was called for a handball on the penalty Kljestan converted.
“One day [the ref] is for us," he said. "One day he’s against us. We understand it, and we respect it. Some people don’t, and they prefer to cry
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Marsch pushed back at Vieira.
“He didn’t want to shake my hand in the hallway," he said. "But
I’ve seen this from him after the game before. Now that we’re starting to build history and you’re starting to see hatred, that’s going to add to it for the upcoming games in
years to come. That’s what makes rivalries. That’s what makes derby matches. It’s there."