The New York Red Bulls defeated New York City FC, 4-1, on a scorching day at Red Bull Arena.
Bradley Wright-Phillips opened the scoring in the 20th minute, when he collected a through ball from Sacha Kljestan and placed it into the corner of the net.
Three minutes later, Ronald Zubar headed in Kljestan's corner kick to double the lead.
NYCFC manager Patrick Vieira was sent off for "irresponsible behavior" during the first half water break.
Kljestan scored a goal of his own in the 41st minute, converting a penalty kick following a Frederic Brilliant hand ball.
NYCFC midfielder Tommy McNamara pulled one back before halftime with a well-taken long range effort.
Wright-Phillips scored his second goal of the match in the 70th minute.
With the win, the Red Bulls improve to 9-9-4 on the season. They face the Chicago Fire on Sunday, July 31st at 7:00 p.m.
Brendan Joseph, SNY.tv:
There were a lot of questions heading into this season's third edition of the Hudson River Derby. How would the heat effect the Red Bulls' high energy pressing system? Would New York City FC play more confidently following their victory earlier this month?
The Red Bulls proved to be stronger than the hot weather and their local rivals, winning yet another high scoring contest between the two sides.
Sacha Kljestan continues to have an outstanding season. NYCFC did not stay compact, with their midfielders straying too far from the back line and creating space. Whenever an opponent does this, Kljestan thrives because he has the space and time to pass to his teammates. Additionally, his ball delivery on set pieces is far more accurate this season, which has resulted in a lot of assists. Kljestan should be receiving MVP consideration, especially if his production continues.
Bradley Wright-Phillips broke his scoreless streak and is inching closer to becoming the club's all-time
scoring leader. His second goal was impressive because it required a combination of hard work and composure. Wright-Phillips is a streaky goal scorer, and this match could lead to him going on a run of good form. If he is firing on all cylinders, then the Red Bulls will start winning matches more consistently.
Despite the uneven score line, NYCFC could have easily won this match. They squandered a few opportunities in the opening minutes and were very close to breaking out. Unfortunately, Jack Harrison - who tormented the Red Bulls earlier in the month - was called offside multiple times. If he was able to time a few of his runs better, NYCFC would have scored a few easy goals. However, he wasn't able to stay onside, and the amount of calls frustrated head coach Patrick Vieira to the point where he was thrown out of the match.
With today's match in the books, the Hudson River Derby is over for 2016. The Red Bulls were able to win two of three and maintain their mental edge over NYCFC. However, both of these teams are going to qualify for the playoffs and could match up in what would be one of the most anticipated series in league history. For now, the Red Bulls have to focus on Sunday's match against the Chicago Fire and the rapidly approaching group stage of the CONCACAF Champions League.