The first three years of the Hudson River Derby were about how different the New York Red Bulls and New York City FC were, on and off the field.
The Red Bulls were the Major League Soccer original team, a frugal squad that built from within and played at Red Bull Arena, one of the crown jewels of soccer-specific stadiums in the United States.
NYCFC is the big-spending boys from the Bronx, which play at Yankee Stadium and scour the ends of the earth looking for its talent.
The Red Bulls dominated the early portion of this rivalry, winning six of the first seven matches -- including a U.S. Open Cup encounter last June. NYCFC then won the first two showdowns a year ago with the teams tying 1-1 in the third and final regular-season encounter last August.
With the first of three regular-season games coming Saturday at Red Bull Arena, the Hudson River Derby rivals look more similar than they do different in 2018. << Read more
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