By Michael Lewis
BRONX — Given the two metropolitan area teams’ success this early in the Major League Soccer season, some teams might not want to play either New York City FC or the Red Bulls or show up late for games.
The latter has occurred for two consecutive weeks.
Last Saturday, the Portland Timbers forced the kickoff of their match against the Red Bulls delayed for 15 minutes because their team bus went the wrong way to Red Bull Arena. The Red Bulls rolled to a 4-0 victory.
This Saturday, the start of NYCFC’s match against Orlando City SC was put off for 16 minutes until 4:06 p.m. because the visitors’ team bus got stuck in traffic, most likely due to the St. Patrick Day festivities in New York City.
Prior to Saturday’s action, City and the Red Bulls had a combined MLS 3-0-0 mark. Counting the Red Bulls’ play in the CONCACAF Champions League, their combined record is an impressive 6-0-1.
The Red Bulls were scheduled to play at Real Salt Lake at 9 p.m. Saturday.