By Michael Lewis
Well, here we go again.
For the second consecutive year, the Red Bulls will host New York City FC in a fourth-round match of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The match will be played at Red Bull Arena on either June 6.
That means for the second year in a row, the Hudson River Derby rivals will tussle four times.
NYCFC did not apply to host the game.
The winner will meet the victor of the Louisville City FC-New England Revolution match in the next round.
The Red Bulls, NYCFC, New England and Louisville City FC were paired in the Northeast group.
According to cup regulations and to provide as much balance as possible, four groups were required to house two MLS teams and two third-round winners, while the remaining four groups are required to have three MLS sides and one third-round winner. Because they did not have a logical geographic fit, a coin flip was needed to determine which groups that Louisville City FC and Nashville SC were placed in.
Last year the Red Bulls won the Open Cup encounter, 1-0, at RBA June 14, 2017. NYCFC, however, won the Major League Soccer regular-season series, 2-0-1.
In the first derby confrontation this year, the Red Bulls trounced City, 4-0, at RBA May 5.
The Red Bulls lead the all-time series across all competitions, 7-3-1.
The teams are scheduled to meet in two other MLS matches in 2018 — at Yankee Stadium July 8 and Aug. 22.
More details are coming.
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