Here we go again, folks.

The Red Bulls and New York City FC will tussle in one extra Hudson River Derby match this season.

They will meet in the quarterfinals of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. on June 22 at 8 p.m.

Needless to say, both sides are looking forward to the latestt confrontation.

“Yeah, it definitely makes it more intense,” said defender Dylan Nealis, who scored the winning goal in the Red Bulls’ Open Cup win on Wednesday night. “Obviously, it will be my first derby match , so I will be up for it, I will be super excited. I am use to watching them, watching my brother play in them. I can feel the intensity just from watching it on TV. So, to be a part of one and I cannot wait. The rest of the guys are super excited for it.”

Ditto for NYCFC midfielder Justin Haak.

“These are very special games and now it is the quarterfinals, so it adds a little bit more to it,” he said. “We just have to try to go there and play our game and not get too sucked into the way the Red Bulls like to play and just stay focused on how we want to play.”

NYCFC defeated the New England Revolution, 1-0, on Santiago Rodriguez’s extratime goal at Belson Stadium on the campus of St. John’s University in Queens, N.Y. on Wednesday night.

The Red Bulls recorded a 3-1 win over Charlotte FC att MSU Soccer Park on the campus of Montclair State University in Montclair, N.J. the same night. Patryk Klimala scored the first goal and set up the game-winner by Nealis. Tom Barlow added an insurance goal. editor Michael Lewis has written a new book, ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. You can learn more about it or purchase it here:


Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at