Lewis Morgan exalts after scoring the first goal. (Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports)

Not only did the Red Bulls advanced to the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday night, but they also did so by eliminating their archrivals.

Combining second-half goals by Lewis Morgan, Luquinhas and Omir Fernandez and a staunch if not sometimes nasty team defense, the Red Bulls recorded a 3-0 quarterfinal triumph over 10-man New York City FC in a special Hudson River Derby at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J.

The Red Bulls, who reached the tournament’s semifinals for the first time since 2017, will play the winner of the Nashville SC-Sacramento Republic FC match, a game that will be played on June 29, in the semifinals in July.

They also continued their dominance in the HRD as they improved to 13-6-3 and remained unbeaten in three Open Cup derby encounters at 3-0. Both teams will tussle two more times in the regular season, but the Red Bulls managed to paint the town red once again.

City played the final 28 minutes a man down after Thiago Andrade head butted Sean Nealis in the 62nd minute as he saw red from referee Matthew Thompson.

Goalkeeper Carlos Coronel, who played a steady match while not being seriously tested, registered the shutout.

After Thompson blew the final whistle, you could see the animosity between the two sides as it took a few minutes separate these two teams apart with players on both teams jawing at each other. The Red Bulls’ Tom Edwards received a red card at the conclusion of the match.

In the opening half, scoring opportunities were few and far between for both teams, who seemed to be feeling each other out in the early.

In fact, the opening part of the game was punctuated by physical play and yellow cards by both teams. Four were awarded to the visitors. On the flip side, the Red Bulls were called for more fouls in the first half, 13-9.

It appeared City picked on Luquinhas, as Keaton Parks (15th minute) and Malte Amundsen (20th minute) were slapped with yellow cards for fouling him.

The hosts had two decent scoring opportunities in the opening 45 minutes. After Gabriel Pereira fouled Luquinhas some 20 yards out, Morgan fired a free kick wide left in the 40th minute.

Two minutes later, Cristian Casseres, Jr. toe-poked a 12-yard shot to goalkeeper Luis Barraza for the Red Bulls’ first shot on net.

While NYCFC did not have any close encounters, the visitors showed their attacking class with quick passes that penetrated into the Red Bulls’ defensive third. However, they could not connect on a final pass in front of Coronel.

The Red Bulls did a decent job of zapping City’s attacks, whether it was clearing the ball out of harm’s way or just blocking a shot or pass.

Two minutes into the second half, the Cityzens finally got a shot on target as Taty Castellanos fired an attempt that Coronel had little problem corralling.

In the 52nd minute, the host side found the net. Edwards started the scoring sequence with long free kick to the right side to center back Aaron Long. The Red Bulls captain headed the ball to Lewis Morgan, who slotted the ball home from five yards for a 1-0 lead.

Luquinhas, the MLS player of the week, gave the Red Bulls some much needed breathing room in the 70th minute when he scored from eight yards in what essentially was a scramble in the 70th minute.

 

A minute into stoppage time, second-half substitute Fernandez put a dagger into City’s hopes by slotting home a Cameron Harper right-wing cross.

 

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