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Red Bulls, NYCFC set for New York derby

Jun 26, 2015 - 11:20 PM New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - A pair of newly-formed rivals will tangle on Sunday as New York City FC welcome the New York Red Bulls to Yankee Stadium for the first time.

The Red Bulls enter the match with some confidence after earning a 1-0 win over nine-man Real Salt Lake at Red Bull Arena to snap a four-match losing streak.

New York had taken just one point from its previous five outings, and after Grella's early goal, the hosts were helped by the fact that both Javier Morales and Demar Phillips were sent off.

Mike Grella's goal was just the start New York was looking for as he arrived the back post to finish off a wayward shot from Sean Davis.

RSL nearly answered two minutes later as Devon Sandoval's close-range header forced a nice diving stop from New York goalkeeper Luis Robles.

The match then took a turn five minutes before halftime when Morales brought down Felipe on the break, earning the Salt Lake midfielder a straight red card.

And just 10 minutes after the restart, the visitors went down another man as Phillips came in with a poor challenge on New York's Connor Lade.

But despite playing up two men for the final 35 minutes, New York was unable to add to the lead, due in large part to goalkeeper Nick Rimando.

He did well to keep out a low shot from Felipe before defender Tony Beltran cleared a ball off the line.

Matt Miazga also tested Rimando with a dangerous shot in the closing minutes, but the Salt Lake goalkeeper kept his side within a goal, although they couldn't muster much in attack.

"I thought that we were on top of the game from the start, getting an early goal always helps," said Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch. "Overall, I thought that we handled the game pretty well. First half we could have pressed at certain moments, not just pressed but really shifted and moved together a little quicker and allow fewer gaps in our team, but they weren't really ever able to threaten us except for maybe some set pieces and putting some balls in that way."

New York City, meanwhile, comes into the match looking for a fourth straight win following an impressive 2-0 victory over Toronto FC at BMO Field.

David Villa netted both goals for the expansion side, striking first from the penalty spot in the eighth minute and added his second of the day shortly before the hour to ensure all three points went to his side.

"I thought we handled him really, really well," head coach Jason Kreis said of containing TFC's Sebastian Giovinco. "Jason Hernandez and Shay Facey were two of our best performers on the night. Really the entire back four and everybody¬Ěs commitment level was just fantastic, but in particular I thought those two really limited the space of Giovinco and (Michael) Bradley coming through and that¬Ěs critically important when you play matches like that."