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Ben Solomon

7 THINGS WE LEARNED: First Derby Draw

The New York Red Bulls and New York City FC played to the first New York Derby draw, 1-1, on Friday night. 

Here are 7 Things We Learned from the game:

Super Sub

Gonzalo Veron continues to come on as a sub and help change the game in the Red Bulls' favor. 

The first sub off the bench for Jesse Marsch's Red Bulls, Veron wasn't on the pitch more than a handful of minutes before he was called upon to take New York's penalty kick, drawn off a hip check to Sacha Kljestan inside the box.

Veron stepped up and slammed a shot down the center of the goal, drawing his team even with New York City FC, 1-1.

Another One

Luis Robles notched another mark on his growing list of consecutive starts, extending his league-record streak.

He also added another notch to his club-record game played mark.

Both streaks are now at 165 matches.

Arena Advantage 

New York is unbeaten in their last four home matches and have outscored their opponent, 13-3.

The Red Bulls continue to support the best home record in MLS at Red Bull Arena since 2010, with the most wins (83) and points (276).

Not Their Night

The Red Bulls dominated on all facets of the match, owning advantages in shots, 21-9, shots on target, 4-3, corners, 5-2 and possession, 61.5 percent to 38.5 percent.

Yet the game ended in a draw. Unlucky.

"It's a funny game sometimes. Right? How many sports does a team dominate like that and then be down," Head Coach Jesse Marsch said after the game. "But I wanted to make sure that our team was still aggressive and had confidence and went after the game. They did that. They were able to get themselves back in, and a draw feels like a big disappointment because of the way we played and the way we dominated most of the match."

Containing Villa

A main facet of the Red Bulls' gameplan heading into the game was containing NYCFC striker David Villa.

Aaron Long was tasked with the mark and effectively bottled up the Spanish scorer.

"I think Aaron took a big step forward in his career tonight the way he played against Villa," Marsch said after the game.

Marsch Maintaining

Marsch rolled out a familiar lineup, one that has become quite familiar to fans over the past few weeks.

He did add one wrinkle, though, starting Fidel Escobar in his first game at Red Bull Arena.

The Panamanian defender has now started twice - in a row - for New York, but has joined his national team for World Cup qualifiers and will miss their game against Dallas, along with fellow defender Michael Amir Murillo.

VAR Concerns

Both coaches had some issues with Video Review on Friday night.

Marsch thought a hard check on a Bradley Wright-Phillips header could have gone either way, while NYCFC's gaffer Patrick Viera thought the penalty kick to the Red Bulls was a little soft.

"If it were called a penalty, I don't think it would have been reversed. But because it wasn't called a penalty, it's not reversed either. So, that's the part that's still the decision of the referee. And it should be," Marsch said, then made sure to ask the media if he was explaining himself correctly.


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