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Nine-man NYCFC gets derby draw vs. RBNY

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New York Red Bulls’ Tim Parker gets his head on the ball to prevent a pass from reaching Vancouver Whitecaps’ Kei Kamara, back, during the second half of an MLS soccer game Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018 in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)


New York City FC’s Third Rail is going to come up with some terrific chants after their nine-men side held the New York Red Bulls to a 1-1 draw in the Hudson River Derby on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.

Bradley Wright-Phillips put the Red Bulls in front, and NYCFC went down to 10 men within minutes of the opener. They’d be down to nine by the end of the game when Ebenezer Okori joined debutant Eloi Amagat in being sent off the pitch by referee Ted Unkel.

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“I don’t want to talk any rubbish,” Wright-Phillips said on FS1 after the game. “Credit to New York City. It’s embarrassing. They’re down to nine men and we created nothing.”

Making his NYCFC debut, longtime Girona midfielder Amagat was sent off for a studs-up challenge on Marc Rzatkowski.

David Villa leveled the score line at 1, but looked in big trouble when Ebenezer Okori was show a 74th minute red card for a clumsy challenge on Wright-Phillips.

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