New York City FC at New York Red Bulls (July 14)
For the first time in their rivalry, the New York Red Bulls and NYCFC will only meet twice in the regular season because of the new balanced schedule.
The elimination of a third Hudson River derby should make the meetings between the Eastern Conference rivals even more intense.
The first meeting at Red Bull Arena in July comes at a pivotal point in the middle of the season when both teams should be gearing up for their postseason surges.
NYCFC continued to gain ground in the rivalry in 2018 with a 1-0 win at home and a 1-1 draw to close out the three-game slate, but they’ve only won at Red Bull Arena once, and in order to truly make it a rivalry, they need an emphatic road win to spark fans’ emotions a little more.