May 20, 2016
Red Bulls v NYC FC is a derby, a damn good one, but it is not a rivalry -- at least not yet
By Michael Lewis
So, just when does a derby become a rivalry?
It doesn't happen overnight. It is organic. It will happen when it will happen.
That's why at the present time the Red Bulls-New York City derby is just that, a derby, not a rivalry.
It won't truly start turning into a rivalry until NYC FC wins a few games to make the confrontations more comeptitive.
If you more, I'll give you an example.
For years, Mexico not only beat the United States in World Cup qualifiers and in friendlies on a regular basis.
It wasn't until the Americans started pulling off upsets and winning games in the nineties and that the series became competitive and not only a rivalry, but one of the world's great national team rivalries.
Just rmemeber, the Red Bulls swept the first series last year, three games to none.
If NYC FC gets a couple of wins this year, the derby could start evolving toward a rivarly.
At the moment, NYC FC vs. Red Bulls is a derby, maybe even a great one in only its second year.
And there certainly is nothing wrong about that.
We're just going to have to wait and be patient outside of a controversial play or two or even a fight on the field.
And there's certainly nothing wrong with being patient, either.
In fact, I'm looking forward watching these two teams tussle over the next few years as hopefully this derby does morph into a rivalry.
Just remember, it's the journey, not the destination.