HARRISON, NJ - APRIL 17: Joel Lindpere #20 of the New York Red Bulls battles for the ball against Zach Loyd #19 of the FC Dallas during their match at Red Bull Arena on April 17, 2010 in Harrison, New Jersey. The Red Bulls defeated the FC Dallas 2-1. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
In Major League Soccer, you have some rivalries that are forced and some that are organic. FC Dallas and Houston Dynamo will never get along whether the game is 0-0 or 4-4, that is simply a fact. Another rivalry, against the Chicago Fire, has felt a bit contrived over the years as the games simply have not kept up to the standard of the early 2000's and Chicago's move to the East has pretty much killed any rivalry for fans that have joined in the last five years.
Much like the early years of the Brimstone Cup, there seems to be a budding rivalry between New York and FC Dallas based on a recent history of fantastic games featuring games loaded with talking points, goals and plenty of extra curriculars. Brek Shea said as much in a recent blog for Goal.com
Another thing about being home is the MLS season starts next week and I'm pretty happy about that. Our home opener is against the New York Red Bulls and we want payback for what happened in the playoffs. For some reason or another, I think there's a bit of rivalry growing between both sides. I think it's because they are such a big team with big-named players Thierry Henry and Rafa Marquez. And considering what we've done these past couple of years, we want to show what we're capable.
I think it makes it out to be a big game, which is good. It makes it more fun to play in when the hype is like that.
Read on to see the recent history of FC Dallas vs New York Red Bulls and why it points to a fantastic game for a national TV audience on Sunday
New York Red Bulls 2 FC Dallas 1 April 17, 2010
Having supported the team since 2004, there's a lot of games that I couldn't really tell you a lot about. I will always remember this game. Having traveled up to New York on my yearly FCD road trip for the game along with about 20 others, there was a great atmosphere in what was my first look at Red Bull Arena.
I can't for the life of me find highlights from this one(Help anyone), but in a season where FC Dallas went all the way to MLS Cup, I think this was their second best performance behind the 3-0 WCF win at LA. Dallas was absolutely fantastic in the first half and should've had three or four goals. They let the lead slip away late on a highly contentious penalty kick in stoppage time. I was not a happy camper after this one.
FC Dallas 2 New York Red Bulls 2 September 16, 2010
This is the one that really sparked things. The game ended 2-2 in what was probably Eric Alexander's best performance for FCD, Brek Shea was red carded but I don't think anyone will remember the game for those reasons. Just after NYRB's game tying goal late in the first half, Thierry Henry recklessly kicked at a ball that Kevin Hartman was booting back to the center circle in a freak incident that injured Hartman forcing a race to fitness for the goalkeeper in time for MLS playoffs.
New York Red Bulls 2 FC Dallas 2 July 23, 2011
The first meeting of 2011 was a doozy at Red Bull Arena. A fairly tepid first half saw a Juan Agudelo deflected strike loop over Hartman into the goal, but the second half is where things got nuts. Marvin Chavez scored twice, Dane Richards hit the post, then got sent off and Thierry Henry forced a split of the points with an absolutely brilliant strike late in the match.
New York Red Bulls 1 FC Dallas 0 September 17, 2011
In the emotional first MLS game after the passing of Bobby Rhine, New York sucker punched a wasteful FC Dallas team on a Luke Rodgers goal to take all three points at Pizza Hut Park. FC Dallas, with Maicon Santos up front, enjoyed a huge lead in shots and possession, but couldn't find the back of the next in a game that signaled the start of the end of season swoon for FCD.
New York Red Bulls 2 FC Dallas 0 October 26, 2011
In the wild card round playoff meeting between the two clubs, FC Dallas once again had more shots and the lion's share of scoring chances, but it was New York that defeated FCD to move on in the playoffs.