• New York Red Bulls had won the previous two Big Apple derbies
  • Home side went ahead through Bradley Wright-Phillips from close range
  • Felipe Campanholi scored late on to secure the three points 
  • Frank Lampard, Andrea Pirlo and David Villa failed to inspire away side 

Steve Brenner For Mailonline

Bradley Wright-Phillips just loves outshining New York City FC’s stellar stars.

The world class trio of David Villa , Frank Lampard and Andrea Pirlo were all unleashed for the first time from the start by manager Jason Kreis in the third installment a Hudson River derby tussle which has captured the imagination of fans here.

Ignore the sight of some idiots brawling before kick-off. The atmosphere was superb inside a sold out Red Bull Arena.

Striker Bradley Wright-Phillips celebrates the opener as the New York Red Bulls took a lead in the derby

Striker Bradley Wright-Phillips celebrates the opener as the New York Red Bulls took a lead in the derby

The home side went ahead when striker Wright-Phillips tapped this shot in after 21 minutes

The home side went ahead when striker Wright-Phillips tapped this shot in after 21 minutes

Felipe Martins Campanholi (centre) celebrates having scored a late second for the hosts 

Felipe Martins Campanholi (centre) celebrates having scored a late second for the hosts 

MATCH FACTS

New York Red Bulls (4-5-1): Robles; Lade, Miazga, Perrinelle, Lawrence; McCarty, Campanholi, Sam (S.Wright-Phillips 66), Kljestan (Davis 76), Grella (Veron 86), B.Wright-Phillips 

Subs not used: Bertrand Abang, Zizzo, Reynish, Larin

Goals: B.Wright-Phillips 21, Campanholi 85

Booked: Lade 

New York City (4-4-2): Saunders; Iraola, Facey, Mena, Tasende; Jacobson (Poku 65), Pirlo, Diskerud (Calle 73), Lampard (Mullins 86); McNamara, Villa 

Subs not used: Hernandez, Mullins, Ballouchy, Johansen, Allen

Booked: McNamara, Facey

Yet , just as in the first two games between these newest of rivals, it was the former Southampton and Charlton striker who was to prove the matchwinner.

Wright-Phillips bagged a brace in the 2-1 win in May before scoring the goal which sparked a brilliant comeback last month at Yankee Stadium.

And the 30 year-old was on the spot again on Sunday night, tapping in his 10th of the season to send Lampard and co crashing to a third derby defeat.

Felipe Martins made it safe on 85 minutes to help Jesse Marsch’s well organised outfit cruise to their third derby win in succession, and leave City manager Jason Kreis with much to ponder.

Lampard, to his credit , battled tirelessly and was City’s best player. Yet his side’s defending was far less impressive and unless it improves, a ticket to the end of season play-off’s remains a distant, outside bet.

Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard missed a glorious chance for New York City FC

Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard missed a glorious chance for New York City FC

The Red Bulls however are flying. They are now unbeaten in five and displayed the kind of cohesion Kreis can only dream of right now.

Marsch’s men may have won both matches in this new Hudson River derby and came into the clash sitting pretty in second in the Eastern Conference but with Kreis finally able to unleash all his superstars at once, there was undoubtedly a spring in NYCFC’s step.

Lampard’s start here in the Big Apple has been punctuated with a calf problem forcing to miss two games as the former Chelsea man searched for full-fitness.

He , along with fellow star turn Pirlo, would have smiled at seeing the home fans unfurl a banner before kick-off suggesting both belong in a retirement home instead of MLS.

New York Red Bulls fans mock their opponents with this banner of Frank Lampard and Andrea Pirlo

New York Red Bulls fans mock their opponents with this banner of Frank Lampard and Andrea Pirlo

Lampard, however, was inches away from ramming the taunts somewhere rather uncomfortable. His link up with Villa after just two minutes was slick and , Kreis will undoubtedly hope, a sign of things to come.

The Spaniard’s superbly weighted pass found Lampard yet his shot was screwed wide. It was a golden chance. Red Bulls keeper Luis Robles was forced into action six minutes later , superbly keeping out Mix Diskerud as the game exploded into life.

Make no mistake, this was a derby played in the kind of electric atmosphere which makes these occasions so special.

What isn’t impressive however is NYCFC’s defending . Kreis’ backline endured a torrid afternoon last weekend against Montreal – it was the fourth consecutive home match where they had conceded three or more goals – and on 22 minutes, they were back in the old routine.

New York City FC had former Juventus star Andrea Pirlo in their ranks but he couldn't inspire a victory

New York City FC had former Juventus star Andrea Pirlo in their ranks but he couldn’t inspire a victory

Colombian Jefferson Mena was a liability in the defeat to the Canadians and only he can explain how he totally misjudged Kemar Lawrence’s cross allowing Wright-Phillips to gleefully roll in the opener.

It was a nightmare moment for Mena and although Lampard was dropping deep and linking up with Villa ,nothing was coming off. Sacha Kljestan was beginning to boss midfield for the Red Bulls and forced Josh Saunders into a smart stop just after the half-hour before Lampard dragged wide.

Chelsea’s record goal-scorer was in the mood and busily carrying the charge. On 41 minutes Villa’s cross was almost flicked home before Kljestan wastefully blazed over from six yards.

Pirlo finally began to stroke the ball around with the kind of quality and class which helped Italy become champions of the world in 2010 yet as the clock ticked towards 65 minutes, NYCFC were continuing to huff and puff.

Kreis threw on the lively Kwadwo Poku while Shaun Wright-Philllips also entered the fray yet Felipe killed off any hope five minutes from time.

Lampard came off moments later. The former England man had done his bit – the same , however, cannot be said of the rest of NYCFC’s squad who continue to leave their manager scratching his head with increasing frustration. 

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