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New York Red Bulls and New York City F.C. supporter groups team up together to make a Hudson River Derby trophy next season.

Onz Chery

MLS, watch out … the Hudson River Derby might get even more hectic next season.

It’s not just going to be about local pride, three points and making New York red or blue next season. A Hudson River Derby trophy is on the way.

Three supporter groups, Empire Supporters Group, Viking Army (RBNY) and Third Rail (NYCFC) rallied together to form the non-profit organization, the Hudson River Derby Foundation last Spring.

The organization’s main purpose is “to grow, manage, and administer the annual Hudson River Derby competition, and its future trophy, between New York Red Bulls (RBNY) and New York City Football Club (NYCFC).”

The supporter groups cited are collecting donation and selling New York Derby scarves to raise money for the trophy.

The silverware will be decided from the two games of the regular season, so it will exclude the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open meetings and playoff matches.

The next N.Y. Derby will take place on Sunday at the Red Bull Arena at 6:30 p.m. ET and will be aired on FS1. Reporter Jillian Sakovits will talk more about the HRD Foundation then.


The Red Bulls already compete for the Atlantic Cup with D.C. United. RBNY won the last two trophies of that derby.

NYCFC is trophyless after four seasons. If they end this year empty-handed, the HRD trophy could be the club’s first ever silverware.

Originally from Haiti, Ralph 'Onz' Chery started his writing career as a City College of New York student with The Campus. He also wrote for First Touch, the Cosmopolitan Soccer League and other local leagues. After graduating, Onz started covering the New York Red Bulls for ESNY and joined Haitian Times.