Demolition Derby heads north as Union travels up to NYRB

The Demolition Derby is headed north when the Union travel up to Red Bull Arena to take on New York Red Bulls this Sunday. 

In the team's June 18 meeting, the Union held the Demolition Derby, where Union fans destroyed Red Bull pinatas, lit some on fire, and destroyed a red bull car. 

It was a fiery display of the passion between the two clubs, and there's been the fair share of fireworks on the pitch as well.

In the team's first meeting this season, CJ Sapong netted his first career hat-trick, which also happened to be the fastest hat-trick in Union history. He put three past Luis Robles in 11 minutes, bringing the Union the win at home. 

In that match there was also Andre Blake's phenomenal save against Bradley Wright-Phillips, keeping Red Bulls off the scoresheet and ultimately providing enough of a spark for the Union to pot two more goals. 

In a rematch in June, Derrick Jones received a questionable straight red card in a physical match in the 53rd minute. The Union nearly walked away with a draw, but two NYRB goals sunk the team. 

The third meeting between the two teams was a tightly contested Lamar Hunt US Open Cup match, where Roland Alberg's strike in the 86th minute pushed the match into overtime and eventually penalty kicks. 

But the fireworks haven't just stayed on the pitch either. Haris Medunjanin gave Felipe a jab after he consulted with a referee after a foul in the Union's match against DC United, where Medunjanin convinced the ref to rescind a red card given to an opponent. 

2017 has been a back-and-forth year for the Union and New York Red Bull rivalry, and it will be on full display Sunday on national television. Kick-off is at 1:00 p.m. on ESPN. 


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