and scored early in the first half and host earned a crucial 2-0 victory over the on Saturday afternoon in the Hudson River Derby at Yankee Stadium.
NYCFC (14-11-7, 49 points) ended a five-game winless skid (0-4-1) and swept the two-game season series with the Red Bulls for the first time. The defending champions moved to within a point of third-place New York (14-10-8, 50 points).
Callens scored his first goal in nearly four months in the opening minute and also made a key defensive play about 10 minutes later. Rodriguez set up Callens’ goal and then scored in the 23rd.
Goalkeepermade one save for his MLS-best 14th clean sheet and 90th regular-season clean sheet of his career.
The Red Bulls were unable to clinch third in the East and dropped to 4-2-1 in their past seven matches.
RBNY goalkeeperallowed two goals on three shots.
Callens opened the scoring almost immediately after the match began. After NYCFC were awarded a corner kick, Rodriguez spotted him at the right side of the box and Callens easily finished off a header for his first MLS goal since May 28.
Callens then made a key defensive play to preserve the lead in the 11th when he blocked a left-footed shot byafter Johnson fell down making a save.
NYCFC went up 2-0 when Rodriguez got a cross fromand sent a left-footed shot from the center of the box into the bottom right corner.
appeared to score in the 36th but Red Bulls captain was caught offside after a two-minute VAR review
The Red Bulls missed two golden opportunities early in the second half as Johnson smothered the ball and‘s shot sailed well over the net. In the 70th, Long saw his header sail to the left of the net.