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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Red Bulls use Hartford Whalers to troll rivals NYCFC over Connecticut game

The Hudson River Derby ended level for the first time ever as New York Red Bulls fought back to draw New York City FC.

The New York Red Bulls used a former NHL team to have some fun at the expense of their local rival New York City FC during their derby on Friday night.

Earlier this week, NYCFC relocated a September game to East Hartford, Connecticut, after a Yankee Stadium scheduling conflict, drawing criticism from fans.

The Red Bulls didn't miss a beat, calling in the old Hartford Whalers' mascot to lead the cheers at the Hudson River Derby on Friday night.

There was plenty more. Like this giant banner featuring the NYCFC's "options" for the relocated game.

And in pregame warm-ups, the video board featured facts about Hartford to the sounds of the Whalers' famous "Brass Bonanza" anthem.

Well done Red Bulls! Though it is rather brazen for a team named "New York" that plays all its games in New Jersey.

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