The NYPD Soccer Team won the Mayor's Cup with a 3-1 win over the FDNY. (Getty/RBNY)

The New York Fire and Police Departments battled Saturday night for bragging rights in the 2nd Annual Mayor’s Cup. Despite a hard fought match between the two teams, the NYPD came away victorious by a score of 3-1. The match was held at Red Bull Arena immediately following the New York Red Bull’s 2-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes on August 28.

This friendly rivalry benefits the New York City PBA Widows’ and Children’s Fund and the Firefighter Sergio Villanueva Soccer Foundation. The New York City PBA Widows’ and Children’s Fund benefits the widows and children of New York City police officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The Firefighter Sergio Villanueva Soccer Foundation honors Sergio Villanueva who gave his life in the line of duty on September 11, 2001. “Sergio was a friend and a teammate. It is almost 10 years now that we lost Sergio,” said FDNY head coach, Joe Brosi. “Sergio was a police officer for eight years before he came over to the FD. That blood runs through both departments.” 50% of the revenue from tickets sold went to the two foundations.

The two departments have played for the Mayor’s Cup in several other sports including hockey and baseball, but this is only the second time the Cup has been awarded for a soccer match. “There is a great rivalry on the field, but we have great friendships,” explained Brosi. “We’ve been through a lot of stuff together. A lot of good and a lot of bad. And we’ve picked each other up. When it’s out there, it’s all game. But off the field we do a lot of great stuff together.” Last year’s Mayor’s Cup was won by the FDNY in a 3-0 shutout. This time, despite allowing an own goal early in the first half, the NYPD powered their way to a 3-1 victory over the Fire Department.

The match got off to a quick start as a NYPD defender scored in his own net in an attempt to clear the ball from the goal line. Shortly after, in the 21st minute, Daniel Brandi scored to level the match, 1-1. 15 minutes later, Carlos Villacres scored off of a clear shot from the front of the net, as the NYPD took a 2-1 lead into the intermission. The final tally came in the 71st minute. Justin Bernstein of the NYPD scored off a great pass from teammate, Tom Helly, who was named the MVP of the match, for a final score of 3-1. “It was tough. FD’s got a tough squad,” said Helly. “The coach has been practicing with us for a couple months now getting ready for them. We worked together as a team and got it done.”

As soon as the match was over, the competitive rivalry quickly ended as the two departments came together to celebrate the event. The Mayor’s Cup trophy was presented to the NYPD in front of hundreds of their friends, family, and fans. “For us, it’s an honor to play here. It’s such a beautiful stadium. It’s a soccer specific stadium,” said NYPD head coach, Ronald Mejia, after the game. “We just want to thank the Red Bulls for having us here and helping us and the Fire Department raise money for the charities.”

-Annie DaValle is a contributor for RedBullsReader.com.



  1. Bori Says:

    I’m surprised they didn’t win by more! Looking at them warm-up I thought they were going to be the new NY expansion team lol they were running drills and everything.. Sucks I couldn’t stay for the game but gj!

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