New York Is Red (Again): BWP brace lifts Red Bulls over NYCFC

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by ANTHONY J. MERCED

HARRISON, N.J. – New York Red Bulls will carry the bragging rights in the City for another year.

Bradley Wright-Phillips’ two goal performance carries the team to victory against rivals NYCFC on Sunday afternoon at Red Bull Arena 4-1. It is the second win for the Red Bulls in three matches against their cross river rivals.

“In every way, our players put an imprint on the game and I thought that from the first minute they were, even on a hot day, very alert, tuned in, stuck to our gameplay and deservedly got the result,” head coach Jesse Marsch said after the match.

The game was marked by obvious tension as small scuffles broke out throughout the afternoon. Even the coaches got involved as an exchange between Jesse Marsch and Patrick Viera during a hydration break followed Vieira’s ejection for leaving the manager’s area.

The first half was dominated by the Red Bulls from the opening minute. The high press kept NYCFC’s passing off-balance and the defensive play of Connor Lade kept key NYCFC winger Jack Harrison completely out of the game.

From an offensive standpoint, the game got going for RBNY in the 20th minute when a terrific passing sequence saw Sacha Kljestan play Bradley Wright-Phillips through the defenders to place a ball past Saunders. The lead doubled just three minutes later when Kljestan’s corner kick was headed in by Ronald Zubar.

The pressure continued for New York City as the Red Bulls’ press left their defensive unit in shambles. Eventually, that led the Red Bulls to their third of the night after a penalty kick was award for a handball in the box. Kljestan finished the play for his fifth goal of the season.

NYCFC wouldn’t go down quietly. Tommy McNamara scored a spectacular singular effort from 30-yards out, curling a shot past Luis Robles, giving NYCFC a sign of life just before the half.

But that moment was fleeting. The New York Red Bulls put the game away for good in the 70th minute when a 50/50 ball found the foot of Bradley Wright-Phillips who deked Saunders and put away his 11th goal of the season. RBNY came close to extending the lead even further on several occasions with Alex Muyl’s shot, cleared off the line by Mean.

A rash series of cards late in the game also marked the dislike both teams showed for each other. Ethan White was ejected from the game with a second yellow and David Villa and Frank Lampard also received cards for rash fouls.

The Red Bulls now look forward to a weekend road encounter against the Chicago Fire while a depleted NYCFC will host the red-hot Colorado Rapids.


STARTING XI:

New York Red Bulls: Robles; Lade, Collin, Zubar, Zizzo; McCarty (’90 S. Wright-Phillips), Felipe; Grella (’72 Veron), Muyl, Kljestan; Wright-Phillips (’84 Davis)

NYCFC: Saunders; Allen (’80 Hernandez), Mena, Brilliant, White; Iraola (’69 Taylor), Pirlo (’86 Bravo), Lampard; McNamara, Harrison, Villa

GOALS:

’20 (RBNY) Bradley Wright-Phillips (10) assisted by Sacha Kljestan (11)
’23 (RBNY) Ronald Zubar (2) assisted by Sacha Kljestan (12)
’41 (RBNY) Sacha Kljestan PK (5)
’43 (NYCFC) Tommy McNamara (4) unassisted
’70 (RBNY) Bradley Wright-Phillips (11)

DISCIPLINE:

’13 YELLOW CARD (NYCFC) Ethan White
’55 YELLOW CARD (RBNY) Ronald Zubar
’58 YELLOW CARD (RBNY) Mike Grella
’84 YELLOW CARD (NYCFC) Frank Lampard
’86 YELLOW CARD (NYCFC) Frederico Bravo
’89 RED CARD (NYCFC) Ethan White
’90 YELLOW CARD (NYCFC) David Villa

  • The Don

    I will not stand for this. NYCFC is my baby. They WILL NOT lose to anyone, especially the Red Bulls while I am around.

    I must get them more international spots and more DP SLOTS and some TAM money and an allocation or two. I WILL NOT stand for this!

    Sunil, wash those breakfast plates and hand me my trousers. We have work to do in the Bronx!

    • slowleftarm

      Damn – still using this schitck? Get some new material.

      • The Don

        I have no shtick, but I do have a rod; a staff in fact…like a good sheppard lrleading his flock I lead all soccer fans to MLS for I am the Lord Thy Don. If you are enjoying to being my concubine in this life, I will allow to sit Through my right hand in the next life. So it is written so it shall be.

      • Devin HH

        you are such a moron why don’t u just die ?

        • The Don

          I cannot die. I am the Lord thyour Don. I am immortal. As it was in the beginning so shall it be in the end…for you, me, my only son Sunil and Paul Weller too.

      • Joe

        WOWOW great win u beat a USL team

  • Angry Bill

    NEW YORK IS RED!

    I went to the match yesterday and I couldn’t believe the size of the crowd! I never saw 25,000 people in a sold out stadium before! I’m so used to sitting at the lacrosse stadium with about 1,500 others. Who knew?

    • Restofworld

      Oh larry, I mean cynthia.
      Cant go a day without mentioning the cosmos.
      #larryisnowcynthia
      Ps if that was a sellout…lots of people dressed as blueseats. Great win for RBNY though.