Wright-Phillips out for second leg of New England Revolution series

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If the New York Red Bulls hope to advance to the MLS Cup, they will have to do so without Bradley Wright-Phillips.

The MLS Golden Boot winner and partial holder of the league’s single season goal scoring record will be out of the second leg of the Eastern Conference Final thanks to yellow card accumulation. Wright-Phillips was hit with an encroachment call mere seconds after a dangerous run of play for the Red Bulls in New England’s box. That was enough for referee Allen Chapman to draw his card on the English forward.

It was a painful blemish in an otherwise outstanding performance, with Wright-Phillips scoring the Red Bulls lone goal of the match.

The referee’s yellow card call now puts New York in a precarious spot. Not only will they have to replace their top goalscorer, but they will also be asked to overcome two New England road goals to do it.

Former Revolution forward Saer Sene is a sensible option in Wright-Phillip’s stead considering his familiarity with Gillette Stadium. However, he has underperformed since his arrival in New York, much to the chagrin of both the technical staff and fans.

More than likely, however, is the inclusion of Tim Cahill to the front line, who will slot right of captain Thierry Henry. Cahill, who picked up a straight yellow card mere seconds into his bench appearance in the first leg, has struggled mightily to find his place in a crowded and productive Red Bulls’ forward and midfield corps. While enjoying a career year internationally with ten goals for the Socceroos, he has found the back of the net only once for New York this season.

  • Andrew Bissonette

    What a boneheaded play by BWP…seriously, what was he thinking? I don’t think we have any shot without him in New England. Unless Cahill and Henry go off like they haven’t before in MLS.

    I’m expecting to see Henry and Cahill up top. Sam and Alexander on the wings. Dax and Peguy in the middle. Backline of Eckersley, Olave, Sekagya, and Oyongo. Robles in goal.