Wright Brothers Give Red Bulls Wings In Win Over Union


CHESTER, PA. – It didn’t take long for Shaun Wright-Phillips to prove his worth in a Red Bull uniform — or to connect with his brother for that matter.

The elder Wright-Phillips came in as a second half substitute and made an immediate impact, drawing a penalty on the Red Bulls first goal, and connecting with his brother Bradley on the game winner, leading New York to an eventual 3-1 victory over Philadelphia at PPL Park. Sacha Kljestan sunk the game-opening goal and played provider to Anatole Abang in extra time to put this one out of reach.

“We were a little flat [in the first half]. We weren’t as sharp as we normally are, weren’t covering enough ground, and we couldn’t establish our rhythm in the first half,” Red Bulls boss Jesse Marsch said. “We said we had to pick it up on all levels. Beginning of the second half, it’s not perfect but we get ourselves going more and obviously inserting Shaun Wright changed the game and it was good to see.”

All the fireworks were reserved for the final 45 minutes as both the Union and New York struggled for control in the opening stanza. The Red Bulls held 60% of possession throughout the first half, but didn’t manage a single shot on goal. The closest chance for New York came at the boot of Sacha Kljestan who was played through by Lloyd Sam, but his shot on the break hit side netting. On the other end, Philadelphia failed to capitalize on a number of corner kick opportunities, including a Maidana feed that forced Robles to come out of net to disrupt the pass.

Both teams awoke from their slumber in the second half, particularly after the insertion of their summer acquisitions. Shaun Wright-Phillips factored into both Red Bull goals, drawing the penalty for Sacha Kljestan’s go ahead goal in the 66th minute and then, eight minutes later, feeding his brother Bradley in the box for the second goal of the half. Tranquillo Barnetta also made an impact, but in a negative way, fouling Shaun Wright-Phillips for the initial go ahead goal.

Philadelphia managed a goal of their own between the New York scores with former Red Bull Sebastian Le Toux blasting a shot past Luis Robles.

Down a goal, Philadelphia threatened New York in the 83rd minute with a perfectly played Maidana free kick finding a glancing CJ Sapong header, but Robles managed a fingertip on ball to deny the Union.  Anatole Abang put the match away in extra time, slotting home a Kljestan feed and putting the result out of question.

New York now move on to a midweek clash against Montreal, where star signing Didier Drogba may make his MLS debut.

Scoring Summary:

NY – Sacha Kljestan (4) (PK) 66′

PHI – Sebastien Le Toux (Fernando Aristeguieta, Cristián Maidana)73′

NY – Bradley Wright-Phillips (9) (Shaun Wright-Phillips) 74′

NY – Anatole Abang (4) (Sacha Kljestan, Dax McCarty) 90’+1

Misconduct Summary:

NY – Damien Perrinelle (caution) 51′

NY – Anthony Wallace (caution) 56′

PHI – Sebastien Le Toux (caution) 62′

PHI – Fernando Aristeguieta (caution) 89′


New York Red Bulls: Luis Robles; Connor Lade, Damien Perrinelle, Matt Miazga, Anthony Wallace, Dax McCarty ©, Felipe, Lloyd Sam (Shaun Wright-Phillips, 61′), Sacha Kljestan, Mike Grella (Anatole Abang, 77′), Bradley Wright-Phillips (Karl Ouimette, 83′)


Philadelphia Union: John McCarthy;Ray Gaddis, Maurice Edu ©, Ethan White (Conor Casey, 82′), Fabinho, Brian Carroll, Zach Pfeffer (Tranquillo Barnetta, 64′), Chaco Maidana, Eric Ayuk (Fernando Aristeguieta, Sebastien Le Toux, CJ Sapong


Referee: Armando Villarreal

Referee’s Assistants: Craig Lowry, Scott Kachmarik

4th Official: Nima Saghafi

Attendance: 18,883

  • Observations

    SWP is for real and will make a difference.

    Sasha is not. He sucked 99% of the game and shouldn’t have taken PK. Should have been BWP on the score sheet, no Sasha “Question”

    Miazga is more bark than bite. Shut up and stop ball watching as he did on Philly’s goal.

    Perrinele is the real deal as a CB.

    Surprised Sam came off.

    • slowleftarm

      Disagree about Miazga, on that play he was marking someone else – that goal can’t be blamed on him. His improvement from last year has been significant and he just turned 20 years old. He was arguably the US U-20’s best player at the U-20 world cup. If this guy keeps improving he’s going to command a nice transfer fee from a team in Europe but hopefully he’s here a while longer.

      One benefit of the SWP signing is it allows some rotation of the midfield players, like with Sam coming out yesterday. RBNY have two more games this week and they play midweek a few more times this year so it’s helpful to not have to play the same guys 90 minutes every game.

  • Sammy the Red Bull

    Its hard to believe we had 60% possession the first half. It seemed like we were chasing Philly the first 45 minutes. But there is no such thing as a bad road win, especially in conference. 14 games left, 13 against the Eastern Conference, the Red Bulls are in good position to make a run.

  • A run to where/what? Don’t even tell me you mean the Cup,do you?

    • Justin

      Why can’t the Red Bulls make a run to the cup? They have the top goal differential in the eastern conference. Also, they have proven they can handle DC United, New England, and Columbus. With the additions of SWP and Veron, they now have an added dimension to their attack and it makes the offense even more dangerous. Robles has been a top goalie and our back line is making it’s way back to full strength with the returns of lawerence and zubar. The Red Bulls might be the favorites in the Eastern Conference.

    • slowleftarm

      Troy is a pure troll. Plus, MLS cup is just about who’s hot on the right time. Anyone making the playoffs can win it.

    • Sammy the Red Bull

      I wasn’t talking about the cup, I was talking about in conference, regular season. They have a favorable schedule, in a weak conference with 3 to 4 fewer games played than everyone but Montreal. They have picked up two quality players and have guys coming back from injury and Gold Cup duty soon. They are in a good position, what they do with that remains to be seen.

  • Joey

    Great title with the Wright Brothers reference and the Red Bulls “wings” reference. I don’t know how many people caught it, but that was very creative!

  • blake n

    good signing with potential and below DP money, it should help with the attacking options when rotated, subs, injuries, etc… + Veron coming and we’ll see how he pans out?…

    an England international and world cup player, not too bad for sub DP money supposedly…

  • red eye

    If my team played in the east. I wouldn’t get too excited,the west is the deal.
    Skc,galaxy,Vancouver,Seattle,fc Dallas and Portland will have a good playoff team plus home advantage makes a difference.
    I think Montreal and.nyc will be scary playoffs teams.

    • slowleftarm

      What makes you think Nycfc is making the playoffs? Tough to win conceding 3 goals every game.