BWP's 10th Goal of the Season Helps New York Defeat Seattle
Bradley Wright-Phillips' goal in the 52nd minute proved to be the game winner as the New York Red Bulls (8-4-2, 26 pts) defeated Seattle Sounders FC (3-8-2, 11 pts), 2-1, on Wednesday night at Red Bull Arena. New York extends its home unbeaten streak to three league matches and has outscored its opponents, 6-1, during the stretch.
Ethan Kutler began New York's counterattack on the near sideline and sent a through ball to Florian Valot. Valot took a few touches to the 18-yard box, sent his cross across the face of Stefan Frei to the far post for Daniel Royer, who finished to give the Red Bulls a 1-0 lead at half.
Kutler then helped double the Red Bulls lead in the 52nd minute as he sent a cross into the box for Wright-Phillips, who flicked it with his head to the far post.
Seattle's Harry Shipp tallied his first of the season in the 87th minute to cut the deficit to one, 2-1.
Royer is heating up as he has tallied four goals in his last eight league matches.
Wright-Phillips, who scored with his head for the fourth consecutive time, tallied his 10th goal of the season. He became the fifth player in MLS history to record five consecutive 10-plus goal seasons.
BWP raised his career league total to 96 and 113 across all competitions.
Wright-Phillips moved into a tie with Kenny Cooper for 14th all-time in league history with 24 game-winning goals.
Kutler not only recorded his first career MLS start, but he tallied his first two career MLS points. He tallied a secondary assist on Royer's goal and a primary assist on Wright-Phillips tally.
Luis Robles tallied five saves for his seventh win of the season. Robles improved to 87-54-44 all-time in net as a Red Bull.
New York's home dominance continued as it improved to 89-21-31 all-time since Red Bull Arena was built in 2010. The Red Bulls 88 wins and 298 points are the most since 2010.
The Red Bulls success against the Western Conference extended with the 2-1 win over Seattle. New York is 5-1-0 this season against teams from the West and have outscored their opponents, 14-4.
The Red Bulls are now 34-44-21 all-time in the month of June. New York has scored 134 goals while allowing 157 during the sixth month of the year.
Head coach Jesse Marsch is 56-35-25 all-time with New York. Marsch is now 39-8-11 in home matches with the Red Bulls.
New York switches back to U.S. Open Cup action as they travel to face Philadelphia in the Round of 16 on Saturday. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. ET with coverage on NewYorkRedBulls.com and New York Red Bulls Radio in English on TuneIn.
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