Red Bulls Roll Past San Jose, 4-1, in MLS Home Opener
Alex Muyl's second-half brace lifted the New York Red Bulls over the San Jose Earthquakes, 4-1, on Saturday at Red Bull Arena. New York extended its league unbeaten streak to eight consecutive matches (6-0-2), dating back to last season.
The Red Bulls tallied their 99th league win at Red Bull Arena since it opened in 2010. New York have the best home record in MLS, with the most home wins and points since 2010 at 99-22-31 and 328 points.
New York is 10-1 in the last 11 matches at Red Bull Arena across all competitions. The Red Bulls have outscored their opponents, 20-4, during the stretch.
Moments into the match, San Jose's Magnus Eriksson found Cristian Espinoza on the near sidelines. Espinoza dribbled into the box and beat Luis Robles to the far post for the early 1-0 lead in the fifth minute.
Down 1-0 to start the second half, Daniel Royer connected with Alex Muyl inside the box for the equalizer in the 51st minute.
In the 71st minute, Muyl completed his brace as he collected a loose ball inside the six-yard box and snuck a shot to the near post to give New York the lead, 2-1.
New York continued to attack as Vincent Bezecourt fed Sean Davis into the box. Davis dribble towards the endline and sent a cross across the face of goal for Bradley Wright-Phillips, who redirected inside the near post to raise the lead to two, 3-1.
As time was winding down, Marc Rzatkowski led Michael Amir Murillo towards the endline and Murillo swung a cross for Royer to tap in for the fourth and final goal.
Muyl not only collected his first two goals of the season, he recorded his first career brace.
Wright-Phillips ended his 10-match scoreless streak across all competitions with his first tally of the season. The English striker raised his career totals to 107 league goals and 125 across all competitions.
Royer recorded his second-straight multi-point match with a goal and an assist. The Austrian winger leads the team with four goals across all competitions.
The Red Bulls have not lost a match against the Earthquakes at Red Bull Arena since it was built in 2010 (5-0-2).
The Red Bulls continued to hold serve at RBA against Western Conference opponents over the last two seasons. New York has lost just once in the previous 14 matches (11-1-2) against teams from the West at RBA and has outscored their opponents, 33-10, during the stretch.
New York is 16-16-10 all-time in the month of March. New York has scored 61 goals in March and allowed 58.
Head coach Chris Armas moved to 13-3-4 overall in MLS regular-season matches and 9-1-0 in league home games. Armas moved into a tie with Carlos Alberto Parreira for seventh all-time in franchise wins with 13.
New York remain at home as they host Orlando City SC on Saturday, March 23. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET with coverage on MSG Plus and New York Red Bulls Radio on TuneIn.
New York Red Bulls 4, San Jose Earthquakes 1
2019 MLS Regular-Season Match 2
Saturday - 3:30 p.m. ET
Red Bull Arena | Harrison, N.J.
SJ - Cristian Espinoza (Eriksson) 5'
NY - Alex Muyl 1 (Royer) 51'
NY - Alex Muyl 2 (unassisted) 71'
NY - Bradley Wright-Phillips 1 (Davis) 85'
NY - Danny Royer 1 (Rzatkowski, Murillo) 89'
SJ - Chris Wondolowski (caution, unsporting behavior) 45'+3'
SJ - Aníbal Godoy (caution, unsporting behavior) 47'
SJ - Marcos López (caution, unsporting behavior) 65'
NY - Michael Amir Murillo (caution, unsporting behavior) 81'
New York Red Bulls: Luis Robles ©; Aaron Long, Michael Amir Murillo, Tim Parker, Kyle Duncan, Sean Davis, Marc Rzatkowski, Vincent Bezecourt, Florian Valot (Alex Muy, 35'), Danny Royer (Andreas Ivan, 90'+3'), Bradley Wright-Phillips (Mathias Jørgensen, 86')
TOTAL SHOTS: 23; SHOTS ON GOAL: 7; FOULS: 9; OFFSIDE: 3; CORNER KICKS: 9; SAVES: 0
San Jose Earthquakes: Daniel Vega; Guram Kashia, Harold Cummings, Tommy Thompson, Nick Lima (Marcos López, 62'), Anibal Godoy, Cristian Espinoz, Magnus Eriksson, Vako (Jackson Yuelil, 78'), Judson (Danny Hoeson, 78'), Chris Wondolowski ©
TOTAL SHOTS: 8; SHOTS ON GOAL: 1; FOULS: 14; OFFSIDE: 2; CORNER KICKS: 4; SAVES: 4
Referee: Rubiel Vazquez
Assistant Referees: Kyle Atkins, Andrew Bigelow
4th Official: Drew Fischer
VAR: Alan Kelly
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