The New York Red Bulls continued their unbeaten streak to four games after an entertaining tie against crosstown rivals New York City FC.
Red Bulls can’t solve 9-man City
Bradley Wright-Phillips scored the lone goal for the Red Bulls, while City’s talisman striker David Villa scored the equalizer early in the second half.
The first fifteen minutes of the contest were rather uneventful, with both teams feeling each other out to begin win. The first chance of the game fell to the Red Bulls’ Wright-Phillips. Sean Johnson palmed aside his shot.
Wright-Phillips would end up scoring the first goal of the game, as he contorted his body in the 37th minute to head the Red Bulls ahead from Daniel Royer’s cross. It was Wright-Phillips’ 200th career goal.
Three minutes later, midfielder Eloi Amagant received a straight red card on his MLS debut for a poor challenge on Marc Rzatkowski. But City would not be deterred, as Villa hit the outside of the post right before the first half ended.
City would come out in the second half the stronger team and tie the game, as Jo Inge Berget headed down a cross into the path of Villa, whose shot from just outside the penalty area went past Luis Robles in the 52nd minute.
After a brief VAR review, referee Ted Unkle sent off another City player, this time Ebenezer Ofori for a denial of a goal scoring opportunity in the 73rd minute. Sean Johnson would save ensuing free kick from Kaku.
City, however, would hold on and escape narrowly with a point as the Red Bulls were unable to capitalize on their two man advantage.
The Red Bulls improve to 15-6-4 on the season, with their next game taking place at Red Bull Arena on Sunday evening as they host another rival in D.C. United.
Man of the Match
Daniel Royer continues his great form as was the best on the field for the Red Bulls, as he was key to the attack and provided the great assist for Wright-Phillips’ header. He now has two goals and two assists in his last three games.
Photo by Bill Twomey Photography