Red Bulls roll past Earthquakes, keep pace in shield race

(SAN JOSE, CA) With Atlanta United winning their match earlier in the day, the Red Bulls needed not only to win at a place they haven’t won since 2010, but have a total team performance that would leave little doubt.

Red Bulls roll past Earthquakes, keep pace in shield race

And their supporters couldn’t ask for a better one in the first half. The Red Bulls pounced on every ball, attacker every defender and attacker while moving the ball with very little resistance. The San Jose defense had issues with the Red Bulls press, forcing multiple turnovers in their end of the field.

It didn’t take very long for the Red Bulls to get on the board. Alex Muyl scored his third goal of the season off a rebound from Bradley Wright-Phillips in the 29th minute. Before anything or anyone got settled, Bradley Wright-Phillips scored three minutes later. Wright-Phillips pounced on his own rebound, scoring his 20th goal of the season.

In the second half, the momentum continued as Tim Parker’s back heel pass found Aaron Long. Long’s header snuck under the crossbar in the 49th minute.

The Red Bulls defense took control following the third goal. They shut things down for the Earthquakes attack until Chris Wondolowki scored a consolation goal in the 83rd minute. Wondo took advantage of a defensive lapse on a set piece, scoring the goal that ruined the Red Bulls clean sheet.

Three Things:

Attack, Attack, Attack: It’s been said before that if you win a statement game, you have to follow it up with another one. The Red Bulls started off on the right foot just like they did with Atlanta, press hard, attack anyone with the ball. And as a result, they dominated the first half.

BWP Stands Alone: Bradley Wright-Phillips scored his 20th goal this season, and it’s the third time he’s done it. Before only he and NYCFC Forward David Villa were tied in this department. Now Bradley stands alone.

Offense From Defense: The Red Bulls defensive tandem of Tim Parker and Aaron Long have been the reason this season has been the best ever for this franchise and once again, they have shown a little offensive flair as well teaming up with his center back partner to score the winning goal for their first regular-season win since 2003.

The win give the Red Bulls their 300 victory in team history.

Man of the Match:

Alex Muyl: Scored his third goal of the season, but it was him running all over, under and through the San Jose defense that provided the dominating performance in the first half and finishing the match in the second.

Next Match: New York travels back east after the International break to Chester, PA to take on the Philadelphia Union on Sunday, October 22 on MSG Networks. Kickoff is at 3:00 pm.

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