Bradley Wright Phillips scored 27 goals during the regular season in 2013. Before Sunday’s game, he had not scored in seven games. Against Orlando, Wright Phillips scored two crucial goals to help the Red Bulls defeat Orlando City SC 3-2. The Wright Phillips, New York fans are use to seeing is back.
Cyle Larin opened up the scoring, when he put a ball past Luis Robles in the 3rd minute. Most of the first half was all New York. They had seven corners and over fifteen shots in the first half. Marsch was very pleased at half time.
In the beginning of the second half, the Red Bulls seemed to be lacksidasical. Joe Bendik punted a ball over Ronald Zubar and Karl Ouimette. Larin started to chase down the ball after going over the head of Ouimette. The most controversial play of the night then happened. Ouimette denied Larin of a goal scoring opportunity, but was not sent off nor was it a foul.
Five minutes later, the Red Bulls found the back of the net. Sacha Kljestan played a great pass to Mike Grella who slotted the ball in the net. Orlando City kept knocking almost finding the go ahead goal multiple times.
Wright Phillips then scored two goals in the 69th and 75th minute to put the Red Bulls up 3-1.
Orlando City SC shortened the lead by the way of Karl Ouimette, who put the ball in his own net. A great defensive effort at the end of the game, paved the way for the Red Bulls to pick up the exciting 3-2 win against Orlando.
Three Things to Takeaway:
Sophomore Slump? Larin Says No: Cyle Larin proved why he is one of the most promising strikers in Major League Soccer today. He has scored four goals in eight games for Orlando and has performed extremely well for the Canadian National Team. Other teams in the MLS better watch out for Larin.
BWP Finds Net at Right Time: Wright Phillips has been one of the best goalscorers in MLS for the last three seasons. He almost broke the goal scoring record in 2013, when he totaled 27 regular season goals. In the first seven games of 2016, Wright Phillips did not find the back of the net despite putting the most shots on target in the league. That goalless streak ended Sunday night, and now BWP has momentum going into the next game.
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Defense Not Good Enough for RBNY: The defense was not impressive again for the Red Bulls. Jesse Marsch desperately needs to find better central defenders before its too late. Bendik putting that ball over the head of both central defenders was horrible, and almost cost New York the game. Someone send defensive reinforcements to New York soon.
The win was a big one for the former Supporters Shield winners. Orlando should not be ashamed with the defeat. They have been unlucky the last three weeks. When Orlando is healthy, they are a team to be reckoned with in the East. New York meets Dallas on Friday night at Red Bull Arena. While, Orlando City will seek for revenge against the New England Revolution on Saturday Night at Gillette Stadium.