Watson sent off early for Dallas, Wright-Phillips delivers three points for New York

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Bradley Wright-Phillips’ hot streak continued. If it hadn’t, New York may have been left Frisco, Tex., with a blush-worthy result. Finally taking advantage of a FC Dallas team that had played a man down since the 10th minute, New York’s leading scorer added his fifth in three games, finishing a 71st minute transition chance to give the Red Bulls a 1-0 victory at Toyota Stadium.

New York had played most of the match up a man after Dallas winger Je-Vaughn Watson sunk his studs into Tim Cahill’s left leg, earning a straight, only partially contested red card. Up until Wright-Phillips’ goal, however, the 10-man Toros had generated just as many chances as their guests, including a 59th minute penalty kick Blas Pérez saw saved by Luis Robles. Until Wright-Phillips’ chance, Dallas looked capable of bleeding out the 0-0 draw.

In the 71st minute, however, Thierry Henry helped deliver New York’s third win in four, his square ball across the middle of the Dallas area eschewing a golden chance to set up his teammate. Finishing past into the right of goal, Wright-Phillips ran the Red Bulls’ unbeaten streak to four, moving the team joint-top of the Eastern Conference.

It was New York’s first road win of the season, one that was more contentious than it needed to be. Lacking creativity for most of the game, the Red Bulls’ long shots and crosses allowed Dallas’s defense to sit in and conserve its energy. When the home team broke out, it used that conserved energy to create a near-penalty on Dax McCarty in the first half (Fabian Castillo was given a harsh yellow for diving). In the second, FCD got the call when Tim Cahill look down Danny Garcia only to see Robles come up big on Pérez.

In that sense, New York could have done more, but playing 11-on-10 for most of the match, the only points we can take from the match are fine ones. The Red Bulls need to stop conceding penalties (six, so far), while Dallas needs to keep its players on the field (three reds in their last two games), but those trends should smooth out over the course of a season.

Instead, New York can be happy with a valuable three points on the road and a place at the top of the West. Meanwhile Dallas, severely hampered by suspensions and injuries coming into the match, can move forward knowing it’s unlikely to spend so much time playing a man down.

CCL: Lodeiro from 45; Royer’s diving header — SEA, RBNY lead (video)

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After 45 minutes of their respective CONCACAF Champions League knockout-round quests, things are going unnervingly well for the Seattle Sounders and New York Red Bulls.

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If you’ve watched Major League Soccer teams try, try and try again — only to eventually fail in spectacular fashion — in CCL over the years, you might say things are going a little too well.

There’s still another 45 minutes to be played on Thursday — plus the return legs next week — but both the Sounders and Red Bulls hold 1-0 halftime leads, and the vitally important away goals which come with it. Nicolas Lodeiro’s 45-yard, first-time lob of the Santa Tecla (El Salvador) goalkeeper in the 15th minute has already been eternally etched into the memories of Sounders fans.

Just 15 minutes later, Daniel Royer perfectly executed the diving header and got on the end of Bradley Wright-Phillips’ curling ball into the box to Jesse Marsch’s side ahead of Honduran side CD Olimpia.

Villarreal DF Semedo charged with attempted murder

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MADRID (AP) A Spanish judge has charged Villarreal defender Ruben Semedo with attempted murder and ordered him to be temporarily detained without bail.

Court officials in Lliria say on Thursday the Portuguese player is also charged with assault, robbery, illegal detention, and illegal possession of firearms.

Semedo testified before a judge on Thursday, and left the court in handcuffs.

The 23-year-old Semedo was detained early Tuesday, accused of tying up, assaulting and threatening another man last week. Authorities say he and two other men allegedly held the victim captive while they robbed his apartment.

Semedo’s agents told Spanish media the player denies any wrongdoing.

Villarreal on Tuesday said it was investigating Semedo and would take appropriate disciplinary action.

Villarreal signed Semedo from Sporting Lisbon last summer for a reported fee of $17 million.

Wenger: Arsenal “complacent, had no ideas” in Ostersunds loss

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Perhaps Sunday’s League Cup final had already reached the forefront of their minds, but Arsene Wenger admonished his players, whom he said were “complacent, not focused” and “had no ideas” for much of Thursday’s Europa League defeat, at home, to Swedish side Ostersunds.

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The Gunners advanced to the round of 16 on the back of their 3-0 first-leg victory last week, but Wenger was understandably displeased by the effort he saw and expressed such feelings in no uncertain terms, before quickly easing up and praising the fact they were able to pull back a goal against the current fifth-place team from Sweden — quotes from the BBC:

“We were not at the races in the first half,” said Wenger, who saw his side booed off at half-time and full-time. I think in the second half it was much better and we should have scored a few goals.

“In the first half, we were in trouble and in danger because we were complacent, not focused and were open every time we lost the ball. We had no ideas with the ball and that’s why we were in trouble.

“We responded very well because we did the job to qualify, but that’s what we have to take from the night and that’s all.”

With Arsenal now trailing fourth-place Chelsea by eight points (and seven back of fifth-place Tottenham Hotspur), winning the Europa League might just be the Gunners’ last chance at qualifying for next season’s Champions League.

Batshuayi racially abused by Atalanta fans

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Borussia Dortmund striker Michy Batshuayi says he was subject to racist chants from Atalanta fans during a Europa League game in Italy.

The Belgium international, on loan from Chelsea, tweeted:

Dortmund advanced to the round of 16 by drawing 1-1 to beat Atalanta 4-3 on aggregate on Thursday.

The game was played at Mapei Stadium in Reggio Emilia because Atalanta’s home stadium is unsuitable for UEFA games.

There have been several incidents of racism at Serie A matches this season.