MLS Snapshot: New York Red Bulls 3-0 Toronto FC (video)


The game in 100 words (or less): It’s time to start mentioning the New York Red Bulls in your daily, weekly or monthly “who can win MLS Cup 2015” water cooler discussion. Jesse Marsch’s bunch has proved an organized side all season long but often times left you wanting more going forward, at least early in the season. Over their last nine league games — of which they’ve won seven — the Red Bulls have scored 17  goals while conceding just five times, including their 3-0 victory over cash- and star-strapped Toronto FC Saturday night at Red Bull Arena. Bradley Wright-Phillips continues to do BWP things — scoring goals, in case you’ve somehow forgot — and young Matt Miazga continues his rapid ascension on everyone’s US national team watch-list. Upon Saturday night’s final whistle, Miazga was reported to have been seen releasing TFC’s Jozy Altidore from his back pocket, where he had been hiding safely and securely for two hours prior. Latest standings: RBNY – 2nd, Eastern Conference (39 points); TFC – 4th (31).


Three moments that mattered

27′ — Grella to BWP unlocks the TFC defense — Call him Grelladinho or Grellavinco if you must, but whatever you call him you can’t take away Mike Grella’s five goals and six assists thus far in 2015. The Glen Cove, NY, native continues to surprise and contribute in a number of exciting ways. On this occasion, it was Grella’s clever dribbling and subsequent through ball that played Wright-Phillips into acres of space for the game’s opening goal.

65′ — Wallace guides a laser into the bottom corner for a 2-0 lead — The Red Bulls are a fun team to watch. Please adjust you “MLS Live Rankings” accordingly. Anthony Wallace bagged the second goal of his MLS career when he unloaded on a shot from nearly 25 yards out and doubled the Red Bulls’ lead.

90+3′ — Veron ices the cake with his first MLS goal — TFC’s defense had officially check out for the evening when the Red Bulls broke out on yet another dangerous counter attack. Joe Bendik made the initial save of Wright-Phillips’ shot, but Gonzalo Veron, making just his second league appearance since signing with RBNY this summer, followed up in timely fashion and finished TFC’s demolition.

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Man of the match: Matt Miazga

Goalscorers: Wright-Phillips (27′), Wallace (65′), Veron (90+3′)